SCSI Release Red C Poll Results on House Surveys


Pictured at the launch of the SCSI Consumer Guide to Residential Building Surveys are Pat McGovern and Kevin Hollingsworth of the SCSI Building Surveying Professional Group Committee. 


Download the new SCSI Consumer Guide to Residential Building Surveys which highlights what Building Surveys cover and explains the different types of surveys available. A list of Building Surveyors is available under the ‘Find a Surveyor’ section of the SCSI website. 


96% of people say they would make sure to get a house survey or inspection done if purchasing a house

But new survey shows almost 60% of people didn’t get a professional inspection carried out on the property before purchasing

Of those who failed to seek a professional opinion, 1 in 5 incurred additional expenses

Not getting a house survey done is a false economy say surveyors


Six out of ten homeowners did not pay for a professional house survey in advance of purchasing their home even though 9 out of 10 people said they would make sure to have one carried out if purchasing a property according to a new opinion poll.

The RED C poll, which was carried out on behalf of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) also showed that 1 in 5 of those who failed to seek any professional opinion prior to purchasing their homes incurred additional unexpected costs rectifying defects in the property.

The SCSI, the representative body for construction professionals and estate agents said that a building survey should be a pre-requisite for home buyers.

 Kevin Hollingsworth, Chair of the Building Surveying Professional Group of the SCSI said;

“Purchasing a home is one of, if not the largest financial commitments that people make in their lifetime and having a building survey carried out is important to give prospective purchasers peace of mind and help them avoid unforeseen costs later on. Not getting one done is a false economy as evidenced by the 1 in 5 people who incurred additional costs of an average €16,000 in fixing defects that they were unaware when purchasing the property.

Given the lack of new home building over the past 5 years, the bulk of purchasers are buying second-hand homes which may have building issues that are not visible to the untrained eye.

A building survey covers a wide range of issues including; structure, compliance with planning and fire safety regulations, poor workmanship, utilities, dampness as well as pyrite and flooding risks” he said.

According to the poll people in Connacht/Ulster were the least likely to have a professional survey carried out while people in Dublin and urban areas were generally more likely to opt for professional advice.

The findings were published at the launch of the SCSI’s ‘Consumer Guide to Residential Building Surveys’.

“People wouldn’t buy a second hand car without getting it checked by a qualified mechanic first and yet 6 out of 10 bought a home without getting it inspected by a professional. We would strongly advise people considering buying a house to have a building survey carried out by a chartered building surveyor in advance to ensure that defects are picked up as early as possible. The free SCSI ‘Consumer Guide to Residential Building Surveys and a list of qualified building surveyors is available on” concluded Hollingsworth.