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Property History: What to Know Before Buying

When you purchase a property, you are also buying its history. Historical activities that occurred on or adjacent to a property often leave hidden contamination or buried debris in the subsurface. Learning about these environmental issues during construction is too late. Conducting a thorough environmental assessment prior to purchase can help avoid a risky property and assist in modifying the budget to account for these potential problems.

A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment includes a review of historical records including former owners and land use, old aerial photographs, maps, records of environmental sites in the vicinity as well as a site visit and interviews with current occupants. Altogether, these assessments will identify the potential presence of contamination or buried material. If environmental concerns are found, guidance is required to assess and satisfy environmental compliance. This can include assessing the magnitude of the concern, coordination with regulatory agencies, evaluating and confirming disposal options for the contaminated material, preparing bid documents and qualifying contractors.

Whether it is identifying and addressing environmental concerns or providing design recommendations, the environmental consultants at Braun Intertec can propose remedial methods and reasonable cost estimates for your project. For more information about environmental consulting, reach out to Josh Kadrmas in our Fargo, North Dakota office.

Joshua Kadrmas Project Engineer, PE

P: 701.730.2302