What We Do

Our Surveyors can undertake a survey of a property and advise on matters such as valuation condition, defects, and remedies, and the need for any specialist investigation.

We have a team of highly trained professionals who provide professional services to;

  • Commercial Companies and Construction and Engineering companies
  • Financial Institutions
  • Central and Local Government, Semi State, and other Government Transport Bodies
  • Hospitals/Private Healthcare
  • Managing Agents and Management Companies.
  • Solicitors
  • Other property related consultants including Engineering Consultants, Insurance Brokers
  • Private individuals

Our Surveying team have extensive experience in carrying out surveys on a wide variety of buildings, including residential, commercial and industrial properties, in the Dublin and surrounding counties, including Louth, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow for the past 30 years.

We offer expert advise on most aspects of land, property and construction and are central to the decision making process on all property matters

One of our surveying team members will be happy to advise you as to the most appropriate service and survey which suits your needs. Whether you are considering purchasing, acquiring, refurbishing or valuing a property, we can help.


Valuation and Building Surveying Services

Pre-Purchase House Surveys / Homebuyers Surveys

A pre-purchase house survey, often referred to as a homebuyers survey, commenting on the general condition and state of repair of a residential property, reporting on any urgent or significant defects. The pre-purchase report identifies the main issues, defects and concerns with the property, including services, garage, outbuilding and boundaries and advises on their condition. The survey report informs the prospective purchaser whether the defects are serious or urgent and advises on remedial works, repairs and maintenances required.

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Residential and Commercial Valuation Surveys

A Residential Valuation Survey, which will be undertaken by a registered valuer, will assess the value of a property by completing a 3-4 page market valuation report on the property. A residential valuation report is a prerequisite for all lending institutions, with each financial institution having a set approved panel of valuers. As we are on the approved valuation panel of a number of the financial institutions, such as AIB and Bank of Ireland, we can undertake Residential Valuation Surveys in addition to the pre-purchase house survey / home buyers survey.

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Snag List Surveys

Our Snag List comprise of a fully comprehensive list of items that the developer/builder has not carried out, works which have not been completed correctly or works that have not been carried out to a satisfactory standard. The Snag List Report will include items of defective work and works required to ensure that a property is completed to Building Regulation Standard and to a standard and condition which a purchaser should expect, prior to moving in to their new property.

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Measured Surveys

Measured Surveys are produced to provide dimensional information on existing land or buildings, or as a preliminary service before the start of any design and building work.

Our electronic surveying equipment system enable us draw up floor plans as they are surveyed them. It is not only the most accurate and fastest way of surveying buildings but is also the most cost effective for our clients.

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Full Building Surveys / Structured Surveys

In some cases a pre-purchase house / homebuyers survey may not be suitable for some buildings. In such circumstances a more detailed full Building Survey or a full Structural Survey may be more appropriate.

Building Surveys are prepared on commercial properties including offices, shops, industrial units and on some very old or unusual residential properties or those of non-traditional construction type.

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Schedule of Condition Surveys (Pre Work and Lease Commencement)

We offer Pre-work Schedules of Condition and Lease Commencement / Pre-lease Schedules of Conditions.Pre-works Schedule of Condition – detail the general condition of a building or structure, recording any existing cracking and damage.

Lease Commencement Schedule of Condition, – the overall condition of a property is recorded, and agreed prior to the lease commencing.

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Schedules of Dilapidation

Schedules of Dilapidation are prepared on behalf of either a Landlord or Tenant on commercial leasehold property, where there are obligations to repair and maintain that property.A schedule of dilapidation details any breaches of such obligations or covenants, and other lease clause breaches, on an interim basis during the lease term, and close to or at the end of a lease term.

Anticipated Schedule of Dilapidation can also be prepared for Tenants who are concerned about the condition of their premises approaching the end of a lease or Break Clause.

We also offer Lease Commencement Schedules of Condition, where the overall condition of a property is recorded, prior to the lease commencing.

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Building Reinstatement Cost Assessments / Fire Insurance Valuations

This entails an inspection and preparation of Insurance Valuation on commercial and residential properties. It is important that the sum insured on any building is accurate to avoid under insurance issues in the event of any claim. Such sum insured should be reassessed at least every five years.

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Planned Maintenance Programmes and Defect/Maintenance Advice

These are undertaken where property owners or management companies require maintenance reports and plans for future cost of maintenance to buildings within their property portfolio. There are known as “Sinking Funds” or “Building Investment Funds” in apartments or multi-unit developments.

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Planning Design and Contract Administration

From inception to completion of any construction project we offer the full range of advise and services, to suit any particular clients requirements.

We are able to provide such services for commercial and residential clients on the following;

  • New Build
  • Extensions
  • Alterations and Refurbishment
  • Repair, maintenance works
  • Fit – outs
  • Conversions

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Confined Spaces Inspection

Our FETAC accredited surveyors are qualified for confined space inspections and are fully adverse with the Health and Safety Regulations and Guidelines in respect of confined spaces inspection. We have in the past carried out inspections of various drains, tunnels and sewage pumping stations for a number of clients.

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Project / Development Monitoring

The project monitors role is to undertake a review or appraisal to ascertain the nature of the proposed development and outline the risks associated with it to the client. The project monitor will initially undertake an appraisal/audit to establish an understanding of the project and identify those risks that are of relevance and to produce an initial audit report.

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Boundary Issues

Thorntons Chartered Surveyors are regularly instructed to advise upon boundary issues and disputes which arise between property owners and between neighbouring properties. We can carry out on-site inspections and prepare preliminary reports and expert witness reports for property owners, occupiers or instructing solicitors.

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Land Surveying

Our team of experienced surveyors can produce highly accurate and detailed topographical surveys of both rural and urban environments, from brown fields sites, housing developments, commercial premises, to farms and green field sites. We undertake land surveys throughout Ireland, from large scale projects to more densely situated sites, including “As built” Housing Developments.

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Building Energy Ratings Surveys / Inspection and Advice

Thorntons Chartered Surveyors offer Building Energy Rating Certificate on non domestic and domestic properties and have accredited assessors for both schemes registered with SEAI. This Certificate is best undertaken by property professionals who have an in-depth construction knowledge to ensure the best result is obtained for a particular property and client.

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Disability Access Certificates (DAC)

A Disability Access Certificate is a certificate of compliance issued by the Building Control Authority with respect to requirements under Part M of the Building Regulations. A Disability Access Certificate should be applied for at the same time as a Fire Safety Certificate and submitted to the Planning Authority with the Commencement Notice. A building cannot be used or occupied without a DAC.

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