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When do I need to book a pre purchase structural survey?

Updated: Jan 26

A structural survey should be booked;

  1. As early as possible when you go sale agreed

  2. After you have spoken with your solicitor


A structural survey should be booked as early as possible in Sale Agreed and after you have spoken with your solicitor.
When should I book a pre purchase structural survey?

Why should you book a structural survey EARLY in Sale Agreed?

The reason you should book it EARLY in the sale agreed process is so that you can find out about any serious issues early in the process, before you invest a lot of time.


If you leave a structural survey until a few days before signing contracts and the surveyor identifies a serious defect which causes you to pull out of the sale, then you would have wasted months of time and expense on this property. Or, if they are issues which need further investigation, then you will likely cause a delay to signing contracts.



Why you should speak with your solicitor before booking a structural survey?

You should speak with your solicitor before booking a structural survey because they may have questions they want the surveyor/engineer/architect to look into while at the property.


If for example, the solicitor wants the surveyor to check the physical boundaries at the property match the folio map, the surveyor will need to know about this before they visit the property.


Why you SHOULD NOT book a survey before you go sale agreed.

Because after you pay for a survey, your offer is not guaranteed to be accepted by the vendor. Most people bid on multiple properties before they go sale agreed. If they are to pay for a survey for every property, the cost will stack up very quickly.





Sale agreed and ready to book a survey?

When you book with us, our goal is to help you buy with confidence. To book your survey, just got to GetHouseSurvey.ie and click on "Get Survey Now".


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