During the whole process of getting your home ready to list in the real estate market, you will have your hands full with all kinds of important tasks to get done. From getting leaks repaired and plumbing lines replaced to sprucing up the landscape and having the HVAC system checked, there are many things you will need to do to prepare your home for a prospective buyer. However, one thing you may never think of in all of this is the septic system. While this residential system is tucked away out of sight, you should expect buyers to be curious about it and even have questions. There are three things to know about your home's septic system before selling your home.
How long has your septic tank been in place?
Septic tanks do have a limited lifespan, even though this is a fact that many homeowners are unaware of altogether. The lifespan of your septic tank will depend on what kind it is, such as concrete or steel, and can even be affected by things like ground pH levels and the depth of the tank. If you do not know when your septic tank was installed or whether it was installed when the home was built, you can have a septic tank service come to your home and give you a reasonable estimate of its age.
When was the last time the septic tank was drained?
The septic tank of your system should be regularly pumped or drained to prevent overflow and drainage issues. If you are unsure of how long it has been since the tank was pumped, it is a good idea to go ahead and schedule a service visit from a septic tank service. It will look better to a buyer if you can say the tank was recently pumped than to say that you have no idea when the last time the tank was pumped.
Have there ever been septic system leaks or repairs?
An educated buyer will want a detailed maintenance record of various components on the property, including the septic tank. If there have been issues with leaks or deterioration in the past, these are potential areas of weakness that a buyer will need to now about if they do take the home. Therefore, having a detailed service record on hand of what repairs where made and when can be valuable information to a prospective buyer.
Contact a service, like Kulp and Sons, for more help.