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Property Inspection Report

A Property Inspection Report (PIR) is generated from a detailed internal and external inspection of a property, residential or commercial. It involves looking at the planning permission and checking the maps and boundaries. It is used to assess a propertys condition and to determine whether there are any defects present which could potentially have a substantial cost implication for the owner. We also advise on energy performance, planning permission and building regulation compliance. Our service bridges the gap between the solicitor’s desktop view of a property and our onsite view of the property which can only be obtained from a detailed structural survey.

Other names the service might be called

Pre- Purchase Property Report, Structural Analysis, Property Inspection Survey, Building Survey, Property Report, Pre- purchase Survey

Why choose Sweeney Architects?

At Sweeney Architects our Property Inspection Report gives clear, considered and practical advice. Our architects will explain everything you need to know about the building ensuring that you have all the information possible in relation to the property to make a sound and informed decision, before buying. In addition, Sweeney Architects have over twenty years experience inspecting residential, commercial and industrial properties. Our reports are thorough easy to read with a minimum of technical jargon and we have a post report follow up. Finally Sweeney Architects are a registered RIAI practice, carrying appropriate insurances and back up staff to help with any queries you may have.

Why is a PIR important?

It gives the client the peace of mind knowing that a professional has taken a clinical view of the property to identify potential issues that could hold up the sale, result in additional costs after the purchase to fix or stabilise defects or could result in the property not representing good value for money.

How much does a PIR cost?

The price will be determined by the age, size, location and condition of the property. The PIR will give you, the home buyer peace of mind. If the PIR identifies no issues with the property you will be able to move in to your new home worry free. However, if the building survey finds a serious problems, then the investment in the report will be wothwhile, allowing you to make a timely decision on how much the problem may cost you to rectify, should you purchase the property.

When is a PIR required?

The time to undertake a PIR is in generally in the period between having an offer accepted and before exchanging contracts.

How long does it take to carry out a PIR?

This depends on the type of property, in particular its age and state of repair. A typical survey of a recently constructed three bedroom semi-detached property takes 1 – 1½ hours to survey. Older properties can take a considerably longer period of time to survey. Availability of the planning files in the local authority and access to the property can also slow down the process.

How soon can a PIR survey be undertaken once a booking is made?

Normally, we require 3-5 days notice but will do our best to accommodate clients who may require a Pre-Purchase Survey more urgently. Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

What is the difference between a Pre-Purchase Survey and a Snag List?

A snag list is carried out for a new property that has not been previously occupied. The snagging process involves identifying incomplete or defective works i.e. damaged joinery and trim or substandard finishes and including them on a list to be passed on to the builder/developer for attention.

How long does it take to complete the PIR Survey Report?

Reports are normally completed within five to seven working days, but can be completed in a shorter timeframe if required.

Do you provide approximate costings as part of the survey?

Yes, if requested we will provide approximate costs which may be used as the basis for negotiation of the final contract price with the property vendor or if you need to allow a contingency fund for works to the property after purchase.

Can we attend the survey?

Yes, however the permission of the estate agent should be sought in all instances.

We are considering extending the property when we purchase it. Can you provide advice on the feasibility of extending the property?

Yes. We can advise you on any planning or practical construction related issues that may arise should you wish to extend. In an urban environment, precident for extensions to existing neighbouring properties is a good indicator while in the country, the form of local buildings will often determine what can be built. We can also advise you on requirements for statutory permissions such as planning permission, commencement notices, fire safety certificates and health and safety.