How Does the OWTS Affect Your Home Sale in Crested Butte?

March 22, 2022
Author: Heather Connor, Realtor

What is Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) and how does it affect your home sale?

You would need an OWTS if you have a home that does not hook up to a traditional/public sewer system. Upon sale of the property, it needs to be inspected and make sure that the sewer lines are working the way they are supposed to, and the wastewater is being treated the way that it is supposed to.

Shouldn’t this be another contingency? The following are the things to consider to answer this question:

1. When you decide to list your property for sale, you may have decided to list it in Prime Springtime. Usually, you just need to go ahead and call one of those licensed inspectors. They will come out to your property, draw the map and perform everything that is required by the county. We just need to complete the form, pay for the permit and the transfer, and everything should move forward smoothly.

2. If you list your property on the market in the Spring, but don’t sell until the winter, a lot of properties that would require the OWTS permit are not as easy to access when there are 5ft of snow on the ground. One of the easiest ways to handle this is to get it taken care of ahead of time, get the permit on hand so that when you’re ready to list your property, you can let buyers know that your property has already passed the OWTS inspection.

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