Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment Cost Breakdown

blog image for phase 1 environmental site assessment cost If you landed here, you are probably doing some research and trying to figure out what your Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment cost will be.

In 2024, prices can be as low as $1850 but can increase due to various factors such as location, property size, and past/current use of property. Understanding each one of these factors will allow you, and us as consultants, determine the real costs associated with your Phase 1 ESA. Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty and explore why these costs vary and what you need to know before requesting a free quote.

Understanding The Cost of a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment:

When it comes to Phase 1 ESA costs, one thing’s for sure – they’re anything but predictable. Here’s why.


Imagine you’re eyeing a prime piece of real estate smack dab in the heart of downtown Dallas. Sounds dreamy, right? But here’s the catch – urban areas like this often come with a hefty price tag for Phase 1 ESAs. Why? Well, densely populated areas typically have a rich history of land use, from industrial sites to commercial real estate developments. Unraveling that history takes time and resources, driving up the cost of your assessment.


Now, let’s talk acreage. Whether you’re considering a cozy corner lot in Houston or a sprawling ranch in West Texas, the size of the property plays a significant role in determining the cost of your Phase 1 ESA. More land means more ground to cover (literally), so don’t be surprised if your consultant quotes you a higher price for that Texas-sized property you’ve got your eye on.

The Not-So-Secret Life of the Property:

Every property has a story to tell, and some stories are juicier – and pricier – than others. If the property that you are looking at has a colorful past – think former gas stations, industrial sites, or agricultural operations – you might be looking at a more thorough (and costly) Phase 1 ESA. But hey, better to uncover any skeletons in the closet before you sign on the dotted line, right?

Real Life Solution

After conducting a Phase 1 ESA for a client, we found out that there was an old underground storage tank that was hidden. We then continued on to a Phase 2 ESA and conducted soil and groundwater sampling, to determine the condition of the site. It was confirmed that the site was not impacted. He requested to remove the UST and later on received a no further action letter from the TCEQ. Knowing that his property was safe from contamination, gave him a piece of mind and allowed him to continue onto his planned project for the land.

The Cost of Convenience: Travel Expenses

Picture this: You’ve found the perfect property, but there’s just one hiccup – it’s located in the middle of nowhere, miles away from civilization. While the solitude might sound peaceful, it’s essential to consider how it can impact Phase 1 ESA costs. Why? Well, if our team needs to trek out from the city to conduct your assessment in remote areas, additional expenses may come into play. These costs, combined with the baseline starting price for a Phase 1 ESA in 2024, which can be as low as $1850, means that the overall expense might be higher than anticipated. It’s not about discouraging you from embracing the charms of country living, but rather ensuring transparency about potential cost factors associated with the location of your dream property.

In Conclusion:

So, there you have it – everything you need to know about navigating Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment costs in Texas. Remember, while it might seem like just another expense, investing in a thorough assessment now could save you from a world of headaches down the line. Get in touch with us today!