I often discover potential asbestos products during home inspections and my clients are typically very concerned when I note these items on my reports. I try to inform them that not all situations are harmful however any disturbance to asbestos materials should be done under the supervision of a professional abatement company.
Any home built before 1980 could have materials that contain asbestos.
Asbestos.com recently published a comprehensive guide about asbestos removal and home safety and I highly encourage all home owners to review this guide if you have any questions. Please visit https://www.asbestos.com/abatement-guide/ for more information.