Let’s talk for a bit about septic tank inspections. Ideally, we recommend having your system inspected on a regular basis so that if there are problems, they can be fixed before things get out of hand. It’s almost always easier and cheaper to fix small problems than it is to fix big ones.
If you’re having them done on a regular basis and you get a Fauquier County VA failed septic inspection, the next steps are easy and straightforward. You don’t want to live in a house with a malfunctioning septic system, so even if it pinches your budget, it’s something you’ll want to have fixed as soon as possible.
That’s not the only time inspections occur, however. When you’re in the market for a new house, as a buyer, there are a number of inspections that are either required or recommended and having the septic system inspected is one of the bigger and more important ones.
So what happens if you’re really interested in a place, and you get a Fauquier County VA failed septic inspection report?
Unfortunately, no bank is going to lend money on the house unless arrangements have been made to fix whatever is wrong with the system as part of finalizing the sale. How, exactly, that happens is a matter for you and the seller to decide.
We will say though, that in situations like that, the buyer is in the stronger position. Here’s why:
Once it becomes known that the property in question has a Fauquier County VA failed septic inspection report, the seller is obligated to report that information to any other prospective buyers. Unless they’re willing to either make the repairs or reduce the list price by an amount equal to what the repairs would cost, they’re going to find it difficult to sell the property.
After all, nobody wants to pay a premium to inherit someone else’s problem, and with so many homes on the market to choose from, you don’t have to. Our advice then, is that if you’re interested in buying a place but it failed its septic inspection and the seller won’t budge on price, move on, even if you love everything else about the house.
No matter which side of the equation you’re on, when you find out that your septic system is malfunctioning to the point that it no longer passes inspection, the right answer is to have it fixed and simply take the matter off the table.
Given that, and the fact that the most common reason septic systems fail their inspections is poor or improper maintenance, the solution is simple. If you don’t know or can’t remember when the last time your system was inspected, give us a call today, and let us help make sure your system is, and remains in good working order.