Vacation Home Purchase, Septic Tank

During 37 years of selling homes, I don’t recall selling a home with a septic system. I did sell some rural property – the septic system was never a big issue.

Why not? I think it was not a major consideration in the purchase. The property itself was always a much larger concern related to the size of the investment.

That’s not so true on a vacation home, where the parcel size is relatively small and the septic is a major capital expense. It’s also a big project if it needs to be replaced.

In most rural property purchases, the agencies are not watching closely. That’s not true if you purchase a lake-front home where county agencies are very concerned about pollution of the lake.

That’s why I’m being fussy about the septic tank at my prospective vacation home at Lake Almanor in Plumas County.

The seller’s agent suggested that the seller pay for the septic inspection. That surprised me. Then the inspector checked a box saying it was “unknown” if there are any records about the tank on file with Plumas County. This is a big red flag. Unknown ?@#%&*

Looks like there will be more than one inspector.

2 thoughts on “Vacation Home Purchase, Septic Tank

  1. Septic tanks are indeed a big deal. It will be well worth your time and money to have it inspected and then cleaned out. This way you start out with everything empty and good working condition. Cause septic tank only fail when it is cold and raining and miserable out.

  2. No record, that’s crazy, the septic tank and leach lines need to be designed, approved and inspected before final inspection of the house for occupancy.

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