Buying a home comes with a lot of expenses that first time buyers are not prepared for. The inspection, the credit score fee, the lenders title insurance policy… All these things can add up quickly. In an attempt to save a few bucks, some buyers skip the sewer inspection. In some cases, that isn’t the worst idea. In others, it can be the costliest mistake you make in the home buying process.
If you are purchasing a condo or a home that is less than 10 years old, the sewer inspection is a good idea, but not a do-or-die requirement. If the home you are purchasing is over 10 years old, it is a really good idea to spend the roughly $200 to get the sewer line inspected.
What is a sewer inspection?
A sewer inspection is when you hire a specialized inspector, such as HydroPhysics, to come and send a cable with a camera attached down your sewer line. They run the cable all the way to where your sewer line meets the City sewer line.
This is the video of Emmy and Robs sewer inspection. They bought a beautiful 100 year old house in Ballard. This video revealed MAJOR issues with the sewer line. Because we discovered these issues, we were able to get the seller to lower the price of the home to compensate for needed repairs. If we hadn’t done a sewer scope, we wouldn’t have known about the issue. And when the sewer finally did break, Emmy and Rob would have had a big, expensive, stinky mess to deal with. The $300 they spent on this sewer inspection video saved them over $5,000 in repair costs.