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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Probably are no rules for this particular situation, but once you ask them they will find a way to sell you a few dozen permits and make this home much more expensive than new one.

Jun 20, 2017 09:20 AM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Yes, yes and yes, it will be a nightmare...

One time we dealt with the EPA just to build an oversized dock on a lake.  It took 2 years just to get EPA permission.  After we jumped through their hoops we had to pay $350 a year to lease the water from them.


Jun 20, 2017 09:49 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

That's a new one on me, Fred. I've never dealt with moving a house. Will watch for other responses.

Jun 20, 2017 09:21 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Oh wow. I agree with Debbie. Moving that house risks bothering the siding, even if it's encapsulated standing still. Go to a remediation company more up on the finer points. Whoever's going to be actually moving the house should have some ideas as well.

Jun 20, 2017 10:31 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have dealt with EPA, and it is a nightmare.  I think Bob Crane gave you good advice.  A

Jun 20, 2017 10:31 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

whether you move it or tear it down, it's a nightmare with the EPA.... 

Jun 20, 2017 10:09 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Fred I think by moving the house it will disturb the absestos and you sure don't want any lawsuits after the fact by not addressing it up front.  Perhaps your broker or legal hotline attorney can guide you.

Jun 20, 2017 05:23 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Bob Crane has excellent advice here.

Jun 20, 2017 12:48 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

You  know all the bets are off because you are moving it I bet. What will your city think about it? Hard to encapsulate that big of an item. Hard not to 'disturb' the siding since you are ripping it off it's foundation.

Great question Fred.

Jun 20, 2017 11:51 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

call local expert

Jun 20, 2017 11:17 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

If it's being moved on the same property, I'd guess that you can move it with minimal hassle and just precautionary wraps.  If you have to go on a public road, that would be a whole other issue and would likely need the siding to be wrapped at least and probably some permits and such that the movers would be best to know about.


Unfortunately, I don't know anything about the enviro laws in your state.

Jun 20, 2017 11:07 AM
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

Ive moved from a house before but never took the house with me.

Jun 21, 2017 01:30 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

That's a good question Fred, I would have to research. 

Jun 20, 2017 09:37 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am channeling Nina Hollander again ... or shall I say ... still?  Looks like you have some good responses here ... I am of no help 

Jun 20, 2017 06:12 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

The asbestos NESHAP regulations specify work practices for asbestos to be followed during demolitions and renovations of all structures, installations, and buildings (excluding residential buildings that have four or fewer dwelling units). The regulations require the owner of the building or the operator to notify the appropriate state agency before any demolition, or before any renovations of buildings that could contain a certain threshold amount of asbestos or asbestos-containing material. In addition, particular manufacturing and fabricating operations either cannot emit visible emissions into the outside air or must follow air cleaning procedures, as well as follow certain requirements when removing asbestos-containing waste.

Docket ID: OAR–2002–0082, FRL–7561–2

Moving the house makes the asbestos VOLATILE.  It's single family, that's a bit easier. Those grey tiles on the facade are the problem. workers must wear full suit, ventilated masks and this cannot be dumped in a regualr landfill. The dumping is expensive.  I believe it would be cost effective to remove the siding before you move the house. Get a bid for removing the siding seperate from cutting the house up and getting all the permits to go under power lines.  WHY move this house - is it historic in some way? Demolition after removing siding with licensed crew would be where I would start. This decision should be made by the owner. I assume the city and county know about the asbestos and have some flag to permits.  You are right to not give address out as wheels start spinning dollars  

Jun 20, 2017 04:18 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Your photo looks like the 1950's cottages along the Allegheny River that I remember from childhood.  No AC just throw up the shutters and let the cool river breeze blow in. 

Sorry, I can't solve your asbestos issue.

Jun 20, 2017 12:59 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

New for me but curious about what others with experience might say. The less bureaucracy the better, no doubt!

Jun 20, 2017 11:35 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I am not an environmental engineer, nor have any experience with the EPA, so I suggest contacting a trusted PE who might give you some direction on this issue. My take on this is if the siding is intact and not compromised, the asbestos is still encapsulated and is not a hazard.

Jun 20, 2017 11:22 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good question on this subject, never ran across this one.


Jun 20, 2017 10:25 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

How do you know it's asbestos?  Was it tested?  If so, then it's been reported.

Why don't you call an asbestos TESTING company to try to get info (not an asbestos company who obviously has a vested interest).  Also, you could try calling an air quality testing place.  (these companies are supposed to be indendent...I stress supposed to be). At least they would know more than us.  I just know about asbestos as it relates to floors and I know for sure you can't tell if it's asbestos until after it's tested.  You can generally tell the odds.  And, I have had a few times where I surprised that test turned out negative.  (but majority maybe 90% positive).

By the way, I would be surprised if anyone could move it and drive it wo/ having any siding break.

Jun 20, 2017 09:55 AM
Toronto, ON

I don't track the laws in your country.  However, I understand that many of the laws and regulations have been or are in the process of being eliminated by your government so you will want to verify whether such laws and regulations have been repealed or changed

Jun 20, 2017 09:50 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Wow, a big dilemma for you. Given the nature of the sideing and possibility of cracking in a move, think you may need the space suits! Good luck!

Jun 20, 2017 09:41 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Whatever you do, be advised you make it public information. Go from there

Jun 20, 2017 09:38 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Blog about what you decide to do.

Jun 20, 2017 09:38 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

This is definitely something I have no experience or advice in, but I am really interested to find out what you discover and end up doing.  We have sold a couple of homes that have been moved but buyers purchased after the move was completed, and we have one buyer who has for years wanted to find an old historic home to move, but thus far they haven't pulled the trigger, and that is all seperate than the asbestos issue. Let us know how it turns out! -Kasey

Jun 22, 2017 10:54 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Some of the "remedies" call for not disturbing the asbestos and it remains safe that way.  If the move can be done without agitating what's been in place for a long time, it is safer than trying to remove the asbestos and that would be costly too.

Jun 21, 2017 11:54 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Interesting question.  I've never been involved in a transaction or situation where a house has been "moved" with/without possible EPA implications. Parked and reading.  

Jun 21, 2017 05:35 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Harry F. D'Elia nailed this one!

Jun 21, 2017 05:30 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I don't know the answer but it seems you could move it without disturbing the asbestos, therefore you should be fine without special abatement.

Jun 21, 2017 05:21 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't know the answer to this question.

Jun 21, 2017 04:55 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Around here it is the buyer who arranges and pays for moving the house so it is their problem to deal with. Stop asking questions so you won't know. You have to disclose what you know.

Jun 21, 2017 04:13 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin surely a tricky situation. Are there any good movers who can take care of this?

If no, trash the home....

Jun 20, 2017 10:26 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I wonder if there are restrictions.  I have seen this type of home in my area that were not strip or covered.

Jun 20, 2017 06:43 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

FOr moving it, i am at a loss. Here in NH we do see quite a lot of homes with this siding, and they allow us to cover it and never remove them, that is what it becomes a hazard

Jun 20, 2017 06:14 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I would call the codes department and follow their edict. They are the ones in our area we have to please.

Jun 20, 2017 05:55 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Great question, Fred Griffin - I would think so but, then again, I've never moved a house with asbesos siding. I've had asbestos removed from a tear-down and yes, the men in space suits were involved but, not moving a house. 

I would question what would happen if you or your homeowner didn't notify them...what are the consequences?

You'll definitely have to let us know, Fred!

Jun 20, 2017 03:51 PM