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Septic Inspection and well/water inspection? Which inspections are REALLY necessary?

Is a Septic Inspection and well/water inspection necessary for a townhouse in North Raleigh?
  • September 23 2010 - North Raleigh
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It strikes me as strange that Townhomes would be on well and septic in North Raleigh. Are you certain this is the case? If it is I would contact the HOA and find out if they are responsible for the well and septic (they should be) if they are then you do not need to have them inspected, if they do not cover them you should not remotely consider buying in this development as it is obviously poorly organized and likely equally poorly built.

  • November 08 2010
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The things that you don't want to get inspected are the things that you don't mind plunking down $1,000 to $50,000 to repair a few weeks after closing!

  • September 24 2010
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Loved the information about septic inspections. Thanks.
  • September 24 2010
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Glad it was helpful.  I'm in NC and not sure where you are, but townhouses and condos can go up anywhere and if there not on public sewer and water, you owe it to yourself to mek every effort to make sure you're not going to be at a disadvantage once you move in.  Have them inspected.  We have an 8 unit facility here that's on shared well and septic, so Buyers have to be sure they feel comfortable that there are enough gal/minute from the well and they have regular maintenance (particularly pumping) which will typically be a part of your Owner Assoc. fees, but check and make sure.  If you're working with a Buyer Agent, I'm sure they'll advise you to do all the inspections typical in your area.  If you're not working with a Buyer Agent, run don't walk, before signing anything, and get a qualified Buyer Agent by your side.  An ABR after their name means they're an Accredited Buyers Representative and have taken the initiative to get further education over and beyond what is required for their licensure, to be better prepared for their buyer clients.  Here, it's typical to do a whole house inspection, pest, radon, and septic and water for any property on septic and/or well or spring fed system.  If the heat/air is questionable, have it inspected by an HVAC professional.  Hope this helps.  Good luck and if you have a Buyer Agent working with you, they'll take a lot of the "just luck" out of the equation.

  • September 24 2010
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I would highly suggest all Inspections be done. The fees are minimal compared to finding out later you need a new septic or finger system which could cost thousands. Once of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
  • September 24 2010
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Wow, can't imagine a townhouse being on septic but I guess anything is possible.
If you have concerns I say yes, have the septic inspection done.  Well water inspection - I have no experience with this but again, if it concerns you then inspect now or forever hold your peace.
  • September 24 2010
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Thanks for the in depth answer Debo!!

Are most townhouse units going to have their own septic unit? Or is there probably one for the whole subdivision? The townhome is in Allyn's Landing off of Lead Mine by the way...
  • September 23 2010
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If there's a septic tank and well, or spring fed water source, both the septic and water inspection are very important.  Few spring-fed water sources are e-coli and coli form free, so it's imperative to make sure these are either not present or treated prior to closing.  Also, due to issues in ground water, many wells have the same problem.  If it is a public water source, it is what it is, and getting an inspection for determining chemicals, is probably not worth it.  Most public water organizations are required to submit reports to their users at least once a year showing the level of chemicals in the water supply going to all homes/businesses.  Most inspectors suggest septic pumping every 2 years, so a lot can change with a system in a 2-year period.  As a Buyer's Agent, we owe it to our Buyers to suggest all inspections.  If they choose not to, that's their decision, but having a signed Professional Services Addendum signed by you and the Buyer confirming you suggested an inspection and they declined is a good source for any future issues, which can come up.  This is often the biggest investment many buyers ever make.  If, after taking possession, there's a problem which the Buyer feels should have been addressed before closing, who do you think they're going to first?  Protect your Buyers and protect yourself and don't put yourself in the role of determining what's important for a Buyer to do prior to closing - that's their job.
  • September 23 2010
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