You’ve found the house of your dreams, and it’s within your price range. There’s only one catch: The home inspector found asbestos. It’s justifiable to be unnerved by a property that contains asbestos. After all, it’s a hazardous material that can potentially endanger you and your family. So, should you be deterred from the purchase, or should you buy a home containing asbestos? It all depends on what steps you intend to take to create a safe living space.
Is It Legal to Sell A Home with Asbestos?
From the 1950s to the 1980s, asbestos was used in construction materials, so it comes as no surprise that homes built before 1990 carry the risk of having asbestos. That leaves a lot of homes that potentially still contain asbestos. While it’s legal to sell a house with asbestos, the seller is legally required to disclose the presence of asbestos to a potential buyer. If you intend on buying, you should schedule a home inspection, but since home inspectors aren’t permitted to dismantle parts of the property, it’s sometimes difficult for them to find hidden asbestos.
Is Asbestos in the Home Dangerous?
When asbestos is damaged or in poor condition, asbestos fibers are dislodged into the air where they can penetrate the lungs. In this case, you should think twice about buying, as you’d be risking toxic exposure. If you’re adamant about buying the property, you must hire an asbestos abatement team to properly dispose of the threat. Otherwise, if asbestos is in good condition and properly sealed, it is not an immediate threat to your health. However, asbestos does deteriorate over time and will eventually require removal, which can be expensive.
What Steps Can You Take to Ensure Safety?
Beyond hiring a home inspector, you can ensure you’re protected by hiring an experienced asbestos abatement team. They’re permitted to perform demolition and know the areas of the house most likely to contain asbestos. An inspection will not only reveal the location of the asbestos, but it will also open up the possibility of price negotiation. The asbestos abatement company will also reveal the threat level of the asbestos and quote its removal, which will lend you bargaining power.
When it comes to buying a home containing asbestos, it all depends on the condition of the asbestos and the financial incentives of investing in the house. To determine the threat of the asbestos in a home, it’s important to seek the help of a professional asbestos remediation company. At Fiber Control, Inc., our licensed team can inspect the premises for asbestos and other hazardous materials and determine the level of safety. To schedule your asbestos inspection or to receive a remediation quote, contact us today.