Bringing a House to Market when it's not just Black & White . . Part 4

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

We are all set on the day for the inspection and analysis of the septic system. The department head lays out the criteria for the bedrooms and square footage and discussed the current system. When originally built the system was to code. Over the years the codes had changed so that new systems had decidedly different requirements.

Because of the date of the house, the inspector requested some new percolation test holes be dug, so that seepage and dissipation of water could be determined. This was an area of concern because many soils in our area have high clay content which minimizes the dissipation of water and requires extensive extensive digging and over-sized trenches to get an effective leech field.

The holes were dug, the pails of water were poured, fingers were crossed and the stop watch was clicked. Within 10 minutes, heads began moving and at least a few smiles appeared as the ground absorbed the liquid quickly which indicated sandy soil and high seepage ability. Results, no expansion of the septic system was required.

The engineer and the technician talked for a while about potential reserve and expansion areas. Notes were made for future reference should conditions change. The homeowner paid the permit fee with late charges, paid the engineer for the work done, and proceeded to the next step, which was to get the town's assessor in to review the house and update the property records.

It took a couple of days for the assessor to come in, but within minutes he took his measurements, made his notes and told us it would be resolved within a a couple of days. We needed his summary in order to properly enter the listing into the MLS system. I was able to begin the pricing analysis to determine initial offering of the house into the marketplace.

Part 5 is the final for this series.

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Ed, sounds like things were back on track and headed for a smooth landing.  Guess I will have to read #5 to find out :)

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Ed  I'm sure everybody sighed a big "Phew" on that one.  Old septics are always suspect  Karen

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George, those air curents you encounter that make the ship just drop too quick are terrible.

Karen, My concern was a major overhaul or a PU! The septic man set the tone when I saw the sign on his truck that read 'Even on a good day our job stinks!'

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