If you are selling a home with a septic system, one of the best things you can do is schedule a septic inspection by a professional septic company. Your willingness to be transparent about the condition of your septic system will demonstrate your honesty to any potential buyers. It will allow you to clearly demonstrate the condition of your septic system and can improve the marketability of your property because of your commitment to proper maintenance.
The rules about selling a home with a septic system differ from place to place. In many places, this septic inspection is not a required part of the regular property inspection. That being said, if you (the seller) know about any issues with your property that you do not disclose to potential buyers, you could set yourself up for an unfortunate lawsuit. If your septic system inspection does reveal issues with your system, it is generally the seller’s responsibility to cover the cost of these repairs, but you may be able to negotiate with potential buyers to split the cost or make another arrangement.
When you are considering selling a home with a septic system, there are some questions you will need to be prepared to answer. During the inspection, you will likely need to know the age of your home and the age of the septic system. You may be asked to produce documentation of any previous septic inspections, pumping, identified issues, and septic repairs. This is also an opportunity for you to highlight measures you took to protect your septic tank, like using septic-safe laundry detergent and avoiding putting chemicals down your drains.