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Is it necessary to conduct a soil quality study prior to the purchase of an immovable/real estate property?

In many cases and depending on the use that was previously made of a land or simply because of the geographical area in which the sought immovable property is located, it might be very wise for a future buyer to make an offer to purchase conditional to the survey of the soil quality through tests or an environmental study to detect the presence:

  • of clay soils, which may cause the risk of sagging foundations;
  • of iron ocher that clogs agricultural drains and backwater valves;
  • of pyrite in the stone below a foundation which causes heaving and cracking of the concrete slab;
  • of pyrrhotite, which may cause cracks in the concrete.
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