We hired Tim Parker with Parker and Anderson Inc. out of Thaxton, VA to put together our well/septic inspection for us. I reached out to him after I spoke with the Department of Health (DOH).
When I inquired about the application process with the DOH, they told me that we could hire a soil evaluator to perform a site inspection and submit an application for us. Hiring a soil evaluator ended up costing us an additional $100 but I opted to pay Tim because he was such a pleasure to work with before we bought our property. Tim helped us out before we purchased our property in 2009. We wanted to perform a perk test to ensure our land would accommodate a conventional septic system and Tim was up there the day after I called him.
If I were to apply for a well/septic permit on my own, it would have cost me $725 plus additional expenses if we hit rock and needed to rent a mini excavator. By hiring Tim, the application cost us $525 plus $300 for his time and if additional work was required, Tim would have covered it in his $300 charge.
So look at it like this, we paid Tim $300 as opposed to paying the state government $200 - after all, they get enough of my paycheck already. All said, it was worth it; Tim called me today and told me he's done and the application is in the mail to the DOH - five days after I hired him to do the work. We should have our well/septic permit soon.