Asbestos - The Forgotten Factor that Needs to Be Considered When Buying a New Home

30 Sep 2019

Asbestos - The Forgotten Factor that Needs to Be Considered When Buying a New Home

In the modern world, purchasing a home has been made so much easier by the advent of the internet, which is something that allows you to browse through as many homes as you want online from the comfort of your own home. However, whilst there is a wealth of information you can find out about a property online, what you can’t get data on is whether the home you’re thinking of buying contains asbestos or not.

Asbestos Regulations
There’s a high probability that if you opt for buying a home that was built before asbestos was banned in construction (circa 1985-1999) that it will contain asbestos. This material has been strongly linked to mesothelioma - an aggressive form of lung cancer - and it can be lurking in exterior walls, vents, chimneys, fences and even garages. This is something that would require a suitably qualified asbestos company to come and assess the situation and if necessary, recommend carrying out controlled asbestos removal and disposal.

Home Renovations
If you’re serious about purchasing a home that was built during this period, it’s highly likely that you’ll need asbestos surveyors to check for the presence of asbestos in the property, particularly if you intend to carry out renovations. Performing any sort of renovation work without checking first can be a huge risk to the health of anyone in the vicinity because if you disturb just a small amount of asbestos, fibres can be released into the air, which when breathed in, can result in the development of mesothelioma as much as 40 years afterwards.It’s just not worth taking the risk.

Don’t Hesitate - Call the Experts
If you’re thinking of buying a home built before the ban came in and you’d like to know more about anything discussed here, you can find lots of information on our website and if you’d like to speak to one of our experts, you can do so by calling us on 01 6905907. They’re available to answer any questions you might have.

Just remember that it really doesn’t pay to take chances when it comes to asbestos, so if you’re unsure about anything, don’t hesitate and call the experts.