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The Costs of Hiring an Asbestos Removal Expert


Asbestos is by far one of the things that homeowners dread to find in their homes and for good reason. This mineral is not only a health hazard, but it is also quite difficult to remove. Having been linked to a series of lung conditions like mesothelioma, lung cancers, and asbestosis, it is imperative for it to be removed by an asbestos removal expert.

In Australia, in 2017, the average hourly rate of an asbestos removal expert is around $35 per square metre, but that prices can be anywhere between $25 and $40 per square metre.These rates usually depend on different factors including the size and the complexity of the job.

The most common aspects that can influence the asbestos removal costs are whether the contamination is indoors or outdoors, and the area that has been contaminated.

Keep in mind that removing asbestos-containing materials and particles is a very dangerous job, which is why it is crucial to hire a professional asbestos removal specialist to inspect the property. If the specialist finds asbestos on your property, then the area must be decontaminated. How much money you have to spend on this process will generally depend on the following aspects:


2.The amount of asbestos that was found on your property

Because certain asbestos removing companies might charge an hourly rate, a large amount of asbestos that takes much longer to remove might cost you more.


2.The place where the asbestos was detected


Removing asbestos from indoor areas can be much more difficult than from outdoor areas. Indoors, asbestos can be found in isolations, furniture, piping and can contaminate different areas. Removing the contaminated structures and objects might require extensive renovations. An asbestos removal expert might charge more for handling asbestos indoors, as that is generally considered to be much more dangerous than outdoors.


3. The form in which the asbestos was found

Asbestos can be found in many different forms like loose dust, fibers, or large chunks. Removing loose asbestos dust is extremely difficult and time-consuming.


4. Using tools and equipment


If the contaminated area is hard-to-reach or is blocked by obstacles such as trees or steep roofs, the asbestos removal contractors might have to use special equipment. If the specialists have to use special equipment or tools, you might have to pay extra.


5.The state in which you live

If you own an asbestos-contaminated property in Victoria you should know that this state has the lowest rates for asbestos removal - $25 per square metre. The second lowest asbestos removal prices can be found in Queensland at around $30 per square metre.

The nationwide average costs for asbestos removal services are found in the state of New South Wales at about $35 per square metre.

In Western Australia, you will have to pay around $48 per square metre if you need to hire an asbestos removalist.

In South Australia, hiring an asbestos removalist is more expensive, as the average rates per square meter revolve around $75. However, if your property has been contaminated with asbestos particles, you should hire a removalist despite the costs.


Asbestos roofing removal pricing guide:


This is how much it costs to remove asbestos roofing in Australia:

  • Roof that is between 0 and 20m2: $60/m2
  • Roof that is between 20 and 100m2: $40/m2
  • Roof that is larger than 100m2: $28/m2

If you suspect that your property might be contaminated with asbestos, you should call an asbestos removal specialist as soon as possible. It is important to hire a bonded, insured, and licenced specialist and to never attempt to remove the asbestos yourself.

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Rafael Niesten

Written by Rafael Niesten

In his early 20s, Perth local Rafael Niesten, won a scholarship to study in Canada, with that came the opportunity to volunteer at a local radio station. That spawned his entrepreneurial streak, returning to Perth in 2001 he set up community radio Groove FM. More by luck than design, they became successful, too successful as they took a significant chunk of the Perth Market. This sent up the red flag with his commercial competitors who saw to it that he came before the Australian Broadcasting Authority and on technicalities such as the number of volunteers he was forced to move on. He received the citizen of the year award for Western Australia (youth) and was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards (Youth). Falling on his sword he turned to running small and large scale events, all the while buying, renovating and selling properties. Buying and selling land and renovated houses provided a grounding in the property industry. He founded a cloud based medical grade voice recognition company, followed by co founding the first true cloud application for private practice in the health sector. He successfully exited these ventures at the end of 2016 and began building Bricks+Agent.

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