Home Hazardous Material Testing Costs

Testing a home for asbestos and other hazardous materials may be necessary to comply with code requirements or to inform parties beyond the scope of a property appraisal quotation. A much broader home inspection is often performed regarding a home for sale.

You will find that the cost to test an average home of 1,500 square feet for asbestos and other hazardous materials depends upon the number of hazards for inspection, the size and construction details of the home, and the professional services rate.

In the following table are the typical costs to inspect and test for common hazards.

Home testing for hazardous materials: typically of roofing, walls, flooring, piping, and insulation material

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Asbestos: to identify presence in materials of roofing, ceilings, insulation, and flooring. Perform six analyzed samples and deliver a written report.$299fee1$299
Urea formaldehyde: gas emitted from water-damaged building insulation, new carpets, and new wood-chip lumber.$197fee1$197
Radon gas: enters the building through ground contact; 72 hours of air sampling in two locations.$141fee1$141
Total Cost$637fee1$637

 Other considerations and costs

  • Most all State Agencies provide extensive information on the subject. Look at: http://www2.epa.gov/home/health-and-environmental-agencies-us-states-and-territories
  • These prices are for service in the immediate service area of the provider.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • Performing all three tests by a single provider should cause a price reduction.
  • Re-testing following any repair work will probably be necessary.

DIY considerations

  • This activity requires professional certification as well as specialized testing equipment, and is not suitable for DIY.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

Cost to test for hazardous home material in my city

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