OK all you helpful friends, here’s an update. As always, thoughts appreciated.
The deal nearly died, but we’re back on. Here’s the scoop.
Went to the health dept and spoke with inspector. No history of complaints from tenants. All systems permitted, so park has right to repair/replace any system that fails. Inspector was optimistic that we would be able to add another standard leach field, but of course, wouldn’t be able to say for sure without inspection.
But seller was still refusing to give time for the inspection, which of course was the prereq for getting bids to see if this is a $7K or $70K fix. (@Carl, in our area, run-of-the-mill septic systems are surprisingly affordable.)
So we got to an impasse. He refused to give time. I started to walk away. The deal nearly died and contract came within hours of expiring.
Today, cooler heads prevailed. Seller extended escrow period to allow inspection and bids. Seller agreed to credit the cost of the new leach field at close of escrow.
So, we are back on. My biggest concern was: will this be a major fix/will county require the very costly replacement of the existing field? This has been addressed. I’ll know in a few days, and either way, the seller has agreed to finance the repairs.
I’m feeling good about this. Any reason I should not be?
And: THANKS AGAIN TO ALL for your feedback!