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What is a Title V Inspection?

Jul 29, 2020 8:00:00 AM

If you're selling a property in Massachusetts and your property has a septic system, you'll need to pass a Title V inspection.

What is a Title V Inspection?

Specific to the Bay State, Title V refers to a set of regulations created to protect waterways and the environment; septic inspections are an important part of these regulations. If you've passed an inspection within two years before a sale, you're set; if you're selling to family, you may not need one at all – see a step-by-step Title V deep dive here.

When you do need one, be sure to find a qualified, licensed professional; here are some state guidelines that may help. The cost of inspection can range from $300 to $500. Have it done before your listing goes live – a passed inspection is a plus for your place from the buyer's perspective.

The inspection procedure can seem quite complicated, but good inspectors are experts at the local regulations and requirements for your area and will walk you smoothly through the process.

A detailed septic inspection can usually be completed in just a few hours, and the inspectors will take care of all the paperwork for you as well. Once the inspection is complete, there are three possible results:

  • Pass: Great news for the buyer and seller both. The system is in good working order and no further action is required. Our inspector will certify that your septic system has successfully passed inspection.
  • Conditional Pass: If repairs are required we can advise you as to which components of the system require repair or replacement. As septic system experts, our team can quickly make those repairs so we can issue your certificate of compliance.
  • Fail: If a septic system fails we’ll provide the reasons
    for the failure and the Board of Health advises on what steps need to be taken to correct the failure.

Septic system replacement is a major investment. Failing systems are not just potential deal-breakers, they can contaminate groundwater resources that affect the entire surrounding community. The Title 5 inspection lets the buyer and seller know exactly what will be required to complete a successful transaction all around while protecting the community from the environmental hazards of a failing system.

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Todd McClain

Written by Todd McClain