Hello to everyone.
As you can tell from my title I am in the process of buying a home with a beautiful outdoor pool...but I know nothing about them. Now, I imagine this forum has someone just like me pop in at least 5-10 a day and I'm sure you veterans get tired of saying the same old things to everyone of us, so I'm apologizing in advance.
First of all I just found your forum and it seems to be a great source of knowledge that I will be making great use of from now on. It's great to find a place that I can scour for hours to find all the answers to my questions and I'm sure it'll also be a place to find all the wonderful ideas that could be done to make my setup even better in the future.
For now though, I'm going through pool school and getting the basics of it all down which is great and necessary, but since I'm walking through the home/pool with the inspector on Wednesday I'm starting to feel like I understanding the concepts of pool care might not be as important as...well, something I don't know that I should be looking for. I don't want to be kicking myself a month after closing because I didn't use the inspector to investigate some obvious problems that should be addressed prior to sealing the deal on the home.
I'm not sure exactly what I'm looking for here so feel free to comment with "what do you want from us" etc., but if any of you seasoned veterans could look at the details I know in my signature and then say something like "whoa, that's a bunch of old stuff that'll have to be replaced in the year" or "OMG, none of that should still be working" or "that's a great setup and it'll last as long as you keep up with the maintenance" etc. that would be awesome. The pool looks like it's been well taken care of over the years and it seems that the house has no deferred maintenance so I don't think they just cleaned it up to sell.
I can see what looks like a repaired crack in the bottom of the pool and I'm sure the inspector will be able to tell me the details or likelihood of it being a problem again is. The flagstone around it is quite extensive and I don't see any cracking so it seems (in my inexperienced eyes) to be built solidly...or whatever word is appropriate here.
This is so spur of the moment, but I wanted to get this on here tonight. Here's some pictures of the pool Zillow: Real Estate, Apartments, Mortgage Home Values in the US and I'll try to upload some pics of the equipment area w/ pump, heater, etc. as soon as I can get them off my phone onto the computer and then on the forum.
Thanks in advance,