People who are in the market for a home likely have a long list of things that they want their new home to have. One that should be on that list but that you might not have added is that the home is asbestos-free.
You may think that an inspection will unearth asbestos in the home, but inspectors don’t routinely look for it any longer. You’d have to hire an asbestos inspector to find out if the home has it. This can cost from $400 to $800 for a 1,500-square-foot home.
What homes are at risk of containing asbestos?
Any home that was built or remodeled from the early 1800s through 1978 may contain asbestos. It was commonly used in a variety of products, including vinyl and fireproofing materials, before being banned in many applications in the 70s.
Where might asbestos be in older homes?
Asbestos can hide in many places in the home, some of which you might not expect. These include:
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Adhesives, including beneath flooring or behind wallpaper
- Caulking, joint compounds, putties
- Cement or asbestos cement, including sheets
- Popcorn ceilings
- Insulation throughout the home
- Fire doors or curtains
What should you do if a home has asbestos?
Asbestos abatement is crucial if a home has any asbestos at all. It should be done by a licensed professional and can cost anywhere from around $2,000 to $10,000. Your family is at risk of asbestos-related conditions if any asbestos is left in the home, especially if it’s disturbed.
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