While real estate septic inspections are not part of the regular property inspection process when buying or selling a property, this does not negate their importance. If you are considering buying a home or business with a septic system, you must understand that septic tank repairs or replacements could end up costing you thousands of dollars. If you are selling a property with a septic system, it is important to know that if you are aware of issues with the septic system and don’t disclose them to any potential buyer, this could get you in serious legal trouble.
Real estate septic inspections are the best way to give everyone involved in the real estate transaction peace of mind. The buyer can feel confident that the septic system is in good working order, and the seller can feel confident in being above-board. This type of inspection generates a report of the overall condition of the system, as well as information about when the septic tank may next require pumping.
The best time to schedule real estate septic inspections is around the same time as the general property inspection. This allows the property inspector to include more comprehensive information in his or her report. The current homeowner or property owner may be able to give valuable information – like the maintenance history of the septic system, the location map of the system, and steps they have taken to avoid septic issues (like using septic-safe laundry detergent). A flow test may also be used to evaluate how liquids are moving through the system. Real estate septic inspections are an essential part of the buying and selling process.