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How much does asbestos removal cost? | 2020 cost guide

6th Jul '20 • By Shreya Kulkarni

Are you planning to remove asbestos from your home? Or, are you moving into a new building that requires asbestos removal? There are several reasons to remove asbestos. As you may well know, asbestos affects the lungs and can cause stomach cancer. However, asbestos removal is not an easy job. It has to be performed with the help of a specialist, who knows how to get rid of asbestos without causing any problems.

Asbestos removal is not an easy job. It has to be performed with the help of a specialist, who knows how to get rid of asbestos without causing any problems.

How much does asbestos removal cost?

The cost changes based on where it's found as well. For example, removing asbestos fencing costs $90 to $160 per metre while removing roofing might cost $80 to $110m2 for a small job. It depends on the amount of asbestos that needs to be removed and if large amounts of asbestos need to be removed, it can be an expensive process.

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Removing asbestos can be a home improvement and should be considered for your family's health. Also note that some asbestos removal costs are by the metre. Eaves and fences are metre rates, while larger jobs like roofs, external and internal cladding are by the square metre. Square metre rates don't apply to fencing or eaves because the best calculation is done by linear metres.

Steps to follow for Asbestos Removal

The Inspection

Before you finalise on an asbestos removal company, you should get the entire area inspected. This will ensure asbestos was not used in any other part of your home. From here, asbestos removal experts can determine what needs to be done. If special precautions should be taken, the corresponding charges must be evaluated. An asbestos inspector will take samples from your home and send them to a lab for analysis. An alternative to asbestos removal is asbestos encapsulation. This should only be done if an asbestos inspector determines it is a viable alternative. Asbestos encapsulation costs between $13 and $15 per square metre and ensures the asbestos won't break apart in the future. 

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The Cost

Whether you have asbestos in your roof, fence or walls, most asbestos removalists have a minimum removal charge around $2,000. Depending on where the asbestos is located, costs can differ. 

  • Asbestos in the Roof (100m2) - $2500-$3000 or $20 to $80/m2

  • Removal of Asbestos Fence (50lm) - $2000-$3000

  • Guttering (Small House) - $1500-$3000

  • Guttering (Large House) - $3000-$4500

  • Bonded Internal or External Sheeting (100m2) - $2500-$3500

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Hiring the Right Professionals

Regardless of how much it costs to remove asbestos, you should hire a skilled asbestos removal company. It is unwise to rely on non-qualified and unlicensed workers. They could pose a risk for your dear ones and home. According to the control of asbestos regulations, you must avail services from a qualified professional. They should have the following accreditations:

  • HSE license

  • BOHS P402 Standard

  • Hazardous waste carriers license

You can get quotes from asbestos removal services, but don't choose the lowest quote unless the company can demonstrate its competence and provide you with references. Asbestos is not to be taken lightly and you want to know that a removal service will:

  • Have a great safety record

  • Gloring reputation and experience 

  • Carry insurance

  • Provide you with references

A company that has been in business for a long time is probably a company that knows what they are doing, but you also want to check their safety record. Insurance is another important consideration because an uninsured asbestos removal service may not take their responsibilities as highly as a company that carries insurance. Their insurance will protect you in case of a mishap.

If you're unsure if you have asbestos in your home, remember that homes built before 1989 might have some asbestos in them as older homes may have asbestos cladding and roofing. Old vinyl floors also contained asbestos and many other products were made from asbestos. And remember do not try to do this yourself, get help from an experienced professional for your health and safety. Keep in mind the prices above are just a guide and subject to the time the article was made, if you want an accurate and up to date price, get up to 3 quotes from local asbestos removal experts.

FAQ's

Where is asbestos found?

Asbestos can be found in many Australian homes especially the ones built before 1989. It comes in two forms. Some come in solid sheets (non-friable) and won't be a hazard unless the sheets are cut, drilled or otherwise disturbed. Friable asbestos is easily disturbed and an asbestos inspector will take precautions to make sure no asbestos is released into the air. It is a dangerous substance and should not be cut into or altered in any way without professional help. Asbestos fibres can be inhaled and they can have severe consequences. Asbestos removal is a dangerous procedure that is a highly regulated process. The ability to get rid of asbestos without releasing harmful chemicals is by no means a DIY task. For this reason, choosing the right service professional for your asbestos removal project is utmost important.

Why is it important to remove asbestos from the house?

Removing asbestos can be a home improvement and should be considered for your family's health. There are several reasons to remove asbestos. As you may well know, asbestos affects the lungs and can cause stomach cancer. Also note that some asbestos removal costs are by the metre. Eaves and fences are metre rates, while larger jobs like roofs, external and internal cladding are by the square metre. Square metre rates don't apply to fencing or eaves because the best calculation is done by linear metres.

Do I need an asbestos inspection?

If you're unsure if you have asbestos in your home, remember that homes built before 1989 might have some asbestos in them as older homes may have asbestos cladding and roofing. Old vinyl floors also contained asbestos and many other products were made from asbestos. If you have an older home, have it inspected by an asbestos inspection company and if asbestos is found, have it removed or have it encapsulated depending on the results. And remember do not try to do this yourself, get help from an experienced professional for your health and safety. Keep in mind the prices above are just a guide and subject to the time the article was made, if you want an accurate and up to date price, get up to 3 quotes from local asbestos removal experts.

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