How Asbestos Testing Services Can Add Value to Your Property Transaction

A thorough asbestos survey will help you decide what to do with the asbestos. Asbestos in good condition doesn’t need to be removed and can often be sealed or covered.

Occasionally, asbestos sampling isn’t allowed during an inspection period because it can be destructive. However, a consultant can usually find an alternative sample collection method.

Peace of Mind

Asbestos testing can be completed in just a few hours on-site. After a comprehensive visual inspection, the asbestos professional collects a sample of suspected ACM from each area using a utility knife and then transports it to an accredited laboratory for analysis.

A skilled analyst can detect and measure asbestos fibers, such as chrysotile and amosite, in the sample using polarized light microscopy (PLM). In addition, the analysis provides a concentration percentage of each type of asbestos.

When asbestos testing results confirm the absence of hazardous materials, homebuyers or tenants can feel confident moving forward with their plans. However, if the findings reveal that asbestos is present, the expert can assist with developing an asbestos management plan and coordinating any abatement work required. This can be an invaluable service that adds value to the property and increases its resale potential. In addition, a full asbestos report may also help prevent liability issues and compliance problems down the road.

Regulatory Compliance

Asbestos testing services help clients meet local, state, and federal government regulations. This protects employees, residents, and the general public from being exposed to harmful fibers during demolition or renovation projects.

For example, New York City requires a permit (ACP-5) for any demolition, construction, or renovation work in buildings that may have ACM. Our professional inspectors can perform a comprehensive asbestos survey and provide you with the necessary paperwork to apply for your permits.

We can also offer a Limited Asbestos Survey for clients that require the most precision. This survey includes targeted sampling on homogenous building materials and specific areas with suspected or presumed ACM presence. This allows you to complete your renovation projects without affecting other building materials. It is ideal for renovations of storefronts in strip malls. This method is cost-effective and saves time.


Asbestos-containing materials are a serious health risk if they are disturbed. They release hazardous fibers into the air, which can be inhaled, resulting in respiratory issues such as lung cancer and asbestosis.

Because identifying asbestos can be difficult, the best way to protect yourself and your family is by having it tested by a certified professional. The professional will be able to tell you what types of material might contain asbestos and how much is present in the building.

Sometimes, a building will require an asbestos inspection due to renovation or repairs that might disturb the suspect materials. This is a requirement of the NYC asbestos laws, and an ACP-5 is required before starting any work. The inspector will conduct a visual walkthrough of the area and collect a small sample of the suspect material for testing. After samples are sent to a lab for analysis, it usually takes three to ten business days to receive the results.

Resale Value

Before the 1980s, asbestos was a widely used building material. However, it was later discovered that asbestos exposure can result in several serious health issues, including cancer and lung disorders like mesothelioma. Proper risk assessment and professional removal or containment services can help boost your property’s resale value in the long run.

Buyers will be willing to pay more for a property without asbestos’s added cost and risk. Having a certified survey done by professionals can also avoid legal complications and prevent a deal from falling through.

While it’s possible to spot asbestos if you have the right equipment, many home inspectors will only touch certain materials like drywall or popcorn ceiling spray if they have them tested first. When you hire an asbestos testing company, your inspector can test these materials as part of the inspection service, saving you time and money.