Scheduling a pool inspection from the perspective of the realtor or buyer can be tricky and sometimes even embarrassing. Once a contract on the home has been signed, the due-diligence period starts. By the time folks realize that most home inspection companies don’t inspect swimming pools, they now get to scramble to find someone. The time that we have to line this up is normally extremely short, especially if the homeowner still lives in the home and our time is expected to be coincided with the home inspector. Don’t worry, we are expecting to re-work our schedule to make a smooth fit here. It’s normal to schedule an appointment for the next business day. In rare cases, we get calls for same day service. We can’t guarantee this, but feel free to still call and see.
Fair to both parties:
Sometimes, items come up that can put the inspector in a precarious position. We have our reputation on the line for your deal, and for the many others that yours’ will then be a history of. Half of our business is repeat realtors and they want an honest opinion on what’s going on with the pool. They don’t want an opinion to tear the entire pool out and start over for a small $500 repair.
We point out to the best of our ability the following:
• The problem areas
• What most likely caused these problems
• General cost associated in correcting the problems
In my opinion, this is the most beneficial piece. Once a monetary figure can be placed on the problem, folks can choose to make it a negotiable item or not.
We don't perform repairs:
We as a company don’t perform heavy-duty repairs. Some companies consider this as an extra profit-center. In order to be fair across the board, we don’t want to seem like we are up-selling for profit here if something doesn’t really need to be addressed. For comfort-sake, we do recommend reasonable companies that specialize in these types of solutions.
Pool School after the sale:
This is unheard of in the industry. We’ll come back out when convenient to the homeowner, including weekends, and spend a couple of hours going through the system and general upkeep with whomever gets “pool duty”. Even if you plan on having a service company to take care of the pool, it is healthy to know about your pool.
We break this down into three segments:
1. How your pool works
2. How to clean the pool
3. How to test and balance the water
We charge $200 for an inspection. We only accept credit cards for payment, MC or VS. Once this is captured, we run the card for $1.00 to verify we’ve captured the information correctly. Once the report has been emailed to the client, the remaining $199 will be taken.