Pre-purchase home buyers structural survey.
A Pre-purchase home survey or building condition survey of a property is requested by home buyers when a bid is accepted on a home ‘subject to survey’. Our team of building surveyors & structural engineers provide clients with a structural inspection site visit arranged through the agent or vendor of the home & following on from this building survey a concise report is published to the client detailing maintenance, repair and replacement issues.
Frequently asked questions on structural pre-purchase survey inspection reports.
Who carries out the structural survey ?
At Conspect we have a multi disciplinary team of structural engineers & chartered building surveyors providing structural inspections across Dublin, Drogheda, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Westmeath & Wicklow. Each member of the team also has a specialist area in their continuing professional development (CPD) which allows Conspect Engineering provide the best reporting for our clients & potential home buyers. These specialist area’s include:
- Modern house & Apartments built to Irish Building regulations
- Timber frame buildings
- Energy management of buildings
- Period building & listed or protected structures
- Environmental engineering
- Civil & structural engineering
What are the types of defects that will be highlighted in a Pre-purchase home survey report?
- Structural cracks both internally & externally
- Present condition of structure, masonry, timbers & roof
- Pyrite heave
- Damp & leaks
- Planning permission or building regulation issues
- Drainage & waste
- Early, Medium & long term maintenance required for the building with a budget of costs associated.
- Energy retention and management
The chartered structural engineer or building surveyor will also visually inspect heating, electrical and plumbing systems noting any defects and recommending further testing where appropriate. The full structural survey is a thorough visual inspection of the building and does not include invasive opening work to expose components of the building, however if concerns are highlighted and further investigation is recommended these services can be provided and fees proposed accordingly.
An example of the types of defects that a pre purchase survey can raise are available to read here:~ http://iwebireland.info/when-getting-a-homebuyers-survey-saves-you-tens-of-thousands-of-euro-in-the-long-run/
How long does the structural survey process take?
Once a client contacts Conspect Engineering with the specifics of the building, house or apartment to be surveyed we then propose a fee for the survey and upon confirmation of booking we endeavor to carry out the site visit to survey the home within 3 – 4 working days. Following on from the survey the report of our findings is made available to the home buyer within 5 – 6 working days. (Note: This is subject to the access the estate agent or vendor can allow our surveyor)
What areas do Conspect & Dublin surveys carry out Pre-purchase home survey ?
Conspect Dublin surveys provide our structural survey service in Dublin city and Dublin county. We also provide pre-purchase home survey in the surrounding counties of Drogheda, Kildare, Louth, Meath, Westmeath & Offaly.
How much does it cost for a full structural survey ?
The cost of a full structural survey on a house or apartment is calculated by taking the following factors of the home or building into consideration:
- Size of property
- Age of property
- If the property has been modified (extension or attic conversion)
Based on this information the Conspect Engineering Team & Dublin surveys can provide clients with an ‘up front’ cost of the building survey / cost of full structural survey.
Contact Dublin surveys on 089-2488004 for your no obligation quotation & cost for pre purchase structural survey service. Alternatively you can also use our ‘get a quote’ website form & our team will email a quote to you for the property in question.
“Conspect Engineering & Dublin surveys have provided us with a very detailed and professional service (Full structural survey). The engineer was very obliging, helpful and very thorough. We would not hesitate to recommend this company for any prospective customers.”
J. & J. Piskorscy – Monasterevin, Kildare