The dreaded news of a failed septic can paralyze Cape Cod property sellers just when they think they are ready to list. Some say, “I’ll just let the buyers take care of it,” but very few buyers are willing to consider a property that needs a new septic. Buyers worry that even with an estimate of the cost, they could be surprised with additional costs–like finding a huge boulder right where the new leaching field is suppose to go! But a seller has options! Even if strapped for cash, Barnstable County has a special loan program that can cover the cost until closing. If the property is already under contract, some engineers and septic installers will do the work and get paid at closing. The first step is to have the engineering done right away, since that can be the slowest part of the process, and then put the plan out for bid with installers. Instead of an obstacle, the new septic becomes a very desirable feature for eager buyers! Feel free to call for more tips and guidance!