Homebuyer Asbestos Survey
Asbestos identified within a dwelling will have a cost implication for the Homebuyer of a property.
Asbestos was widely used in domestic and commercial properties up until 1999. The detailed survey will identify the asbestos type, the location, the amount and also the condition of the material. Occupants of a property could be at risk from asbestos exposure if potential asbestos materials are not identified, assessed and a detailed report prepared to monitor the asbestos containing material or subsequently have the material safely removed.
A Homebuyers Survey is recommended by most mortgage lenders and solicitors to ensure any potential asbestos containing materials are identified. Solicitors, Mortgage Lenders and Homebuyer Surveyors are requesting evidence that a detailed Asbestos Survey has been carried before the lenders will agree to releasing the funds for the property purchase.
As the owner of Knight Specialist Services Ltd, based in Stockport, Manchester, I want to emphasise the critical importance of conducting an Asbestos Management Homebuyer Survey prior to the purchase, lease, or resale of any residential property. This is a crucial step for homebuyers, mortgage companies, and solicitors alike. Our history of asbestos use in residential properties underscores the need for such surveys.
Asbestos was widely used in the construction of residential properties, including houses, flats, and maisonettes, particularly from the 1940s through the late 1990s. Its popularity stemmed from its excellent insulation properties, resistance to heat and corrosion, and sound absorption capabilities. However, it was later discovered that asbestos fibers, when disturbed, pose severe health risks, including lung cancer and mesothelioma, a type of cancer directly linked to asbestos exposure.
Despite being banned for use in construction in the late 20th century, many older properties still contain asbestos. Commonly, asbestos can be found in insulation, floor tiles, roofing materials, and even in textured coatings. The danger lies in its latent presence – often undetected until renovations or damages occur, leading to the release of harmful fibers into the air.
For homebuyers, understanding the presence and condition of asbestos in a property is vital for health and safety reasons. An Asbestos Management Homebuyer Survey can identify any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs), assess their condition, and provide recommendations for management or removal. This knowledge is crucial in making an informed decision about a property purchase.
Mortgage companies and solicitors also benefit from these surveys. They provide a comprehensive understanding of a property’s condition, potentially affecting its value and safety. Having a detailed asbestos report can facilitate smoother transactions, ensuring all parties are aware of any potential risks and liabilities associated with the property.
Conducting an asbestos survey prior to any property transaction also mitigates future legal and financial risks. Ignorance of the presence of asbestos can lead to costly abatement procedures and legal liabilities if health issues arise later. A pre-emptive survey ensures transparency and accountability, safeguarding all parties involved.
In the event of leasing or reselling a property, an Asbestos Management Homebuyer Survey provides peace of mind to all parties. It assures tenants and future buyers that the property is safe, or outlines necessary steps to make it safe, which can be a significant selling point and can even enhance the property’s value.
Knight Specialist Services Ltd, located in Stockport, Manchester, is a leading provider of these essential surveys. Our expertise and experience in identifying and managing asbestos make us the go-to company for homebuyer asbestos surveys in the region. We understand the local architectural styles and construction methods, which aids in accurately assessing the presence of asbestos.
Our team of qualified professionals uses the latest techniques and equipment to conduct thorough surveys. We provide detailed reports that are easy to understand, offering practical advice and recommendations for managing or removing any identified ACMs. Our aim is to ensure that properties are safe and compliant with current health and safety regulations.
Knight Specialist Services Ltd carry out Homebuyer Asbestos Surveys on a weekly basis and ensure that all lenders have evidence that a detailed asbestos survey has been undertaken to allow release of the funds for purchasing your property. The Asbestos Report is in a user friendly format and easy to understand by all parties including the lender, homebuyer and solicitor.
We regularly liaise with the solicitors and lenders on reports to ensure a clear understanding of any potential asbestos containing materials that have been identified within a property subject to purchase.
Where asbestos can be found in a residential property
A. Asbestos cement Water tank
B. Pipe lagging
C. Loose fill insulation
D. Textured decorative coating eg artex
E. AIB ceiling tiles
F. AIB bath panel
G. Toilet seat and cistern
H. AIB behind fuse box
I. AIB airing cupboard and/or sprayed insulation coating boiler
J. AIB partition wall
K. AIB interior window panel
L. AIB around boiler
M. Vinyl floor tiles
N. AIB behind fire
O. Gutters andAsbestos cement downpipes
P. Soffits – AIB or asbestos cement
Q. AIB exterior window panel
R. Asbestos cement roof
S. Asbestos cement panels
T. Roofing felt
AIB = Asbestos Insulating Board
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