When selling your home, it always seems that there is much to do and that your to-do list is never-ending. But if there is one thing you should make time for, it is getting your septic tank serviced. It is always a good idea to get your septic tank inspected and certified before putting your home on the market. In many cases, it is actually a legal requirement that a homeowner gets his or her septic tank inspected, pumped, and serviced before selling the property. While the specifications vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, there are requirements that sellers should be aware of.
- Inspection: A number of counties in the US require all property sellers with on-site septic systems to have these systems fully inspected by a licensed On-Site System Maintainer (OSM). The specifications of this inspection do tend to vary between jurisdictions. In some cases, county law may mandate that the inspector document how the system is functioning at the time of sale. It also may be a requirement that the tank is fully pumped during the inspection. Depending on the requirements of the county, it is a possibility that the seller will also need to fill out and submit a form verifying this inspection prior to sale.
- Notification: In addition, it may also be mandatory for the seller to record a notice of the system’s operation and maintenance requirements with his or her local record-keeping office. The purpose of such a notice is to provide notification to the appropriate local authorities that the property is serviced by a septic system and to clearly detail that the homeowner’s responsibility is maintaining the system. This ensures relevant local records are kept updated.
- Transfer of Information: Lastly, it is important to note that some counties require the seller to transfer all records of septic tank maintenance and service to the buyer upon the sale.
The bottom line is that if you are selling your home, you need to make sure that you have fulfilled all requirements related to your septic tank. For more information, be sure to get in touch with a professional.