If you are selling a Gold Coast property nowadays with a pool then you are going to need to see to it that you are up to date with the most recent laws around Queensland pool safety standards. That is because if you have a pool on the Gold Coast then you will need to provide the buyer with a swimming pool safety certificate before settlement.
Just where can you get a certificate ?
You can get a pool safety certificate from a qualified queenland pool safety inspector. At Absolut Custom Glass we tend to recommend talking to any of the following inspectors:
Andrew at Coastline Certification,.
Grant at ABC pool Fence Inspections
and Frank at Delf Industry Building certification
Costs vary, so speak with a few different people. Once they finish an inspection they will supply you with the safety certificate, or they will let you know of any changes that will need to be made. If the issues are with a fairly recently built pool fence then we would certainly encourage you talk to the pool fence installer and have them deal with the issues– they really should do this at no cost because they clearly didn’t do the job correctly to begin with.
Gold Coast Pool Fence Safety Certificate exemptions:
Generally there are 2 ways to avoid having to get a pool safety certificate when selling a property: get the buyers to accept notice, or have only recently installed the pool.
If you do not have a pool safety certificate you could have the purchaser sign a Notice of No Pool Safety Certificate– Form 36 which must then be signed by both groups and submitted with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. The buyer will after that have 90 days from settlement in order to have a pool safety inspection and get a current pool safety certificate. Here in this scenario, unless the home sale contract states otherwise, the buyer will be accountable for the costs of the inspection.
The other way to not need a certificate is if your pool had been constructed within the last two years. If that is the case then you can use a final inspection certificate of a ‘certificate of classification’ which the builder would certainly have issued you with. Please keep in mind though, if the pool is a shared pool– ie, one for a body corporate or that a number of properties have access too– then the window is only for 1 year.
If you follow these suggestions for pool fence safety certificates then you should have no trouble with the new laws when selling your Gold Coast home with a pool. If you would like to chat with a professional about your pool or pool fencing challenges, then feel free to get in touch with Absolut on 1300 937 902 We are always happy to speak about pool fences.