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Sherry, Home Buyer in 49801

who pays for the septic system to be pumped?

Asked by Sherry, 49801 Fri Oct 21, 2011

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That's a good question to ask when you're interested in buying a home. I'd talk to your realtor and the homeowners about it and see if you can get it worked out. Even if the owners don't do it, they might lower the price a bit to make up for it. It doesn't hurt to ask. http://www.biosystems2000.com.au/products
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 7, 2015
I would say the sellers should pay, since the majority of the waste in there is going to be theirs. Even if they won't do so, I would still get it pumped, since it will give you an idea of what the tank can handle, and you will be able to start fresh in your new home as it were. Just call around to local septic services to get estimates before you decided on one. You can save money and get a needed service at the same time.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 27, 2015
This is a very good question to be asking before you purchase a home. It would be something you can probably negotiate with the current home owners about. Whether or not they are responsible or you could depend on the specific situation. http://www.acesan.net/ace_sanitation/septic_tank_cleaning.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 21, 2015
If it's a big point for you when buying a new house, it would be good to bring it up with people selling it. Having them get the septic system pumped could be part of your deal. Unless you do that, I don't know if they are under any obligation to do it before you take possession of the house. It's good that you're thinking about those things now. http://www.notestonecss.com/septic_tank_cleaning.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 20, 2015
I think that is definitely something that the seller should take care of. However, I am not sure if they are under any legal obligation to do so. I would make sure that the issue is addressed in your contract. You may have to do a little negotiating, but I don't think the seller will put up much resistance.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 7, 2015
It depends on what you are asking about. If you are asking in regards to selling and buying, it would probably be a good idea for the seller to pay for the septic to be pumped. However, if it is for you in a condo association, it would probably be best to just speak to your HOA. Then you can get it figured out soon, which would be a good idea, since it's not a good idea to leave a septic system too full. http://septicandwater.com/Septic_System_Pumping_and_Repair.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 6, 2015
I would ask the seller of the home to pump the tank out if it needs to be done. Talk to your agent and get assistance. Are you doing a home inspection on this property? If so, the inspector may want to see the system in it's current condition.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 15, 2014
I agree that this is something that you will have to negotiate. It is very important for people to get their septic tanks pumped. No one wants to have to deal with a clogged tank or full tank. Keeping up on the maintenance and things like pumping is a really great thing to do. Thanks for sharing this information! http://www.septicserv.com/Septic-Tank-Pumping.html
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 15, 2014
Amber is right, you should definitely negotiation this situation. If you don't get your septic tank pumped, you're going to have a lot of other problems in the long run. There is nothing worse than having a sewage back up. http://www.nofusswaste.com.au/servicesguarantees
Flag Tue Jan 6, 2015
This is a negotiable item and should be spelled out in your contract. If it is for a septic inspection, the offers I have written in Dickinson county stated the seller pays for the pumping and the buyer pays for the inspection.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 21, 2012
I would think that your HOA would be able to tell you who is in charge for septic services. Regardless of who pays for the services, it is a good idea to keep up regular maintenance on your septic tank to prevent expensive problems from occurring. I would recommend getting your septic tank pumped every couple years. There are many different septic services available for each and every one of your needs.
Flag Thu Dec 4, 2014
I agree that this is something that is usually negotiated. I would talk to the people involved and work out something dealing with this. I also think it varies depending on where you live. Good luck and I hope you figure everything out! http://www.septictankpumpingchestertown.com/Septic-Services-Excavating-Services-Chestertown-MD.html
Flag Tue Oct 21, 2014
Hi Sherry,

It's negotiable. But your Realtor can advise you if there is a common practice in Iron Mountain.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 24, 2011
Maureen Fran…, Real Estate Pro in Birmingham, MI
most often the person who sells the house however it can be a negotiated item and should be in the contract
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 22, 2011
Generally, the perosn who owns the house!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 21, 2011
Your agent can best advise; much will depend on your agreement; generally the seller is responsible.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 21, 2011
Hi Sherry,

It depends on what is the norm in your area and what is stipulated in the contract. In the state of Connecticut, Greater Hartford Area, we have a separate rider we attach to the Purchase and Sale Agreement where it states that seller is responsible for the cleaning and pumping prior to the septic inspection which is incurred by the buyer.

However, the pumping cost or responsibility can also be negotiated in the offer.

I hope this helps.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Oct 21, 2011
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