We are considering making an offer on a home that has a small heated pool. The house was foreclosed on and the previous owners are not around. We were told the pool has not been opened for 4 years and the sellers think the pump was bad but the previous owners couldn't afford to repair. My concerns are the unknown costs in addition to the pump that would be needed to get the pool in good shape. The pool is nearly full of water and it has a mesh type cover stretched tight across the pool. I am concerned about 1) liner 2)cracked pipes from freeze if not winterized 3) heater issues
I was told by a local pool company that you can't inspect the mechanics without basically opening it up to see if everything operates. Is this the case or is it possible to do an inspection prior to purchase that would identify any issues? If we can't get a good estimate on costs, then does anyone have experience with adding contingency to the sale agreement whereby the seller agrees to compensate for unknown issues (either in full of splitting the costs). I appreciate any and all advice.