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Enviromental searches in Home buying


Who would have thought that a Mill near Harrogate in use in 1910 would play a part in disrupting someones house move this week?

But that is exactly what we have recently been faced with.

The background:

We carry out environmental searches for the cost of between £40 – £50.

These reports amongst other things show us things such as whether the land has had a previous industrial use, whether the property is built on a floodplain or whether the property is in an area of higher than normal Radon gas levels.

The past industrial use of this property (silk mill in 1890 and unspecified mill in 1910) was revealed in this particular environmental search.

In these circumstances there is a risk that the council can order any homeowner to pay for the clean up of any industrial waste under the property.

This could run into thousands of pounds.

The house is being bought using money from a Lender and therefore they want their interests protected so we had to find a solution.

In this case we were able to source an insurance policy to cover the risk for about £250 and were able to proceed with the move.

Some firms don’t carry out environmental searches – we feel that this is a risky approach for one of the biggest purchases of someones life so make sure your solicitors carry one out. For a fixed price no move no fee quote go to conveyancing quote.

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