Phase One Environmental Assessment

GOING FORWARD I WILL NOT OFFER PHASE ONE ASSESSEMENTS. Although I have been trained to preform Phase 1 ESA’s, I have run into a roadblock with the banks who routinely request the ESA in the first place. In order to have a report accepted I have quickly discovered that I must be listed on a banks short list of acceptable businesses which I am not. I have found that in order to get on that list a person must be part of a much larger company and preform phase one ESA’s as their primary business. For this reason I have decided not to preform phase one ESA’s at this time as my final report may not be acceptable to the bank ordering the site assessment. In order to avoid risking my clients time and money I have decided not to pursue this line of business at this time. I still have the knowledge of this line of work and will incorporate many of the insights I have learned into my commercial building inspections I am sure.

Border Home Inspections is trained by Associated environmental site Assessors of Canada to preform Phase One Environmental Assessments in Lloydminster and the entire mid west region. With so many overlaps in they type of services I currently offer it was a clear choice to venture into the environmental assessments field. I found the course materials were very familiar to me and the site visit part of the course contained procedures that I already preform as part of my commercial inspection. Many times I have recommended either a phase one or phase two environmental assessments based upon site conditions. Often times my clients have decided to take my advice and have eventually decided not to buy the property based upon the inspection and phase one findings. I always say sometimes you first loss is your best loss. Buying a property that contains environments contamination is very costly. Remember once you own it you are responsible for cleaning it up and that process can be intimidating and very costly.

As an inspector for over 12 years I have become adept at knowing the types of questions to ask and who to ask. With the right information a full assessment will be able to put together pieces of information that often lead to otherwise unexpected conclusions. Through interviews and observations I often uncover past use issues that may otherwise be overlooked. Often small clues can be seen during the site inspection that may lead to more investigations. Hiring an experienced inspector puts you one step closer to learning as much as possible about the property you hope to purchase.

Click the ling below to view a U-tube video that does a great job at explaining the purpose and processes involved in a Phase one ESA. WHAT IS A PHASE ONE ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT