Another Type Of Home Inspection

There’s a new type of service available that goes beyond the inspection of the home you’re considering. It’s an environmental report on your prospective neighborhood.

I want to share a little more about the traditional home inspection, and my stand on that topic in another post, but first a little more on ‘neighborhood toxicity’.

The sample report I got on my home reveals that there are no records of known environmental hazards within 300 feet of my house. You can get this kind of report from any licensed provider of the EDR Neighborhood Environmental Report.

If you get one of these reports you will also learn if there are any records of potential environmental issues beyond the 300 feet. The second level of reporting extends out to one half mile. I was surprised to learn that there’s an underground tank within a half mile of my home, thankfully, no reports of it leaking however.

Here are some examples of the kind of information you can get in one of these reports:

  • leaking underground or above ground tanks
  • landfills
  • EPA Final Superfund Sites
  • EPA Proposed Superfun Sites (CERCLIS)
  • Hazardous Waste Treatment Storage and Disposal Sites
  • Emergency Response Notification Sites

This is just a short list, as an example of what you can learn. If you want to know more about the environment beyond the lot your future home sits on, this kind of reporting may be just what you need.

In our area, the EDR reporting is likely the best way to go for this kind of info.

I’ve not chosen to become certified for providing these reports since I’d rather focus on my work as a full-time professional Realtor, but it is available to you through a few select Certified Home Inspectors. I know that one inspector I’ve frequently recommended, Jeff Lyons, is now set up to provide the EDR report to his clients.


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