After selling homes in SW Florida for over 17 years I have sold many with and others on well water and septic.
Just like my colleagues already stated, first pick the home that you like, then figure out if you prefer water and sewer versus well water and septic. See what will be the Best package for you.
My clients that bought homes with well and septic save on average each and every year $800-1,000.
Sure a well will not last forever and yes the septic system must be pumped out in Charlotte county every three years. A pump out will run about $300-350.
To run the well is pretty simple and will be very little on power cost. A septic tank today will last a good 15-20 years if it does not get crushed or roots from larger trees will not wrap around the tank.
I believe you should get unbiased info on septic versus sewer and keep in mind each county has their own rules and restrictions on when city water will be installed and how much it will cost the home owner at the time.
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I do recommend that you look for a home that is on the county water system. A well is expensive to install and maintain and the county water system is very good.
When I built my house there was no sewer in the area so I installed a septic system. In 2003 or 2004 the sewer was installed in my area and the hookup was about $8,500. There was an option to pay it all at once and get a discount or spread out the payments at 8% interest. I paid it off at installation. The way I looked at it: a sewer is a lot less expensive than having to replace a septic system if it fails. The county maintains the hook up and I have had no problem with the service.
If you can find a home you like with county water and sewer, I think that would be the ideal. If it has a septic system and you love the house, go for it. Sewer will come along sometime.
James Mulligan, Broker / Owner
Suncoasteam Realty, LLC
Po Box 380503
Murdock, FL 33938
4055 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, FL 33952
City sewer versus septic varies throughout the entire area of Charlotte County. With a septic system you just need to take care of it. Use a monthly product such as RidX and get it pumped as needed. Don't put a lot of stuff, if any, down the garbage disposal and use septic safe toilet paper.Some of the older homes have had to get their septic system replaced, which can be costly.
One thing to take into consideration is the fact that some areas of Charlotte County may eventually go from a septic system to a sewer system and that would impose fees on the homeowners. Some areas did recently have septic systems put in and owners are still paying for it. Other areas have been connected to city sewer for many years and there are no fees.
Here is the Charlotte County Web Site for Utilities if you want to read about the water and sewer in the area: http://www.charlottecountyfl.com/CCU/
The decision to go with city sewer or septic to me would be based on the home I like and the area I like. I live in Port Charlotte and have city water and septic. I would be happy to answer any other questions or help you in your home search.
Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte