Budgeting for an Asbestos Survey

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A Homeowners guide

When it comes to your renovation project, asbestos testing is a crucial step, especially in older homes. While the thought of adding another expense to your budget might seem daunting, proper planning can help you navigate this essential process efficiently. In this guide, we’ll dissect the costs associated with an asbestos survey and offer valuable tips to help you budget effectively.

Age of your property

Asbestos was commonly used in building materials until the 1980s when its use was phased out due to health concerns. Older properties, particularly those built before the 1980s, are more likely to contain asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), necessitating a more thorough survey and potentially higher costs. Remember, more asbestos likely means more areas to survey, so factor this into your budget calculations.

Size of your property

The size and complexity of your property play a pivotal role in determining the cost of the asbestos survey. Larger homes or properties with multiple levels and intricate layouts may require more extensive testing and sampling, resulting in higher costs. Be prepared to allocate additional funds if your property falls into this category.

Accessibility of areas to be surveyed

The accessibility of areas within your property that need to be surveyed can impact the cost. Difficult-to-access areas, such as crawl spaces, attics, or confined areas, may require additional time and effort from surveyors. Ensure you account for these factors when budgeting for your survey.

Type of survey required

There are different types of asbestos surveys, including management surveys and refurbishment/demolition surveys, each serving specific purposes. The type of survey required for your property will depend on factors such as its intended use, renovation plans, and the presence of asbestos. More comprehensive surveys, such as refurbishment/demolition surveys, tend to be more expensive due to their thorough and detailed reporting requirements.


The geographical location of your property can also influence the cost of the asbestos survey. Prices may vary based on factors such as local regulations, market demand, and the availability of certified asbestos professionals in your area. Research the average prices in your location to ensure you budget accordingly.

Key takeaways

In conclusion, early planning and thorough research are key when budgeting for an asbestos survey. Obtain quotations early in the renovation process, research average prices in your area, and set aside a budget for both survey and potential removal costs, including a contingency fund. By taking these steps, you can ensure that your renovation project proceeds smoothly without any surprises.

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