I'm buying a house with an in ground vinyl pool from HUD. It's a foreclosure. They won't let me remove the pool cover before purchasing the house, they don't want the liability of someone drowning, there's no getting around it. There are, however, a few small holes in the "cover", which is essentially a bunch of treated lumber framed over the pool wrapped in 10mil plastic with metal wire mesh above it. But I can see enough to see that the pool is full, up to where I'd assume the skimmers are, maybe above, we get a lot of rain.
I called a local pool company to see if they could come inspect what they could, and the guy I talked to was the one who last replaced the liner, 2 years ago. He said it has a sand bottom and that the PO didn't do a very good job of keeping it clean. I've had a couple of non-pool people come by and say that the equipment looks good, the pump appear to have been replaced recently. There's also an aux pump. No equipment or chemicals, no diving board top.
The utility company is cutting power on tomorrow, and I'll have the pool contractor out there at 8:00. Is he going to be able to tell me much with the pool completely covered? What questions should I ask him? What pictures should I take for y'all? I purchased a K-2006 test kit, but I don't know how helpful that's going to be at this point. I've tried to read as much as I can in the past couple of weeks since I found the site, but I'd love someone to tell me I'm not completely crazy buying a house with a pool I can't fully inspect, and give me some pointers on what to look out for while I've got power (no water can be turned on either, by the way)
Here's some pictures...