Septic Sells for More than Sewer Reports

Given the high cost a local government will typically inflict on a homeowner in order to change their utility from septic to public sewer, one might expect a public sewer line to increase that property’s home value. One might think.

We perform the research so homeowners considering switching from septic to public sewer and homebuyers considering purchasing a home on a septic vs. on a public sewer can make an informed decision.

If you’re thinking of selling your home in the next twelve months, Stephen would love to tour your home. Call today to set an appointment.

Stephen FitzMaurice, Realtor
4% Max. to Sell a Home
Cancel Anytime Policy
Licensed Since 2003

If you’re considering buying a home in the next twelve months, Kami Price, buyers specialist would love to hear what you’re looking for. Call today to set an appointment.

Kami Price, Realtor
Represented Hundreds of Buyers
Licensed since 2004

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Septic System vs. Public Sewer Home Value Impact, 2023 Report

July 28, 2023

Most homes within city limits are connected to a public sewer system (but not all). Of course, most homes in rural areas are on septic. Occasionally, the local government might force a homeowner to connect to their public sewer system and decommission their septic system (because they are laying new sewer lines in the area, or simply enforcing a new policy). Also, home buyers should pay attention to whether or not a home is on a public sewer or septic system as it affects the current and future value of the home. We started this report in 2022 for the greater Portland metro area and have revised our criteria in our 2023 report to attempt to generate the best comparison...

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Septic System vs. Public Sewer Home Value Impact, 2022 Report

July 8, 2022

When we think about buying a home, our immediate thoughts usually lead to curb appeal, square footage, number of rooms, lot size, and a long list of other wants and needs to meet our individual tastes and lifestyles. We even give thought to structural integrity—like the age and quality of the roof and condition of the foundation—as well as HVAC systems, when thinking about energy efficiency. Another not so fun or exciting, but essential, facet of home ownership is knowing about a home’s private septic or public sewage system. If your home or the one you want to buy is within city limits, chances are you’re on a public sewer system (not always). On the other hand, homes in more...