Structural and Pre-purchase Surveys

Structural and Pre-purchase Surveys

Consulting architects offer a full structural design service covering all aspects of the design and supervision. We are qualified with a structural background and all of the detailing is drawn up by qualified Architectural Technicians.
O’Leary Architectural Services and Consulting cover a broad range of services from structural reports on existing houses to structural designs for large scale commercial projects. With the extensive experience we have gained over the years.

Structural Survey Involve.

A structural survey is an assessment of the integrity of your building. It includes any structural concerns that the architect identifies as a possible problem. It also gives approximate costs for any works to be carried out, if required.

Structural surveys are usually requested by the current owners who may have concerns in relation to the structural integrity of the building. An example includes, wall the may be cracking, subsidence, dampness, water leakages, roof collapse or roof sagging, distorted door/window frames, bulging/leaning walls, sloping floors.

Our structural reports are carried out by perspective buyers of buildings. By getting an tech to check the structural integrity of the building our clients can make their purchase with the reassurance that they are purchasing a structural sound building. For further details on reports for potential purchasers of buildings see our Pre-Purchase House Survey section

Pre-purchase House Survey

Similarly to a structural survey a Pre-Purchase Survey is usually requested by our clients prior to the purchase of a building. The survey consists of a walk through inspection where we examine any defects of the building and the surrounding site. All of the information that our Engineer’s gather is clearly set out in the form of a Pre Purchase House Survey Report which also includes an extensive array of photographic evidence in its conclusion.
The survey is generally split into two categories. The first being the main structural issues that may pose a risk to the future occupant of the building. The second area of the report is similar to a snag list and sets out the minor defects of the house which, mainly for aesthetic reasons, the potential purchaser may want to be made aware of.

Areas which will be examined in our report include the following:

  • Stairs and Floor, Wall and Ceilings
  • Septic tank and percolation area testing
  • Rainwater drainage, roof construction and associate problems Highlighted
  • Boiler efficiency, insulation in both attic and walls
  • External footpaths & Driveway inspected
  • Condition of windows (damp)
  • General plumbing works tested
  • Door and Window conditions
  • Sanitary & Welfare Facilities
  • Soffit/fascia, gutters, flashing’s, chimney stack etc.

Partial Pre-Purchase Surveys

As an alternative to a Pre-Purchase house survey is a partial Pre-Purchase Survey. A walk through inspection with the buyer who verbally summaries any issues that they may have during this walk through. This gives the client with instant feedback on the condition of the building and costs to rectify the problem. Allowing them to budget if needs be or cancel the purchase.