Considering buying a house w/ pool


Old 08-14-04, 08:07 PM
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Considering buying a house w/ pool

Hi all,

First post here, and thus far I've already learned some things, so thank you already!

My wife and I are in the process of purchasing our first home, and thus it will be a fixer-upper! We live in the San Francisco bay area, and home prices are absolutely ridiculous, so we'd like to get going before the prices get out of range.

Anyhow, we've found a house that we think has a lot of potential, and isn't in bad shape. However, in the backyard is a pool that doesn't look like it's been used for quite a while. My bet based on the fact that there's a wheelchair ramp on the house is that someone became disabled, and stopped maintaining it. I've taken a couple of pictures of it - if possible, could you folks take a look and tell me whether this is something worth repairing? As well, any ballpark estimates would be appreciated, so we'd have an idea of what it would take to make it respectable again!

Thanks again, hopefully someone can shed some light on this - it's essentially a deal-maker or deal-breaker on this house!

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Old 08-15-04, 10:16 AM
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Pools are lovely IF you use them. However, they are expensive and time intensive to maintain, let alone to get up to speed after being neglected. You didn't mention if how it was made. In the Bay area, a gunite pool would be a headache because of the frequent earth shifts. A vinyl liner would probably have to be replaced if it hasn't been maintained -- figure $2K plus depending on size. My suggestion is if you really like the house -- go for it. The pool can always be filled in and overplanted with petunias. are2bee
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Like said need lots more info here to just say yes are no.
But if the home is in the ballpark for cost go for it. Liner or new marcite job run about the same $2k here.

Old 08-15-04, 05:56 PM
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Thanks for the replies thus far, it's helpful as we decide what to do with this one!

The pool appears to be gunnite. From what I can tell based on the reading I've done, we'd need to reline it, retile it and it will need a new liner. It isn't leaking, at least at the bottom (ICK!), but I don't see that there's any filtration system present, and potentially no plumbing within it. There may be at the bottom of it, but considering the lifeforms in the pool (a lot of frogs now!), I think we'll have to have a pool specialist come out to estimate the rehab of it. The lining will definitely need to be done though, as I was able to find a few cracks. Would a new lining take care of that? I'm thinking so, but not sure, being new and all!

In terms of the house, it'll take some work in the bathrooms. While the rest of the house is well laid-out, the bathrooms are tiny. That's replaced the pool as a deal-breaker. We'll see
Old 09-08-04, 05:26 PM
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Looks pretty nasty!

Definatly you would need to acid wash this pool and get it sealed and relined.

Also have it inspected for any signs of coming out of the ground. Not sure
where you are, but here in San Jose the water table is pretty high and if you
in-ground is drained it will lift up.
Old 10-30-04, 07:28 AM
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I read Royals post and it sounded so much like our home when we bought it.
Our home was a 'repo' and we got a pretty good deal(depends on how well you enjoy sweat equity) because of the state of the home. We purchased it in November 2003.
Everything leaked in the house, mold...and a back yard frog/cess pool otherwise called a swimming pool. The house took 3 months to rehab, daily after work work till late at night, going back to our other house(which we listed when we got the repo) to sleep and doing it all over again every day for 3 months. The pool had not been used all season, and the cover(custom anchored mesh) was long sold to cover the owners debts. Consequently the pool was full of debris from the woods directly behind and a locust tree right next to it. Half full of foul brackish water, frogs, a dead squirrel and a whole season of leaves, branches and a couple of skimmer poles. We had to have it filled about another foot for the season and covered(it had never been unwinterized from the previous year).
We had no idea what worked but the liner (vinyl) didn't leak however it was faded and showing wear from neglect.
Come spring we decided to clean pool ourselves and bought some pool books for direction as we were new to pool stuff. I being 'Martha Villa' around here got the lovely job of cleaning the pool! It took weeks of skimming and shocking the water in order to be able to see to the bottom! We ordered a new liner in early April but due to heavy rains in late spring, it could not be installed until early June and it rained during the install and for about a week afterwards.

If I can give any advice re: rehabbing a pool. Have an inspection! Repairs can be very costly and if you can do it yourself, can save ALOT of cash.
The only thing we hired done was the liner installation. Watching them put it in, I am glad we hired it done!
Your pool looks to be gunite or concrete/plaster. I would geuss concrete covered with plaster judging by the age. Looks to be from the 50's possibly 60's. Use a submersable pump to drain it, then clean it out, power/acid wash it and check on how much it would cost to have the cracks repaired. You will likely have to have it all resurfaced with new plaster. You can then do the surface painting as needed after that. For the deck( concrete pool rim) they make paints especially for that in a variety of colors. I didn't see and circulation ports from your photos but they may be below the water level. If there is a pool pump, you have ports/drain somewhere.
Good luck if you ended up buying the place.
Old 10-30-04, 08:21 AM
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Thats a Marcite that is put on top of the cement in the inground pool. Has to be redone about every 10 years. If you do do it, ask for the new Diamond Brite marcite


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