We each have different criteria… for some, it is school district, for others it is price or size; but how many people consider the toxic residue or likely toxic exposure?
Many real estate disclosure forms include disclosing neighbor’s barking dogs. During an escrow, one of three things can happen. The buyer can be one that doesn’t mind the frequency or volume of that particular barking dog; the buyer can choose to not buy the home; or the Seller can correct the problem.
Similarly, if a neighbor regularly refinishes furniture or does some other activity which allows toxic fumes to come onto the subject property, the Buyer will have an unhappy surprise. The consequences to the Buyer may be an annoyance, and it may trigger an asthma attack for the Buyer’s child. The Seller (and agent) may get away with it, and may get sued.
To protect everybody, the best solution is to use supplemental environmental disclosures. Like with a barking dog, the Buyer may not care, the Buyer may choose to not buy the house (which is preferable to the Buyer taking the house and suing the Seller), or the Seller may correct the problem.
What distinguishes the SaferBuilding environmental disclosures is experience. There are over one hundred questions based on over three hundred field tests. The SaferBuilding team knows which toxins are more likely to cause a problem and how expensive it is to get them out. No other organization even comes close to the experience.
It is not just neighbors that can effect the toxicity of a house. Interior paints and stains can release or “off gas” toxic fumes long after the application. Being “green” isn’t good enough. A recycled carpet may have used toxic glues in the installation or may have carpet padding which off gases toxic fumes.
The point isn’t to throw your hands in the air with an attitude that “everything is toxic” and “I just want to live my life”; the point is that easy changes can have a substantial effect on the house and on the health of the occupants. Using environmental disclosures empowers the Buyers and protects the Sellers (and their agents).