The 4 Steps To Take To Ensure An Effective Septic Inspection As A Homebuyer

Posted on: 28 September 2016

When you purchase a home with a septic tank, it is essential that you have the septic tank inspected. This will let you know the time and money that you are going to have to invest in the septic tank in the long and short term. Here is what you need to do to ensure that you get the most accurate information about the home's septic system:

#1 Hire A Licensed Septic Inspection Company

First, you need to find and hire a licensed septic inspection and installation company to inspect the entire septic system for you. You want to use an inspector that is specifically trained in septic tanks in order to obtain the most accurate information about the state of the septic tank and the future work that you are going to have to put into it. A general home inspector will not be able to provide you with the same level of information.

#2 Request An Estimate

Second, when you hire the licensed septic inspection company, make sure that you make it clear that you also want to get two estimates with your inspection. The first estimate should provide you with information about how much money you need to put into the septic system to get it up and running in the best condition possible. The second estimate should let you know how much it would cost you if you were to ever need to replace the septic system down the road.

The first estimate will help you see what you need to budget for in the near future in relation to the septic tank; this information can help you budget and it can help you negotiate the sale. The second estimate will allow you to see the longer-term cost that you will face if you ever need to replace the entire system.

#3 Be Present For The Inspection

Do not make the mistake of just reading the inspection report. If possible, set up the inspection during a time that you can be present for it. This will allow you to ask questions that pop up during the inspection process and this will allow you to have everything in the report explained to you in a hands-on, in-person manner. If you schedule the inspection so that the seller is present as well, the inspector will be able to ask question about the function of the septic tank of the seller that you may not have thought of and will be able to provide you with an even more detailed report on the condition of the septic system and its future needs.

Make sure that you take the septic inspection seriously and that you invest time in finding a licensed inspector and are present for the inspection; the information you gain can help you with negotiate the sale of the home and will help you when you become the home's owner.  For more information, talk to a septic professional like AAA Cesspool & Rooter Service.