Is a Well and Septic System Inspection Required?
The short answer is “not always.” However, if the house is in Washtenaw County both are mandatory. In Wayne County, you’re required to inspect the septic system. That said, some lenders may request these inspections based on the physical observation of an Appraiser. But, honestly, if you don’t want an expensive surprise, have the inspections done sooner rather than later.
A lot of times the well and septic system inspection is put off to the last minute and after all other inspections are finished. Everyone is sure the closing will happen. This might be possible with newer homes, but what if the property has an older system? That system might be close to the end of its life cycle and need more than a simple pumping and inspection. Replacing a well can cost $6,000 and a septic system is more than double that. This can be a deal-breaker for a lot of home buyers.
Check out this short video that explains what’s involved in well and septic inspections.
Whether you’re buying or selling a house, it’s critical that you have this inspection done. Our rates vary depending upon where the home is located. All septic tanks should be pumped out at the time of inspection. We don’t offer this service but we can arrange to have a professional meet us onsite at the time of the inspection. On average, you can expect to pay $240 for a 1,000 gallon tank or $340 for a 1,500 gallon tank to have the septic pumped prior to inspection. You’ll pay the vendor directly and we’ll oversee the pumping process and then get on with the inspection.
For Washtenaw County
Well Inspection is $450
Septic System Inspection is $450
Both for $525
For Wayne County
Well Inspection $300
Septic System Inspection is $500 (includes the $161 Wayne County Environmental Health fee)
Both for $650 (also includes the $161 fee)
For a Wayne County Septic Inspection it’s mandatory that the septic be pumped during the inspection.
For All Other Counties in Southeast Michigan
Well Inspection is $300
Septic System Inspection is $300
Both for $500