Q: What is a Home Inspection?
A: A home inspection gives the buyer an impartial evaluation
of the overall condition of a property and any items that
may need to be repaired or replaced. The survey and detailed
report provides the information that you need to make an informed
purchasing decision on the property. There are two types of
property inspection, a House /
Apartment Pre-Purchase Survey for second hand properties
and a Snag List for new houses
Q: How do I Choose the right Surveyor?
A: Quite simply by reputation, referral and rates. At
F.E. Perri & Associates / Advance Surveys we get approximately
90% of our business through referral from Estate Agents, Banks,
Solicitors and most importantly, our customers. Also, we have
some of the most competitive rates in the Dublin area. So
Why Choose Us?
Q: Why should I have the Property Inspected?
A: Buying a new home may be the biggest single investment
you’ll ever make. While the house you have selected
may seem ideal, how can you be sure there aren’t potentially
serious hidden defects, which may make your dream home a costly
one indeed! To avoid unpleasant surprises, you should learn
as much as you can about the property’s condition and
need for repairs before you buy. Having your future new home
inspected by a professional as early as possible in the buying
process could save you a fortune on defects which you should
be able to have the seller or builder correct. The cost of
even small repairs, which can run into thousands of euro,
far exceeds the minimal cost of a professional survey.
Q: Is a House / Apartment Pre-Purchase Survey
the same as a Mortgage Valuation?
A: No, it is a completely different service. A purchaser
should note that a surveyor carrying out a Mortgage
Valuation for a bank or building society is NOT
carrying out a House / Apartment
Pre-Purchase Survey on your behalf or paying the detailed
attention required to the condition of the property and its
many components, but is merely ascertaining the VALUE of the
property to facilitate the Lending Institution in making their
deliberations on the mortgage. Generally 15-20 minutes is
actually spent at the property and therefore a Valuation should
NEVER be deemed to comprise a full and proper informative
What if Problems Are Found?
A: Very few houses are perfect. When problems or defects
are identified, it doesn't necessarily mean that you shouldn't
buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to
expect. A seller may make repairs or adjust the purchase price
if any major problems are found. If you are working within
a fixed budget, or if you do not wish to become involved in
any renovative or repair work, having this information will
be very important to you.
When Should I have the Property Inspected?
A: In the case of a second hand house, it is vitally
important to have as much information about the property you
are proposing to buy as early as is possible in the buying
process and therefore you should have the property inspected
as soon as is possible to help make an informed decision on
how to progress. In the case of a new house, inspection is
normally carried out when the builder informs you that the
property is ready to have a Snag
Could I Survey the Property Myself?
A: Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge,
expertise and experience of a professional surveyor who has
inspected hundreds or sometimes thousands of houses in their
career. Most buyers find it difficult to remain completely
objective about the house they want, often affecting their
judgement. A home inspection gives the buyer a clear,
impartial, professional evaluation of the overall condition
of the house and items that require attention.