For DIY renovators
If you’re planning home renovations, it’s important to first know whether asbestos may be present and how to deal with it safely.
As a general guide, if your house was built:
- before the mid-1980s: it’s highly likely it contains some asbestos products
- between the mid-1980s and 1990: it’s likely it would contain asbestos
- after 1990: it’s unlikely it would contain asbestos
It’s not mandatory for building inspection reports to identify asbestos. The seller is not obliged to tell you if the house contains asbestos, either.