For homes that have not been hooked up to public water and sewer, well and septic systems are vital components of the home. Since they are so vital to how a home operates, it only makes sense to have those systems inspected during the home purchasing process.
Paragraph 8 of the Authorized Buy and Sell Agreement of the Greater Kalamazoo Assocation of REALTORS stipulates:
If The Property is serviced by a water well, Seller agrees to order within five (5) days of the last dated acceptance of this Agreement and promptly provide to Buyer and/or Selling Broker, at Seller’s expense, an evaluation report from the County Health Department covering the well and tests for nitrates and bacteria in the water by either the County Health Department or other government approved laboratory.
If The Property is serviced by a septic system, Seller agrees to order within five (5) days of the last dated acceptance of this Agreement and promptly provide to Buyer and/or Selling Broker, at Seller’s expense, an evaluation report covering the condition of the septic system by the local County Health Department.
In short, if the home is serviced by a well and/or septic system, the SELLER agrees to pay to have the systems inspected.
In Kalamazoo County it is also required to have the septic system pumped if the system has not been pumped in the previous 3 years. This, too, is payed for by the SELLER.