Commonwealth needs your help: Tell us about those environmental issues

For an upcoming issue of Commonwealth, we want to talk about the various environmental hazards Realtors® will run into, and how they should handle them with buyers and sellers.


We’re talking things like…

  • Radon
  • Mold
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Air and water quality
  • Sewage or "blackwater" contamination
  • Septic systems
  • Underground oil tanks
  • Lead paint
  • Meth lab residue

Help us. Can you suggest any other issues like these you’ve run into? Do you have a story to tell — scary, funny, or best of all, informative?

Did someone try to sue you because they didn’t like the taste of the water? Or because there was a funny smell in the basement?

Do you take any specific steps — like, say, paying for a radon test even if the buyer declines?

You get the idea. Reply here or drop a note to Andrew. Doesn’t even have to be detailed; we’ll talk to you when it’s convenient to get the full story.

Thanks for your help!

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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2 Responses to Commonwealth needs your help: Tell us about those environmental issues

  1. Tom Duckett says:

    I currently have a home for sale that had a leaking under ground oil tank. It’s been removed and we are currently going through the oil removal and remediation process. I should send you the video of the pump/vacuum truck in the driveway! Yikes! Twice a month now (was every week) for a 5-7 hour period and it’s very loud.

    The seller had to pay a $500 deductible and after that it’s all covered by the DEQ.

  2. I was surprised not to see asbestos listed. In older homes, you should have floor tiles, walls, pipe insulation, etc. checked. Also, if railroad ties are used in landscaping, arsenic and other nasty wood preservatives could be present.

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