What can go wrong with replacing duct work insulated with asbestos?

Answered by Brendan ~ December 22, 2010 ~ No Comments

I am buying a house that has damaged duct work that is insulated with asbestos. The seller wants to pay the contractor out of escrow at closing, but my realtor thinks it is safer for me to pay for the repairs and get reimbursed from escrow. His worry is that the contractor would not start the work until a few days before escrow closes and risks not finishing the job. What would be the concern in waiting for the last week to do the work? The house is one story, 1900 square feet.

Trevor ~ Los Angeles, California

Brendan Fowler

It sounds to me like the concern is that the work would not be finished before you would want to move in. I do not know the details of your escrow and the nature of the sale but I would rely on the advice of your real estate agent on this one. Your agent is there to counsel you through this complicated process. I can tell you that as long as the contractor is licensed for asbestos abatement and can reinstall the new ductwork this sounds like a straightforward job. If it looks like the work will not be done prior to the close of escrow ask to extend escrow until the job is finished and inspected. I don't think anything can go wrong here. Good luck with your new home!

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