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Old 06-05-2015, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Personally, I would not buy a house with a shared/regulated well or septic. You cannot control what other people do, but they surely will try to control you!

If it were me, I would find a property with a well and septic, even if they are older it may be in your benefit. Not sure what the laws are there, but here in NJ (believe it or not), a house cannot transfer legally if the septic and/or well inspections fail..
I bet that is not truly a 'law'.

Maybe it is a bank policy, or it could be a realtor policy, or I have heard of states that had laws on the conduct of realtors which required lots of things so it could be that the state requires realtors to 'enforce' things like that.

Among the properties that we have owned, we have been that X / Y / Z were 'law', only to later learn that, no, the realtor was lying again. Such was not 'law' it was one of these other things.





Legally transferring a property can be as simple as filing a quit claim deed at the court house with a $5 fee.
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Old 06-06-2015, 04:16 PM
 
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Personally, I would not buy a house with a shared/regulated well or septic. You cannot control what other people do, but they surely will try to control you!

If it were me, I would find a property with a well and septic, even if they are older it may be in your benefit. Not sure what the laws are there, but here in NJ (believe it or not), a house cannot transfer legally if the septic and/or well inspections fail...so the seller is basically required to do what is necessary for them to pass, even if that means replacing either or both. The septic and well inspections are paid for buy the buyer, but are a legal requirement, unlike the general home inspection. If a system's inspection fails, most sellers will repair/replace this at their own expense because they've already accepted the offer and will need to do it regardless of buyer. Septics generally have a life of 30 +/- years (I could be wrong), so getting a brand new $15k+ septic system is a real bonus. Plus, due to the legal requirement, the new system has to be inspected by the NJ DEP. Wells are less likely to fail, but again, here in NJ, the water itself must pass a quality test. So if it fails, the seller will have to make necessary adjustments (via treatment/softener setup) to bring the water quality up to pass. Again, the seller will generally cover this cost as it's mandatory for transfer of property.
I would never share either.........I have heard many nightmare stories.
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:33 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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currently have 6 homes on different shared wells. (Have had many in the past).
I write a robust well agreement that is filed with the deed.
Have not had a problem, tho benefit is shared expense when / if issues arise (new pump / major expense).

Never have had a shared septic, but have had a few small public septic installations.
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Old 06-13-2015, 01:42 PM
 
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Does anyone have a whole house filtration system for their well water? If so, what system do you have?
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Old 06-13-2015, 01:44 PM
 
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Does anyone have a whole house filtration system for their well water? If so, what system do you have?
What are you trying to filter out????
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Old 06-13-2015, 01:56 PM
 
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What are you trying to filter out????
I'm moving to a rural area soon and the new house has well water. I keep hearing that you need to get the water tested but no one says where and who can give an accurate water test. The county website does not have a health department of EPA. I emailed the county and they gave me a local pharmacy for water testing, which sounds very odd.

So I guess I need to find out who can test the water, get the water tested, and then determine if a water filtration system is needed?
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Old 06-13-2015, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I'm moving to a rural area soon and the new house has well water. I keep hearing that you need to get the water tested but no one says where and who can give an accurate water test. The county website does not have a health department of EPA. I emailed the county and they gave me a local pharmacy for water testing, which sounds very odd.

So I guess I need to find out who can test the water, get the water tested, and then determine if a water filtration system is needed?
We use our Cooperative Extension Office. However they contract the testing to a lab somewhere. The lab might be a pharmacy, I don't know.

Don't buy a filter until after you learn if you need one.
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:03 PM
 
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I'm moving to a rural area soon and the new house has well water. I keep hearing that you need to get the water tested but no one says where and who can give an accurate water test. The county website does not have a health department of EPA. I emailed the county and they gave me a local pharmacy for water testing, which sounds very odd.

So I guess I need to find out who can test the water, get the water tested, and then determine if a water filtration system is needed?
The person to ask is your well driller.
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:05 PM
 
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I'm moving to a rural area soon and the new house has well water. I keep hearing that you need to get the water tested but no one says where and who can give an accurate water test. The county website does not have a health department of EPA. I emailed the county and they gave me a local pharmacy for water testing, which sounds very odd.

So I guess I need to find out who can test the water, get the water tested, and then determine if a water filtration system is needed?
Where are you moving to????
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Old 06-13-2015, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I don't know the idiosyncrasies of Oregon, but we had well and septic for 20 years, and they were relatively easy to maintain.
We had a contract with a maintenance company to deal with any issues with the septic system, and the well was never an issue.
If you keep in mind that millions of people live this way, it is less scary.
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