These are all good things to be aware of. Some are quite easy, and some are downright scary:
1. If you have a house built before 1978, assume that it has some lead paint, and take the proper precautions when disturbing paint, if you have peeling paint, carefully remove it, or hire a contractor that specializes in this. This is a highly regulated industry. If you have, or have family members that have, infants or small children you really need to pay attention to this.
2. Asbestos is often present in homes. This one is for sure for the pros. That ugly, but in great shape tile floor may very well have asbestos in it, or in the adhesives that attach it to the sub floor. ASSUME it is asbestos, and don't disturb it until you are ready to have a professional do the job. It is safe until it is damaged. I am more concerned when I run into suspect tapes or mastic or pipes on older HVAC installations. They almost always are already friable/damaged.
3. Radon is an easy one to learn more about for your particular area:
You can take that down to your county level. Some states including Ohio, have free testing available from the Department of Health. If you are in the Orange or Red zones, expect that you are in need of remediation, but there are kits to do it yourself.
4. Mold? VOC's? Carbon Monoxide? I know a guy! ME! Message or call with your questions, or just look at the posts on this site.
5. When it comes to pests whether the tiny ones like dust mites or bed bugs, to the big ones like raccoons, it comes down to not being the kind of place they want to or can easily enter. Poisons should be the last tool in your arsenal not the first. I don't do pest management, but I can give you some advice, and point you towards the right professionals.
The scary thing about any of these is not being aware of them, that is what will "get you", become aware, take action!
Incidentally, , JUNE is National Healthy Homes Month! So this post kicks it off with a bang!
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