In general whenever you move into a new house you do a general inspection. However, many times they do not inspect the pool. If they do inspect the pool, it is just turning on the pool pump and if it turns on then all is good. This leaves many owners unaware of the true status of their pool and equipment and then when they move in, the pool instantly turns to a pond since the seller (or their associate) stops throwing in pucks.
I know when I moved in to the house I moved in I went to clean the salt-cell and it literally broke off so I had to get a whole new unit.
When my brother moved in his salt-cell was broke too, plus the pool was in shambles in terms of chemical balance.
So what I am wondering is... is there a way to "get certified" on how to do a good diagnosis of the condition of a pool? Like how would I go about testing certain items to give them a GO or NO-GO status? And what items would be the tops of your list to include in the inspection? My goal is to team up with a home inspector and do a pool inspection and test everything so the new owners know the status of their pool so they don't move in and find out that the pump is broke and the filter is so old that it has a colony of aliens living in it. Maybe, I'd even give them a quick and skinny on how to care for their pool BBB style.
Hope all that makes sense.