Massachusetts consumers interested in a home inspection should start at the brochure, Home Inspectors Facts for Consumers Sheet, published by the Director of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The brochure was produced after consultation with the Board of Registration of Home Inspectors and the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers & Salespersons.
Consumer Information Links
Checklist for a Hazard-Free Home - Visit The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) website if you are a homeowner considering placing your home on the market, or you are looking at properties to buy, this checklist will help you in your evaluation. You should allow a minimum of six months to complete work implied in the checklist. Information may change as we learn more about environmental and health risks.
Asbestos Contractor List - Contractors performing asbestos abatement work in Massachusetts are required to be licensed by the MA Department of Labor Standards. The license ensures that the contractor has attended an approved asbestos abatement training course and is monitored by DLS health and safety inspectors for safe work practices. Property owners should only hire asbestos abatement contractors that provide proof of licensure by the DLS and evidence that the job supervisor and workers have approved certifications issued by DLS. For questions about an asbestos contractor’s licensing history and status, you may call DLS at (617) 626-6960.
Drinking Water Program - When MassDEP issues a public health order to a local public water supplier(PWS), the PWS must notify its customers of the actions the customers should take. The PWS must also take appropriate corrective action, continue to monitor its water supply, and notify customers when the problem has been remedied and the water order has been lifted.
Municipal Water Use Restrictions - MassDEP monitors municipal outdoor water use restrictions from May 1st to September 30th each year.
Plumbing & Heating
Radon Fact Sheet - The only way to determine the concentration of radon in your home is to do a radon test. The EPA recommends taking a short-term test followed by a second short- or long-term test if the results from the first test are equal to or greater than 4 pCi/L. If the short-term test result is more than twice the EPA action guideline of 4pCi/L, the second, confirmatory test should be a short-term test, and it should be done immediately. Results from the second round of testing should be used to confirm the need for radon mitigation.