If you are selling a Gold Coast property nowadays with a pool then you are really going to need to be sure that you are up to date with the current laws around Queensland pool safety levels. That is because if you have a pool on the Gold Coast then you will need to provide the buyer with a pool safety certificate before settlement.
Exactly where can you get a certificate ?
You can get a pool safety certificate from a certified Queensland pool safety inspector. At Absolut Custom Glass we often recommend talking to one 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 to a few different people. Once they complete an inspection they will provide you with the safety certificate, or they are going to let you know of any changes that will need to be made. If the issues are with a recently built pool fence then we would certainly encourage you call the pool fence installer and have them fix the issues– they should do this at no cost because they obviously didn’t do the job correctly to begin with.
Gold Coast Pool Fence Safety Certificate exemptions:
There are 2 ways to avoid having to get a pool safety certificate when selling a house: get the buyers to accept notice, or have only just recently put in the pool.
If you do not have a pool safety certificate you can have the buyer sign a Notice of No Pool Safety Certificate— Form 36 which must then be signed by both parties and submitted with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission The buyer will after that have 90 days from settlement for them to have a pool safety inspection and get a current pool safety certificate. Here in this scenario, unless the property sale contract says otherwise, the buyer will account 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 common pool– ie, one for a body corporate or that several properties have access too– then the exemption is only for 1 year.
If you follow these suggestions for pool fence safety certificates then you ought to have no difficulty with the new laws when selling your Gold Coast home with a pool. If you wish to speak to a professional about your pool or pool fencing challenges, then feel free to speak to Absolut on 1300 937 902 We are always happy to talk about pool fences.