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06:41PM | 12/25/04
Member Since: 12/24/04
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My family and I are considering purchasing a home that was built in the 1890's. It is a beautiful old home but needs a lot of work. Most of the work my husband feels he can do himself, but I do have one major concern before we place an offer on this house. When we were looking in the attic and in some of the storage cabinets, it looked like there might be asbestos in the grout in the brickwork on the chimney.

We will be limited in the types of repairs that we can make to the property because it has been designated a historical home. I just don't want to move my family into a house that could be dangerous, or that could have an extremely expensive repairs that we might or might not be allowed to get done. What is your basic opinion?


03:18PM | 12/26/04
Member Since: 12/24/04
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Thank you, I appreciate the advice. If we go ahead and purchase this house, we will definitely gain our sweat equity quickly. Once the house is renovated it will be worth at least $200K more than what it is now. We will make it a condition of our offer that the property pass safety inspections, that way we will be better able to weigh what we are getting ourselves into. Thanks, Again!

AInglis in MA


12:15AM | 04/20/12
Member Since: 04/19/12
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We bought a house built in 1896. Its a full red brick and mortar foundation with a cement crouch basement. There are tree logs holding the majority of the basement up and almost all the house's wood has been eaten by termites and beetles some-many decades ago.

Even my house inspector said regardless of what people will try to sell you, when all these other houses are long gone, this house will still be standing here. The basement was reinforced in the 1950's and a full reno was done around then, asbestos shingles all around the house. Cracked and poor condition Asbestos insulation on the steam pipes in the basement. Seepy Foundation walls.

If you love the house, it will love you. Clean the heck out of it and enjoy it.

If that's what you want.


06:34AM | 05/03/13
Member Since: 05/03/13
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see, if you have got the opportunity to buy such a historical home then I will advice go ahead, about repairs? then keep the repairing work at slow and consistent pace.Always remember, NO PAIN NO GAIN,,,Asbestos thing-Depending on how and where asbestos was applied, it might not pose any risk to most users of the building. If the fibers cannot become dislodged, they cannot be inhaled, and thus the asbestos poses no risk.

If you are afraid of it, I understand then first do its removal work first,...

If removal is to be performed when users are still present in the building, it is usually necessary to relocate some users temporarily. Typically, the part of the building from which asbestos is being removed has to be sealed off in order to prevent contamination of the other areas.

Gud LUck...


02:17PM | 08/28/17
no idea what this is called or how to upgrade or repair it Thanks for any help you can give me


01:14PM | 10/22/20
Thinking of purchasing a home built in 1890. How were these old homes insulated? We do not want to have to take it to the studs to get insulation in there. I am thinking perhaps it is plaster and lathe. Does this suit as the insulation? Any advice is much appreciated.

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