Chicago Real Estate Tips: Asbestos Free Homes, Tips & Green Alternatives

September 09, 2009

Popular for being a political, entertainment, sports, commerce and cultural hub, the state of Illinois is a great place to call home.  With many diverse cities offering an array of unique characteristics, many potential home buyers are flocking to Chicago.

The path to purchasing a new home is a huge accomplishment in one’s life, but one that requires additional responsibilities. For many, it is the investment of a lifetime, insuring you and your family will have a safe and healthy home for a long foreseeable future.

Many homes that are newly purchased may require remodeling or additional repairs. This is often the case with older homes, which still run with old, corrosive methods that were once used to build structures. Having the assistance of a reliable and experienced Chicago real estate agent can make this process smooth and easy.

asbestosLargeWhat is asbestos?

Used in many construction applications for the greater part of the 20th century, asbestos is a fibrous mineral that possesses many intrinsic traits. In most situations, asbestos appears in roof shingles, dry wall, attic insulation, popcorn ceilings, joint compounds and electrical wires. It’s flame resistant and durable qualities made it an ideal choice for many industries. In many instances, homes built prior to 1980 may contain this substance. This should not make you jump out of your seat because exposure to asbestos is easily avoidable by taking simple precautions.

If you locate any suspected asbestos, most experts advise to leave it alone. If you are having home renovations, performed, do not panic. A professional home inspector can determine the best course of action. In most cases, the best action is no action in regards to asbestos. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Asbestos Unit assists in protecting citizens of the state from asbestos exposure. This organization assists home or property owners with enforcing National and state laws’ concerning asbestos in regards to demolition, renovation and disposal of asbestos.

When asbestos deteriorates and its fibers become airborne, it has the potential of causing severe lung ailments such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. Mesothelioma diagnosis is a difficult task for physicians due to a variety of reasons. These include: length of latency period, age of exposure and cigarette smoking.

Healthy Tips & Alternatives

Environmental stability is on the minds of many citizens throughout the state. The implementation of eco-construction, green energy solutions will play an important role in the transformation to a healthier and sustainable world.

Recently, congress passed an economic stimulus package that promotes energy efficiency for home and business owners. The American Recover and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 include incentives for upgrading to more eco-friendly/sustainable methods of energy and insulation. Many are unaware to the fact that utilizing eco-sustainable forms of insulation not only provide healthy alternatives to asbestos, but can have positive economic benefits as well.

There are now a multitude of healthy replacements to asbestos such as cotton fiber and lcynene. These options should be considered upon removal.  Studies show that the use of recycled building materials can reduce annual energy costs by 25 percent!

Cotton fiber is made from recycled batted material and treated to be flame resistant. With the implementation of these recycled materials, waste is also decreasing in landfills. These options will provide a safe and healthy home, free of any damaging materials.

About The Author

Read All Stories By Mitch Levinson

Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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