Hey guys...this may be more of a poll-type post.
Recently finished my home inspection certification, and am planning to start business mid-May. Most inspectors have add-on type services (radon testing, mold testing, etc.). I did some research, and found an add-on that is obviously near and dear to me....pool inspections! In this research, I have found that no one in the Kansas City area either does not do these inspections, or they just don't advertise it. Inspecting a pool would produce an equal amount of liability as a home inspection would.....you are not required to comment on things you cannot see, i.e. underground plumbing. However, I know that that is one thing people want to know about when purchasing a home w/a pool.
I took the course, and it basically outlined a lot of the stuff in the topics here. Types of equipment, types of liners, specifications of the equipment, much more. Lots of focus on safety.
I know that when we bought our home, I was scared to death of this giant cement pond in the backyard, and had many of the same questions. Does it leak? What do I do? How do I operate it? I swear the wife and I nearly got a divorce over buying that house, because of the pool. But 2 years later, I know we didn't make a mistake.
For those of you who didn't build your pool, but merely bought a house that had the pool in the backyard, is this a service that you would have gladly paid for with a standard home inspection? Since I have no real basis to go on with the competition, this is a service that would run between 50-75 bucks. Nothing huge.
A pool inspection is nearly standard in the warmer states, where a pool is a common fixture (Arizona, California, etc.). Even though there are plenty of pools in Missouri, I don't think there's enough to warrant a pool inspection as standard, so just another avenue of generating more income, on something that I know about.
And of course, any inspection that I would do for a home-buyer would definitely get this web address!