Whether you are selling or leasing your Sydney property, you need to ensure that your swimming pool is safe. You should have your pool certified for safety anyway. This type of certification can only be performed by a professional and accredited inspector.
What May Happen If Your Pool Is Not Certified
If your swimming pool does not comply, you may try to market or sell your real estate with a non-compliance certificate. In this case, the buyer of the real estate must rectify any issues along these lines. The buyer has 90 days from property settlement to complete any works for compliance.
Do Not Lose a Lease or Sale
Without a certificate that shows compliance, you can easily lose a lease or sale. All houses that are leased must be certified by an accredited professional. If your pool is not certified, your real estate sale may not go through or your lease or your lease could be postponed. Any type of barrier can end up in lost rent or a buyer’s rejection.
How to Make Your Pool Enclosure Safer
To make sure that you meet the requirements for swimming pool compliance in Sydney, it helps to do the following:
- Place a CPR sign that is easily readable in the pool area or within the enclosure.
- Make sure that the gate into the pool enclosure is in good repair. The height should be 1200mm and should easily close or self-latch when opened. You should cap any hinges that jut out from the gate and the release should be 1500mm above
- Fencing around the pool should be in good condition and should not display any gaps between the vertical hardware, including the base, of more than 100mm.
- Any climbing hazards should also be removed. Hazards may include rocks, chairs, or pots for plants. They should be moved away from the fencing.
- Plants and vegetation should not be seen within the pool area. Vegetation and plants should ideally be situated beyond the clear zones of the pool’s barriers.
What the Enclosure Should Contain
In essence, your enclosure should only display your pool or spa along with your filtration equipment or stabilised slide. Don’t place barbecue grills or dining tables within the enclosure. Meeting compliance requirements is indeed important as the state can carry out random inspections.
Making Your Pool Safe and User-Friendly
If your pool does not comply with specific standards, you can receive a fine. Moreover, if your pool does not comply and an accident happens, you can be sued as the owner. By making sure that your pool is safe to use and certified, you can enjoy your pool more.
Now is the time to ensure pool safety. Contact an accredited pool inspector today. Increase the value and security of your real estate. Otherwise, you could end up facing a lawsuit or higher insurance rates.