This was insufficient for the buyers, who had now spoken to a friend who told them that bacteria could come from a leaking septic system. Now the buyers firmly believed that they were being railroaded and that the septic tank had a hidden leak and sewage was seeping into the water supply.
The seller was incredulous. “You just had a certified septic inspector test the system and he said it was absolutely fine, and there’s not even bacteria anymore!” The buyers didn’t care. They sent back a reply to the inspection requesting that the seller dig a brand new well at a cost in excess of $5,000, have an ultraviolet system put on the new well for another $1,000, and move the septic drain field to another part of the yard, which may have cost between $12,000 and $20,000.
The seller refused, but agreed that if it would make the buyers feel better, he would install the ultraviolet light system to kill any potential bacteria. However, if the buyers backed out, the seller would not release the deposit on the home. The buyers hired an attorney who accused the sellers of refusing to repair obvious problems with the property, and he requested that the seller release the buyers’ deposit or he would file legal action against him.
The seller eventually gave in and released the deposit rather than spending thousands of dollars in court fighting over the money. The seller had to start from scratch and look for another buyer for the home, after wasting several weeks with it off the market. It all started because the buyers started thinking they had made a mistake, and that mistake got bigger and bigger in the buyers’ mind.