Buying a Home in Destin? Check for Asbestos

Although asbestos hasn't been used as a building material for over 30 years, it still can be found in older structures. So, if you are buying a home that was built prior to 1989, you may want to have your property inspector check the property to make sure asbestos is not present.

Asbestos was widely used in both commercial and residential real estate construction—especially during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.  At one time it was almost considered a “miracle” material due to its insulation qualities, but has since been found to be a health hazard.  In particular, it has been closely linked to mesothelioma...a form of lunch cancer.

A good property inspector will know to look for asbestos and how to spot evidence of it.  If you are considering buying a home that is found to have asbestos, you will want to be absolutely certain it is properly removed before you move in.  Likewise, if you are the owner of a piece of real estate where asbestos was used in insulation or elsewhere, you will have to address it.  For starters, it renders the property virtually impossible to sell.  Additionally, it will be reported to authorities—you will be forced to deal with it one way or the other.

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