Post # 1
DH & I found our dream home in our dream neighborhood. Everything about it is what we’ve been looking for. The only thing is that it has a retention pond directly behind it. It is fenced off for safety and our relator checked out the home and she says that the owners have been maintinaing the pumps/home very well and that there is no water damage that she sees. Anyone ever live behind a pond like this? Any issues we should be aware of?
Post # 3
@Kimber_bee: No, but we did buy a house that is where a high water table even though tere is no ponds around. Make sure you have really good insurance, get alarms put on your pumps and also a battery backup on your pumps just in case electricity goes out.
Post # 4
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@Kimber_bee: Don’t take your realtor’s word for it, see what your home inspector says! Tell him that’s a special area of concern.
Post # 5
@Kimber_bee: I would keep in mind that any time you live near a large body of water, you are going to have some things that come with it living very close to you- frogs, snakes, and worst of all, tons of mosquitoes during their season- which are most annoying and most likely to bother you.
Post # 6
@Kimber_bee: I don’t really know what a retention pond is, but if your realtor says it should be fine, and it’s your dream home and location, you should go for it 🙂
The thing is, you definitely need to get a general inspection done, and the results could be terrible, and after putting that money in you might need to walk awy. But it’s better than buying a horrible money pit!
The inspection for the first house FI and I went into escrow on was horrible, and we paid for an extra inspection of the sewer line because it was a 30 foot drop to the sewer. Good thing we did, because 10 feet down, the pipe was cracked! Talk about a major health & safety issue, stuff was just leaking into the ground in the back yard… we walked, and they had to disclose that to future buyers. But the house we did get is so much better! 🙂
So you might want to pay for some sort of extra inspection, but I say go for it!
Post # 7
Get a GREAT inspector, check floodlines, and make sure you get flood insurance.
Also: How do you feel about frogs/mosquitos/snakes? There are WAY more in water-laden areas.
Post # 8
Our region doesn’t have too many mesquito problems, even around ponds/wetlands so we are not too concerned with critters.
The house does have 2 sump pumps that seem to be well maintained. Anyone have experience living in a home with sump pumps?