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. [Read more…] about Should You Buy a Home Containing Asbestos?
Part of buying or selling a home usually entails a home inspection – an in-depth survey of a home foundation, structure, systems (such as HVAC, plumbing, and electrical), and more. While not all home inspections are equal or even thorough, each can turn up something wrong with the home. Some will be small problems or simply good point to negotiate a price for the home, but others can pose a bigger risk. Today let’s look at what happens if a home inspection turns up asbestos. [Read more…] about What to Do If A Home Inspection Turns Up Asbestos
From the concerned to the thorough, regardless of your reasons to test your home or business for asbestos, it always helps to know what to expect. An asbestos inspection is done in two parts: a professional asbestos contractor will inspect your building for asbestos, taking samples from areas of concern and suspect materials. Secondly, those sample materials will be tested for the presence of asbestos. [Read more…] about Asbestos Inspection: What to Expect with Asbestos Testing
Asbestos can be present in older buildings, from the vinyl floors to the popcorn ceilings. Due to its ubiquitous use, many buildings built before the 1990s may contain asbestos. Many asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in homes are in places that pose no immediate danger – they may have even been discovered before and left in place or encapsulated. However, while having asbestos in your home is always a risk, below are the times you are at the biggest danger of exposure, and when testing makes the most sense. [Read more…] about When Should You Test for Asbestos?
When you’re gearing up to sell your home, it can be a busy and nerve-wracking time. Not only do you need to pack up years of accumulated possessions and deal with the logistics of your new home, but you also have to get your old home ready for sale. Finding and fixings all the little problems, dings, and scratches are one thing, but it can be terrifying to find a major issue in your home. This article looks at what to do when you discover mold in the home selling process, and what you need to do about it before selling. [Read more…] about Can You Sell a Home Containing Mold?