Selling a house with asbestos in Northern Ireland

Selling a House with Asbestos

Vendors selling a house with asbestos may often have concerns about the implications and whether they are obliged to disclose the presence of asbestos to potential buyers. These are common questions that come up during the selling process that I will address below.

It is common for homes built before the year 2000 to contain asbestos. Asbestos was widely used in construction for its versatility, strength, fireproofing, and insulation properties. Common areas where asbestos may be found in older homes include soffits, roof tiles, guttering, soil pipes, pipe lagging, insulation, packers, floor tiles, artex ceilings, and boilers.

If you have discovered asbestos in your property and reside in Northern Ireland, contact Andrew on 07434 691 809 or email

Declaring Asbestos when I Sell my House

Selling a house in Northern Ireland that contains asbestos is not against the law, even though asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999. Despite the ban, a significant number of properties in Northern Ireland still contain asbestos. Homeowners are legally required to inform potential buyers of the presence of asbestos, but many people may not even be aware that their house contains asbestos without an asbestos report. This means that sellers may be unknowingly selling a house with asbestos present.

Homebuyers Report Northern Ireland

During the home buying process, if the buyer is applying for a mortgage, the lender will offer the buyer multiple options to survey the property during their application process. It is advisable for the seller to disclose any knowledge of asbestos in the property, although they may not always be aware of its presence. Typically, properties built before 2000 should have a minimum of a Homebuyer Report level 2, as this survey is designed to identify the presence of asbestos.

The Homebuyer Report Level 1 and Level 2 are paid surveys that offer buyers a detailed report. The reports utilise a traffic light system, with RED indicating serious defects that need urgent repair or investigation. AMBER highlights defects that need attention for repair or replacement but are not urgent. GREEN signifies items that do not need repair.

Selling a house with asbestos

Free Mortgage Valuation (Level 1)

A basic report, used by a mortgage company to determine a property’s value, is also utilised to assess if the property is a suitable security for a loan application. This report does not inspect the property for the presence of asbestos, and the buyer does not receive a copy of this report.

Homebuyer Report (Level 2)

The homebuyer report is a detailed inspection designed for traditional properties in reasonable to good condition, typically built within the last 150 years using conventional materials. This survey aims to provide a comprehensive overview to help you assess potential future maintenance, repair, and restoration costs.

While the surveyor won’t conduct extensive investigations such as lifting floorboards or moving furniture, the report still offers valuable insights into the property’s condition. If asbestos is suspected, the report will either identify its presence or recommend further testing in specific areas. For a more in-depth survey, you may consider opting for the homebuyer report (Level 3) for a more thorough assessment.

Homebuyer Report (Level 3)

A level 3 survey is a comprehensive and detailed assessment of a property’s structure and condition, making it particularly useful for older buildings. This type of survey provides a thorough report that includes advice on necessary repairs, estimated costs and timelines for these repairs, and the potential consequences of neglecting the recommended actions.

By opting for a Level 3 survey, buyers can gain a deep understanding of the property they are purchasing and make informed decisions based on the findings provided.

Selling a House with Asbestos

The presence of asbestos in a house that is up for sale can have detrimental effects on both the seller and the buyer. Potential buyers may be deterred from purchasing a property with asbestos or may negotiate a lower price due to the cost and effort involved in its removal.

The type of asbestos present significantly impacts the cost of removal and replacement. External asbestos materials such as corrugated sheets, roof tiles, downpipes, guttering, and boiler flues are relatively safe if still intact, and their removal is not nearly as expensive as removing internal asbestos.

Cost to Remove Asbestos in Northern Ireland

Contact Removerr on 07434 691 809 or email if you are buying or selling a property in Northern Ireland and have discovered asbestos. Knowing the costs of asbestos removal will empower you to negotiate the best deal in your sale or purchase.

The primary task is to identify the presence, location, and type of asbestos in the property. Asbestos can impact the sale of a house, potentially leading to price negotiations. However, for interested buyers, don’t be deterred as there are instances where asbestos is found in small quantities that can be safely removed.

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