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Downsizing, Both Buyer and Seller in Northfield, NJ

Looking at homes in somers pt. which are over 25 years old. should we be concerned of asbestos etc.. what should we look for and ask the buyer?

Asked by Downsizing, Northfield, NJ Mon Jul 26, 2010

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You should have the house inspected prior to purchasing and see if there is a sellers' disclosure on file. That will describe the property as the sellers' know it and might reveal if they have any knowledge of asbestos.
Good places to look are at the siding and the pipes in the basement. Both are easy to remediate.
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In many homes throughout the are the exterior has asbestos siding which causes no health issues unless it is truned into dust particals which would not really happen even if broken. It is not the asbestos that is a problem it is when you inhale partical dust. Most of the homes unless built 40 plus years would have no interior asbestos interior. If you are looking at homes and they are pre 1976 then you would worry about lead base paint but that should be covered in a Home Insppection.

When and offer is made on a home if you are using and broker the agreement will have contingencies in there to cover all of the known issues including lead base paint, off site conditions, home inspections,radon which does not exsist in Southern NJ and a few others to protect you and make sure you are safe

If you would like to know more about Somers Point I am a Buyers Specialist in the area for over 20 years.

Tim Robbins
Exclusive Buyers Broker

Better Homes Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 26, 2010
Is the asbestos in the siding or in the insulation? Many homes in Somers Point are older and have asbestos siding. It should not be a health concern. Of course I recommend that you have a home inspection done and allow a qualified inspector to look at the siding and or any other areas of concern. If the asbestos is inside the home it may have to be removed.

Best wishes,

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 26, 2010
Here's the EPA web site on asbestos. There's a lot of good information there: http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/ashome.html

One part of that site explains:

If you think asbestos may be in your home, don't panic. Usually the best thing is to leave asbestos material that is in good condition alone.

Generally, material in good condition will not release asbestos fibers. Check material regularly if you suspect it may contain asbestos. Don't touch it, but look for signs of wear or damage such as tears, abrasions, or water damage. Damaged material may release asbestos fibers. This is particularly true if you often disturb it by hitting, rubbing, or handling it, or if it is exposed to extreme vibration or air flow.

Sometimes the best way to deal with slightly damaged material is to limit access to the area and not touch or disturb it. Discard damaged or worn asbestos gloves, stove-top pads, or ironing board covers. Check with local health, environmental, or other appropriate officials to find out proper handling and disposal procedures.

If asbestos material is more than slightly damaged, or if you are going to make changes in your home that might disturb it, repair or removal by a professional is needed. Before you have your house remodeled, find out whether asbestos materials are present.

So: It's something to be aware of. But don't panic.

Hope that helps.
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