Re: 30 year old septic tank - never been pumped.
[QUOTE=Mastercarpentry;258549]Not always. These are two entirely different subjects- one is grandfathered in so long as it is in good shape because it is still safe, while the other will not be seen as safe because it isn't. Electrical problems can destroy a house (the bank's collateral) while a bad septic system will not, and that is usually how they look at the situation. Laws vary by locale but you can generally sell with a septic system without first changing to sewer.
IN most states, when a home changes ownerships, the septic system must be brought up to date... or connected to city sewer. That's why it's a negative. IT would likely have to be connected prior to transfer of ownership.
This is the case in our state. Lovely DNR and environmentalists.