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First Things First: Title V

Before you put your house on the market, make sure your septic system is up to par.

Many people who call me to sell their home ask me what they need to do to prepare their house to go on the market. The first issue I discuss with them is Title V. 

As of March 31, 1995, the state environmental code governing septic systems (known as Title V regulations) requires inspections of cesspools or septic systems before a house is sold.

Title V is a consideration for towns (such as Weston) that are not connected to a sewer system that use septic tanks or cesspools, both of which are regulated by the DEP and local boards of health. In order to close on a property, the bank will require a Title V certificate. 

A list of inspectors can be found at your local board of health. If your system passes, you will receive a title V certificate.  The certificate is good for two years (three years if you service your system annually after you receive the certificate). If your systems fails inspection, you will need to repair or upgrade the system, or you may have to replace it. 

The owner of the property is responsible for compliance with Title V. The seller is usually responsible for the cost; however, this can be negotiated as part of the sales agreement. So, if you are thinking of putting your home on the market, remember: all septic systems and cesspools must meet Title V requirements.

Okay … now onto a fresh coat of paint!

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