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What type of rear extensions are exempt developments?

Answer. Rear extensions which are exempt development are defined under Class One of the Second Schedule of The Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations 2001. The area of the extension must not be greater than 40 meters squared, including all other extensions. The back garden must not be reduced below 25 meters squared. The walls… Continue Reading

Do older extensions to properties require a certificate for bye-law approval?

Answer. There is an amnesty under subsection 22(7) of the Building Control Act 1990 as far as buildings which do not comply with the bye laws are concerned provided development occurred prior to 13th December 1989. Unless the building control authority served notice between 1st June 1992 and 1st December 1992 on the owner of a building that… Continue Reading

Neighbour wanting to build on boundary wall

Question My neighbours of some twenty years whom we have a good relationship with have recently approached us about building an extension onto the back of their house. We also have an extension which we completed 10 years ago which is built just inside the existing shared boundary wall dividing both our properties. My neighbour… Continue Reading

More concerns about pyrite in houses?

There are believed to be up to of 15,000 properties in Ireland which are contaminated with pyrite backfill. We hope that our website will help you find the information you require concerning all aspects of pyrite damage to houses. When damage occurs as a result of pyrite under the floors it can be a very stressful time.… Continue Reading

Testing for Pyrite in Backfill

Property Health Check does not carry out laboratory testing to confirm that your house is free of pyrite.  Golders based in Naas, Co Kildare are perhaps the the best known pyrite testing companies in Ireland.  We certainly don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but if your house has pyrite your test results will… Continue Reading

Pyrite damage in most cases can be more costly to repair then settlement or cracking in walls?

The damage that pyrite back-fill can cause is an expensive defect to remedy and stressful to the property owner.  Pyrite damage in most cases can be more costly to repair then settlement or cracking in walls so it is important that pyrite damage is not incorrectly diagnosed during the initial structural survey. The percentage or concentration of pyrite in… Continue Reading

Does rainfall affect the rate of Pyrite expansion?

Answer. Is the total amount of rain fall in Ireland speeding up the rate of pyrite expansion under our houses from what is happening in Canada. There is a mis-conception in the building industry and by some building professionals that the rate of pyrite expansion of contaminated backfill should show up more quickly or become… Continue Reading

Buying a Home with Suspected Pyrite Damage

Found your ideal home. Now that you have found the ideal home,  you can get ready to get all your contracts signed, organise your mortgage and look forward to moving into your new home. You have agreed a price with the estate agent and decide that its better to be safe then sorry and organise… Continue Reading

What type of home buyers survey do I need?

Answer. Different types of building surveys Visual survey Home buyers survey Residential survey Engineers report Building survey Pre-purchase house survey Structural building engineer report Condition report Property survey Structural survey Full structural survey Note, it is important to be aware that some “full structural survey reports” may actually contain less information then a “visual survey”. The different… Continue Reading

What Sellers and Buyers should know when organizing a building survey

Answer. This post will assist buyers and sellers of properties identify defects and other potential issues that the building surveyor will be looking for when your property is surveyed. If certain defects can be identified and repaired before the house is placed on the market for sale, it should prevent renegotiation taking place at a… Continue Reading

What are some of the common types of structural defects in older houses that are expensive to repair?

Answer. General Structure. The structure is by far the most important part of a building survey. In many instances, structural problems are expensive to repair. The structural part of the building survey involves examining all the visible parts of the exterior, the roof, interior walls, ceilings, floors, attic spaces, doors and window frames. Particular attention… Continue Reading

Do plumbing leaks result in hidden damage to your home?

Answer. One of the most common insurance claims made by home owners is for burst water pipes. Last year in Ireland there where thousands of burst pipe and water leak claims resulting in tens of millions in settlement claims. During cold weather, if water pipes are not insulated adequately the water inside the pipe will freeze.… Continue Reading

What are the common terms used in a Home Insurance Policy?

Answer. Note, You should read your insurance policy document in full, different insurance companies may have different definitions then the ones listed below. An understanding of the terms used by insurance companies is a great starting point for unravelling your insurance policy. This insurance terms glossary contains some of the most common terms. Accident An… Continue Reading

What should you expect from your building surveyor?

Answer. What To Expect: Many home buyers sometimes buy their home on impulse. Experienced building surveyors can help home buyers avoid buyers remorse by reporting on building defects and problems before the home buyer finds them after closing. All detailed surveys should provide clients with the tools they need to make an educated choice regarding… Continue Reading

What is Radon?

Answer Radon is a radioactive gas which occurs naturally in the ground from the decay of uranium present in rocks and soils. It is estimated that the effects of exposure to radon gas kills about 200 people a year in Ireland. What is radon? Radon is a radioactive gas which occurs naturally in the ground… Continue Reading

Why is radon a problem?

Answer It is estimated that the effects of exposure to radon gas kills about 200 people a year in Ireland. You cannot smell, see or taste radon gas. Radon can only be measured with special equipment. Radon is a radioactive gas which produces minuscule radioactive dust particles. When breathed into the lungs, the radon gas… Continue Reading

Frequently asked questions about pyrite in homes

Answer Pyrite in your home The damage that pyrite can cause is stressful to the home owner and an expensive problem to remedy. The possibility that pyrite may have been used in a small number of homes in a development can have a very negative affect on all property values in that development. The presence… Continue Reading

What if the surveyor finds asbestos during his building survey?

Answer Deaths and serious illnesses, normally results from inhaling the fibers in building asbestos materials. Asbestos use in building materials was to strengthen structures and improve fire resistance and was commonly used in houses. Asbestos related deaths usually followed long-term exposure to the raw material. The critical factor is whether it is exposed or not and whether you come into… Continue Reading

Some more information about septic tanks and secondary treatment systems.

HOW SEPTIC TANKS WORK Septic tanks are designed to allow liquids to flow through the tank and enter a percolation area without causing damage to the environment. Waste waters enter the tank and the flow is reduced through a series of baffles allowing the solids to sink to the bottom. Additionally, smaller particles float to… Continue Reading

FAQ, about building surveys

Q: What is a “House Survey”? A: house survey is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation. Our building surveyor’s report will include an evaluation of the condition of the home’s roof, attic, roof coverings, insulation, exterior, grounds, heating system, plumbing and electrical… Continue Reading

What minimum plumbing standards is a surveyor hoping to find during his survey?

Answer. Interior plumbing line Materials Interior plumbing line materials should be sufficiently robust and in good condition to adequately carry water to where its required and to discharge waste water to the outside drains. Water Pressure The supply piping should be capable of delivering adequate water to the fixtures. The flow of water from a… Continue Reading

What are the most common type defects found in sliding doors?

Answer Poorly fitted and maintained patio doors are a common defect found during our house surveys.  All patio doors have similar working parts leading to similar defects. A patio door has two sides, a fixed stationary side and the opening sliding section. Both the door handle and locking system are normally located on the sliding… Continue Reading

What is a party/boundary wall mediation agreement?

Answer A mediation agreement is entered into following an acceptable resolution between adjoining home owners. The mediator will draft a written agreement detailing the terms and conditions of the settlement they have reached and to which they have agreed. When both home owners agree to its terms, the parties, and the building surveyor / mediator,… Continue Reading

Misunderstandings about party walls and boundary walls in Ireland

We get numerous calls to our office from both home owners and adjoining owners asking about their rights and responsibilities pertaining to their party walls and boundary walls. Quite often our callers have researched their questions and concerns over the internet or from friends and normally end up being more confused at the end of… Continue Reading

What are the basics in improving window security?

Answer During the course of a building survey, a common concern for new home owners is security. These issues are normally straight forward to remedy resulting in improved security in the windows. The security of any property largely depends on the quality of security and hardware used, within the windows themselves. Most windows provide a limited amount… Continue Reading

Common patio door faults

Poorly fitted and maintained patio doors are a common defect found during our house surveys.  All patio doors have similar working parts leading to similar defects. A patio door has two sides, a fixed stationary side and the opening sliding section. Both the door handle and locking system are normally located on the sliding door… Continue Reading

What are the common window defects found during building surveys?

Answer Most building surveys find common window defects and door defects which may require replacement or minor repairs to ease operation and provide best performance from the windows or doors. The building survey will usually find that the house windows are made from uPVC, timber, steel or aluminium. Windows frames come in a variety of… Continue Reading

Building Surveyor on Boundary Disputes

Building Surveyor on Boundary Disputes

  The Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 is designed to help adjoining property owners resolve any disputes about works on or near the boundary line between two properties if they themselves cannot come to an agreement. Boundaries are denoted on Ordnance Survey plans and also on the title plans on the title deeds.… Continue Reading

Party wall disputes

Party wall disputes

Avoiding party wall disputes It is worth checking before buying a new property or starting an extension whether the boundary are located in the proper location according to the folio map or title deeds of your property.  If you buy a property or start extension works without following the correct procedures you have the possiblity… Continue Reading

Where is your boundary line?

Where is your boundary line?

Answer The Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 is designed to help neighbours resolve any disputes about works on or near the boundary line between two properties if they themselves cannot come to an agreement. Boundaries are denoted Ordnance Survey plans and also on the title plans on the title deeds. Each registered property… Continue Reading

Building surveys and mediation boundary wall agreements

What is a Mediation Agreement Following an acceptable resolution between adjoining home owners, a solicitor / mediator will draft a written agreement detailing the terms and conditions of the settlement they have reached and to which they have agreed. When both home owners agree to its terms, the parties, and the solicitor / mediator, will… Continue Reading

Why use a party wall expert for your building survey?

Answer Do you need advice on resolving party wall issues or boundary disputes? If you are considering a major investment in an attic conversion, building a side or rear extension, building a shed or garage, or even structurally modifying a shared ceiling or floor, chances are high that you will run into a party wall… Continue Reading

Mediation in Boundary Wall Disputes

Mediation in Boundary Wall Disputes

Mediation is a process whereby an impartial and independent party wall surveyor facilitates home owners to a party wall dispute in resolving their differences.  Mediation by a boundary wall expert allows the home owners a less expensive alternative to court and greater personal control. The role of the Mediator is to help the both boundary wall… Continue Reading

When is a wall considered a party wall?

When is a wall considered a party wall?

Answer Construction work, including renovations or extensions, may likely have some impact on a Party Wall structure. A wall is considered a party wall structure if it meets either of the following two conditions: The wall in question stands astride a boundary of land belonging to two or more different owners; this means that approximately… Continue Reading

Asbestos survey and your home

Asbestos survey and your home

Asbestos surveys show that-asbestos related deaths and serious illnesses, normally results from inhaling the fibers in building asbestos materials. Asbestos use in building materials was to strengthen structures and improve fire resistance and was commonly used in houses. Asbestos related deaths usually followed long-term exposure to the raw material. The critical factor is whether it is exposed or not and… Continue Reading

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about-septic-tanks-building-survey-building-surveyor-reports

About Septic Tanks and Secondary Treatment Systems HOW SEPTIC TANKS WORK Septic tanks are designed to allow liquids to flow through the tank and enter a percolation area without causing damage to the environment. Waste waters enter the tank and the flow is reduced through a series of baffles allowing the solids to sink to… Continue Reading

What are some common areas of concern during structural surveys?

What are some common areas of concern during structural surveys?

Answer. The structure is by far the most important part of a building survey. In many instances, structural problems can be very expensive to repair. The structural part of the building survey involves examining all the visible parts of the exterior, the roof, interior walls, ceilings, floors, attic spaces, doors and window frames. Particular attention… Continue Reading