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Home Safety Costs
Whether you are outfitting a new home or undergoing renovations, your key objective might be to create an attractive living space to call your own. However, health and safety should also be priorities in any home. Testing for things like lead, asbestos and mold can give you peace of mind, pest control can get rid of any annoying or potentially damaging insects and improving air quality can help all residents breath better. Here are some of the costs associated with these standard home safety upgrades and tests:
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Costs of Mold Testing
In humid environments like bathroom plumbing or basements, mold can grow. While some forms of mold are harmless, others can cause health problems for residents over time. It is impossible for an ordinary person to know which molds are dangerous, and tampering with toxic mold can make you sick, so hiring a professional is best. They can look for mold, test it and then safely remove it, a process that might cost you anywhere from $1,368 to $2,112.
Costs of Lead Testing
Until 1978, lead was used frequently in everything from pipes to the paint on the walls. Since lead can be toxic in certain amounts and may cause health problems, hiring a professional to test for lead and then remove it is key in older homes. Typically, the cost of a lead test in the home will be around $487, but if extensive paint removal or pipe removal is needed, the cost could rise quite substantially.
Costs of Asbestos Testing
As recently as the 1970s, asbestos was considered a cost-effective material for use in residential homes, but today, the material is known as a hazard. If your home is more than 30 years old, you should have it tested for asbestos. This is especially true if you are planning a remodel as hidden asbestos could be revealed during the renovations. A professional inspection will cost anywhere from $1,080 to $1,666 depending on the size of your home.
Costs of Pest Control
Termites, ants, cockroaches or any other pests can be a serious nuisance in the home, and you may struggle to get rid of them on your own. If inexpensive commercial products aren't working well enough, then hiring professional pest control is the best option. One-time visits to set poisons or traps should cost around $335, but monthly services will be cheaper.
Costs of Improving Air Quality
Poor air quality can make itself obvious to those with respiratory problems, allergies or asthma, but it can also be something that just makes residents more susceptible to illnesses over time. A simple air quality test can check for pollutants and will cost around $459.
Ensuring that your home is safe and healthy is key to your wellness. These cost guidelines make it easier to budget for everything from pest control to asbestos inspections.
Last updated on Nov 14, 2013