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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I just wanted to write a quick thank you for your work inspecting 43 1/2 Bartholomew Street in Peabody yesterday. As a buyer in the process of trying to purchase my first home, it's been difficult to know who to trust. I honestly cannot believe some of the stuff I've run into, so I had to write & let you know that I found you professional, competent, & all around above par. In all of the people I've had to deal with up to this point, you were one of the few that actually took the time to explain things in a way that an inexperienced first time home buyer would understand. I never once felt rushed or talked down to.
Based on your inspection, I've decided not to purchase the home at 43 1/2 Bartholomew Street. I will however, continue to look & will hopefully find a house more suited to my needs in the near future. When that happens I will be calling on your expertise once again. In the meantime, I will certainly recommend you to any of my family & friends that may need a home inspection.