Purchasing an acreage property can be an exciting milestone, but it's essential to have a proper inspection before closing the deal. Acreage inspections are more complex than in-town home inspections, often requiring additional expertise and equipment. There are unique challenges and problems associated with acreage homes that must be identified and addressed.
One of the common problems encountered in acreage inspections is an issue with the well and septic system. Generally, these systems receive less attention than other systems in a typical home inspection. A well inspection will help determine if the well is producing the needed water flow and quality. Inspecting the septic also ensures that it is functioning correctly and the ground is absorbing the waste appropriately. A certified inspector for both well and a septic system is needed, as it's essential to ensure that there is no contamination of the soil or water.
Another potential problem with an acreage property is the drainage system. Drainage issues can lead to severe damage to the foundation, basement, roofing, and other areas of the house and surrounding areas. Acreage properties are especially vulnerable to poor drainage as they may have different terrain types and lack municipal water/drainage networks. Following thorough inspection, drainage outside the house could be fortified with new grading and an addition of catch basins and downspout extensions to ensure that water is correctly routed away from the house and adjacent land.
Overall, acreage inspections are necessary when purchasing such properties to avoid unpleasant surprises along the way. A full inspection by an experienced and knowledgeable inspector will help protect new homeowners from making a bad investment. It is essential to ensure that all significant components of the acreage, including the well and septic, perimeter drainage, and the whole property, are inspected in preparation for closing the deal.