Things to look for during a showing

Posted by David Doyle on Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 at 2:46pm

Yesterday I had the pleasure of showing an acreage in Southern Alberta.  It was an Older home with extensive renovations.  The septic field had been updated, there was a well report and it looked like it was really well done.

These are a few things that caught my eye:

Well report; there were two reports for the same well and it gave conflicting information as far as static water level and the GPM.  If sharing your well report make sure you just share the most recent. 

The Pressure tank; it was old and showing rust on the outside, I would think in the 1970’s vintage.   A new pressure tank will cost about $400 at Peavy Mart, and its well worth the investment over time you get rust and corrosion over time and eventually the balloon will burst in time, the other odd thing was the pressure switch looked like it was the same vintage as the tank, they are less then $50, so change them both at the same time. 

Septic system had been updated in 2005, I am sure they could have updated the septic lines, but the tanks were still original, and from what I could tell it was still a single-stage tank, and most current fields require two-stage tanks for the septic system effluent to break down properly.

Wiring; it was an extensive renovation, but most of the wiring was original going to the updated panel box and I would be concerned about the potential of Aluminum which was used through the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Plumbing:  Like the wiring there appeared to be a lot of copper still running to water taps, mind you copper doesn’t bother me as much but, it's still original.

At the end of the day it's great to see a home that has been well renovated and looks beautiful, but at the same time, be sure to look beyond and know what to look for that wasn’t updated.

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