Buying a property with an irrigation or sprinkler system already installed can be a great convenience, saving you time and effort in maintaining your landscape. However, there are several important factors to consider before purchasing such a property. In this blog post, we will discuss the top 10 things you need to know when buying a property with an irrigation or sprinkler system already in place.

  1. Understand the Type of System: It’s important to understand the type of irrigation or sprinkler system that is installed on the property. Is it a drip irrigation system, a sprinkler system, or a combination of both? Knowing the type of system will help you determine how to properly maintain and operate it.
  2. Check for Proper Installation: Make sure that the irrigation or sprinkler system was installed correctly and meets local building codes. Inspect the pipes, valves, and sprinkler heads for any signs of damage or wear and tear. If you’re in the “inspection stage” of buying your home, please point out to the inspector that you’d like to know as much as you can about the existing system, if possible.
  3. Determine Water Source: Find out where the water source for the irrigation system is located. Is it connected to the municipal water supply, a well, or another source? Understanding where the water comes from will help you troubleshoot any issues that may arise.
  4. Learn How to Operate the System: At the final walkthrough try to ask the existing home owners to show you how the system works. Familiarize yourself with how to operate the irrigation or sprinkler system. Know how to set timers, adjust watering schedules, and make any necessary repairs or adjustments.
  5. Test the System: Before closing on the property, test the irrigation or sprinkler system to ensure that it is working properly. Run each zone separately and check for any leaks, clogs, or malfunctions.
  6. Understand Maintenance Requirements: Find out what maintenance tasks are required to keep the irrigation or sprinkler system in good working condition. This may include regular inspections, cleaning filters, adjusting sprinkler heads, and winterizing the system.
  7. Consider Upgrades: If the existing irrigation system is outdated or inefficient, consider upgrading to a more modern and water-efficient system. This can help save water and lower your utility bills in the long run.
  8. Check for Warranty Coverage: Determine if there is any remaining warranty coverage on the irrigation or sprinkler system. This can save you money on repairs or replacements if any issues arise.
  9. Consult with Professionals: If you have any questions or concerns about the existing irrigation system, consult with us at Greg Tanzer Sprinklers to test your system and for advice and guidance.
  10. Plan for Future Expansion: If you have plans to expand your landscaping in the future, consider how you can integrate your existing irrigation system into any new additions.

Buying a property with an existing irrigation or sprinkler system can be a great asset, but it’s important to do your homework before making a purchase. By understanding how to properly maintain and operate the system, checking for proper installation and warranty coverage, and planning for future upgrades and expansions, you can ensure that your investment in a property with an irrigation system pays off in both time saved and beautiful landscaping maintained.