The short of it is that you need to be sure that both are satisfactory, hence the inspection. These things vary considerably from place to place. But there is no reason to automatically be worried about a well and/or septic.
As long as you maintain and check your well regularly for potability it is great as no water company bills every month. Make sure you inspect the wells depth, and gallons per minute as part of your inspection contingencies. Many buyers overlook this and are facing expensive New well costs down the road.
Same goes for septic, have the entire system checked including drain fields, seepage pits what ever system is in place. You must follow instructions on maintaining a septic, as it is not public sewer where anything can be flushed down the toilet. As stated below best to have enough ground so a replacement system can be installed down the road. Two drainage fields with a Bull-run switch are the best! One year field A is used, next year field B can be used. This way neither field becomes saturated which is the huge expense when septic systems fail. Digging new drainage trenches.
Erikjen23 if you and your family love the home, just protect yourself to get proper and detailed inspections.
Best of luck and feel free to contact us with any other questions or concerns.
Rob Hughes: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.
(Associate Broker) (AB065650)
(Hughes Associates) (Realtor since 1987)
Office: 610-225-7400 x7438
Cell# 484-410-9765 (Preferred)
Septic and well is simply one more home system to have to manage....the septic needs to be pumped from time to time, they can clog and back up causing a huge mess and problem. With regards to a well system, during the dry season wells can go dry leaving you without potable water, the water should be tested for purity from time to time and pumps and filters need to be maintained.
On the positive side, many people like having their own systems regardless of the requires attention and effort because they don't have to pay the municipality for water and sewer service but they must maintain their system.
Hope this helps.