Posted by: Karim Ali

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A Winter Pool Home

Buying a pool home sounds pretty straightforward, but you should make sure you’re protected in case things go south with the pool, and subsequently, with your wallet. Here’s how.

If you’re on the lookout for a house in Ottawa, and it comes with a tempting bonus – a pool – then this blog is a must-read for you. I’m Karim, a seasoned realtor in Ottawa, and I’ve got three quick tips that will make your house-hunting journey, especially with a pool in mind, a breeze.


Tip 1: Ensure Professional Winterization  


In the chilly climate of Ottawa, having a pool doesn’t mean it’s a summer-only luxury. It’s crucial to include a clause in your offer that requires the sellers to professionally winterize the pool. This ensures that when spring arrives, your pool will be fresh, ready, and in top-notch condition for you to dive right in.



Tip 2: Guarantee Operational Integrity



Don’t just stop at winterization. Go a step further and make sure the sellers guarantee the pool’s operational integrity when it’s time to open it back up. There’s nothing worse than envisioning summer pool parties only to find out there are unexpected issues. A solid guarantee will give you peace of mind and ensure your pool is good to go when the warmer days roll in.


Tip 3: Negotiate a Purchase Fund Holdback


Life is unpredictable, and so is homeownership. Negotiate to have a holdback of your purchase funds. This financial cushion can be a lifesaver if, come spring, you encounter any unforeseen issues with your pool. It’s a smart move that provides you with the necessary resources to address and resolve any problems promptly.


Why a Pool in Ottawa?


Now, you might be wondering, “Is a pool in Ottawa really worth it?” Absolutely! Ottawa’s summers can get pretty warm, and having your own oasis in the backyard is a luxury many dream of. Picture yourself relaxing by the poolside after a long day or hosting memorable gatherings with family and friends. It’s not just a pool; it’s a lifestyle upgrade.


Closing Thoughts


So, there you have it – three essential tips to keep in mind when buying a home with a pool in Ottawa. Now you’re equipped with the knowledge to make a savvy and informed decision. If you’re ready to dive into the world of Ottawa real estate and secure a home with a pool, I’m just a call away. Let’s make your dream home a reality. Get in touch with me here.


Bonus tips for Pool-Buying


Negotiating anything will require patience, expertise and market data. Make sure you don’t come in too aggressively, and make the sellers feel like they’re getting a win, too. 


If you’re already paying far under market value, it’ll be difficult – or not worthwhile – to negotiate any of these terms. Sometimes the easiest solution is to simply pay less money for the home upfront to keep some funds for a rainy pool day.

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