Selling a Home with a Water Well: What You Should Know

SOLD! The word every real estate agent hopes to hear after showing clients their dream home. If you’re a real estate agent, you know that this could mean a big yard, upgraded appliances or even a private water well system. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 15 million households in the United States rely on private water wells for drinking water.

Private wells can increase a property’s marketability and is an appeal to health-conscious buyers. It offers a safe, modern and affordable source of clean water. Most importantly, homeowners are in control of their own water supply. This is why the EPA doesn’t regulate private drinking water wells, and why you should make sure they are clean and safe before selling.

The best thing you can do for both you and your potential homebuyers is early detection (of possible contamination) and testing. Why? Contaminants can be present, but what’s worse is that oftentimes they can be odorless, tasteless and colorless. Because there is no standard regulation, the previous homeowners could have maintained it poorly. Investing in water testing early can save you a headache later.

You can also speed up the sale of a property by addressing water quality concerns before the house is placed on the market or comes under contract. In addition, proof of a recent water test and water well inspection will reduce the chance of future surprises and enhance the sales process.

At the very minimum, every well should be tested annually for bacteria (E. coli). However, the EPA also recommends testing for nitrate, nitrite, arsenic, lead and pH level. In fact, the VA loan process requires that all six tests be performed (i.e. E. coli, nitrate, nitrite, arsenic, lead and pH).

Whether you’re a real estate agent or a homebuyer, we can provide you a variety of water testing to ensure your water is safe and drinkable. Contact us for more information at nova@novatx.com, or give us a call at 1-800-282-5416.

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