Residential Asbestos Surveys

Asbestos Surveys For Residential Properties

Core Surveys work with homeowners, those buying or selling a house, landlords, property management companies and estate agents, providing asbestos surveys of residential properties to clients nationwide but in particular across the South East and South West, from Brighton, Kent, Surrey and London to Bristol, Bath, Swansea and Cardiff.

There are various reasons you may require an asbestos survey of your residential property, including;

  • if you are buying or selling a house, as they are often requested by mortgage lenders;
  • if you are undertaking any refurbishment or demolition work;
  • if you are undertaking extensive DIY; or if you are a landlord and need to meet your obligations under current legislation.

The type of asbestos survey required for a residential property will be dependent on the reason for the survey; when buying or selling you would most likely need an asbestos management survey, but if you are undertaking extensive building work then you would require either a refurbishment or demolition asbestos survey.

In each case, the surveyor will assess each area of the property, taking small samples of any suspect materials which can then be analysed and tested for asbestos. Once the samples have been analysed at our in-house asbestos laboratory, you will then receive a report which contains photographs of the materials sampled, plans to show the location of the samples taken and the extent of any asbestos identified, together with the sample results and recommendations if asbestos is present. Following the survey at your residential property, we are on hand to answer any queries you may have, or assist with any remedial works that may be required.

Residential Asbestos Surveys in London
Asbestos refurbishment survey being carried out in Swindon

Asbestos Legal Requirements For Owners Of Residential Properties

Residential properties are not covered by legislation in the same way that commercial properties are. The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 (CAR2012) places a duty of care on the owners and managers of commercial properties to manage the potential risks posed by asbestos. The regulations also cover the common parts of residential blocks (stairwells and corridors etc.) but they do not cover residential properties themselves. When you are purchasing a property, you are not required by law to have an asbestos survey carried out, however it it highly recommended, especially if you are planning renovation work.

Whilst residential properties may not be subject to the same legislation as commercial properties under CAR2012, if you are undertaking larger scale refurbishment or demolition work, then your works may be covered by The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, part of which will relate to asbestos, but your architect or builder should be able to advise further regarding this or you can contact us here at Core.

It is just as important to understand the location and extent of asbestos within residential properties as it is in commercial properties. This is where an asbestos survey comes in.

Type of Asbestos Survey Required for a Residential Property

The type of asbestos survey you will require in a residential property will depend on the purpose of the survey. The types of asbestos survey undertaken for residential properties are the same as those undertaken within commercial properties, these being, Asbestos Management Surveys, Refurbishment Asbestos Surveys and Demolition Asbestos Surveys.

Asbestos Management Surveys

If you require a survey purely for peace of mind; if you are purchasing a property and your mortgage lender has requested a survey; or if a chartered building survey/home-buyer report has recommended an asbestos survey due to suspected asbestos materials, then you will most likely require an asbestos management survey.

If asbestos is in good condition and is not likely to succumb to damage then it can remain in situ, but if it is damaged then removal may be required. Depending on the type and extent of asbestos-containing materials, removal can be expensive and so knowing about it prior to purchasing a property is essential. It is also useful information when ensuring you remain safe during DIY projects.

Refurbishment/Demolition Asbestos Surveys

If you are planning refurbishment or any kind of demolition, then you will require a refurbishment asbestos survey or demolition asbestos survey. It is important to note that if you are planning to undertake works on a property you are purchasing, due to the level of intrusive survey work required, it is unlikely you will get permission to undertake these types of asbestos surveys until you own the property. In these instances, it is important to remember that if you have had an asbestos management survey undertaken prior to purchasing a property, but are then planning refurbishment once you own it, you will need to upgrade your survey and always keep in mind that additional asbestos may be identified once you own the property and following the more intrusive survey.

For further details go to The Survey Process, or feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to answer any questions and provide a free no-obligation quotation.

Asbestos Re-Inspection Surveys

We also carry out asbestos re-inspection surveys. A re-inspection survey ensures that any asbestos which remains in situ is in good condition, has not deteriorated or been damaged or disturbed, which may result in it needing to be removed. Speak to our team today about asbestos re-inspection surveys.

“The HSE strongly recommends the use of accredited or certificated surveyors for asbestos surveys. The duty holder should not appoint or instruct an independent surveyor to carry out a survey unless the surveyor is competent.”

HSG264 Asbestos: The Survey Guide

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