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I have recently viewed a lovely house for sale in Castleford, with a view to letting, but it has artex on many of the internal walls. The artex is in good condition, but it has got the alarm bells ringing. I have never bought a house with artex before, so am unfamiliar with the rules that apply to it.
Can houses with artex on walls be let out or would it need removing first?
Artex isn't popular but not illegal. We remove it or if very deep chip off sharp points and plaster over It is hard work though so factor price into your offer.
Be careful as pre circa 1980 Artex contained asbestos.
You can get it tested by a specialist to make sure - but do not touch it until you know for sure.
How old is the house - obvs if built post 1980 v unlikely there is asbestos in the Artex.
As stated above some artex pre 1984 contained asbestos, in any case it’s not worth removing. I personally would recommend PVA it and over skim.
We bought a property (residential) to live in that had various artex designs on every wall in the house, and wallpaper on the ceilings! We took it room by room and found a good local plasterer who PVA and skimmed over the top. No need to remove it, and some of the designs were quite deep swirls. Jim I agree - Skim over - I don't remember the cost unfortunately although this would obviously vary depending on rom size etc
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Yes skim over - may contain asbestos
I made the big naive mistake 26 years ago of laboriously chipping mine all off
2 hours every day for 2 weeks
Waste of time in hindsight and god only knows what dust went into my lungs
Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com
If it’s any consolation Jonathan I was told be a specialist, who tested Artex for asbestos in a flat I'm buying, that it’s actually very difficult to release asbestos fibres from Artex and that in order to do so you’d need to do a fair bit of drilling.
...or, god forbid, sanding!
I shudder at the thought.
Thank you - yes that does reassure me
I will sleep better now ( just hope I wake up in the morning )!
Agree with the above - unibond & skim is the way to go.
You should have it tested though - if it contains asbestos you should let contractors /tenants know about it. For the cost it is worth the peace of mind.
Risk of asbestos fibre release is very low and the product is not licensable.
The other thing you should be aware of is that artex was often used to hide faults /poor plaster/ cracks etc