Buying a Reno Home with a Well - Top 3 Considerations

Posted by Mitch Argon / CalNeva Realty on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 12:58pm.

Buying a Reno Home with a Well - Top 3 Things to Consider

The Reno area has many rural properties which may have a private well. Like any other home feature, there are pros and cons to having your own private well instead of being reliant on a city or municipal water source. I have created a list (below) to help you gain some key knowledge and insight as to whether you may want to buy a Reno home with a well.

Top 3 Considerations

  1. Cost - One key benefit of a private well is you do not have a 'city' water bill to pay each month. If you are on a meter and use a lot of water, this may be a key consideration. Your only direct cost for consuming water from a private well is the cost of electricity to run the pump. Keep in mind, however, that there are costs associated with a well such as water quality inspections (recommended once per year), periodic equipment maintenance (pump, plumbing, pressure tanks, filter systems), and the potential to deepen the well should the well either run dry or need a greater water source.
  2. Maintenance - As discussed above, the responsibility to ensure proper working order and acceptable drinking water quality now falls on you, as the homeowner, as opposed to the city. As a result, this creates cost as well as the burden to schedule and monitor your well and water. I am including a link to WellOwner.Org to provide a more comprehensive view on maintenance requirements for a private well.
  3. Water Quality - A benefit to having your own well is you are not at the mercy of either poor water quality or chemical additives that the municipal water source deems necessary. At the same time, keep in mind that you should check your water quality once a year from a state approved water testing lab to ensure your water quality meets minimum standards for drinking water as established by the EPA.

Well and Water Quality Inspections

At CalNeva Realty, when we represent a home buyer who is buying a property with a private well, we strongly recommend the home buyer hire an independent well inspector (we know local professionals in the area we can refer) who can test all of the mechanical elements of the well (examples include well depth, water flow, pump and plumbing working conditions, and more) as well as coordinate a water quality test with a state approved laboratory. By doing these inspections, you will have the necessary information to make a decision on wether to continue with the home purchase or to further negotiate price or repair concessions based on inspection results.

Next Steps

I hope this information has been useful for you. See Reno properties on a private well that are currently for sale if you have further interest. If you would like to discuss any of these considerations further with one of our knowledgeable real estate agents, please call us at 775-473-9531.

Mitch Argon
Broker - CalNeva Realty

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