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Old 06-20-2011, 10:10 AM
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We are considering a house in Scarsdale that has an underground oil tank. Does anyone have any recommendations for companies that perform inspections of oil tanks? Any experiences with Carnell Associates? Also, we would like to have the tank removed and replaced with a gas line and I am wondering how much this would cost? Of course, we will have a professional assess the situation but I would love to hear the experiences of others who dealt with a similar situation. Also, do sellers usually agree to having the tank removed prior to closing?
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Old 06-20-2011, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by lak29 View Post
Any experiences with Carnell Associates?
Would definitely recommend.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:40 AM
Location: Yorktown Heights NY
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We bought a house with an old style (pre 1986) underground tank. As part of the purchase, we had the seller pay for removal of the old tank and replacing it with a new underground tank. Westchester is one of the few counties that regulate oil tanks, so it is mandatory to have a full inspection and to have tank insurance. Our house is also in the watershed (a stone's throw from the reservoir), so the DEP monitored the whole process closely. The requirements for tanks changed in 1986 and those made after that date are deemed to be very safe. If you keep an underground tank, or put a new one in, make sure your insurance is good and covers everything.

RE the cost of switching to gas, in the city we switched from oil to gas and the gas company paid for the whole shebang. So I'd contact the local gas company and see what programs they have. (This is totally personal I'm sure, but we ended up hating gas heat and regretting the switch; when we moved, oil heat was one of our requirements.)
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