Environmental Searches

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In addition to Local Authority searches, certain environmental searches are also conducted through the Local Authority. These searches are applied for and conducted alongside the Local Authority searches and are also returned within 5 days or, in some cases, within 24 hours.

Calling the searches ¡¥environmental' can be somewhat misleading. Although certain environmental issues such as land contamination are covered, these searches also have a wider remit including water and drainage issues.

Standard Environmental Searches
Never take for granted the fact that the property you are considering purchasing is connected to both the water and sewer mains! Whilst not being connected may not necessarily be an issue, it is vital that you are aware of the fact, so that you can enquire about the appropriate arrangements that are in place. Also, depending on the particular location of the property, it is possible that the water and sewerage pipes will have their own regular charges that are payable to the Local Authority. This is quite rare but, nonetheless, it is something that needs to be determined.

Coal mining searches are reasonably self-explanatory and are usually only completed for properties that are located in a traditional coal mining region. This search will reveal any information held by the Local Authority in relation to shafts, surface geology and adits, all of which may suggest that potentially there is a higher risk of subsidence.

Complete Environmental Searches
Many companies now offer a complete environmental search for potential home buyers. These packages offer the search results that are available from the Local Authority, but also include a risk analysis that will assist with the interpretation of these results.

For example, EnviroSearch is one of the leading companies offering this service and employs specialist chartered environmental surveyors to interpret the results. This means that the purchasers of the property can make an informed decision on whether or not the property is suitable for their needs. This sort of information is particularly important for property that may be located on contaminated land or within an area that has a complicated history, such as coal mining or other geographical anomalies.

Summary
Bullet Point Environmental searches include many of the key aspects of determining whether the property is suitable for your purposes, either as an investor or as a personal home;
Bullet Point standard Local Authority searches include coal mining searches, water and sewerage searches and contaminated land searches;
Bullet Point for more complicated cases, it may be worth engaging a specialist company to carry out the searches and to provide you with an additional risk analysis based on the results; this will include information such as the impact of the results on the value of the property which can offer vital insights.

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