Buying An Older Home: Why An Asbestos Inspection Is Not Included And Why You Need One

When you hire a home inspector to take a look around a property you plan to buy, he or she might notice some old asbestos products, but only if they are exposed. Since it is not part of a home inspector’s job to locate and point out this toxic substance, you will need to hire an asbestos professional like Hutzel & Associates, Inc to check out a home that was built or reinsulated between 1930 and 1950. Here are reasons why you absolutely need to have an asbestos inspection on an older home before you buy it.

Asbestos Is Not Just Insulation

Many people assume that asbestos is just that fuzzy white stuff sprayed on old pipes or blankets of insulating fibers. While that is true, there were dozens of other home-building products that were manufactured with asbestos in them too. For example, vinyl flooring, wall paint, wall papering and wood stove gaskets all were made from asbestos materials in the height of asbestos’s popularity, the two decades spanning the Great Depression and WWII. Not surprisingly, many homeowners who buy older homes from this time period do not have an asbestos inspection because it does not occur to them to do so and because they assume the home inspector would have caught it.

There Is Lots of Asbestos Still Around

Another false assumption first-time homebuyers make is that because asbestos is a banned material, it does not exist in homes anymore. That cannot be further from the truth. There are still dozens of older homes on the market that have asbestos siding, asbestos shingles or asbestos in some form or other still in them. Before you get excited about that WWII-era ranch home, have an asbestos inspector check every last part of it before you make an offer.

Asbestos Removal Results in Buyer’s Remorse

If you find out after you have already purchased a home that there is asbestos hiding in it, it can be very costly to remove. It means that you and your family will have to temporarily relocate to an apartment or a hotel until all of the asbestos is removed. The added expenses can create a sort of buyer’s remorse, and you might be less in love with your home than you were before you bought it. If you have an asbestos inspection before you sign on the dotted line, then you can avoid a financial catastrophe by requesting that the current owner clean and clear out all of the asbestos before you buy the property.

Author: Emma Days

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