When purchasing a piece of property, it is important to be aware of any environmental liabilities associated with it. For example, you should find out if there are any registered underground tanks within several miles of the property, known contaminated properties in the neighborhood, or property owners who have been fined by the government for failing to meet environmental safety standards.
Before, it took a costly site investigation to acquire this type of information, but now there are online environmental databases available at a fraction of the cost. Anyone can access reports on otherwise hard to detect environmental issues. With these databases, it is possible to obtain a list of hazards near a property, or spills and violations attributed to businesses nearby.
Some reputable databases include VISTA Information Systems, located in San Diego, California, which allows you to register and search the data bank for free, and E Data Resources, which is located in Southport, Connecticut. These services are all relatively inexpensive, but can provide you with priceless information that is useful before you make a purchase.
This letter is being written because of property that I have owned since 1990 in Harrisonburg Virginia which I bought through Hess & Miller Real Estate. Over some 20 years I was an absent home owner at this property and were in need of someone to manage the property and renters. We chose Hess & Miller Real Estate. For the majority of those years I was oceans apart from the Harrisonburg property but was kept well informed of any needs or changes concerning the property. I was very pleased the integrity and organization that Rick Martz did for me in giving oversight to the property. I remember one time he assured me that he took care of it as if it was his own property; this definitely was a plus being that most those years we were more than a thousand miles away in another country. Rick was helpful in making suggestions when changes happened whether it was concerning repairs of the property or renters. We definitely were blessed and hope in the future others that choose Hess & Miller Real Estate may experience the same genuine service!