Does a home inspector check pools?

Friday, September 6, 2019

The Standards of Practice of both the national home inspector associations and the State of Florida specifically exclude inspection of swimming pools and spas as a required part of a home inspection. Many inspectors do inspect pools, however, for an additional fee. Others, like us, prefer to refer the buyer to a professional pool inspector, especially if it is an older pool. So, unless it is stated in the home inspection agreement that the pool and pool equipment are included in the inspection, they are not.

    While the Standards of Practice set minimum standards, a home inspector may choose to exceed them, or the inspection may be limited to less than what is outlined in the standards when agreed to by the homebuyer and specified in an inspection agreement. A four-point insurance inspection would be example of a limited inspection. 

    Click on any of the links below to read other articles about what is required to be included, or not, in a home inspection:

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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about POOL AND SPA:

 Does an above-ground pool require a building permit? 

 Does an above-ground pool have to comply with code requirements for a swimming pool barrier?

 What are the pros and cons of vinyl liner vs fiberglas vs concrete in-ground pools? 

 Can a pool with green, cloudy water be inspected?

 Should I refinish-resurface my pool with paint or plaster?

 Why are pool pumps now required to be variable speed? 

 What are the clearance requirements for an overhead electric service drop that is directly over or near a swimming pool?

• Is the deteriorated finish of a concrete pool shell only a cosmetic problem? 

How long does a pool finish last? 

• How can I tell if my pool is no longer level? 

When was it first required for pool pumps to have GFCI protection? 

How can I tell if my pool is no longer level?

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