Last Updated on 3 July 2020 by Kirsty Smithson
What you can expect to pay for an asbestos survey
At RB Asbestos, we are regularly quizzed by clients on how much they should pay for their asbestos survey. However, there is no set cost for asbestos surveys. There are in fact many variables to answer this question that are outlined in our comprehensive asbestos survey cost guide below!
|Property Type||Management Asbestos Survey Cost||Refurbishment/Demolition Asbestos Survey|
|Small Retail Unit (approx 1,000 sq ft)||£225 – £345||£345 – £485|
|Medium retail Unit (approx 5,000 sq ft)||£385 – £745||£545 – £875|
|Large Retail Unit (approx 10,000 sq ft)||£745 – £1575||£975 – £1875|
|Small warehouse (approx 2,000 sq ft)||£300 – £550||£400 – £875|
|Large warehouse with offices||£300 – £550||£400 – £875|
|Small office complex (approx 2,000 sq ft)||£300 – £550||£400 – £875|
|Medium office complex (approx 10,000 sq ft)||£750 – £1475||£1275 – £2475|
|Large Office Complex approx (50,000 sq ft)||£1875 – £3875||£2875 – £15000|
How the costing is calculated for a survey
Size of property
The first variable is the size of the site, and even that’s not straightforward, so let us explain. You could have a small two storey office block which costs more to survey for asbestos than a much larger industrial warehouse. The reason for this is when a survey company carry out an asbestos survey, they have to detail every room and space individually within the property and give it a unique reference number. Therefore, a large warehouse may effectively be one room or space, whereas a two storey office block may have 30 rooms, sub floors, ceiling voids, roof plant rooms etc. So the survey time required may be greater on a smaller building. So there will be a notable difference between asbestos survey costings for domestic and commercial properties.
Age of property
If your office block was built in 1995 it will probably require less sampling than a block built in 1960. Older premises built at the height of ‘asbestos use,’ often by default, contain more asbestos. Also a factor is the amount and type of asbestos products present on the site. If every room has floor tiles and an ‘Artex’ type textured coating, more samples will need to be taken which affects the cost of an asbestos survey.
Type of asbestos Survey
What type of asbestos survey do you require? A management asbestos survey will usually cost less than a refurbishment/demolition asbestos survey. A refurbishment/demolition asbestos survey is more invasive and therefore takes more time and cost.