Post # 1
FI and I found a house that we LOVE. It has a few very minor issues that we could easily fix, but we aren’t sure about the pool.
The pool & pump are in good condition and work perfectly. The vinyl liner doesn’t have any tears or holes, but it has a pretty bad wrinkle going from the 3ft end to about half-way the length of the pool in the middle of the pool. The realtor said they had a “pool guy” come check it out and that he said there was no need to replace the liner right now unless we just wanted to change it for cosmetic reasons. Basically, the liner is fine, and isn’t under any particular stress at the wrinkle. He also said that unless we actually tear the liner, that it will last for a long time.
Has anyone had any experience with this? Other than a 3ft above ground pool, I’ve never owned a pool, so I have no idea about the integrity of this liner.
Any advice is appreciated! We are hoping to start drawing up an offer on the house today!
Post # 3
@MissCountryGirl727: I don’t really know about the longevity of a liner with a wrinkle in it but do know that my in laws just had a tear in theirs and paid over $10,000 to replace the liner , refill the pool, etc. When I say liner I mean they had to pour new concrete at the bottom of the pool so I’m not sure if we ‘re talking about the same thing. Was the pool guy hired by the homeowner or did you bring your own guy in? If it’s from the homeowner, I’d send my own guy out there to get his opinion and also a estimate for what a new liner would cost just so you know what you might be faced with in the future.
Post # 4
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@MissCountryGirl727: If it ends up tearing and you don’t want to pay to repair it you can always fill it in with dirt and let the yard take it back over. If you love the house otherwise, I wouldn’t pass it up over something like that.
Post # 5
@mseagles: Was the pool guy hired by the homeowner or did you bring your own guy in? If it’s from the homeowner, I’d send my own guy out there to get his opinion and also a estimate for what a new liner would cost just so you know what you might be faced with in the future.
+1. We bought a house with an in-ground pool. Unfortunately, the “pool cover” we were left with is really just a tarp. It will cost several thousand dollars to get a proper fitted pool cover. I would definitely have your own pool specialist come out to give advice.
Post # 6
I assume by liner you mean the vinyl pool cover, not the actual surface of the pool, right?
We don’t have a pool cover because we would have to get a custom one and they are expensive, plus I don’t think you really need one.
When we bought our house, we knew we were going to have to get the pool resurfaced and looks like this will be on the list for next summer. It is a bummer (and will prob cost around 6k) but we knew this going into it, so it is what it is.
Post # 7
I think she means the “wall” of the pool, not the cover actually. My understanding (when we were looking at buying a home with a pool) is that some pools are created with a liner, others aren’t.
Post # 8
If you need to replace the actual wall of the pool because of a wrinkle in the liner……that could get expensive. I’m not a pool expert but I can’t imagine that being cheap.
Post # 9
Yes, I was talking about the actual liner of the walls and floor of the pool, not the cover. We ended up putting in an offer on the house anyway, and we are now under contract pending the appraisal. We looked into the cost of replacing the liner, and most places around her show $0.99 per sq. ft, so it will be a little expensive, but not too bad.
As far as I know, the pool does not have a cover. We didn’t see one at the house when we went to look and we didn’t think about asking. It’s not a huge pool though and we plan to try to get a cover before winter.
Post # 10
@MissCountryGirl727: I had an in ground pool growing up, but ours was concrete on the bottom and sides. I’ve never heard of a pool having a vinyl liner.
Post # 11
@housebee: Really? Every household in-ground pool I’ve seen has some sort of decorative vinyl liner like this:
(Not my pool, pulled image off Google)
But I have seen the concrete ones at public/hotel pools though. That is actually a paint-on concrete liner. We are also looking into that, it will be more expensive, but will be longer lasting since we’ll never have to worry about the liner tearing or getting punctured.
Post # 12
@MissCountryGirl727: Ah we had tile there. I’ve never heard of using vinyl in a pool like that. Maybe it’s because I was in southern CA (the sun is brutal there).