Buying a new home is always a great time everyone involved. Regardless, if you are in the market for a fairly new built home or an older existing home; the home inspection phase is the most important aspects of the entire transaction. Take the realtors word that everything is well built and up to code can be the worst mistake of your life.
Chose your home inspector wisely, do a simple “Rip off Report” and a “Google” look up to ensure your inspector is on the up and up. Call your local county office verifying he holds a valid home inspection license. By choosing a competent home inspector and making sure he is familiar with septic tanks and drain fields will potentially save you thousands in unnecessary repairs down the road.
First thing to do is determined if you have a septic tank and drain field or city sewer. If it is determined that you are hooked up to a city sewer system, ask the home owners for past sewer bills verify the home is indeed hooked up to a city sewer system. You can also contact the local court house to verify if the home has a septic or city sewer.
If you find that your new home has a septic system, make sure you have the system tested in accordance with the local municipality. Make sure the system is in good operating order. A little due diligence goes a long way and can save you thousands in the long run.