Homeowner Advice:
Selling a house with an oil tank

In today s real estate market, no one wants to make selling a home any harder.  Selling a house with an oil tank can make both the owner of the house and the Realtor pull their hair out. For right or for wrong houses with oil tanks carry a stigma that can reduce the curb appeal of a home.

Here is something most people won't tell you.  One don't Google oil tank leak, you will see scary pages (no kidding).  Yes a tank can leak, but most do not.  Older WWWII era tanks are better than 1970's era tanks.   Every State allows a certain amount of oil in the ground, it is only when you are over an acceptable limit do you need to remediate a tank leak.  Think of an oil leak like cholesterol, some cholesterol is acceptable, if you are above a set limit, you may need a statin. You determine this by having testing performed.   My point being no one can look and tell you you have a problem.  The need to remediate a tank leak is by soil sample laboratory analysis.  The photo below shows a tank with many holes, but it did not need to be remediated.  Why?, because Curren tested the soil below the tank and found it to be within standard, the holes had no relevancy.   If you want the straight facts, call Curren or email us and we will get back to you the same day (Monday to Friday) or on weekend the next business day, that is our pledge.


 selling a home with an oil tank

Oil tanks receive more bad press than good, because telling a story about a leaking oil tank is more interesting that talking about an oil tank that is not leaking and the fact is most oil tanks do not leak.



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If you take the proper steps you can overcome any stigma a buyer may have regarding an inground oil tank. The first step is to give your house some tank curb appeal.  No doubt your Realtor provided advice on preparing your house for prospective buyers, such as landscaping, painting and cleaning up clutter.   What they may not have provided is what to do with your oil tank.  The best defense is a good offense and what people are afraid of with an oil tank is if the oil tank is leaking.  So the easiest approach is to have the tank tested.  This is far and away  cheaper than removing an oil tank and either replacing the tank or converting to another fuel source.  It directly addresses the primary concern of a purchaser of real estate that a tank has not leaked.


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Oil tank testing by obtaining soil samples from around the buried tank provides concrete results regarding the oil tank.  If the soil test determines that the soil is acceptable, the home buyer can use the soil testing report to facilitate the tank closure process after the real estate closing. This will answer any question as to whether the tank presents an environmental hazard.  Although this is the cheapest, fastest and most direct approach, many homeowners still don't have their tank tested. It is more common that the homeowner tries to sell the house with the tank in the ground.  After a deal or two falls through because of the oil tank, most sellers realize that doing nothing with the oil tank can severely limit the number of potential buyers.

Tank Testing and Tank Certification

This page is not meant to be all encompassing regarding oil tank testing during a real estate transaction, but rather to provide options.  Not every situation is the same, some tanks are being used, others have been taken out of service, others still have been filled in place with sand, foam or concrete.  No matter the situation, Curren has over 20 years in dealing with oil tanks.  If you have questions that this site has not addressed, contact our office and speak to one our professionals.   

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Curren Environmental, Inc. is your local, professional oil tank removal, oil tank testing and remediation contractor servicing, New Jersey,  Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren Counties. In Pennsylvania we service Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery & Delaware counties.