Some homes in Vienna VA were built with underground oil tanks to store heating oil, but have been converted over to natural gas heating systems. In cases like this, home buyers need to know if the old oil tank was removed from the property or just abandon in place. An abandon tank will have some documentation as required by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
When I look at homes with home buyer clients in areas of Vienna or Oakton, there are a few specific things I look for including the current type of heating fuel and if the heating system has been replaced. Also, a quick look in the yard may reveal the top of a buried heating oil tank with a fill pipe or vent pipe sticking up in the yard. These are generally in plain site because oil tanks are filled a few times a season by an oil delivery man.
Input from the right people is essential
If there is an old oil tank then it is important to understand the situation before making a rash decision to avoid buying the property. Ultimately, it really isn’t very expensive to have an environmental firm excavate the tank and haul it away. What is important is to know the condition of the tank and that a properly licensed contractor has completed the work.
I provide my Northern Virginia real estate clients with professionals to talk with about complex issues like oil tanks, legal matters, tax situations, structural engineering, mortgage options and more because my clients know I deliver a high level of attention to their needs.
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