Naomi Findlay discusses one critical safety component when doing property renovation: asbestos management.
Now, before you ask, yes. I am squatting underneath the house of this renovation project because I want to show you something really important.
One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that properties that often have quite of a bit of asbestos in them have asbestos in hidden and sometimes unknown places. Yes. Not generally being in your bathroom, not generally being in your kitchen and as you know, there’s often an asbestos roof. But one thing I’ve found over the years is, those properties that do have asbestos in them that may have been renovated from time to time, that not always have the previous owners done the right thing.
So, check this out. If you can see in here literally, there’s a little trap door in there. Can everyone see that? And buried inside there underneath a pile of concrete are big bags of asbestos. I’m obviously not going to get in there and uncover them because I have no PPA on and that wouldn’t be a clever thing to do. And I’m going to leave that well enough alone and try to get into some shade. I’m going to leave that well enough alone and let that be handled by the professionals.
Another thing I’ve noticed is, underneath the house itself, not even locked away, underneath the house there is asbestos scattered all over the place. Now, some might say it’s been there for years, leave it there, Naomi. But the problem with that is, more than likely the person that comes in to lease it after you’re finished or to buy it after you, they will find it.
It’s not okay.
WHAT TO DO
Not only that if a building inspector found it, it could be a massive barred objection and a fall through on sale. But not only that guys, it needs to be disposed off absolutely perfectly.
We need to take care of our future generations and our environment so always check your sites thoroughly. And if you do find some asbestos, make sure you get rid of it appropriately.