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Paul James
Mesothelioma Cancer Center

Located in the Northeastern part of the United States, New York is known for its big history as a financial, cultural, entertainment and manufacturing center. Attracting millions of tourists every year, New York is also the third most populated state in the country.

The path to owning a home is a wonderful experience and is regarded as the investment of a lifetime. Gaining assistance from real estate agents and home inspectors can help in dealing with making that all important decision.

Asbestos is a natural fibrous mineral used in millions of homes throughout the twentieth century as a form of insulation, piping, roofing and flooring.

Potential New York homebuyers looking to commercial lease or remodel a home built before 1980 should be aware that the potential for asbestos materials to be present exists. This does not mean you should be too concerned because asbestos exposure is easily prevented by taking simple precautions.  At the present time, there is a growing list of green insulation alternatives which replace the need for asbestos.

Asbestos Tips in the Home

If any suspected asbestos is in good shape, it's posing no apparent risk. If it's in bad shape, it could be a problem. Experts' suggest to leave any asbestos un-disturbed as this will prevent its fibers from becoming airborne. If a home inspector suggests removal is necessary, it must be performed by a licensed abatement contractor who is trained in handling hazardous materials. They can perform the removal in public facilities, homes and work places.

The inhalation of its fibers can cause a rare lung-ailment known as mesothelioma, which accounts for three percent of cancer diagnoses in the United States.  Physician diagnosis has been a difficult task because of a long latency period and many mesothelioma symptoms being so similar to other, less serious conditions.

Greener Incentives

As one of the greener cities in the country, New York is adapting new methods of eco-friendly insulation that not only provide a healthy alternative to asbestos, but can save on annual energy costs. New York has focused on reducing its environmental impact and lowering its carbon footprint by installing construction practices that better suit lighting, heating and eco-friendly habitable insulation.

Recycled building materials that are healthy alternatives to asbestos include the use of cotton fiber, lcynene foam and cellulose. With an increase in technology and public awareness, the United Nations Environmental Program states that the use of recycled building materials such as cotton fiber insulation can reduce energy use by 25 percent. 

Recently, congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. Included in this act were extensions to the tax incentives placed for energy efficiency in 2005, as well as new credits for homeowners who remodel or build using eco-sustainable methods. Some of the measures that are eligible for tax credits include added insulation to walls, ceilings, or other part of the building envelope that meets the 2009 IECC specifications, sealing cracks in the building shell and ducts to reduce heat loss. Storm doors paired with U-factored rated wood doors are also eligible.





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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Deb, what a great post! So many of the older homes have asbestos, and it does scare some. But there are such easy remedies out there, and great alternatives, as you pointed out. No reason not to buy if you are well educated on the subject.

May 24, 2009 12:40 PM #1
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Andrea -That is right...asbestos should never be a deterrent especially now-a-days with all the info out there.

May 27, 2009 12:18 PM #2
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Hey, Debra — I left a surprise for you in my blog post this morning. What? You thought I was going to tell you exactly what and where? Ha! But this comment is a clue.

Happy Saturday!

Sep 23, 2011 11:23 PM #3
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Hey Debbie, just saying hi and checking out this older post per Russel's blog today..have a good one!

Sep 24, 2011 03:07 AM #4
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Debra....Dropped by after reading Russel's Golden Oldies. Great information here. I understand Asbestos is now not considered hazardus...

Sep 24, 2011 04:04 AM #5
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Russel- Thanks for the shout out!

Kristin- Thanks for stopping in!

Fred- I haven't heard that!

Sep 24, 2011 04:50 AM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Debra, these Golden Oldies of Russel are great as a previous honoree I am hooked now. BTW now to your post it is a Good one and all buyers and sellers should read it!

Sep 24, 2011 02:17 PM #7
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Endre- Thank you!

Sep 26, 2011 11:56 PM #8
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