An environmental consultant is a professional who assesses a piece of property, identifies any environmental liabilities, and estimates the cost of fixing those liabilities. Environmental consultants usually come up with comprehensive reports which can help you decide whether or not to purchase a piece of land. The consultant will also help you control costs should you choose to invest in a property with manageable levels of contamination. You should involve an environmental consultant before you buy or start developing a property. If environmental liabilities come to light late in the game, you could end up losing a lot of money because of stalled projects, civil lawsuits, or even sanctions from environmental regulators.Screening for natural hazard risksThe natural hazard risk profile of a place tells you if that place is prone to one or more forms of natural hazards. Whether you are buying a piece of land for commercial development or to build your own home, you need to know if the area where the property is located is prone to natural disasters such as floods or bushfires.
In the United States inappropriate development behind levees is rife and some consider it to be the driving factor behind increasing flood losses Throughout Australia, different areas are classified according to their flood risk levels