Navigating the world of pool inspections can be complicated enough. Don't make it any harder than it
Navigating the world of pool inspections can be complicated enough. Don't make it any harder than it needs to be - make sure you choose the right inspector. Considering the following tips:
Make sure your inspector is on your side and wants you to pass! Does the inspector help with minor fixes on the spot to avoid costly re-inspection fees? If you have a few minor issues that will stop the barrier from passing on the day it is inspected, it's important your inspector has the ability, tools and motivation to help you fix it. This can help to pass first time, without having to arrange a tradesman to visit or another inspection fee. Some Inspectors can be reluctant to lift a finger, relying on reinspection’s to boost their bottom line. Your inspector should be able to help with things like replacing gate hinges or latches, installing Perspex to help create a ‘non-climb zone’, fitting fence palings, trimming trees and any other minor maintenance works.
Verify they are an experienced inspector and have dealt with a wide range of pools, councils and regulations. An experienced inspector should be able to come up with solutions and fixes that keep the integrity of your property whilst adhering to the rules. A cowboy approach of cutting down all problem trees surrounding your barrier should not be contemplated as a first step. Creative thinking and an alternative should always be exhausted before mature trees are decimated. If an inspector has recommended cutting down your trees, we would always encourage asking for a second opinion.
Look at the Google and Facebook reviews of any inspector you are considering to help make an informed decision.
Pool Inspection cost - Beware of cheap inspections services that may not place enough value on taking the time to problem solve a tricky area. They often charge expensive re-inspection fees, or do little to help you pass the first inspection. A reliable inspector should help you pass the first inspection by offering valuable pre-inspection information, and by answering any of your questions BEFORE they come out to your property.
Finally, a good inspector should offer free over-the-phone advice and encourage questions before you engage their services. If someone is not willing to talk to you about your barrier before you pay, you should be wary engaging them further.
Doing your research, and ensuring you know what is involved and who you are hiring can make the entire process easy and straight forward. Sadly, we have been engaged to re-inspect many barriers for clients who were not happy with the original inspection they received. There are many fabulous inspectors out there, but likewise there are others who may not have your best interests at heart. When in doubt, a referral from a friend is always a great way to start!