When is the best time to get an asbestos survey done?
The short answer is that asbestos surveys are a smart choice whenever you buy or sell your property. They are also important steps to take before having a house demolished, or getting essential building work done. This is because building work and demolitions can disturb asbestos that may previously have been contained with relative safety within the walls, ceilings or floors.
The best way to get asbestos surveys done is to get in touch right away with an asbestos survey. This goes both for refurbishment and demolition asbestos surveys and asbestos surveys covering residential properties. Though they are not a legal requirement, asbestos surveys will tell you some very useful information. The surveyor will be able to draw up a document for you that tells you the location of any asbestos containing materials (ACM), the type of asbestos that these materials contain, and the condition that the materials are currently in.
In order to find a good quality asbestos surveyor, it is essential to get in touch with an accredited asbestos analyst. Their accreditation should come from BOHS, specifically hold a P402 certification, so that you know that they are trained and approved to work with asbestos. This analyst will then be able to survey your home and provide you with an authentic and trustworthy asbestos report.
Getting an asbestos survey done by an accredited technician at these crucial moments in the life cycle of your home or other building is a very good way of showing to potential sellers or buyers that you are a responsible homeowner. An asbestos survey also provides you with useful documentation that you could need at any time. If you have already had an asbestos survey done a few years ago, but are now looking to resell your home, it is a very good idea to get another survey done. This is because the quality and condition of the asbestos containing materials in a building can change over time, and it is very important to check if they have deteriorated at all in particular.