Myths Debunked: Asbestos within Properties

So, you’ve found your dream home, you’re about to put an offer in, but you’ve just found out it contains asbestos. Many home buyers are put off by the idea of buying a home that contains asbestos, but is it really as dangerous as it’s made out to be? Here we take a look at some of the myths surrounding asbestos in homes.

Myth: Asbestos is always dangerous
Fact: Asbestos is only dangerous when their fibres are able to be breathed in by people coming into contact with it. If the material containing asbestos is in poor condition the fibres can become dislodged and enter the air.

As long as the asbestos isn’t causing a threat to your health, it can be safe to proceed with the purchase of your dream property. However, it is worth noting that asbestos materials can deteriorate over time and it will eventually need removing which can be costly and disruptive.

Myth: It is illegal to sell a home that contains asbestos
Fact: Although all forms of asbestos were banned from use in the UK in 1999, but there are still a large amount of properties across the country that contain asbestos.

As long as the material containing the asbestos is in good condition the property can be legally sold.

Myth: If a home contains asbestos it will always be disclosed
Fact: Many homeowners are living in a property that contains asbestos without being aware of its presence. If you are unsure whether a property contains asbestos it is a good idea to have an asbestos survey carried out to identify any undisclosed areas of asbestos within the property and also assess its condition.

If asbestos has been previously undetected, an asbestos survey that reveals the presence of asbestos within the home can help you negotiate a lower price.

If you have any concerns regarding a property that may contain asbestos, please get in touch today and a member of our team will be more than happy to help.