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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.



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What Other Factors Impact The Asbestos Survey Cost?

Other issues to factor into the asbestos survey cost are how quickly you need the report?  Will you need ongoing support in the ‘management’ process following the survey?

There are some handy tips to help keep the cost of an asbestos survey down:

  • Keep a record of all previous asbestos surveys and asbestos remedial or removal work carried out.
  • Have a good set of drawn building plans.
  • Keep the building in a good condition and ensure the surveyor can easily access all areas.

Get in touch with the R B Asbestos team today!

If you are the owner of a non-domestic property that was built before the year 2000, then it is a legal requirement to have an asbestos survey in place for this property.

At RB Asbestos we have a experienced team who can carry out both management and refurbishment/demolition asbestos surveys for your premises. If you want to discover what asbestos survey you need, give RB Asbestos a call for quick free asbestos advice on 0800 141 2676. Or if you would like to book a consultation online or get a rough idea of cost for an asbestos survey, you can do so by providing us with a few quick details and completing our online contact form.

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