Selling a property in Queensland? Make certain you get a current Pool Safety Certificate.
If you are selling a Gold Coast home these days with a pool then you are really going to need to guarantee that you are up to date with the most recent laws around Queensland pool safety criteria. That is because if you have a pool on the Gold Coast then you will need to supply the buyer with a pool safety certificate prior to settlement.
Exactly where can you get a certificate from?
You can get a pool safety certificate from a certified queenland pool safety inspector. At Absolut Custom Glass we would suggest speaking to one of the following inspectors:
- Andrew at Coastline Certification
- Grant at ABC pool Fence Inspections
- Frank at Delf Industry Building certification
Prices vary, so speak to a few different people. Once they finish an inspection they will provide you with the pool safety certificate, or they will let you know of any changes that have to be made. If the issues are with a recently built pool fence then we would certainly highly recommend you talk to the pool fence installer and have them resolve the issues– they really should do this at no charge because they plainly didn’t do the job carefully to begin with.
Gold Coast Pool Fence Safety Certificate exceptions:
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 put in the pool.
If you do not have a pool safety certificate you can possibly have the buyer sign a Notice of No Pool Safety Certificate – Form 36 (https://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/sites/default/files/Form36-NoticeOfNoPoolSafetyCertificate.pdf) which should then be signed by both people and lodged with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (http://www.qbcc.qld.gov.au/) The buyer will after that have 90 days from settlement to have a pool safety inspection and get a current pool safety certificate. Here in this scenario, unless the property sale contract declares 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 situation then you can make use of a final inspection certificate of a ‘certificate of classification’ which the builder will have issued you with. Please keep in mind though, if the pool is a shared pool ie, one for a body corporate or that several 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 problem with the new laws when selling your Gold Coast home with a pool. If you want to get in touch with a professional about your pool or pool fencing problems, then feel free to talk to Absolut on 1300 937 902 or visit our contact page for more contact options.