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Home inspectors avoid asbestos like the plague

Buyer learns real reason why topic is not discussed
Published on Apr 29, 2008

Dear Barry, The home inspector I hired never mentioned that the floor tiles and air duct insulation contain asbestos. Shouldn't he have pointed this out? --Robert Dear Robert, Asbestos is generally regarded as "outside the scope" of a home inspection and is typically not mentioned by most home inspectors. For home buyers, this leaves a gap in the disclosure process. For home inspectors, the issue is one of legal liability. If any material is disclosed as a potential source of asbestos, the inspector may be held liable for other possible asbestos materials that were not mentioned in the inspection report. For this reason, the home inspection industry has excluded asbestos as a consideration during home inspections. If asbestos disclosure were included in home inspections, complications could ensue because there are so many common building materials that might contain asbestos. Examples include sheet vinyl flooring, asphalt and vinyl floor tiles, adhesive mastics...

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