If you are shopping for a pool home in Orange County, CA,you will find many homes for sale on this web page. Homes with private pools are a top choice for many home buyers. It's a great way to enjoy relief from the hot summer sun. It's also great for exercise and for family fun and activities. A pool or spa adds beauty to your home while it also increases your home's re-sale value. While looking for a pool home, you will find that installed pools vary greatly. The lower end of the price range may feature a home with a basic swimming pool, while a more upscale setup may include a pool with a water slide, waterfall, an attached spa/jacuzzi, or elaborate rock work and landscaping. Many buyers prefer a pool that uses the newer salt water sanitation technology rather than the older, chlorine-based system. The advantage of the salt water system is that, while it is not actually chlorine free, it does reduce the eye irritation and caustic odor of chlorine that would otherwise be directly added to the pool.
Note that properties with community pools are not included on this web page. Many condominium and town house complexes include a community pool and spa, and if you wish to shop for a condo or town home, you can find these on my web page, here .
Understand the costs of owning a pool
Having a pool can be expensive. The added costs can include the cost of water, heating, chemicals, cleaning, and maintenance.It may also cost more to insure a home with a pool. Its a good idea to get an estimate of added monthly costs from the sellers of the home.
Make sure it is safe!
If you have small children, you may want to install a pool fence or safety cover. Also, safety regulations require that your yard is fully fenced and access gates are locked. Your access doors for the home should also be equipped with audible safely alarms that will notify you when a door leading to the pool is opened.
Be sure your pool is properly inspected when you purchase the home
Most home buyers do a physical property inspection during escrow, but if the home includes a pool, be sure you hire an inspector who is also qualified to inspect it. You will definitely want to know if there are issues with the filtering or heating equipment, ground fault interrupters, pumps, tiles, pool surface, or with cracks or leaks.
Salt water or Chlorine?
Today's pools use one of these two technologies for sanitation. While you are shopping pool homes, you should always check to see which method is used. You can convert to salt water technology afterward but check the costs to do so.