Considering buying a house that I think had a pool at one point...how to approach

TechieTechie

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Jun 4, 2020
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New England
Have my eye on a nice fixer upper that has a yard big enough for a pool (inground only in this fancy neighborhood). Looking thru the old city tax files, it looks like a permit was pulled (don't know when) for a pool install. There is certainly no pool there now.

How the heck to I approach installing a pool in a back yard that probably had one at some point?

I may ask the neighbors and try to pull the permit...but has anyone else run into this same issue?

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Sparks22

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Apr 17, 2020
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Austin, Texas
I have seen some people be able to look up satellite photos that are really old. You might see if you can find some older satellite photos after the date of the permit to see if a pool used to be there. I'm not sure how exactly to do that though, maybe someone else might have that knowledge.
 
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TechieTechie

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Jun 4, 2020
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New England
How does one look at Google Earth history? NVMR, found it. Well if the pool was removed/filled in, it was 15+ years ago.

So, let's say it's not on a permit and there is no way of knowing exact size/shape/method of removal.

Does one just start digging and 'ooops finding a wall here'...there goes my demo estimate?
 
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ajw22

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There is ground penetrating radar that can map out an area. See if you can find someone in the area with a unit to spend a day mapping out the property.

 

spd500

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Jul 20, 2020
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Houston, TX
You may also have some luck with a metal detector. Once you find a wall you should be able to follow it around. Always assuming that it is a concrete pool with rebar, or steel wall liner pool.
 

Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
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NY
To me it’s just a tarp. One corner isn’t square and if you screenshot it and zoom in it looks like they raked the yard and have a lot of leaves/thatching nearby ready to go on the tarp.

I hope I’m wrong though, Buried pool treasure hunts are by far the BEST !!! Lol.
 

Mdragger88

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Jun 1, 2018
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Hernando, Ms
Have my eye on a nice fixer upper that has a yard big enough for a pool (inground only in this fancy neighborhood). Looking thru the old city tax files, it looks like a permit was pulled (don't know when) for a pool install. There is certainly no pool there now.

How the heck to I approach installing a pool in a back yard that probably had one at some point?

I may ask the neighbors and try to pull the permit...but has anyone else run into this same issue?

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I posted this the other day- it’s definitely possible..
 

Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
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Maybe back in the day before the neighbors got snooty it was a permit for an above ground pool that is now long gone.