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septicWhen you are selling your home, the smallest details can mean the difference between a quick closing and experiencing long delays or failing to sell at all. Buyers and sellers already experience delays with paperwork, financing, inspections and other unexpected details. These variables are just some of the things that can get in the way when you’re looking to sell your home. Your septic system probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you’re trying to sell, but there are a few things you can do to help expedite your sale. A point of sale septic inspection may not be legally required, but doing your diligence may help your home stand out from others on the market.

What you should know about your system:

  • Maintenance History: You’ll want to keep any records for previous pumpouts or a spreadsheet with the approximate dates that maintenance occurred. A regular pumpout history tells potential buyers that the system has been properly maintained. Savvy buyers know that well-maintained systems are less likely to experience issues.
  • Map of your System: Septic companies can sometimes charge hundreds of dollars to map your system. Having an existing map will not only save your buyers money, but it will let your buyer know where each piece of the system is located so that they will avoid parking vehicles or planting trees near the drainfield and tank.
  • Repair / Replacement Records: If there have been repairs to your system, you’ll want to let your buyer know in addition to showing them the age and condition of the tank. If you paid thousands to have the system replaced recently or invested money into repairs to the drainfield, this will be a big plus for your buyer.
  • Recent Inspection Report: Although there is no rule as to who is responsible for getting a point of sale septic inspection, if you furnish the buyer with a copy of a recent inspection, it may mean the difference between a quick sale or one delayed by additional inspections.

Being completely knowledgeable on the location, pumpout history and overall condition of your septic system wil ensure fewer delays in your real estate transaction. The future own will be very appreciative of the time and money you helped save them. You’ll also be far less likely to be sued if a problem arises. Educate yourself and your buyer and in the end everyone will benefit.

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