6.0 hours Benefits of a Professional Home Inspection – Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus:

6.0 Elective Hours

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. It is a health concern because breathing the fibers damages the lungs and causes asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Because it is a known environmental health hazard, asbestos has been discontinued in residential construction since 1973.

If you suspect the presence of asbestos in a home, contact your local health department or regional EPA asbestos office for assistance. Many departments offer testing services and have knowledgeable staff members who can advise you of your options if asbestos is present. They may also provide you with a list of qualified laboratories and consultants who can test for asbestos and correct problems.

In residential real estate transactions, home sellers are bound by law to disclose the presence of such materials. Unfortunately, many sellers are unaware of the problem. It is also an unfortunate misconception that professional home inspectors will test for the presence of asbestos. This is simply not the case.

This course will provide the real estate professional a better understanding of asbestos. Since asbestos is a hazardous substance, its removal and disposal are quite costly. Because such costs may influence the purchase decision, both licensees and clients need to be aware of potential sources of asbestos.

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