Pittsburgh's Best Homes Blog

head_left_image

Refinancing (or Selling) your home in Murrysville, PA? Watch Out for the Dye Test!

If you are a resident of Murrysville, PA, own an older home, and are looking to take advantage of the great rates currently available to refinance your home, be aware that the Municipality of Murrysville requires all residents who are connected to the public sewer to have a dye test and camera inspection of their sanitary sewer lateral for illegal storm or surface water connections to the public sewer system.  This inspection is performed by the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority (FTMSA) at a cost of $350.

While dye tests have been common for the sale of homes, this ordinance passed in September 2010 also requires homeowners to have the test done prior to a refinance. The catch is that many of the older homes in our area have terracotta lines that are susceptible to tree root infiltrations or cracks over time. If the dye test or camera picks up problems, you will be responsible for having your sewer line replaced, at your cost, prior to being able to refinance. Since this can be many thousands of dollars you may need to consider if the payback on the refinance will justify the cost of replacing your sewer line. In an added problem, it appears that if you have the test done and discover a problem, even if you change your mind on the refinance you may still be required to make the repair within 60 days. Click here to read more about the requirements.

In one neighborhood in Murrysville, three recent sales required replacement lines. One seller had to spend over $10K on the replacement of the line. And you can be sure as a seller, that your buyer will expect you to pick up this cost.

With many homes in Murrysville 20, 30 or 40+ years old you can expect that this will become a problem should you decide to refinance or sell, be sure to consider the cost as part of your calculation when planning either change.

Buying or Selling a home in Pittsburgh? Call Christa Ross from RE/MAX Select Realty, at 724-933-6300 x214 (office) or 724-309-1758 (direct) or visit my website at www.bestpittsburghhomes.com.

facebook icon twitter icon linkedin icon

Comment balloon 3 commentsChrista Ross • February 02 2012 09:10AM
Refinancing (or Selling) your home in Murrysville, PA? Watch Out for…
share
If you are a resident of Murrysville, PA, own an older home, and are looking to take advantage of the great rates currently available to refinance your home, be aware that the Municipality of Murrysville requires all residents who are connected to… more
Don't Like Your New 2012 Allegheny County Assessment? Appeal It!
share
If you recieved your Allegheny County assessment in the mail and found it to be flawed, then you need to appeal it. In fact, appeals are part of the system to get the values right. As most people would agree, it is practically impossible for a… more
New Pittsburgh Home Buyer and Home Seller Guides
share
I am excited to announce that I recently published my Home Buyer's Guide and Home Seller's Guide on my website. Both guides were intended to help Pittsburgh buyers and sellers understand the details and decisions of buying or selling a home. These… more
The truth about Allegheny County Reassessments
share
There is a lot of confusion related to the new Allegheny County Reassessments that will be presented to county residents in the near future. Unfortunately a large amount of the information you hear will also be wrong. Here is a bit of the truth… more
10 Reasons the Holiday Season is a GREAT time to sell your home!
share
This is a great post about selling during the holidays and I'd add one more, lots of people who are planning to move back to their hometowns are home to see family for the holidays and want to go out and take a look at what is available. If you are… more
Live, Work and Play in Pittsburgh: Video
share
I recently came across a great video about Pittsburgh that I wanted to share with anyone who is thinking this would be a great place to live, or already knows it… more
Advice for Sellers: The One Question You Must Ask Your REALTOR®
share
I think this is a great post on the subject of pricing and is worth sharing with anyone who wants to sell and avoid the fatal mistake of overpricing. Advice for Sellers: The One Question You Must Ask Your REALTOR┬« If you are… more
Quality of Life includes Quality of Environment
share
I wanted to write today about a subject that is dear to me, our environment and the ongoing attacks against the EPA. Recently congress and many in the Republican party (sorry, I hate to take sides but this one has to be called out) have taken to… more
Social September @ the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
share
If you have kids here is a deal you might want to check out, The Children's museum of Pittsburgh is offering a 50% discount on admission to anyone who connects with them on facebook. Just go to their page at http://www. facebook. com/pittsburghkids… more
LiveRoof Green Roofing System
share
I want to thank a friend who passed this link on to me. I thought the LiveRoof Green roofing systems was so cool I wanted to pass it on. LiveRoof is the first modular green roof system designed to grow plants on a rooftop environment. The plants… more