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As a specialist in antique properties, I've been involved in the replacement of a number of septic systems, on behalf of buyers and sellers. And for my own personally owned properties, as well.
There are not set answers to your question. First you need a good inspector, and he/she can give you a detailed account of what KIND of septic system it is and what condition it is in. There are different engineering designs for different types of land and other factors. The required size of a septic influences price, and is based unpon the number of bedrooms, not bathrooms, that it serves. The bigger the system, the more expensive for the engineer's plan and the construction costs.
I wouldn't get into this without the assistance of an experienced Realtor. There are lots of details and nuances, but that's not to say that the price negotiated couldn't work out for you. It's all part of negotiations during the inspection period.
Once again, the cost of central air depends on the square footage you are cooling, and the equipment you choose.
I advise all my clients involved in these things to get at least 3 estimates from reputable companies, although with the septic, health officials will definately be visiting during the construction to make sure the engineer's plan is followed properly. This is extremely important because septic systems can affect underground acquifers, wells, etc., and other properties, so they must meet strict regulations.
Having said that, if I found a house I loved and it needed a new system, that in itself would not necessarily keep from buying the property. Just keep negotiating with that factor in mind.
This is all rather more involved that I'm explaining. You need someone experienced to guide you. I'll be happy to assist or provide more insight.
Please feel free to contact me:
LYNELL ANTONELLI, Realtor
Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors
I am licensed in NJ and PA and live in Delaware Township, NJ.
Don't put advertised chemicals in the tank. It does not need them. Just don't put all your food scraps, etc down the drain. And don't put sanitary napkins down either.
The system is designed to work on its own without added inducement.
To replace it can cost you $30K
Standards for septic systems have become more strict over the years.
The size and location of your old system may not work in today's world.
If you are a Buyer,make sure you have good advice from a testing firm.