ABL Surveyors can provide a wide range of Residential Services to the Private, Public, Legal or other professional sectors. These include the following:
Building Surveys (Structural Surveys)
A structural survey is a detailed inspection of the property based on a visual inspection. These are typically carried out on both new and second hand properties prior to purchase to identify any significant problems or repairs that may be of concern to the prospective purchaser. The inspection involves a thorough investigation of all aspects both interior and exterior. Our Chartered Surveyors will prepare a detailed report which includes an appraisal of the building fabric including construction, analysis of defects identified with appropriate repairs required and an estimated cost to complete the necessary works.
Defects analysis is an investigation into a specific problem or defect with a property. This process involves the identification of the defect with recommendations for repairs. In some cases, opening up works are required to determine the exact cause and our detailed report will provide the necessary course of action required to eliminate the problem with budget estimated costs for the necessary repairs.
At ABL Surveyors, our Chartered Surveyors are specifically trained in the process of diagnosing and analysing a particular problem or defect and recommending detailed specific repairs where required. We can also act as an expert witness for legal proceedings and also prepare detailed reports for management companies and building agents. The most common defects which appear to be a causing significant problems in today’s modern buildings include condensation, mould growth, damp penetration, cracking and poor workmanship.
A Snag List involves a detailed inspection of new properties to identify any specific problems or defects prior to purchasing or signing of contracts for closure of sale. This will also take into consideration all aspects of the property in relation to compliance with the Building Regulations. It is an ideal opportunity by the prospective purchaser to prepare a list of items that require repairs by the contractor. At ABL Surveyors, we can if required, carry out re-inspections of the property to ensure that all the necessary work has been completed to our client’s satisfaction.
A planning search should be carried out on all property transactions prior to completion of contracts. This process involves a detailed examination of the planning history of the site in the relevant Local Authority and takes into consideration enforcement notices, compulsory purchase orders, road widening, unauthorised developments, zoning and previous planning applications. We can also inspect the files relating to adjoining sites to identify any major development works which may have been granted planning permission.
Certificate of Compliance
At ABL Surveyors we offer a full range of certificates of compliance which is presented in the format recommended by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland. These include compliance with Building Regulations, Planning Permission and Fire Safety Certification. We also prepare certificates of Exemption from Planning Permission for relevant structures/works.
We offer two types of project management services, these are “interim service” or “full supervision of works”. Our interim service is carried out at various stages of the project. At each stage specific issues are identified for completion and also payment certificate are issued to the relevant Bank for release of payment if required. Upon completion of the works, an opinion of compliance with Building Regulations and Planning Permission can be issued.
Our full service involves complete management from commencement to completion. This includes preparation of tender documents, tender analysis and site supervision on a regular basis with stage payment certificates issued at various agreed stages. Upon completion of the works, an opinion of compliance with Building Regulations and Planning Permission can be issued.
With spiraling energy costs, new legislation and dwindling energy reserves it is now more important than ever to consider making your Home or commercial building as airtight and energy efficient as possible. Using the latest hi tech equipment, ABL Surveyors can help identify areas where heat loss and air penetration is occurring thus helping to reduce your energy bills, make your environment more comfortable and achieve a better Energy rating.
Infrared Thermography is the easiest method to detect energy waste, dampness and electrical issues in buildings. An Infrared Camera shows exactly where the problems are and helps focus the surveyor’s attention allowing them to properly diagnose a potential problem.
Poor or inadequate insulation, dampness, building envelope leaks, and substandard work are costly to residential and commercial building owners. An Infrared Camera can help you quickly see where energy efficiency can be improved.
Following our site inspection, a detailed report can be prepared with recommendations for improvement included.