How to Choose the Right Asbestos Surveys for Your Property: Complete Comprehensive Guide

Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals widely used in building materials due to their strength and fire resistance qualities. However, after scientific research, it was concluded that it can cause serious health issues, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Therefore, conducting an asbestos survey is essential for all the properties built before the year 2000 and even for newly built. Choosing the right asbestos survey for your property is crucial for homeowners, landlords and property managers across the UK.

If you have questions about Asbestos or the survey process, we’d love to help you. Call our professionally experienced surveyors on 01843600765. We are fully trained in accordance with the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) P402 Building Surveys and Bulk Sampling qualification.

This comprehensive guide will discuss how you can choose the right asbestos surveyor for your property.

Types Of Asbestos Surveys

The first step in choosing the right asbestos survey for your property is understanding the various types of asbestos surveys available and their purpose:

1.   Management Asbestos Survey

Purpose- The primary aim of the management asbestos survey is to locate, as much as possible, the presence and extent of any suspect ACMs in the building. Which could be damaged or disturbed during standard occupancy, maintenance, or any other installation.

It is designed to ensure that:

  • ACMs remain in good condition
  • Nobody is harmed by the presence of ACMs on the premises
  • ACMs are effectively managed

When needed- This type of survey is necessary for the management of asbestos in premises and is a legal requirement under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 for non-domestic properties. It is also recommended for communal areas of residential buildings.

Management Asbestos Survey is suitable for commercial survey and residential surveys.

2.   Refurbishment and Demolition Survey

Purpose- This survey is needed before any refurbishment or demolition work is carried out. It is more intrusive than the Management Asbestos Survey and aims to locate and describe all ACMs in the place where refurbishment work will take place.

This survey is designed to ensure that:

  • The renovation or demolition work does not damage or disturb ACMs.
  • The working contractor and team should understand the asbestos risks and plan their work accordingly.

When it is needed- Before you start refurbishing or demolishing activities in the building constructed before the year 2000. Since this survey is more intrusive, it may cause damage to property. In this survey, hidden places such as floor coverings, inside walls, above ceilings, or false ceilings are opened.

Refurbishment and Demolition surveys are suitable for commercial surveys, estate agent surveys and residential surveys.

3.   Re-inspection Asbestos Survey

Purpose-  A re-inspection asbestos survey is conducted on a periodic basis after an initial asbestos survey has identified the presence of ACMs.

The purpose of this survey is to:

  • Monitor and assess the condition of the identification ACMs.
  • Ensure the management plan is effective and the ACMs do not pose any increased risk.

When it is needed- This is required at regular intervals as recommended by the initial asbestos survey report or the asbestos management plan to ensure smooth and safe management of asbestos on the property.

Re-inspection Asbestos Survey is suitable for commercial surveys, estate agent surveys and residential surveys.

Selecting the Right Type of Survey

The survey selection depends on the current and future use of the building, any planned refurbishment or demolition, and any compliance with UK laws.

  • You should conduct a Management Asbestos Survey for all non-domestic buildings constructed before the year 2000 to comply with law and legal requirements.
  • To ensure safety and compliance, you should opt for a Refurbishment and Demolition Survey before starting any renovation or demolition work.
  • You should schedule a Re-inspection Survey at recommended intervals to monitor the condition of identified ACMs and ensure an effective management plan.

Selecting Asbestos Surveyor

Choosing the right company to conduct your asbestos survey is very crucial. Consider the following points before selection:

  • Accreditation and Certification

Before choosing any surveying company, look for accreditation from reputable bodies such as UKAS or those that hold certifications for surveying asbestos, such as the BOHS P402 qualification. These things demonstrate that the surveying company has undergone a rigorous assessment process to meet government-required standards.

  • Specialisation

The surveyor should specialise in asbestos and understand how to manage it. Always choose a surveying company specialising in asbestos-related services rather than general building surveys. This expertise enables them to conduct surveys thoroughly and give practical solutions and suggestions.

  • Reviews and Testimonials

Reviews from previous clients provide valuable insight into the quality and service of the company. Before opting for a service, always check reviews and testimonials online on the company’s website, google or Trustpilot. Positive reviews and testimonials from satisfied clients indicate the company’s reliability, credibility and commitment.

  • Transparent

Look for a survey company that prioritises clear and transparent communication throughout the surveying process. The company should always provide you with a detailed explanation of survey findings, transparent quotes and costs and customer support. Effective communication fosters trust and ensures that you are fully informed in decision-making.

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All About Asbestos has over 30 years of experience within the asbestos industry. We undertake work ranging from industrial and commercial properties to domestic buildings, provide our customers with a specialist-tailored survey, and give advice on managing any asbestos found within their premises.


Choosing the right asbestos survey for your property is an essential step in ensuring the safety of all occupants. After carefully understanding the types of surveys and their usage, select one that fits your requirements and needs.