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Renovating Older Homes – What you Need to Know

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Property development has become a very popular vocation for many people and a very lucrative business for others. The makeover programs on TV, where people buy, renovate and then sell on the property for a profit have given people the ideas and impetus to go it alone and try this type of venture for themselves. Buying a property at auction seems to be the cheapest way to get a foothold in this phenomenon but buying properties, especially older properties, almost blindly, is not without its potential pitfalls. Some people may buy properties that suffer from damp, some may buy properties with infestations but, perhaps, most worryingly, some people may buy a property constructed using asbestos. If any property was built or refurbished prior to the year 2000, there is a chance that asbestos was used in its construction. Since being proven by scientists as a potentially deadly material it needs to be removed by Croydon asbestos removal specialists before any renovations begin. Household fixtures and fittings that were commonly constructed using asbestos include but are not limited to:

  • Partition Walls
  • Vinyl Floor Tiles
  • Asbestos Cement (Roof)
  • Pipe Lagging
  • Loose Fill Insulation

Call the Experts Before you Start Work

The list above are just a few examples of where asbestos can be found in an older building, so care must be taken to identify and remove any potential dangers. Asbestos is usually most dangerous when it is moved or fragmented, as the particles released can be breathed in by people, so call the experts for a survey before you start work.