Buying & Selling a Property
Finding the Well & Septic system
Rural properties are typically serviced by a private well and septic system, which may not be areas of knowledge common for all home buyers. Potential homebuyers should both educate and protect themselves and their future investment by doing their homework and identifying what infrastructure is on the property, and the condition it is in.
Make sure to request records and blueprints, as well as any service, maintenance and performance history. You can learn more from industry experts about septic inspections during a transfer of sale on page 3 of our newsletter.
A modern well or a drilled well is usually easily found as most typically come above ground-level and can be identified by a steel pipe and cap. A well may also be ‘dug’ or ‘bored’, in which case it may be constructed of concrete well tiles. Septic systems may be more difficult to locate as they are typically buried underground and may be out-dated without access risers to grade.
Ask a professional
Whether you’re buying or selling a property, you can always ask a professional to provide you with the information you need. Installers and service providers can be valuable sources of information. Protect yourself from unexpected problems or expenses when buying or selling a rural property. Consult our ‘Find A Professional’ page to find an expert in your area.Find a Professional