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Home asbestos surveys: Do you need one and how can it help?

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Any home that was built before 1999 has the potential to contain asbestos, as with any other kind of building.

Specific Asbestos-Containing Materials that were commonly used in residential construction (before they were banned) include asbestos roof slate tiles, vinyl floor tiles, insulating board, textured coatings, cement products, felts, and damp-proof course. There are also others.

How do I know if my home has asbestos?

You can only be sure by having a survey conducted by a qualified asbestos surveyor. There are many different products that may contain asbestos and it will not always be obvious by sight whether or not asbestos is present.

Our experienced surveyors will of course have a strong suspicion of some products containing asbestos from seeing similar products in the past. Wherever suspect materials are found, a sample will be taken and analysed in a UKAS-accredited laboratory. That way, you will know for sure what the material contains.

Do I need an asbestos survey on my home?

The law is less specific than it is for commercial premises. But, you have a duty not to expose anyone to asbestos. You can be held liable if exposure occurs. So, if your home was built before 1999, then a survey is advisable.

Also, remember that if you rent out a home then the commercial regulations will apply to you, including the duty to have an Asbestos Management Survey and Asbestos Management Plan.

Should landlords have asbestos surveys on their homes?

This is a more straightforward question. Because a landlord is always classed as a business, you have additional responsibilities to protect tenants and workers.

We covered this in a previous blog about landlords asbestos responsibilities.

Do you need an asbestos survey to sell your home?

You are not obliged to have one, but it is likely to be requested by potential buyers if your property is old enough to potentially contain asbestos. And, if the buyer requests a Home Survey (there are different levels of survey, also called a Condition Report, Home Buyer Report, or Building Survey), there is a possibility that their surveyor could flag a potential asbestos issue. So, you may decide that finding out in advance and having the chance to take action is prudent.

Finding asbestos at a late stage of a selling process is stressful and could put the sale at risk or cause you to receive lower offers.

Our home owner asbestos surveys

For our domestic, home customers, we deliver peace of mind that you and your family are safe and ensure clarity if you are selling or buying your home. Environmental Inspection also provides this service for residential property landlords.

Contact us to request a call to discuss.

If you believe that you need an asbestos survey, you can book a survey.



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