Don't Forget About the Septic Inspection

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Do I Really Need a Septic Inspection?


Septic InspectionAs affordable as owning a home is these days, bypassing inspections can be a costly mistake.  Homebuyers would much prefer to spend every dime towards the purchase a home than to "waste" money on inspections that turn up no real issues.

But What If There Are Issues?

Buyers are getting used to the idea that a home inspection is in their best interest, but little attention is given to the septic system.  Many take the attitude that if the home inspection turns out okay, then I'll worry about the septic system later.  Anytime you bypass an inspection, it can be a big mistake.  After closing is not the ideal time to find out that that the septic tank has a leak, is backing up sewage or needs to be replaced.  What comes next can be an expense of a few hundred dollars or a few thousand dollars for which you weren't prepared.

Spending a few hundred dollars up front for a septic inspection could save you thousands at the end of the "closing road."  For one, the repair would have possibly been something that you could have negotiated with the seller for them to pay for the repair.  Now here it is after closing and you'll have to absorb the whole of the expense.  If you're lucky, the repair won't cost any more than an inspection would have. But if you're not quite so lucky, Little Johnny may have to wait for that new pair of shoes.

WWBD?

When it comes to any type of inspection, it is best keep in mind the old adage from the book of Ben Franklin  "“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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Arizona requires a septic certification be provided anytime a home is sold with a septic system regardless of whether the buyer or seller want the inspection done or not. It takes it out of their hands which, to me, is a good thing. 

Aug 04, 2015 01:58 AM #1
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
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I agree.  It is a good time.  Sometimes the quest to save a little money, the inspections are the first things off the table.

Aug 04, 2015 02:40 AM #2
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Dick Greenberg
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Good advice, Charita. Letting a septic inspection go to save a few bucks up front can be a very bad decision - those things are expensive and messy to replace. It's always better to have the seller deal with it if there's a problem.

Aug 04, 2015 05:22 AM #3
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Charita Cadenhead
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Dick I think sometimes buyers would rather not know that there is a problem, but not even that will make it go away.

Aug 04, 2015 05:26 AM #4
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Sussie Sutton
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I once had an occasion to dig up a spectic line to see if the pipes were crushed resulting in raw sewerage backing up into the home.  What I found was there was only five feet of drainage line! The costs that followed to fix that problem was not pretty.

Nov 11, 2015 12:47 PM #5
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Charita Cadenhead
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I can imagine Sussie that the cost was not pretty.  On the contrary, it was probably pretty ugly.

Nov 12, 2015 02:33 AM #6
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