A house survey will serve many functions. It gives your solicitor information about the property, building and planning compliance. If the bank has any concerns, it will give them what they need to know, it breaks down the overall condition of the property and flags any potential risks.
But ultimately what a survey is for, is giving you enough information so you can make an informed decision on whether or not to proceed with the sale.
You get a survey complete at a point where you have agreed on a purchase price, but no contracts have been signed yet. There is no buyer protection for second-hand properties in Ireland and so this is your chance to do your due diligence and ensure that the property you are buying is up to standard and that you are comfortable with the price you are paying for it.
A surveyor is on your side. They give you an independent opinion on the condition of the property.
Your solicitor will check all the legal aspects (that's the "conveyancing" process) to make sure the sale is fully above board and that all the legal documentation is in place.
But at the end of the day, you are the one who is buying the property, you are the one taking the risk by borrowing money and you are the one who will be living in the property so the survey is for your benefit!
So getting a survey is vital to ensure you have the information you need before committing to the sale.
If you have just gone sale agreed and are ready to book a survey, you can book with us in just 2 minutes on GetHouseSurvey.ie . Or if you have any questions just let us know by emailing email@example.com and we'll do our best to help you where we can!