Hazardous Materials In Your Home

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Many materials used in older home construction contained potentially hazardous substances such as asbestos, lead, Urea-formaldehyde foam insulation and other potentially hazardous materials. These and environmental issues such as mold, radon gas, and water pollutants, can not typically be fully identified and/or categorized by a visual home inspection. Therefore, they are not part of my Standard Home Inspection.

I will always attempt to point out visible substances that may be considered dangerous to you or your family's health, but unless otherwise stated in your home inspection report, the existence of hazardous materials, which may or may not be present on the property, was not observed by Massachusetts Home Inspections.

Your home inspection report will state if such materials were observed and I will identify the exact location on your inspection report, but I can not confirm said substances since laboratory testing and, in many cases, experts or appropriate licensing in the State of Massachusetts is necessary to detect the presence of such substances. If you have any concerns about whether hazardous materials might exist in your home, please consult with an appropriate industrial hygienist, hazardous materials specialist, or other qualified expert.

If you are unable to locate the appropriate laboratory to test hazardous looking materials for you, I can highly recommend an excellent laboratory located in Woburn, Massachusetts. This lab has tested numerous materials for my past clients and they have received their results promptly on-site.

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Hello Dave,

You did a Pre-Sale inspection of our home in N. Reading on 11/2006 as Sellers. I must say you prepared us well; can't say as much for the Buyers inspector who missed all the areas where we were still vulnerable.

Anyway, we are putting in an offer on a house in Littleton and proposing a 6/18 inspection date. House was built in 1979, about 2300 sqft. Wanted to give you a heads up.

Brian R.

                                               

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Last updated on  Feb 27, 2013