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Selling a Home with a Septic System

If you are in the process of selling your home, know that there can be much skepticism with potential buyers who have never had a septic system. Therefore, it may take a bit of extra work to assure these individuals that septic tanks are no more bothersome than any other essential home system.

Teaching Prospective Buyers about Septic Systems

When people understand things, they are less likely to be afraid of them.  Sometimes people view septic systems as old-school. Really, though, septic systems are constantly advancing, and are seen in rural areas, and other places, merely because municipal sewer systems do not spread that far.

Enlightening potential buyers can dissipate their fears quickly. Some are actually under the impression that the sewage can end up all over their backyard, which, of course, is false. It is your job to help them comprehend how the filtering system essentially works.

Stress the Simplicity of Maintenance

Give emphasis to how little the septic system hinders life, but also stress the significance of a good maintenance routine. With proper maintenance, a septic tank can last up to 30 years, which for the most part, is longer than the buyers will even live in the home. Pumping your tank is a necessity.  However, it is done by an expert, only costs a few hundred dollars, and only has to be done once every few years, dependent upon the size of the tank.

Inform buyers of the consequences of not maintaining the septic system. Backed up components and bacterial imbalances can make a mess, but these complications are preventable with proper maintenance.

Keep Maintenance Up-to-Date

Keep your septic system’s maintenance up-to-date, and keep a log of it.  That way you can present it to potential buyers as proof that it is 100% up-to-date. And, have your tank pumped so that it is working at peak productivity.

In addition, be sure to have the leech field inspected. Remember that the tank is only half the system. The leech field plays an important part as well.  Make sure everything is working at peak levels.

Always Honor a Request for a Professional Inspection

Some buyers will insist on a professional inspection to ensure that everything is in order and working properly.  Sellers should always allow this. If everything is working as it should be, there will be no reason to deny a professional inspection.

As a matter of fact, a proactive seller could even have the inspection performed as soon as the home goes on the market. It may cost a few hundred dollars, but will be well worth it in the end when the sale is made quickly because you had, on hand, that inspection which was already performed, saving the buyers the hassle of having to do it themselves.

The bottom line is this:  The existence of a septic system will only be considered a drawback to a seller due to common misunderstandings. The best way to thwart these misunderstandings is through proper maintenance and education. By demonstrating that the septic system is in good working order and that it will not be hard to maintain that order, a seller is far more likely to win over a potential buyer who is otherwise in love with the home.