Septic Tank Inspection When Buying a House
Jon Wanberg Expert Advisors Group
One of the questions we often get from buyers is, “Should I do a septic tank inspection when I’m buying a house?”
And, of course, our answer is always “Yes!” and I’ll tell you a little story about why that is.
In the past, I had a customer that purchased a property, not knowing there was a septic tank. I was working with him as the buyer and also didn’t know that there was a septic tank.
So, we didn’t get a septic tank inspection when he bought the house – in actuality, the listing agent had put it in MLS as though the property was on city utilities – and because of that, later down the road, of course, the septic tank backs up and he calls a plumber and finds out that his house actually does have a septic tank.
None of us were aware of that at the time when he purchased it and the one thing that this buyer ironically had asked me is ‘Hey listen, I want a house that does not have a septic tank that is on city water and sewer’.
Because it was listed that way in MLS, and we all believed that it was, he did not have a septic tank inspection and therefore did not realize that this was going to be an issue for him later down the road.
So, I always advise my clients 100% of the time to get a septic tank inspection when buying a house. Because if you don’t, it can end up being a very costly repair.
Repairing just a septic field could cost you as much as $4000-5000 depending on the size of the field, and that’s determined by the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in the property.
If you end up having to replace the tank as well it could be $6,000- 8,000.
So, you definitely want to have a septic tank inspection when you’re buying a house.
All right, I hope that helps.