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Does a buyer's agent have a responsibility to advise a buyer to test home systems during the final walk through? For example an irrigation system in an area that has been dug up for a septic system?
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I see a difference between a final walkthrough and "testing" home systems. Testing home systems is generally not done at the walk through stage though maybe it should be.

Agents/buyers mainly go through just to see that there is no visible damage to the property since they last saw it, but do not test systems. If a fresh dig up was visible on the property, then I would say that the agent has the responsibility to at least ask about it, but if it wasn't identifiable or new then I don't think they had a reason to key on it.
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October 06 2011
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Always ask for a 1 year warranty.
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I'm going to disagree with all of the posts so far.  You are asking about a final walk through before close, if required work was completed on the septic field after the inspection, it seems like an agent that is even modestly capable would suggest that you at least make an attempt to examine and test adjoining systems that may have been disturbed by the work done after the inspection.

If you don't the best you can hope for is whoever did the work guarantees it and transfers the guarantee to the new owner.
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October 05 2011
A buyer's agent can advise to get inspections, but it's the buyer's choice whether or not to do so. Remember two things: a good home inspection is very valuable, but a home inspector is still a "generalist".  If a buyer has specific concerns/questions about a system or systems in a home, it's best to consult a licensed professional: electrician, plumber, mold re-mediator, etc who would be a "specialist" in the field. Secondly, read through the seller property questionnaire and the transfer disclosures, raise questions and do your investigating at the beginning of escrow, not at the final walk through. 
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No they don't have a responsibility to test something like that. A good buyers agent is valuable, but even the best is not a substitute for a quality home inspector.
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October 05 2011
Wetdawgs is correct, that would be a hidden defect. Your realtor should have asked you to get a home inspection. The sprinkler system should have been tested, however many times it takes a while for the water to be seen (If the break is under ground). This is a common issue, but really is tough to detect in the amount of time an inspection takes.
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No.  A buyer's agent should suggest hiring a home inspector, but suggestions of testing irrigation systems are not the responsibility of the buyer's agent.
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