It is not safe or even legal for anyone to perform a visual only inspection for asbestos to clear an area for demolition. The main reason for this is because many of the newer asbestos product alternatives look identical to their older asbestos based counterparts and are impossible to differentiate otherwise.
To be certain the building you plan on renovating is free of asbestos, a certified environmental specialist will need to sample all potential asbestos containing materials from the property in question and have them tested at an accredited laboratory for clearance.
Only once a certified environmental consultant has cleared the building can building demolition/renovation plans commence.
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