If you have a swimming pool on your property, you are one of the lucky few who have the luxury of a private pool, yet there are important safety aspects that should always be taken into consideration. The New South Wales government amended the Swimming Pools Act of 1992 which means that every property with a swimming pool must be registered and certified as safe.
What Does the Certification Cover?
Any property with a pool in NSW that is up for sale should be certified before the property can be sold, and the certification entails the following:
- Checking that the pool fencing is up to the required standard.
- Inspecting the pool surround and checking that the gating is secure and has adequate locking to ensure that a child could not enter without some difficulty.
You can sell the home without pool compliance, but the new owner would have to have the pool certified, so it is much easier if you have the certification done prior to the sale.
Selling your Property
Prior to putting up your property for sale, you should acquire a Sydney pool certificate, which would be valid for 3 years, and with a simple Google search, you can make contact with an approved pool certification company. In the event your pool certification is almost expired, it would be wise to renew it prior to putting the property up for sale, as this is one less thing that the new owner has to do.
Regular Pool Maintenance
Much like any other feature in your home, your swimming pool will require regular maintenance, which would normally be carried out by the company that constructed the pool, and should, for any reason, your pool fail the inspection, the certifier would be able to recommend a company that can make the changes that are needed to make the pool compliant with local government guidelines. Once the work has been completed, the certification company would reassess the pool and issue a valid pool certificate.
Swimming Pool Certification Checklist
The swimming pool certification company can issue you with a pool safety checklist, which will help you to prepare for the inspection, which is primarily focused on the fencing and gating to ensure that no unauthorised persons, especially children, can gain access to the pool.
Peace of Mind
While pool certification is compulsory, having your swimming pool examined by safety experts will give you peace of mind, and with a three-year validity, you can rest assured that your pool does not present a danger to people or animals.
If you are planning to have a swimming pool built on your property, don’t forget to make contact with an approved pool certification provider when the work has been completed. Once the pool is ready for use, the certifier would make an appointment to assess the area, and should everything be in accordance with NSW government guidelines, they will issue you with a pool certificate that is valid for 3 years.