Pre-purchase home buyers structural survey.
A structural survey inspection 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 survey inspection reports.
Who carries out the structural survey ?
At Dublin surveys we have a multi disciplinary team of chartered structural engineers (IEI) & chartered building surveyors (RCIS) providing structural inspections across Dublin and the surrounding counties of Kildare, Meath, Westmeath & Wicklow. Each member of the team also has a specialist area in their continuing professional development (CPD) which allows Dublin surveys 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
- Pyrite defects & resolution (reg. BCA for PRB)*
- Period building & listed or protected structures
- Environmental engineering
- Civil & structural engineering
What are the types of defects that will be highlighted in the structural 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.
How long does the structural survey process take?
Once a client contacts Conspect Engineering & Dublin Surveys 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 structural surveys ?
Dublin surveys provide our structural survey service in Dublin city and Dublin county. We also survey in the surrounding counties of Kildare, Meath, Westmeath & Wicklow. Our Parent Engineering practice Conspect also provide our award winning property surveys in County Galway, Mayo, Limerick and Monaghan.
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)