Do you have any hidden health hazards in your home? There are four steps to help you find out.
To help you discern whether or not your home has any hidden health hazards, I came up with a four-letter acronym: A.L.R.M. Use these four steps to determine how safe your home is:
Asbestos. This mineral was used in some older houses to wrap pipes or even to make floor tiles. The reason it’s so hazardous is that if you disturb it, you can send some asbestos fibers into the air, which can cause breathing issues if ingested. Be sure to have your home checked for asbestos before it becomes a problem.
Lead. Lead was once commonly used in paints but has been discovered to be toxic. Now it’s a requirement for homeowners in Minnesota to disclose the presence of lead paint to buyers. It’s so dangerous because any paint chips that children accidentally (or purposefully) ingest could give them lead poisoning.
You can avoid being liable for health hazards with an as-is addendum, which is signed when we buy houses.
Radon. Radon is a natural gas that is typically found in basements. It presents a pretty significant health risk to those who absorb it over long periods. During the inspection period, it’s a wise decision to ask about radon tests to be sure that your home doesn’t harbor this colorless, odorless gas.
Mold. The kinds of mold that are most hazardous can be hard to spot. To make sure your home is safe and to avoid liability if you go to sell it, have an inspection done to check.
You can avoid being liable for health hazards with an as-is addendum, which is signed when we buy houses. If you think you might have one or more of these issues, reach out to us. We offer a free in-home evaluation that can help identify which, if any, issues you have and then provide you a path forward to mitigating them.