Going Off the Grid With a Septic Tank or Well

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linda Prin

Subject: http://advanceddrillingllc.com/well-drilling/

It is good to know that I still need to get a city inspection even if I live in rural parts outside my city. I am really unfamiliar with the process and my husband and I were considering buying in an area further from town. I see there are things to be fearful of and will consider the costs and challenges carefully. Thank you for the information.

Marla

Subject: Drilled well

Hello , we are in the process of putting in an offer on a property with a drilled well.
Today they informed us that they could only guarantee it being a 2 person well .

Is this a problem ? Or is it because only 2 of them do live in the home and that is why they are saying this... We are however going to get the well and sewer inspection. It did however put a red flag up . Thank you

Chelsea

Subject: Well

They clearly don't care how many people live in the house they are saying that the water that it's putting out wouldn't necessarily be sufficient (enough) for more than 2 people. They have no reason to tell you that it only can handle 2 people based on how many are living there now. It's in case you decide to sale to a family of 4 or anything else that you understand that it might not be enough water for that many.

Chelsea

Subject: Expensive

That would be based off of city ordinances and probably would be pricy, seeing as how 9/10 times you need permits for any work within city limits.

Donna

Subject: septic question

How far apart can a septic and drain line be from a water line hooked up to city water?

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.