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What to do if the home you are buying or selling has asbestos

Buying and selling real estate can be stressful. There is a lot of money on the line and a lot of details to consider. You might think that asbestos would no longer be one of those details, but it is still a very real threat to the health of you and your family.

During the home sale process there is an inspection. This is an important time for the future owner to find out if there are any major issues with the house that could affect its structure and general safety. One of those potential issues could be the presence of asbestos.

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Whether you are a current or future homeowner, here are your options for dealing with asbestos:

  • Have it removed. The one way to make sure that asbestos is no longer a threat is to have it removed. This is not something that you should do yourself. Simply disturbing the materials that contain asbestos can release the deadly fibers into the air. Once inhaled, these fibers can lead to deadly diseases, including mesothelioma.
  • Have it sealed. Asbestos does not always have to be removed to make the home safe. One choice is to call a professional who can seal the materials that contain asbestos so that the fibers cannot be released.
  • Leave it alone. Many materials in a home that have asbestos are only dangerous if disturbed. Depending on where the asbestos-containing materials are, you may wish to just leave it be.

Make sure to understand your risks and obligations associated with asbestos, especially if you are buying or selling an older home. Asbestos is a dangerous substance and can cause long-term damage if not handled properly.

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