Asbestos Survey Cost Summary
Price Range = £160 upwards
Average Cost = £250
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate material that was once widely used in the building industry in the UK – so if your home was built before the year 2000, you might very well have it hiding somewhere in your property. If left securely sealed, asbestos doesn’t actually do much harm, but once small fibres become loose and are released into the atmosphere, you’re at risk of contracting a number of different airborne diseases, including pleurisy, lung cancer and mesothelioma – a particularly damaging type of lung cancer that scars organ tissue and can lead to multiple organ failure.
To put your mind at rest, your best bet is to have an asbestos survey conducted on your property as soon as possible. Such a survey is also legally compulsory if you are responsible for the management of a non-domestic property which may contain asbestos.
How much does an Asbestos Survey cost?
Asbestos survey costs will vary depending on the type of survey you commission there are two main types: Asbestos Management Survey and Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition survey.
Asbestos Management Survey
This involves a standard property inspection carried out by a qualified asbestos surveyor. Although they will only be using their eyesight and minimal tools or equipment, these professionals are nevertheless expertly trained to spot the tell-tale signs of asbestos in all corners of your home basement and attics included. Those responsible for maintaining non-domestic buildings are classed as Duty Holders and are legally obliged to maintain asbestos materials, they must hire a qualified surveyor to carry out an asbestos management survey and take any necessary steps to remove or maintain asbestos based on the survey findings.
Asbestos Refurbishment and Demolition survey
This survey should be carried out if you suspect your property may contain asbestos and are planning to carry out refurbishment work. The surveyor will check whether there are any asbestos materials present that need to be safely removed by a professional during the course of the refurbishment work.
Prices for both types of survey will vary depending on where you live, the size of the property and what contractor you ultimately choose – expect to pay around £250 for a proper asbestos survey.
When carrying out a survey, the asbestos professional will probably take one or more ‘extracts’ from various rooms in the property and take it back to an approved lab for chemical testing, that way you will be 100% certain about the level of asbestos in your home. The cost of taking samples is normally incorporated in to the survey price, artisansurveyors.co.uk charge the following (on top of the normal survey price):
1 asbestos sample £20
2-5 asbestos samples £15 each
6-10 asbestos samples £12 each
11-25 asbestos samples £10 each
25+ asbestos samples £8.50 each
Remember, these prices are just estimates; the cost of asbestos survey varies depending on your requirements. For a more accurate quote based on the size of your property and the number of samples you want tested, you should get quotes from at least three local asbestos surveyors.
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