Dear David: I have a home that was built 60 years ago. The garage walls are insulated with UFFI, and the garage is attached to the house. I’m thinking of selling in 5 to 10 years. Should I remove the UFFI in preparation? – THINKING AHEAD DEAR THINKING: I suspect your home may have UFFI
Dear David: We built our home in 1971. A few years later, we had urea formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI) installed through a government program. I have no plans to leave this house, but given my age, I want to keep my affairs in order. Is there anything I should tell my grown kids about UFFI?
In my last 16 years of real estate practice, I’ve never had a house with UFFI whose test readings weren’t close to nil. Despite a lack of evidence to support the notion that UFFI is problematic, there remains a pre-printed section of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale that speaks specifically to whether or not a house has UFFI.
Dear David, Some open houses look like model homes and some don’t. They all seem to sell, does the presentation make much difference? – SKEPTICAL DEAR SKEPTICAL: A home that is priced correctly will sell, whether or not it has been staged. That said, homes that are staged tend to sell for more money. According
Dear David, We bought our home 25 years ago and were aware that it had UFFI. Do you think this will affect our ability to sell? – WORRIED DEAR WORRIED: Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation (UFFI) is a type of expanding insulation that was popularized in the 1970’s energy crisis, then banned in the 80’s due