Asbestos Survey Cost & Prices 2024

An asbestos management survey cost for a residential property is generally between £165 – £440. Expect to pay extra for a commercial properties. If a demolition or refurbishment survey of the property is necessary, expect to pay at least another £110, but maybe even close to £300 extra.

Average Cost

We surveyed 42 different companies across the UK. Prices exclude VAT.

DescriptionAverageLow - High
Management survey of 2-3 bedroom property£260£165 - £385
Management survey of shop with flat above£330£225 - £440
Management survey of commercial property
£385£220 - £660
Demolition or refurbishment survey of properties listed above+£165+£110 - £275
Typical Range£60 – £120

Types of Surveys

Asbestos survey costs vary depending on the type of survey needed. There two main types: 

  • Asbestos management surveys
  • Asbestos refurbishment and demolition surveys

Asbestos Management Surveys

A surveyor will find and sample any asbestos that he can find without damage to the property. This is the typical survey used in purchasing a new property. They identify where people are exposed to asbestos day-to-day.

A contractor should test all surface finishes within the building. These can include items like ceilings, walls, floors, boxings, tanks, insulation etc.

A contractor should be inspecting all areas of the building from the loft down to the basement. Outbuildings and garages should also be included.

The surveys are non-intrusive and do not cause any damage.

Asbestos Refurbishment or Demolition Surveys

This type of survey is needed when the building (or part of it) needs to be upgraded, refurbished or demolished. It should be carried out before any refurbishment or demolition work commences.

Refurbishment and demolition surveys try to locate all the asbestos in the building (or relevant part of it) as far as is reasonably practicable.

They should only be carried out in specific parts of the building where refurbishment or demolition is planned.

A refurbishment and demolition survey to targeted areas of a building can be carried out in conjunction with a management survey (non-intrusive if you are only carrying out light works).

A surveyor will go into a lot more depth with these types of surveys. For example, they’ll lift floorboards and make holes in walls for refurbishment or demolition surveys.

The area must be vacated during the inspection, and then certified ‘fit for reoccupation’ after the survey.

Refurbishment and demolition surveys are fully intrusive and involve destructive inspection when necessary.

Expect to pay about £100-£250 more for a refurbishment or demolition survey compared to a management survey.

Factors Affecting Cost

There are a number of external factors that could add to the suggested prices, detailed below.

Size of Property

The number of rooms, the floor size area and the number of floors can affect cost estimates.

Smaller properties with extra rooms may actually cost more. This is because the survey time required to detail all the items in each room could be greater than a larger warehouse with fewer rooms.

If a contractor needs to be price up extra bedrooms in a residential property that weren’t included in their quote, they may charge up to £25 per extra room.

A contractor can price more accurately if you can supply floor plans or give an approximate area size estimate.

Age of Property

Older premises usually need more sampling than newer buildings.

Asbestos use peaked during the 1960s and 1970s, so buildings built in those years usually contain more asbestos. Asbestos was only fully banned in the UK construction industry in 1999.

The amount and type of asbestos products can also affect the cost. If rooms predominantly contain floor tiles and ‘Artex’ coating, more samples will be required.

Type of Property

Certain properties like blocks and flats may be more difficult to access. Out-of-hours working will increase costs.

Geographical Location

Although prices aren’t drastically different throughout the country, there can be differences between regions. Generally, labour costs are higher in London and the south east.

Asbestos Sampling Costs

Some companies will charge you a fixed price for the survey and then add on each asbestos sample. Beware as this can substantially increase the costs.

Our recommendation is to make sure the costs include a sample analysis. Many companies we surveyed included sampling costs as part of their quote.

If samples are not included in the price, you can check the prices you can expect to pay per sample in the table below.

Generally, the first will be the most expensive and get progressively cheaper. Some contractors can charge up to £50 for the first sample.

Type of CCTV Drain SurveyAverageTypical Range
Look & See Survey£75£60 – £140
Recorded Survey£100£65 – £150
Full Report & Recorded Survey£130£70 – £220

Remember, these prices are just estimates; costs will vary depending on your requirements. To get accurate quotes based on your property and number of samples required, fill in the form below and you’ll get 3 free, no-obligation cost estimates from local asbestos surveyors.

How We Got This Data

We received quotes from 42 different asbestos contractors for quotes on asbestos surveys. We then collected the different prices received so that we could show general minimum and maximum prices. We also received sampling costs and averaged those out too. We would like to thank the following companies for their in-depth explanations:

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