Easier? Yes. Better or proper? No.
As they were gutting the house, the only sensible remediation was complete removal.
If you’ve got drywall joint compound that contains asbestos, it’s not going to leap out and cause mesothelioma just because it’s there in a wall that’s probably coated with paint. But, as soon as anyone in the future drills a hole into it or pulls down the wall in a remodeling project without knowing there’s asbestos there, it’s a problem.
Almost always, the best route is to remove it. Once in a while, leaving it alone and encapsulating it is workable - for one example, at my old high school, there’s a room that’s been sealed off - the windows and doors were removed and bricked up as there was so much asbestos on the old boiler and piping that it was more economical at the time to install the new boiler somewhere else and entomb the old boiler room.