Are you thinking about building on rural land that does not have city water and sewer? Then you will need a well and septic system. Checking for prior perc tests is a must if your vacant land does not have access to a sewer system.

The perc test evaluates the soil percolation rate, or the rate at which water drains through the soil.

A perc test is typically an indicator of whether a septic system can be installed on the property.

Each county has its own rules and regulations around perc tests so it’s a good idea to speak with the relevant county agency (usually the health department) to understand what is required to get a septic permit.

It’s important to know that if a perc test does not meet the county requirements, you will generally not be able to pull a septic permit.

One of the important questions to ask your seller is if a perc test was ever done on the lot and get a copy of it.

If the seller has no record of a perc test, then you must decide whether you want one done before purchasing.

This will depend on the price of the property and what you want to use it for.

If you want to build a home on the lot, it may be worth the investment in a perc test prior to purchase.

Please contact a local soil scientist to perform a basic soil test to see if the land you are buying can support the size home you are planning on building.

Also, the type of septic system is important as well. A conventional septic is ideal, costing on average $4,000-$8,500, and $10,000-$ $24,000 for an alternative septic system .

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