What does 'Environmental Search' mean when buying a property?
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This is an inspection of the quality of the soil that the property is built on. Given the industrial history of many cities in the UK it can be a frightening report so it does need to be put in context.
If you are buying in a city center it is highly likely that the soil is very polluted. Even as recently as the millennium new blocks were being built on the sites where highly toxic factories once stood so expecting good news from this report is probably not a good idea.
However in most cases it is a formality - it is unlikely to affect a mortgage providers decision to lend but rather start to create a picture of soil quality across the country.
Very often the inspection has already been carried out and a local authority holds a copy which will be provided with the other "local searches".
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