We bought our house in January and (naturally) employed the services of a building inspector. Prior to the report being carried out, I specifically mentioned my concerns with asbestos and termites and asked that they be very thorough, particularly with respect to these issues.
The report came back stating that the roof was asbestos, but that all of the internal walls are masonite. So we bought the house.
A few months ago, I called a local carpenter around to get a quote for the removal of a couple of walls within the house (having been told by our architect that none of the walls were load bearing). He told us he was fairly certain that the walls in all of the walls which we plan to change or knock down are in fact asbestos. He knew by looking at the walls and confirmed his belief by tapping on them.
I've had a couple of quotes to get this asbestos removed now and it looks like we're up for approximately $4,000 - $5,000 to get the internal asbestos removed (laundry, toilet, walk in pantry, study, bathroom).
I phoned the building inspection company back in June and they gave me the inspector's phone number. When I called him, his response was quite unsympathetic and his exact words were "What do you want me to do?".
I know that there is a lot of fine print on their reports stating that they will not be held accountable for any costs incurred as a result of their negligence.
Has anyone else on this forum had the same kind of experience? Can anyone offer any advice? At the very least, I would expect a refund of the $363 the inspection cost.