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Question DetailsAsked on 8/9/2016

How much is well and septic to be installed on property marseilles il

I am looking to purchase land in Marseilles, IL (2 acres) to put a modular home on (4 bedroom, 2-3 bath with basement).
In property listing this is what it says if helpful...
"Buyer will be able to connect to city water and sewer. Unfinished 33 ft lane runs down the north side of property to gain access."

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You would need to bet bids from Well and Pump contractors, and from Septic installation contractors. You will almost certainly have to have the septic designed by a Civil Engineer, who can probably give you a better idea of cost in your area.

Appears about 125-350 feet is normal water well depth in your area, so I would expect cost around $5,000-10,000 for an installed pump and well system, though if in a low-lying area near the river you might get decent warte much shallower and maybe for $3000-5000 range complete with pump system and piping to the house.

Septic tank and leach field costs these days, especially since most of Marseilles is in a water quality attainment area (serious limitations on septic), commonly run around $5000 plus or minus in relatively deep soil areas like yours. Of course, get into a floodplain area or shallow bedrock and it can pretty quickly escalate into the $10,000 range.

Certainly before figuring on buying a property you should get a better ahndle from local contractors about general well and septic system costs for the specific locale you are looking in.

Also - one key factor which your realtor might have info on, or you might have to contact the planning and zoning or building department on - if public water and sewer connections are reasonably available, generally you are required to connect to that and may not use septic, and in some areas you also cannot legally use a well for residential either - so check on that. Connection costs can typically run a couple to several thousand $ for normal 50-75 foot water and sewer run, more in bedrock since you are in an area where burial depth will probably be about 4-5 feet minimum to get below frost penetration depth. If in deep soil area however, sometimes it can be as little as $1000-2000 range - depends on ease of digging with a small backhoe or trencher (for longer runs).

However, in many cases there is a connection assessment to help pay for the over water/sewer system and processing plant cost - in many cases that is assessed against the property as a lien by the utility which has to be paid when the property is sold, in other cases it is held until the actual connection is made - and can run into the thousands or even tens of throusands of $ in some areas, so you and your realtor have to pay CLOSE attention to requirements to connect to public water versus using well and septic, and related costs,, and to whether any utility assessments would have to be paid by the Seller or You at closing. Also, sometimes, especially with large assessments that sometimes occur when city systems are extended to outlying areas "out in the boonies" or septic systems have contaminated the surface waters so an environmental attainment plan or settlement is in effect, the assessments are so large than lenders will not include their costs in mortgages, so beware of that. I have run into that in several areas, where $10,000-50,000 connection assessments have had to be paid up-front at closing and could not be included in the loan - a real deal breaker to home sales in a few areas.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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