Ground After Removing An Above Ground Pool
I am in the process of buying a home that has an existing above ground pool. I'm told the pool must be removed before closing because it does not have the proper permits. The current owners will remove it, but will not fill any remaining hole or level the ground after removing the pool.
I'm just wondering if it is a big process to level the ground after removing an above ground pool, and what it will entail in terms of effort and cost.
That's hard to answer without seeing the pool and the yard. Many times pools are installed with very little leveling in which case a rotor tiller should be able to mix the dirt and the sand up easily. Then you should be able to rake it off smooth and either reseed, lay sod or desert landscape.
If a lot of leveling was done before the pool installation you may need to have some fill dirt brought in. One side may be dug into the ground quite a ways and would need to be filled or possibly just beveled off to match the rest of the yard.
If the area is going to get desert landscape it may require very little prep. Plastic can be laid over the sand and the rocks could be used for any leveling needed.
Many above ground pools are installed a foot or more into the ground. This would involve having fill dirt delivered and getting it into the yard.
Grass killers may have been used under the pool and in most cases will not cause a problem. Most killers will wear off after the pool has been up a while. Exposing this ground to fresh air and tilling it a little should allow new grass to grow. There are, however, chemicals out there that may take several years to wear off. You could wait it out or remove and replace the top six inches or so of soil.