Pool Site Evaluations

Real Estate on Market – Pool Site Evaluations for Proposed Swimming Pool Space

You’re in the market for a new home. Finding one with a pool is on the top of your list. While a home that already has a pool may appear to be great value, that existing pool may be old and need repairs. It may be an outdated style without the key features you want.

Renovating and updating an existing pool can be complicated, time-consuming, and have limitations , on top of being very costly. An extensive renovation can equal 75% or more of the cost of a new pool. The biggest concern for renovations is the unknown quality standards the existing pool was built to, and if the existing structure can accept the new features like a spa or a sun shelf.
It may very well be more practical to remove and replace the existing pool all together. Or alternatively buy a property with an empty backyard.

When it comes to determining whether a pool will fit into a back yard, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered. In order to begin, you will need, is a survey of the house. A survey is an illustration that shows the property boundaries with the house drawn on it. This drawing will typically show any easements that may exist. Easements are areas on the property that are intended for drainage or utilities. With limited exception the pool or patio cannot be built within those spaces.

A survey will NOT show utilities or anything that is underground. Important things like city water, deep wells, sewer, septic system locations, TV / internet cable, underground (or overhead) power lines, water, sewer or septic systems. If you’re seriously considering purchasing a home, then it is wise to have a “utility locate” done, and if applicable have a septic system contractor visit the site and mark the location of the tank and drain field. These locations should be marked both in the yard and on a survey copy. In addition, have any trees marked on the survey, removal of trees may be regulated.

Also not shown on the survey, are setback distances imposed by the local building and zoning department. These are restrictions on how far from the lot lines and how close the pool can be to the house (or a covered patio) . There is a percentage of buildable space limitation that must be honored (impervious ground coverage %) .

Plan it Pools can help determine if there is space for a pool. We can visit the site to look for any obstacles like trees, power lines, existing structures, etc. We will review all the distance setback requirements of the relative municipality. We will be able to determine how much space is available for the new pool and outline that space on the survey. There does not need to be expansive space to create a great outdoor pool area. Often a small or challenging space can inspire awesome and unique projects.

The fee for a property review, site inspection, and pool area illustration is $425.

Our Site Evaluation Process:

  • Plan It Pools will review the most recent municipality requirements. Each town or building department has its own rules and they change over time.
  • We will visit the site and examine the lot and the home exterior to see what obstacles may affect the space.
  • Plan It Pools will take important measurements like the access needed for pool digging equipment.
  • When we return to the office we will draw on the survey copy to indicate the available space for a pool. We will also add other relative details that we found on the site inspection.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

A pool site evaluation survey typically involves a thorough assessment of the area where a pool is planned to be constructed. This assessment includes various aspects such as evaluating how easily construction equipment can access the site.

Plan It Pools offers pool site evaluations in Brevard County for $425.00

A utility locate refers to the process of identifying and marking the locations of underground utility lines on the property where the pool is planned to be built. This is a crucial step to prevent accidental damage to existing utility lines such as water pipes, gas lines, electrical cables, or communication lines during the excavation and construction of the pool.

The duration of a pool site evaluation can vary depending on various factors such as the size and complexity of the site, the scope of the evaluation, the accessibility of the area, and the specific requirements of the project. On average, you can expect the evaluation to take 3-5 business days to complete.