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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 inspect your future home has significant experience in pre-purchase building surveys and carries out building surveys on an ongoing basis.

Your building survey / structural survey should be carried out by a qualified, experienced building surveyor. Before engaging any company to survey your future home you should obtain from them:

  1. A sample survey report so you will know exactly what they will be inspecting and that the report is written and presented in a clear, understandable format.
  2. A copy of their terms and conditions which should include any limitations to the survey.
  3. Confirm that they have professional indemnity insurance.

Requesting and checking out all of these suggestions will help you to be confident that your report will be good value for money, contain reliable information and provide you with necessary details regarding the structure of the property, before finalising your purchase offer.


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. With the mutual agreement of both property owners you can engage an ‘Agreed Property Surveyor’ to advise both parties collectively.  Alternatively, one or both parties can individually engage a separate surveyor who will advise one party alone in regards to their own situation, and will provide… Continue Reading

FAQ’s about a House Survey

Q: What is a “House Survey”? A: 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 property’s roof, attic, roof coverings, exterior, grounds; interior walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors. … Continue Reading

House Survey after Burst Pipe Leaks

One of the most common insurance claims made by home owners is for burst water pipes. In Ireland in 2010 there where thousands of burst pipe and water leak claims resulting in tens of millions in settlement claims. If water pipes are not insulated adequately the water inside the pipe will freeze during very cold weather.… Continue Reading