When was the last time you had home home’s septic system inspected? If you’re not sure, that’s a good indication that it’s time, and probably even past time.
Your septic system is quite hardy but even the most rugged system needs regular care and maintenance if you expect it to keep doing its job well, which is why inspections are so important. Unfortunately, sooner or later you’ll get a Prince William County VA failed septic inspection report back.
When you do, the next steps are simple and straightforward. You’ve really got no choice but to repair whatever’s wrong, or, if the system is particularly old or the damage too severe, it may make more sense to replace it outright.
That, however, isn’t the only time you may possibly see a Prince William County VA failed septic inspection report. If you’re in the market for a new house, and you find a property you’re interested in, there are a number of inspections that are either required by law, or highly recommended by your real estate agent. The septic inspection is one of these.
Most of the time, the report comes back fine, but once in a while you’ll see a failed Prince William County VA failed septic inspection report. So what happens when you do?
The short answer is, it depends, but that’s not very helpful. The longer answer is that no bank is going to loan money on a house with a non-functioning septic system, so someone is going to have to pony up the money to pay to have it fixed. Who does that is a matter for you as the potential buyer, and the person selling the house to settle, but in these cases, the prospective buyer is holding all the important cards.
The reason? Once it becomes known that there are problems with the property’s septic system, the seller is going to have to disclose that information to any future potential buyers. You’re already there. You’re already interested. If this issue is the only thing standing in the way of a successful deal, the seller has a lot of incentive to just have it fixed. Failing that, he could always offer to reduce the price of the house by an amount equal to the estimated cost of repair so the deal can move forward.
In either case though, ultimately, it’s got to be fixed before the deal can move forward.
We recommend having your home’s septic system inspected and your tank pumped out every three to five years. If you do that, over the long run, you’ll minimize your total repair costs, and it will be unlikely that you’ll run into situations like the one we described above when it’s time to sell your current home.
Give our office a call. We’ll be more than happy to inspect your system for you.