The Cost of Removing Asbestos: Your Practical Guide

The average cost of hiring an asbestos removal expert in 2016 is approximately $35/m2, but that price can range from $25/m2 to $40/m2 depending on the severity of the case.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by ServiceSeeking.com.au. The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Asbestos Removal Specialists on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.
Hear from an expert
Paul from Aussie Paul Asbestos Removal says the cost of an average home asbestos removal job will set you back around $1,250.

Irremovable factors that could make asbestos removal costly

Exposure to asbestos can cause health problems later in life, which is why it is very important to have your property inspected. If asbestos is found to be present, it has to be removed immediately by a professional. How much you spend will depend on the following:

  • The amount of asbestos found in your property determines how long it will take to finish the job.
  • The location of the asbestos also affects the overall costs. For example, removing asbestos outside the house or building — such as on fences and eaves of the roof — is much easier compared to getting rid of asbestos from interior locations. Removing asbestos inside the house is also dangerous since it can contaminate curtains, carpets, and beddings.
  • Asbestos can be in the form of large chunks, fibres, or loose dust. Loose asbestos is labour intensive and will take longer to remove.
  • Steep roofs, trees, and hard-to-reach areas are obstacles that can make asbestos removal more difficult.

Cost of asbestos removal services

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Which state offers the most affordable rates?

Residents of Victoria have no reason to delay asbestos removal jobs since they enjoy the lowest average rate at about $25/m2. Queensland has the second lowest average price at approximately $30/m2.

Asbestos removal costs in New South Wales reflect the nationwide average, which is around $35/m2. Hiring an asbestos removalist in Western Australia will cost you about $48.50/m2. Meanwhile, the highest average rate for removing asbestos is in South Australia at approximately $75/m2.

If you suspect that there’s asbestos in your property, call an asbestos removal company right away. ServiceSeeking.com.au has a list of licensed and experienced asbestos removalists who can make sure that the job is handled properly.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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