lmc, Home Buyer in Tracy, CA

The home I am considering buying needs a new septic system. Can someone give me a ballpark on what a new septic will cost?

Asked by lmc, Tracy, CA Thu Sep 16, 2010

The home is located in northern California. The lot is heavily treed and an up slope. The home has 2 1/2 baths in 1600 sq ft.

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Jo Ann Stump, Agent, Arnold, CA
Fri Jan 31, 2014
Each of the other agents gave you a long answer, which might have worried you. Yes, you will need to get an engineer and your county solid waste department involved, but to make it a little less complicated, I would suggest that you consult with a reliable and honest septic installer. They will be your best resource. They can walk you through the process, work with the engineer, and your local authorities.
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Valerie Olson, Agent, Arnold, CA
Sat Jan 18, 2014
Unfortunatey a ball park cost will not work across the board. Things to keep in mind is to hire professional engineers that work on septic systems and make sure that you need a new system. Some systes can be repaired.
If it is determind that you need a new system, the engineering company will go to the property and do a soil profile test - this will help them determine what type of a system will be required as there are several types depending on various factors such as terrain and slope.. In Calaveras County, a septic design will refer to how many bedrooms (not baths). If you are buying a home with a septic system, it's wise to check with the county to see if the permit on file matches how many bedrooms are in the home.
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Doug & Carrie…, Agent, Arnold, CA
Fri Apr 5, 2013
Septic requirements vary greatly depending on slope, vegetation and area soils. A qualified engineer will generally be required to come in and do a "soil profile" study. Based on the results of the study, the engineer will make a recommendation as to the type of system most suitable for the property. From there, the system specs will be put out to bid to several installers. I'm sure you can see it is a fairly complex process, and your best bet is to use qualified professionals to guide you through each stage. There are a variety of components to a septic system, and depending on which components have failed, the price can vary from $5,000 to $25,000, not including engineering and design fees.
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Stacy Cuccia, Agent, Murphys, CA
Thu Jan 24, 2013
Most septic companies will give you an estimate of what it will cost to have a septic system installed on a specific piece of property, but generally you can expect anything from $10,000 up to $35,000, depending on the size of the system (which is judged by the number of bedrooms the home contains), and whether you need an engineered system approved by the county (as is the case in Calaveras County).

Make sure that your offer for the property is contingent on obtaining and approving of the cost of the purchase and installation of the system.
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Tim Muettert…, Agent, Arnold, CA
Thu Sep 16, 2010
Unfortunately, there is no quick or simple answer to your question. Before you can determine the cost of the system, you will need to hire an engineer and complete an engineering study which is submitted to a local government agency for review. The results of the study (and government approval) will determine the size, design type, and cost of the system. The cost of a septic system can run from $10,000 to over $25,000 depending on the design.
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