Can the size of the Septic affect the value of a House?
I recently had a buyer client notice that the listing sheet of a house we looked at disclosed that the septic system was for a 3 bedroom house even though the house had 10 rooms and 5 of them had the potential to be bedrooms. My clients had only 3 people in their family that would occupy the house and they wanted to know why that disclosure should be important to them.
When a septic system has been designed for a 3 bedroom house, the engineer designs the septic to handle the water and waste from the typical size family that occupies a 3 bedroom house. The listing of a house should document the number of bedrooms based on the septic design. The other rooms can be used as bedrooms or guest rooms or what ever else you want, but they should not be called bedrooms for listing and appraisal purposes. This can affect the resale value of the house. There is a small value difference between a 3 and a 4 bedroom house, and very little value difference between a 4 or 5 bedroom house, however there is quite a difference in value between a 2 and a 3 bedroom house. Many people think it is the bathroom count that dictates the septic size, but it is actually the bedroom count.
Pam Crawford, ABR,e-PRO®,CRS,CDPE,LMC
Owner, REALTOR®, Managing Partner, MBA, BSBA
RE/MAX Professional Associates
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