Buying a Home with a Septic System: A Good Idea or Not?

septic systemSome homebuyers are put off when they discover that a home for sale has a septic system. There appears to be a notion that these properties are inferior to one connected to a city sewer line. Let’s clear the air about whether or not it’s a good idea to buy a home with a septic system?

The Truth About Buying a Home with a Septic System

As a septic system company, we clearly have a bias toward septic systems. However, it would be untruthful to say that homes with a septic system are better. The truth is that it’s neither better or worse. It comes down to personal homeowner preference.

Let’s examine the factors in which a septic system can add or detract from the value of the property for sale.


If the septic system is in disarray, then repairs or a whole replacement can be costly. Request for an OSS inspection or see the paperwork to verify that an evaluation was completed recently. When we say inspection, we mean from an actual septic system service. A general valuation from a real estate agent doesn’t cover this.

Water Conservation

With a septic system, you will have to be more mindful of water use to prevent overburdening the drainfield. This can be a good or bad thing, depending on your perspective. It forces you to monitor water usage. On the flip side, this also helps you save water.

Cost Savings

In most instances, you save money in monthly sewer fees. Provided you take good care of the system, you only pay for the annual or bi-annual septic system pump.

We Inspect Septic Systems for Home Buyers

Leave it to Lil John Sanitary Service to inspect the septic system of a prospective property. We evaluate septic tanks and grease traps on a day-to-day basis. Buying a home with a septic system can be a huge plus, but only if it’s well maintained.

Septic System Inspection for Homebuyers

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