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We have been house shopping and we found what seems like the perfect little bungalow for us, but the exterior is asbestos???

is that legal?? it's in the details of the house, it's the exterior, not the interior but still is it harmful? i mean this house really is perfect perfect neighborhood, over 2 acres of land, next to family, good schools, and it's inexpensive. but we don't want it if we'll end up with lung cancer

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:14 AM on Jul. 7, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • You'd have to stand there and stick your nose against it and breathe deeply to get even a trace of carcinogens! LOL

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 11:15 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • hey lol don't make fun, i've heard horror stories about asbestos. but thanks

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 11:17 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • I wouldn't buy it.

    Answer by pookiekins34 at 11:17 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Look into it deeper.

    Answer by pookiekins34 at 11:17 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Its just roofing material. You don't get cancer from your roof do you? I'm not picking on you

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 11:18 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • I would NOT buy that house. Asbestos is a proven carcinogen and it is THERE , even if it is outside. NOBODY would want to buy it wouldn't be able to sell it if you wanted to some day. You need to discuss this with someone who KNOWS. In the meantime, keep on looking at other homes. Look for something newer that has either brick or stucco or wood siding. good luck!

    Answer by minnesotanice at 11:19 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Asbestos siding should be fine. The tiny particles are held in the siding, and unless you break the siding, you should be fine. It hold paint really well. If you are worried, you might ask the seller to remove it ( EPA rules) and then you replace it...

    Answer by BabyBugsmama at 11:19 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • You will not be able to find anyone to work on that house if you need work done. A lot of cable companies and dish companies will not even drill a hole on the house to hook up the services. My FIL has been dealing with this.

    Answer by pookiekins34 at 11:20 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Asbestos siding is relatively safe. However anytime you cut it you release the particles into the air. So yes, the cable company might not want to drill a hole. The best long term solution is to have it removed by a licensed company and replace it. But that will bump your price up and is probably why you are getting such a good price on it in the first place.  Check the price of having it removed and consider that and see if you still think it is  a good deal.  You could wait 5 years to do the work as long as you don't disturb the siding in the mean time, but new windows, doors or more holes for cable, gas, air conditioning etc.  would mean time to yank it all off and replace it.


    Answer by LoveMyDog at 11:27 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Cost of any repairs or replacing the material will cost you a bundle because asbestos removal is a much bigger process than other materials. And as others have stated, trying to sell the house in the future will be difficult. It's cheaply priced for a reason.

    Even if you are 100% safe, you won't be able to convince everyone else it is.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 11:30 AM on Jul. 7, 2011

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