Don’t let a home’s septic system talk you out of making an offer. But it is important to proceed with caution and make certain all your questions are answered before signing a contract to purchase.
Septic systems are commonplace. On average, nearly a quarter of the population relies on a septic system as opposed to a public sewer system. Although septic systems may be more common in rural areas, they aren’t limited to country settings.
Do your homework. Relying on the seller’s disclosure statement isn’t enough. Buyers should hire a licensed septic inspector for a complete evaluation of the system during the due diligence period.
Check the permits. In many states, it’s illegal for a listing to claim more bedrooms than allowed by the septic system. Pull the records from city hall or the health department. They should be able to tell you if the home’s septic system is compliant.
Ask questions. While the inspector is at the home is a great opportunity to ask questions about septic tank maintenance and repair, especially if you’ve never lived in a home with a septic tank system.