So, most people, when buying a home, know the initial parts of the process…select an agent (ideally ME, hint hint), identify the community you want to focus on, and begin your search. Even the next part of the process-the search itself, most people have a general idea about (lots of time online, in the car, walking in and out of homes, etc…), as well as the offer/acceptance process.

I thought it would be neat, though, to document what happens AFTER you have an accepted offer and enter into a contract with a seller. Partially because it’s less clear to people, and partially because it allows me to photograph it!

I’m currently working with a client on a wonderful home in Western Monmouth county, NJ. This home happens to have a pool, septic, and well water, as well as a full rooftop Solar system and a backup generator. Tons of extras inside, as well. If you are into gadgets, or being off the grid as much as possible, this is an OUTSTANDING home.


It’s also a VA Loan, which means it has some additional requirements to be aware of as we go through the process, but nothing burdensome or difficult, but just ones to be aware of.

So as part of the process, a number of items need an inspection, the pool being one of them. Today, the Pool inspector (Curt Slimm, owner of Clear Blue Pool Inspections) came out to perform this task. The current owner of the home was kind enough to keep the pool open an extra day to allow this inspection to occur, but as Curt explained, he does these tests year round. If a pool has been closed for the season, it makes his job a little more difficult but not impossible.

Curt began with typical water tests-pH, Chlorine, etc.

Concurrent with the pH testing, a water depth test was run to ensure no loss of water from the pool itself. I did not take this from the correct angle, in hindsight..that “handle” that reminds me of a beer keg pump from college is actually on top of a float that measures the static water depth, sort of like a wave buoy would.

Additionally, the pool test evaluates the mechanicals…the filter, pumps, heater if present, lights, and so on.

Here, Curt has just finished the evaluation on the pump and filter assembly and has moved to the heater unit.

Following the inspection, which ran a little under 2 hours, the buyer receives a detailed report on the status of the pool to provide to the lender and negotiate any needed repairs with the seller.

In all, it was a fairly simple, but detailed inspection. Typically, a report will be sent out within a few days(we already received ours), and is used by the buyer to ascertain the condition of the pool and for the team to use to negotiate repairs prior to closing.

Will document the remainder as we go through the process on this home!