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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Hi Dave,

I just wanted to write and thank you very much for doing our inspection today. You really took an awful lot of extra time to explain things to us. It was a huge help and by far my favorite part of this whole home-buying process. In addition to drawing our attention to the major projects that need to be undertaken right away or in the near future, I was glad that you were also so thorough as to point out smaller things and provide suggestions for fixes that we'd be able to do ourselves. Thanks again for all your effort. I'm finding your "Know Your Home" book a great source of information along with your report. I'll no doubt have some questions for you at some point and really appreciate your willingness to answer them. Have a great rest of your weekend!

Take care,

Sean

                                               

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Last updated on  Feb 27, 2013