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Asbestos survey after exchange?

edited 16 May 2019 at 8:46PM in House Buying, Renting & Selling
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  • edited 17 May 2019 at 8:08PM
    SG27SG27 Forumite
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    edited 17 May 2019 at 8:08PM
    When was the house built? If it was anywhere between 1950 and 2000 then there probably is asbestos here there and everywhere. Our 1960s semi we just finished renovating had loads of asbestos. It was in the artex, some of the plaster board walls, the kitchen ceiling, old boiler flue, old boiler itself, roof verges, water tanks were the main ones. None of it caused any problems. Most of it we just skimmed over.

    Another thing to consider is that all surveys on a house of that age will add the standard " xx xxx....may contain asbestos you should instruct a specialist survey" it doesn't mean the house is riddled with it. Just the surveyor covering themselves should it be found later.
  • MX5huggyMX5huggy Forumite
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    What sort of Asbestos survey are you getting ?

    I would ask for a visual only survey no samples taken so no minuscule risk to the tenant. Then you will know if there are any potential ACM’s and what the are.
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    smish wrote: »
    OK. Not digging the vibes here. Was looking for help from people with experience not a load of mansplaining and arseyness. I'll leave you to your troll den.

    Bit of an overreaction. You can’t blame people for pointing out the obvious.
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    If you expect to get a discount you need that report today. Even then good luck
    House owner as of 27.3.2019 :j
  • smishsmish Forumite
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    MX5huggy wrote: »
    What sort of Asbestos survey are you getting ?

    I would ask for a visual only survey no samples taken so no minuscule risk to the tenant. Then you will know if there are any potential ACM’s and what the are.

    Thanks. It's a management survey so samples will be taken. We thought a visual survey probably wouldn't be any better in giving us certainty than the original home buyers survey which just pointed out that the textured ceiling could be asbestos.
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    I have read your opening post;

    Your main point is to get an asbestos survey done with a view to reduce the price or pull out - this cannot happen after exchange if you want to avoid huge legal costs and lose your deposit - but you know that already as you have bought and sold properties before.

    So either delay the exchange by a day or 2 or dont use the survey to reduce the price or decide to pull out.

    Unless the ACM's are damaged then there would be no reason to pull out of the sale if there is asbestos found and if I was the vendor I wouldn't entertain a price reduction just because there is asbestos in the property.
  • lincroft1710lincroft1710 Forumite
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    As so many houses have an Artexed ceiling(s) which contains asbestos, it would be unusual if asbestos is not found.
  • SG27SG27 Forumite
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    We just skimmed over our artex ceilings. No problems.
  • AndyTailsAndyTails Forumite
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    smish wrote: »
    Thanks. It's a management survey so samples will be taken. We thought a visual survey probably wouldn't be any better in giving us certainty than the original home buyers survey which just pointed out that the textured ceiling could be asbestos.

    The textured ceiling could contain asbestos? That's easy then - don't bother with the survey, just buy the place anyway. Ignore the possibility of small amounts of asbestos in your ceiling - they're not going to cause you any problem. Just skim over them.

    Even if you did decide to take them down, the type of asbestos used in artex isn't likely to cause any medical issues unless you're working with it consistently for 20 years. People get needlessly scared about asbestos - it's a massive overreaction.
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