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Some basic tips on how to choose a building surveyor

Ask the following about the building surveyor: Does the Building Surveyor specialise in pre-purchase building surveys on new and old properties? Is the surveyor qualified to certify that building works are in compliance with building regulations and compliance with planning permission. Pre-purchase building surveys are predominately visual inspections. It is therefore of paramount importance that the surveyor you choose to… Continue Reading

If you can’t agree with your neighbour on boundary issues, what can you do?

Answer Appoint a professional to advise on both boundary walls and party walls. Property Health Check can offer a number of services which provide information required to enable your solicitor to advice you.  Those services are Boundary Checks, provision of Land Registry Compliant Maps and Certificate/Declaration of Identity. Continue Reading

S.I. No. 236/1964 – Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963 (Exempted Development) Regulations, 1964.

S.I. No. 236/1964 – Local Government (Planning and Development) Act, 1963 (Exempted Development) Regulations, 1964. http://www.propertyhealthcheck.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/S.I.-No.-236-1964-Local-Government-Planning-and-Development-Act-1963-Exempted-Development-Regulations-1964..pdf Continue Reading

The pros and cons of automatic gate systems

The pros and cons of automatic gate systems

This interview explores the pros and cons of installing and maintaining an automatic gate system in your property. Interview with Eamonn Munnelly of Auto Entry Systems Ltd Auto Entry Systems Ltd Unit 7 Park West Drive, Park West Industrial Park, Dublin 12 LoCall: 1850 500 500 TEL: +353 1 6264470 FAX: ++353 1 6239307 Transcript… Continue Reading

Ventilation of Timber-Framed Structures

Ventilation of the external walls of timber-framed construction is necessary so as not to allow moisture build up in the cavity which may cause decay to the structural timbers. External walls of a timber-framed dwelling are normally comprised of a number of layers which can be seen in figure 1. Ventilating the cavity of timber-framed… Continue Reading

Ventilation in floors

Ventilation in floors, especially suspended timber floors is very important so as not to facilitate the build up of moisture within the floor structure. This moisture build up can cause deterioration not only the timber joists but also any coverings placed over the joists. Ventilation in suspended timber floors can be achieved by installing vents… Continue Reading

Ventilation in Roofs

Ventilating roof spaces is very important as water vapour can reach this area primarily through gaps in ceilings such as attic hatches or pipes and even to a smaller extent from gaps around light fittings. When this water vapour reaches the attic space it can condense on the underside of the sarking felt or roof… Continue Reading

I’m buying a property with an existing rear extension, will I be able to build a new first floor room over the extension?

Answer. Before you consider building over any existing extension you should first get a good idea as the the structural condition of the existing extension. If there is any cracking or settlement in the existing extension it would be advisable to be extremely cautious before building over the extension. If the extension cannot support it’s… Continue Reading

I upgraded an old period house which had a dry tiled basement floor and some dampness in the walls and after renovation I now have dampness in the floor and mold forming on the carpet.

Answer. Most older houses had no or an inadequate damp proofing under the masonry floors and walls in the basement. When low levels of rising damp rises up through the basement floors the moisture would evaporate faster then the rate of the rising damp and the surface of the floor would remain dry, However, in… Continue Reading

When my neighbour lights a fire in his fireplace, I get smoke coming into my house?

 Answer. While a crack or hole in the flue is possible it is not the likely reason for smoke entering your property. Most modern houses and modernised older houses are fairly airtight, This in conjunction with mechanical kitchen and bathroom extractor vents results in negative air pressure with some properties. This results in outside air… Continue Reading

I’m building an extension to the back of my mid terraced house and there is no storm water drain located in my garden, can I direct the rain water into the foul drain?

Answer. No, building regulations require that rain water and foul water are kept separate and that only foul water can go into foul water drains and likewise for rain water drains. The problem that you have is common in that about 50% of mid terrace houses, in that there is no rain water drain located… Continue Reading

Do I need planning permission to change and remove interior walls in my property?

Question, Do I need planning permission to change and remove interior walls in my property? Answer. In most cases planning permission is not required and most interior alterations qualify as an exempt development defined under Section 4(1)(h) under the Planning & Development Act 2000. However, the property must not be a protected structure and be… Continue Reading

Do I need planning permission to convert my garage to a kitchen, playroom or bedroom?

Answer. In most cases planning permission is not required and most garage conversions qualify as an exempt development defined under Section 4(1)(h) under the Planning & Development Act 2000. However, the garage must firstly be attached to the dwelling house and already be planning complainant as a garage. The garage conversion cannot be used as… Continue Reading

Do I need planning permission for an attic conversion?

Answer. In most cases planning permission is not required and most attic conversions qualify as an exempt development defined under Section 4(1)(h) under the Planning & Development Act 2000. However, while most attic conversion can be converted to storage use without the need to first obtain planning permission, the majority of attic conversions will not meet… Continue Reading