Remember To Do This Before Moving Into Your New Rural Home
Have you recently purchased a home out in the country? Are you getting ready to move in shortly? Before you can take up residence in your new home, you've probably got a checklist of things that need to be done: cleaning out the dust, getting utilities hooked up in your name, and so forth. One thing that you may not yet be considering, especially if you're from the city, is the current condition of the septic tank. A septic tank is an easily overlooked, yet vital part, of any home that cannot be hooked up to a sewer system. In order to make sure that your home is completely ready for you to move in, here are some things that you should make sure to do:
Have the tank pumped out: If the home has been on the market for a while, it's possible that the septic tank has sat undisturbed for many months. If the sellers moved out well before selling, they may not even know how long ago it was since the tank was last pumped out. It could be completely full or it could be half empty. The only way to find out is by hiring someone to clean out the tank so that you know that it's definitely empty. This also gives you a starting point so that you're able to get a better idea of how long it takes your household to fill the tank.
Have the system inspected: Many septic pumping companies include an inspection in the pumping cost, but many others do not. If this is a separate charge, it's well worth paying the additional fees now to find out if any sort of septic tank repair is necessary or if the whole system is in working order. Skipping the inspection could lead to unpleasant surprises later, once you've moved into the house. If you get the inspection done early enough and there are issues found, that could play into your negotiation for the final price of the home.
Perform any necessary repairs: If you've already put down a significant down payment and have moving costs coming up, septic tank repair might not seem to be very high on your list of priorities. However, it is vital that you have the repairs performed as soon as possible. Leaving the issues until later could cause the problem to spread, resulting in even higher repair fees later. Depending on what needs to be done, it's even possible that the lack of repairs now could mean that you will be forced to completely replace the tank in the near future. This is a costly expense that you may be able to avoid simply by paying for the septic tank repair now.