How much does it cost to have asbestos shingles removed?

Answered by Brett ~ August 3, 2010 ~ No Comments

I am looking at buying a house with asbestos shingles and was thinking about removing them or covering them for stone facing. Do you have an estimate on how much this will cost?

Gwynn O. ~ Baltimore, Maryland

Brett Kulina

Gwynn, this is a difficult question to answer without inspecting the house which you are considering buying. I would suggest that you have a licensed asbestos mitigation contractor inspect the property and provide you with a detailed written estimate for the cost of testing, removing and disposing of the shingles. The costs of this project will depend not only on the quantity of shingles removed, but also on the disposal fees charged by the landfill where they will have to be dumped. Asbestos mitigation during remodeling projects is pretty common these days, but you should have a clear understanding of the costs before you purchase the house.

Providing the sellers of the subject property with a detailed mitigation estimate may give you some leverage in negotiating a purchase price for the home, as almost any buyer will have similar concerns about the presence of asbestos on the property. You should be able to find an asbestos mitigation contractor in the Baltimore area who will prepare such an estimate for you, usually with no upfront costs. Good luck!

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