Your home is likely one of your most significant investments, so it is vital to ensure that it does not contain asbestos, which may require expensive remedial work to remove.
An Asbestos Pre-Purchase Survey is an Asbestos Management Survey conducted before the sale of any residential property. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practical, the presence and extent of any suspected ACMs that could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy.
The survey is not intrusive, but this will depend on various factors, including accessibility and the nature of construction. If you are buying the property, you must ensure that the current owner is happy before work commences.
Our experienced and qualified asbestos surveyors will assess the condition of any ACMs to advise on the best course of action. The survey will also involve some sampling and testing at UKAS-accredited laboratories. Although undamaged ACMs pose minimal risk when in good condition, the material remains to be a health risk as accidental damage could occur.
We are experts in the identification, managing and removal of asbestos. If you plan to make improvements to your property further down the line, it is crucial that you inform any building contractors about the location and condition of any ACMs. If you plan immediate refurbishments post-purchase, a refurbishment and demolition survey is recommended. This is where a more intrusive inspection is carried out, searching beneath the fabric of the house. However, consent from the buyer will be necessary as small amount of damage is expected with this type of survey.