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Choosing a Phase One Environmental Consultant is an important decision and the purpose of this website is to provide real estate investors with references and with tips on making that choice.


A Phase One Environmental Site Assessment is the gold standard for evaluating the environmental risks and liabilities associated with real estate.

Five important questions to ask before selecting an environmental consultant
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1) What are the Qualifications of the Environmental Professional?

Consulting amounts to advice. Taking advice from unqualified professionals is foolish. Plus, the EPA’s AAI Standard and the ASTM 1527-2005 Standard require that Phase One Environmental Site Assessments are performed by an Environmental Professional. Look for registrations: professional engineers (PE), registered geologists (RG), and registered environmental assessors (REA).

 

2) Do you have Insurance?

A consulting firm should carry a minimum of $1 million dollars Errors and Omissions Insurance (a.k.a Professional Liability Insurance). This covers the consultant if they are found to have been negligent in performing the Phase One Environmental Site Assessment.


3) Is the consultant approved by lenders?

Most borrowers use Phase One Environmental Site Assessments for their own purposes, but also use the report to give to their lender and ultimately secure a loan. A report from a consultant that has a good reputation with lenders will be accepted. Firms without the lender relations may not be accepted and then you will have to pay for a second report. Ask to see their approved lender list.

4) Do they understand your needs?

Phase One Environmental Site Assessments are not one size fits all. The consultants should ask you questions about why you are ordering the report. Are you planning on developing the property? Are you planning on getting a loan? Who is the lender? Will the loan be a in support of a purchase or simply a refinance? The answers to these questions help consultants customize the products.

5) Do I need a Phase I or can I get by with a less expensive product such as an Environmental Transaction Screen?

A Phase One Environmental Site Assessment can costs between $3,000 and $2,200 depending on the size and location of the property. Depending on your property type and business need you may be able to get by with an Environmental Transaction Screen which is typically half the price.

Phase I National Provides:

Select from national and local consultants listed below

Partner Engineering and Science
www.PARTNEResi.com
800-801-3299

Find A Consultant In Your State

Alabama   Montana Earth Tech Environmental
406-752-5597
Alaska Nortech
907-452-5688
Nebraska  
Arkansas Environmental Services Company
501-221-2565
Nevada  
California Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
310-615-4500
New Hampshire  
Colorado Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
303-952-3050
New Jersey Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
201-669-4133
Connecticut

Environmental Data Resources (EDR)
203-783-0300


Triton Environmental, Inc.

203-458-7200
www.tritonenvironmental.com

New Mexico  
Delaware Duffield Associates
302-239-6634
New York Partner Assessment Corp.
845-795-3256
Florida Commercial Building Consultantswww.commercialbuildingconsultants.com North Carolina Partner Engineering North Carolina, PLLC
704-754-9520
Georgia Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
678-269-6084
North Dakota  
Hawaii   Ohio URS
614-464-4500
Idaho   Oklahoma  
Illinois Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
773-596-1454
Oregon Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
503-867-8183
Indiana FirstSearch Technology Corporation
317-543-0010
Pennsylvania InfoMap Technologies, Inc.
610-430-7530
Iowa   Rhode Island  
Kansas   South Carolina  
Kentucky Jackson Environmental Consulting Services
859-623-0499
Tennesee  
Louisiana   Texas Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
214-987-9982
Maine   Utah Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
801-783-2734
Maryland Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.
443-394-6590
Vermont  
Massachusets FirstSearch Technology Corporation
888-748-0400
Virginia  
Michigan PM Environmental, Inc
800-313-2966
Washington  
Minnesota   West Virginia  
Mississippi Epes Environmental and Consulting
662-473-9800
Wisconsin  
Missouri   Wyoming ASAP Environmental Resources, LLC
307-655-5158

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