Asbestos should always be removed by a professional. Credit: Shutterstock

24. Asbestos Removal

If your house was built before 1989 in the US or the year 2000 in the UK, there is a good chance that there might be asbestos on the property. Years ago, asbestos was used for siding, roof shingles, flooring, and more. People thought it was a revolutionary fireproof material, so many builders decided to use it immediately. However, there is just one problem- Once the asbestos is broken apart, tiny microscopic asbestos particles float through the air. When you breathe those particles into your lungs, they can never get out. This has been proven to cause cancer, and other serious health problems.

Asbestos removal can be very dangerous. Credit: Shutterstock

In order to remove asbestos properly, you need a HAZMAT suit and professional respirators. The home must also be quarantined with plastic to prevent any particles from escaping the treated area. It is a very serious job for a good reason. Some people who regularly flip houses have put in the effort to learn how to do asbestos removal on their own. Since they are going to be renovating multiple houses in their lifetime, it might be worth the time and effort for them to become an expert, too. However, if this is the home you are living in forever, and you have no interest in taking the risk of getting cancer, definitely pay a pro to do the job for you.