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Asbestos & Real Estate

asbestos-and-real-estateAs a realtor your job is very important and the kind of relationship you form with your clients will really play a part in the sales that you make. Asbestos and real estate can sometimes go hand in hand. It’s important for your clients to feel comfortable and safe with you when they are going through the process of buying a home. As a realtor, it’s a good idea to have a network of trustworthy companies you can refer out to when needed. For instance what would happen to your potential sale, your buyers and your sellers, if a house you’re trying to sell has asbestos? Check out the rest of this article to learn why it’s important for you to be knowledgeable about asbestos and real estate and how we can help!

How Home Inspections Effect A Realtor

As the realtor you play a very significant role in the home buying process. Most people whether they are the buyer or the seller will look to their real estate agent for advice. You are the person who will help them make important decisions and guide them through a process they probably aren’t familiar with. When buying and selling a home, having knowledge in many areas throughout the process can only help your reputation as a realtor. It’s important that you can refer your clients to other professionals that may be involved in the process.

A home inspection is a crucial part of buying a home. It’s when the true condition of the home is documented for the buyer and seller to review. There’s always going to be something the inspector finds, but sometimes it’s not always something little or fixable. Finding asbestos in a home can cause concern for everyone involved.

Having a good, reliable, certified home inspector in your network of professionals is very important. When a home inspection is conducted you want to make sure that a credible person is there doing the work. Especially if your reputation depends on it. A good home inspector that you can trust might take time to find, but it’s important for you and your clients that someone who can efficiently conduct an inspection is there and doesn’t overlook anything as important as asbestos. From there the process would begin to get more detailed and a specific asbestos sampling would need to be done.

What If Asbestos Is Found In A Home Inspection

asbestos and real estateIt could be extremely frustrating for everyone involved when you’re close to making a sale on a home and the home inspector finds something like asbestos. When found during a pre-sale home inspection, it holds back the entire pre-selling or even selling process. Often, deals are put down or aside resulting frustration for everyone.

However with the proper procedures taken and asbestos laboratory testing, it could be possible that sales could be finalized and everyone wins. In order to make sure the home does in fact have asbestos an asbestos inspector would have to come to the home and take samples of all of the areas thought to be hazardous.

During this process, the potential buyers and the seller’s of the home might be under a lot of stress. Although the realtor would miss out on the sale of the home, the buyer and seller will be looking to their realtors for advice and guidance. At this time it would be beneficial to everyone for the realtor to point their clients in the direction of the asbestos testing company as well as the laboratory doing the testing. Since the realtor doesn’t have the expertise these companies would have, it’s important for them to get the information they need to make decisions going forwards.

For a realtor, it’s a good idea to have a good relationship with these third party companies. Someone you know is certified to inspect the area and know that they will take proper precautions when examining the home, as well as inform the buyer and seller of the situation.

A good professional relationship with the lab will pay off for the realtor. You want to be able to trust the lab and understand the process that they go through. Having confidence in your team of professionals will allow you and your clients feel confident during this stressful time.

How We Handle Asbestos In The Home

Our professional conducts an inspection of the property.

The inspections will be conducted by a certified trained professional to find Asbestos Containing Material (ACM). The certified technician may also perform an Air Quality Test if necessary.

All samples will be analyzed at our Certified Laboratory facility under the Environmental Standard criteria. After the testing we will provide the results in an easy-to-read report.

The results will accurately point out the Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM). With all the results in hand and if ACM is then we can refer you to a remediation company if requested. After remediation the problem, the removal company will provide you with a final air clearance report to show that there are no asbestos fibers in the air. You may also choose to have us return to provide the final air clearance to avoid a conflict of interest. to ensure there is no asbestos fibers present in the air.

We understand how important the buying and selling process is, and we want to ensure an educational and stress free process during the time of inspection. We value what we do and hope it helps our clients feel comfortable and confident while using our services.

Want To Learn More?

If you still have questions about  asbestos and real estate, take a look at our FAQ page for more information. If you still can’t find the answers you’re looking for, feel free to contact us online or give us a call at (908) 206-0073 and one of our friendly team members would be happy to help you.

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Asbestos Testing Prior to Commercial Demolition

Asbestos Testing Prior to Commercial DemolitionWhether you are a commercial building owner or a contractor who will be demolishing a building or performing an internal demo, you’ll need to first safely remove any asbestos containing materials (ACMs) prior to beginning the project.

This can be a frustrating process, however, as there are a number of state and federal regulations that need to be adhered to when removing ACMs and testing for clean air to ensure the safety of you and your workers before any demolition can start. Here are some of the considerations to keep in mind before taking on a demolition project, as well as some tips for working with an asbestos testing lab.

EPA Regulations

Under the Clean Air Act, all commercial demolition and renovation projects need to follow a specific set of asbestos safety guidelines. First, the owner of the building will need to notify their state agency prior to starting any demolition or renovation so that a thorough third-party inspection can take place. The inspector will then check for any asbestos containing materials that may be present in the building, which will require professional asbestos removal before the demo project can move forward.

It’s important to note that there are also a set of regulations for removing ACMs from a commercial building, so building owners will need to bring in an asbestos removal company in order to comply with these regulations. Additionally, because asbestos particles are too small to be seen with the naked eye, working with a professional asbestos testing company is the only way to know for sure if all ACMs have been properly removed.

Keeping Your Workers Safe

All asbestos removal contractors and their employees demoing or renovating schools or public and commercial buildings need to be accredited and trained in proper asbestos handling and removal under programs that follow the standards set by the EPA’s Model Accreditation Plan (MAP). On top of this requirement, there may be additional state or local regulations that you’ll need to make sure you meet before, during and after asbestos abatement.

In addition to following local, state and federal asbestos removal regulations, there are steps you can take to make sure your workers are safe while handing ACMs. One of the most important aspects of asbestos abatement worker safety is to provide the right protective clothing and equipment and ensure that all workers know and understand how to properly utilize them. These items may include:

  • Approved safety gear, such as coveralls, gloves, masks and respirators
  • HEPA certified vacuums and other asbestos removal equipment
  • Posters or signs notifying workers of asbestos containing materials
  • Proper OSHA training

Working with an Asbestos Testing Lab

Once asbestos removal companies have taken the necessary precautions and properly removed all known ACMs from the site, the next step is to work with an asbestos testing lab to perform post-remediation testing. This final test will determine whether or not all traces of asbestos fibers have been removed so that demolition or renovations can safely begin. In the event that asbestos is still detected in the air based on the lab sample results, your asbestos testing company can work with you until lab samples show that all asbestos fibers are gone.

What Else Do You Need To Know About Asbestos Testing?

If you still have questions about how asbestos testing works and what the process entails, take a look at our FAQ page for more information. If you still can’t find the answers you’re looking for, feel free to contact us online or give us a call at (908) 206-0073 and one of our friendly team members would be happy to help you.

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Home Inspections: Why Quality Is Key!

home-inspections-why-quality-is-keyYou’ve just found your dream house and you’re anxious to get the ball rolling so you can move in and live happily ever after. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying a new home, it’s easily one of the biggest investment a person might make in their lifetime. Home inspections are an important step in the home buying process. Read this article to learn about home inspections: why quality is key. 

It’s important that you take the proper precautions to make sure the house you’re buying is a safe place to call home. From the untrained professional there are details that might go unnoticed. A thorough home inspection will help bring the true condition of the home to light and give the buyer confidence that he’s making the right decision.

Why Are Home Inspections Important?

Even though you might think you’ve found your dream home, it’s your inspector’s job to make sure that your home is in a good, safe condition and doesn’t need any major repairs. A certified home inspector will analyze the property and all its major functions such as; major mechanical systems such as furnace and air conditioning systems, plumbing and electrical components, as well as an overall analysis of the roof.

A home inspector will also determine whether the home has any potential hazardous health risks like mold, lead paint or asbestos. If your home does have one of these flaws, don’t freak out just yet. A professional and qualified home inspector should also be able to suggest other professionals who can help remove and  remedy the problem.

Once the home inspection is complete  the inspector should give you a detailed report, from there it is the buyer’s responsibility to follow up with any questions or concerns. Moving forward you can discuss the results with your realtor to decide if this purchase is right for you. You can also review the results with the sellers and ask them to repair some of the things on your priority list. Having the home inspection will help you plan what kind of costs you’re willing to put into the home after the closing.

What If My Home Inspector Finds Asbestos?

If your home inspector suspects there may be asbestos or asbestos containing materials than it’s a good idea to contact a professional who is certified to treat the material. There is a step by step process to remedy the issue.

Inspection Of The Property

You just had a home inspection, so why does the property need to be inspected again? If the home is suspected to have asbestos than one of our certified and trained professional to come out and inspect all of the problem areas and areas that are thought to have asbestos and samples of those materials will be collected.

Samples – Sent To The Lab

Samples are sent to our Certified Laboratory facility under the Environmental Standard criteria. Each piece of material will be analyzed and tested for further findings.

Lab Analysis and Solutions

Once the lab has completed the testing an easy to read report will be generated and available to go over. If the tests show (ACM Asbestos Containing Material) than it is time to start looking for a remediation service company.

Post Remediation

After the asbestos has been removed and the home is thought to be safe of any hazardous materials,  a third party company must perform what is commonly called Clearance Air Test to ensure there is no asbestos fibers present in the air.

Why Should You Choose A Professional?

The potential buyer has the choice of who does the home inspection. It’s important that you do the research a choose someone who is qualified to do a thorough inspection. This sometimes goes deeper than just a look at some of the homes major mechanical systems. There are some other tests that can be done that may be helpful to you based on the condition of your home.

Older homes may have some hidden issues that are naked to the eye. Your home inspector should be able to tell you by the age of the home and overall condition of some of those tests are necessary for further investigation.

If there is an issue of asbestos it’s best to hire someone who is certified and trained to handle the situation. Dealing with asbestos can be a potential health risk to you and your family. If it’s not dealt with properly it could lead to bigger problems.

Choosing a home inspector is really important. Choosing a certified and qualified inspector could be crucial to the outcome of your home inspection. It’s a good idea to have some questions prepared so you can see how each person differs.

Questions To Ask A Home Inspector:

  • Are you licensed?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Do you have a limitation of liability clause in your contract?
  • What experience do you have that is related to home inspections?
  • If you miss something in the home inspection, what happens?
  • Are your inspectors infrared (IR) certified?
  • How do you inspect tall roofs above two stories?
  • How is my report delivered to me?
  • How long does it take to get a report?

A good quality home inspector will play a big part in your home inspection. When purchasing  a home, make sure you educate about the process so you can make the best possible decisions.

What Else Do You Need To Know About Home Inspections?

If you still have questions about home inspections and why it’s important to contact a professional, take a look at our FAQ page for more information. If you still can’t find the answers you’re looking for, feel free to contact us online or give us a call at (908) 206-0073 and one of our friendly team members would be happy to help you.

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