How can I tell if my house has asbestos and can I sell my house if it has asbestos in it?
Asbestos-containing materials can be found in any Australian home built or renovated before 1987. Although asbestos was banned in Australia in 2003, thousands of different types of products remain hidden dangers in about one in every three homes in Australia. These include weatherboard, fibro-cement, brick, clad homes and buildings like garages, sheds and many commercial properties, if constructed or refurbished before 1987. Asbestos could be anywhere, even under the tiles or lino in your kitchen. Common places for asbestos include eaves, fencing and cladding. Only testing by a NATA accredited testing facility can determine if asbestos is present.
Yes, you can sell a house with asbestos in it. It is up to the buyer to organise a building inspection and they can decide whether they are happy to proceed with the purchase, based upon their own research.
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