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ra2067, Home Buyer in New York, NY

What's the best way to research environmental conditions (air, land, water, overhead wires/nearby powerlines) to make sure there aren't major hazards?

Asked by ra2067, New York, NY Fri Aug 31, 2012

The neighborhood we're looking in is North Woodmere, Long Island, and we're about to sign on a house.

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If you are about to buy a private home on Long Island, I am assuming you are going to use a home inspector. As far as all the possible environmental issues you are asking about, I suggest you use an inspector who is knowledgable about these things. If not, he/she may have an associate that could work with them to fully investigate these matters for you. These are very good questions you raise.
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You need a local agent to assist you to get all info.
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If you are using a buyer's agent they should be able to assist you. If not you can observe if there are visible things to investigate further such as overhead powerlines etc. You can also google the area with terms to see what you come up with i.e. North Woodmere cancer cluster, North Woodmere hazards, North Woodmere water quality etc.. When you get the results (hopefully none) consider the source of the information: government databases and websites = reliable, people's opinions= not so much. Good luck.
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The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) might be helpful. At the very least, they may be able to point you in the right direction for your search.

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It speaks of the differences we encounted across the Country:
California is very GREEN, into the environment, as well as protecting our Clients.
We have pamphlets about Earthquakes and Natural Hazards.
We provide a Report to Buyers about Flood Zones, Fire Areas, Landslide areas, Mello Roos, Military establishments, Land Conservation, Airports, Radon gas, etc.

If you're concerned about Water, Air, Power Lines; you need to address those issues yourself.

Good luck and may God bless
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We are real estate professionals not into environmentalism. Look to the Internet, go to the local library, speak to local politicians are my suggestions.
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That was a terrible answer. I am a Real Estate professional and I DO care about the environment.
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