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The construction industry has witnessed numerous innovations and materials over the years. Two such materials, Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) and asbestos, have been in recent headline news due to their implications on health and safety, especially in educational institutions.

Do I Need An Asbestos Survey To Sell My Home?

Selling your home can be a complex process, fraught with various legal requirements and safety considerations. One question that frequently arises for sellers is whether they need an asbestos survey before putting their property on the market.

Asbestos, although once used to be a common building material, is now linked to serious health risks, leading to strict regulations on its use and removal. 

We explore the circumstances under which an asbestos survey is necessary when selling your home, the legal implications, and how identifying asbestos can impact the sale process. Whether you’re selling an older home or simply want to ensure a smooth transaction, understanding the role of asbestos surveys is crucial.

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Do I need an asbestos survey to sell my house?

There is no legal requirement to undertake an asbestos survey when buying or selling residential premises, as long as the property does not have any common areas.

It’s worth noting that properties constructed post-1999 are unlikely to pose any asbestos risk, as the use of asbestos was banned under the Asbestos (Prohibitions) (Amendment) Regulations 1999. So an asbestos report is generally not required for these newer properties.

While it’s not a legal requirement, Fibre Safe always recommends having an asbestos survey conducted for your peace of mind. Knowing the status of asbestos in your property can affect negotiations and the house’s marketability, and so it’s best to be prepared at an early stage to proceed with your sale with confidence.

Do I need an asbestos survey to sell my flat?

It is different when buying a flat, or other type of residential property that includes common areas in other parts of the building beyond the individual property. If your property is a flat or apartment then you’ll likely be required to apply to obtain an asbestos survey for communal areas such as foyers, corridors, lifts and stairs.

Some solicitors, mortgage lenders, estate agents and insurance companies may require an asbestos survey to have been carried out before proceeding with a property sale or purchase.

Again, properties constructed after 1999 are unlikely to pose any asbestos risk, and so generally an asbestos survey is not required. If you are unsure, please give us a call on 0800 458 4136 or Contact Us here.

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Can you sell a property with asbestos in it?

There is no law preventing the sale of a home that contains asbestos, nor is there a requirement to conduct an asbestos survey when selling your property.

However, if you are aware of asbestos in your home, you must disclose this information. Failing to do so is considered an offence that could not only invalidate the sale but also lead to legal consequences.

Don’t let the presence of asbestos deter you from selling your home. Fibre Safe’s asbestos services can clear your property of asbestos before you sell. Additionally, we can provide an official removal quote to potential buyers during the negotiation process.

What happens if I’m unaware of asbestos, but an asbestos survey says it’s present?

If you were unaware of the presence of asbestos in your home and it’s discovered during a pre-purchase asbestos survey initiated by potential buyers, you won’t face legal consequences for your previous lack of awareness.

Asbestos is commonly found by surveyors during pre-purchase inspections of residential properties, and its presence can adversely affect the transaction.

To avoid any unexpected issues and to be fully informed about the condition of your property, it’s advisable to have an asbestos survey conducted before listing your home for sale. This proactive approach helps ensure you know exactly where you stand and prevent any unwanted surprises when trying to sell, facilitating a smoother sale process for everyone.

Can asbestos affect the value of a property?

The discovery of asbestos or asbestos-containing materials can have a negative impact on the market value of your home. Several factors will influence how much the property value is affected, including the quantity of asbestos, its location, and its condition. It’s of particular importance if there’s a risk of asbestos fibres being released, which can be extremely hazardous.

Asbestos removal can be costly, and often, property prices are adjusted to account for the expenses involved in eliminating the asbestos. If you are unsure about anything at all to do with asbestos in your property, contact Fibre Safe today, and we can talk you through all your options, without any commitment.

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So, Can I Sell My House with Asbestos &
Do I Need An Asbestos Survey?

In summary, yes, you can sell a house with asbestos.

And there is no legal requirement to have an asbestos survey conducted, to sell your house.

Contact Fibre Safe Today

To make sure you aren’t hit with big last minute costs, or surprises during the sale of your home, we always recommend conducting an asbestos survey.

For more info, and to talk through your options, contact Fibre Safe today on 0800 458 4136 or send us a message here.


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