We all know not to run around the pool, have an adult supervising children, no diving in the shallow end.
But this article is geared toward empty pools, left at often vacant homes of home sellers who are trying to sell their home. Safely!
Fix the Fence
Having a fence that is in 100% great condition is Pool Safety 101.
Lock the Gates
Again, sound advice whether you are living in your home currently or it is vacant. You don’t want anyone getting into your backyard easily, and obtaining access to your pool. If your pool guy needs a key, use a combination lockbox somewhere on the property that they can access during service visits.
Cover the Pool (Right)
A pool cover can be an excellent method of saftey proofing a vacant pool.But they also can be
But don’t go cheap. The cheap ones can actually be a safety hazard. Plus, cheap pool covers can detract from the visual appeal of the pool when buyers come a’ knockin’. Generally only the high-end products between $500-$1000. Be sure it is a safety cover and not just pool tarp or solar cover.
There are also some safety net options, which still allow buyers to see the pool underneath, without the risk of humans falling through.
Install a Pool Alarm
But the house is vacant. You won’t be there to hear it.
Yes, but perhaps there are buyers touring your home with their agent. Or perhaps they are present with their children during the two-hour inspection and the kids get restless. The agent or parents should be on hand in the even a child suffers an accident, and the pool alarm will hopefully get the attention of those who need it.
Talk to Your Neighbors
You should do this anyway, as your home will be vacant. Just ask them to keep an eye on things in general. And in particular, ask them to be wary of any risks to the pool area.
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