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Asbestos Removal Costs

For even the most experienced DIY homeowner, dealing with asbestos is one thing that is better left to professionals. Although asbestos was used widely until the 1970s, the material has a number of health hazards, and just touching it can be risky. However, that doesn't mean that you should ignore the asbestos in your home. Use this guide to get a better understanding of the costs involved with testing and removing asbestos from any property location.

National Test or Remove Asbestos Costs

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National Test or Remove Asbestos Costs
Average reported cost $971
Number of Cost Profiles 1685 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $60
Maximum reported cost $3,000
Most homeowners spent between: $577 to $1,108

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Costs of Testing For Asbestos

The first step in ensuring that your home is free from any major contaminants is to complete professional asbestos testing. This is not a testing process that just anyone can perform, and it pays to spend a little more on an expert in your area with plenty of experience. The tester has to be completely sealed off from the environment because checking for asbestos can dislodge pieces and cause immediate respiratory issues. Since this is such an involved task, and one that can easily take a full day depending on the size of the home, expect to pay between $1,267 and $1,955 for asbestos testing.

Costs of Removing Asbestos From the Home

Once your home has been tested and asbestos has been detected, it will need to be removed both for your safety and to increase the chance of selling your property in the future. The removal part of the process has to be done when the home is empty, and doors and windows have to be sealed during the process to limit exterior contamination. As you might imagine, the cost of such a lengthy process can be expensive, but most companies are able to complete the removal for under $2,000.

Factors That Influence Total Cost

Since the amount of asbestos used differs from home to home, removal costs also vary. Part of the total expense depends on where the asbestos was used. Removing it from interior insulation or from the roof, for example, can be more expensive than simply removing tiles or replacing all of the siding. In addition, the use of materials like vermiculite, which is often also contaminated with asbestos, can drive up the total cost.

Every home should test or remove asbestos if it was built in 1978 or before, and thankfully, the costs of removal are often less than you might expect.

Last updated on May 5, 2016

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