5 Best Surveyors in Dublin
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5 Best Surveyors in Dublin

For a large investment such as property, it is important to assess everything right down to the smallest details. Whether it be residential or commercial, it can be a daunting task, requiring more technical expertise on the subjects of architecture, area and materials.

In this article we take a look at some of the best surveyors in Dublin that can help you tackle that next property inspection and valuation.

How much does surveyor services cost?

Surveyor costs are primarily dependent on the size and location of property. The principle type of survey is interchangeably called, property, pre-purchase or structural survey which covers standard inspections of the designated estate.

Larger-scale and more commercial projects are usually quoted for their cost, while more residential properties have an average range of costs listed below.

Service TypeConditionsPrice
Structural Survey

Residential House or Bungalow (Pre-Owned)


Residential Apartment/Duplex

€ 360 to € 450


€ 300 to € 340
Property Condition Survey€ 300 to € 450
Snag List-€ 200 to € 300
Standard House SurveyProperties between 200 to 350 m2€699

Top Surveyors in Dublin

We assessed the surveyor based on the following criteria:

Range of Services
This considers the variety in services the company has to offer.
Background and Experience
We took a look at the experience of the company through their background and range of past projects.
Quality of Reports
We considered the extensiveness of their reports as well as the specificity of the details included.
Customer Satisfaction
This criteria considers the different feedback from past customers.

1. Kennedy and Associates

Kennedy and Associates's Homepage
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SERVICESResidential Building Surveying

Commercial Building Surveying

Residential Valuation

Commercial Valuation

WEBSITEhttps://www.kennedyandassoc.ie/
ADDRESS11 Hume Street, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
CONTACT DETAILS(01) 6767299,

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSWeekdays: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Range of services★★★★★(5/5)
Background and experience★★★★★(5/5)
Quality of reports★★★★☆(4/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★★(5/5)

Kennedy and Associates offers a great range and synergy of both surveying and valuation services. The two are applicable for residential and commercial projects and we like that you have an initial free consultation to discuss their processes and prices.

The company has 43 years of experience under their belt with over 37,300 Building Survey / Valuation projects. This is no surprise because their team has strong qualifications as RICS registered valuers and the SICS.

We like that their building surveying works in tandem with their valuation services, making it a perfect one-stop-shop. What’s more is that under each type of service, you get both standard and unique subcategories.

For example, they offer defect analysis for those looking for a more targeted examination instead of the usual top to bottom survey. They also offer schedules of condition and dilapidation which is extremely helpful for those dealing with disputes.

In terms of their valuation services, we do like that they are credited to undertake mortgage valuation reports by well-known Irish lending institutions. If you are looking into this service, chances are Kennedy and Associates will be able to adapt and coordinate with your lending situation.

Customer feedback has been great for the company, with a lot of people we’ve spoken to praising their communication and fast turnovers. However, some have also expressed some problems in noting major defects in their reports, so it is something to consider.

Pros

  • Offers both surveying and valuing services
  • Extensive company history and experience with past projects
  • Offers defect analysis and schedule of condition/dilapidation
  • Approved for mortgage valuation reports by leading lending Irish institutions

Cons

  • Requires quotation for prices
  • Past customer feedback has expressed problems with major defects missing from the report

Customer Reviews

Great for First Time Buyers

Pleasure to deal with Paul, he recently surveyed a house for us. Paul went above and beyond what I expected, so thorough with the report and picked up everything. The report was very comprehensive and quick, it’s a good reassurance to have these things pointed out. As a first time buyer you face a lot of challenges and uncertainty but I can recommend Kennedy & Associates for that peace of mind. – Greg Murphy

Very Detailed Report and Efficient Service

We employed the services of Kennedy and Associates for our recent house purchase. From beginning to end- the process was very easy. Most importantly for us, the house was surveyed and valued in a very timely manner, and a very detailed report issued within a couple of days. Since the report has been issued- I have spoken with our surveyor Pat Gillooly on a number of occasions. He has made plenty of time for us and answered any questions that we had. He has really put our mind at ease with the purchase and I would recommend their services to any potential buyer. -Diarmuid O Briain

2. Property Health Check Ltd

Property Health Check Ltd's Homepage
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SERVICESHouse Survey

Apartment Survey

Structural Building Reg

Commercial Survey

Planning Consultancy

Prima Facie Review

Boundary Services

Opinion on Compliance with Planning Permission

Opinion Compliance - Exempt

BER Assessment

WEBSITEhttps://www.propertyhealthcheck.ie/
ADDRESSProperty Health Check Ltd, Kimmage, Drimnagh, Dublin 12
CONTACT DETAILS0818 787839

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSWeekdays: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Range of services★★★★★(5/5)
Background and experience★★★★★(5/5)
Quality of reports★★★★☆(4/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★★(5/5)

Founded in 2001, Property Health Check Ltd offers services that consider the perspectives of both buyers, homeowners and sellers which make it applicable for multiple project scenarios. 

They are able to give an initial free quotation with no obligation thereon to avail of a survey. We also like that in this initial communication, they provide expectations through a sample survey video and report.

The background and experience of the company is another strong aspect as well. They have previously worked with over 20,000 clients and have in-house engineers who are qualified with the CABE.

Their services do include standard surveying for houses, apartments and commercial structures but they also offer more specific services. 

For example, they offer PCIT Prima Facie Review, Boundary Services, and opinion on compliance for both exempt developments and those that need planning permissions. These are especially helpful for those looking for help with compliance and documentation.

They also offer a planning consultancy and BER assessment for those looking for help in coordinating with the solicitor or an analysis of the structure’s energy efficiency.

We like that these more specific services offer a great complement to clients who would already get their houses surveyed.

The company does offer a 10% loyalty discount for returning customers and we like that their processes include a follow-up after inspection.

It is important to note that in terms of feedback there have been past criticism of their reports being too generic and non-specific. However, other customer feedback also does highlight their quick and easy process.

Pros

  • Offer discounts for returning clients
  • Offers BER assessment and planning consultancy
  • Offers PCIT Prima Facie Review, boundary services, and Opinion on Compliance
  • Quick and efficient process

Cons

  • Requires quotation for cost
  • Previous customer criticism on generic information in reports

Customer Reviews

Quick and Easy Process

I highly recommend using Property Health Check. The whole process was quick and easy. I made my booking on a Monday morning. A few hours later I was contacted to say the engineer will be out to check the property that Wednesday. By 11am Wednesday morning, Shane had contacted me to give a quick run down of the property, he was lovely to deal with and answered all my questions. I had my full detailed report via email that Friday. Very happy with the service. -Kelly Ryan

Thorough and Fast Report

Great service, very easy to book the survey. It was carried out very fast and within three days I got the full report. The engineer rang me after the inspection to go through the main areas of concern. Engineer also stated if I needed more clarity on the full report, I can send an email for him to contact me. The full report is very thorough and gives a great piece of mind when buying a property. They made this part of buying a property very easy and stress free. I would highly recommend property health check. -Rachel

3. iSurv

iSurv's Homepage
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SERVICESPre-purchase Survey
WEBSITEhttps://isurv.ie/index.html
ADDRESSiSurv Chartered Building Surveyors, 51 Bracken Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18
CONTACT DETAILS​086 3070522

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSWeekdays: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Range of services★★★★☆(4/5)
Background and experience★★★★★(5/5)
Quality of reports★★★★★(5/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★★(5/5)

ISurv is a great option out there for those looking for expert pre-purchase surveyors with a straightforward process.

They especially put a focus on residential property which allows them to have a firm background in housing defects and conditions. We like that they are very knowledgeable in this aspect, especially since most criticisms of surveying are about oversights in common housing problems.

If you check their website and Facebook page as well, they provide informative graphics on these issues, such as wet rot and radon. This makes them a great resource for first time homeowners.

Their prices are very competitive as well, starting at €499 for apartments and small properties.  What’s more is that they usually complete surveys and reports within 7 business days.

This is further emphasized by their process where once a survey is booked by the client, they will make sure to take care of the rest. This really emphasizes them amongst other survey companies as a direct and hassle free option.

Another notable quality of this company is their detailed reports. Multiple customer feedback has referenced their impressive descriptions and how it made them feel more so that the surveys were really tailored to their situation.

This can most likely be attributed to their particular focus on residential properties and is even more impressive with how quick the turnover for reports are.

In terms however of their cons, they do only offer type 2 surveys which do not suit more complex or older properties. Moreover, their services are more limited in terms of commercial surveying, so it would be best to see other options in regards to these types of projects.

Pros

  • Special focus on pre-purchase residential surveying
  • Produce very detailed reports
  • Competitive prices
  • Fast turnover of surveys

Cons

  • More limited to Type 2 surveys
  • Limited options for commercial type surveys

Customer Reviews

Easy to Book and Very Helpful

Brilliant service. Really easy to book and pay and the survey its self was really detailed and informative. We had a few questions once the survey came back, about what to do re some of the findings, and Barbara and Tom were both very helpful and prompt with their responses. We would recommend iSurv to anyone and have in fact sent a friend their direction already. Thank you so much for your work! -Muireann D’Arcy

Professional, Detailed and Thorough Report

Very impressed with iSurv. I contacted them last minute requesting a residential survey and they went above and beyond to make me an appointment. Barbara is a pleasure to deal with and Tom’s report was professional, detailed and thorough. If you want a quality and efficient service, it’s an easy recommendation from me 5/5 -Conor

4. Snag My House

Snag My House's Homepage
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SERVICESDomestic Snag List Service Providers

Secondhand House Surveying

Commercial Snag List Service

Fire Safety Advisors

WEBSITEhttps://www.snagmyhouse.ie/
ADDRESS3 Main St, Blanchardstown, Dublin
CONTACT DETAILS0851482634

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSMonday to Saturday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Range of services★★★★☆(4/5)
Background and experience★★★★★(5/5)
Quality of reports★★★★★(5/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★★(5/5)

Snag My House focuses on two particular services that go well together, snag lists and secondhand house surveying.

It is a family business that certainly has ample know-how, having over 25 years of experience in fire safety, design, construction and building services planning.

In terms of their background in inspection, they have 35 years and thousands of properties under their belt. This assures clients that should they have any questions about their property, chances are Snag My House will be able to give them proper and specific advice.

In terms of their surveying process, we found it to be very thorough. They are able to effectively oversee coordinating the schedules of the concerned parties, as well as make sure to openly involve their clients.

It really does make a difference as most customer feedback has pointed out that with their service they are able to see defects that they weren’t able to catch.

Unlike other companies, they fit their inspection to the house itself, going from outside to inside without a checklist which we find results in more detailed reports.

Their snag list service is also a great supplement to their surveying. They make sure to be as thorough and take the client through the process alongside them.

After all of these inspections, they are also open to any follow-up concerns you may have. Their team is said to be extremely professional yet friendly, making new prospective homeowners feel at ease.

Take note that all of these services are geared towards residential properties, so for larger and more commercial projects you may have to look elsewhere.

Pros

  • Longer operating hours
  • Offers a service as fire safety advisors
  • Very thorough process
  • Are also fire safety advisors

Cons

  • Surveying limited to residential properties
  • Need quotation to discuss cost

Customer Reviews

Excellent Communication Lines and Very Knowledgeable

Steve loves what he does and it shows. He is extremely professional, provided excellent communication lines and conducted a thorough survey and report. His kind, knowledgeable and experienced attitude gave me a much needed peace of mind on the already stressful process of buying a house. From the very first call up to the last meeting when he went through the full report with me and explained it in detail, I felt he always had my best interest in mind. I would 100% recommend Snag my House. -Catherine Salazar

Detailed and Clear Checks

Michael was so good – he was super punctual and great at communicating all I needed to know from the beginning through the end. We hired him to do the snag list and also to do the final check up. The snag list was very detailed and clear, so was his final check with an additional report of any outstanding item. Highly recommend Michael at Snag my house! – Milan Thummar

5. Thornton’s Chartered Surveyors

Thornton’s Chartered Surveyors's Homepage
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SERVICESHome Surveys

Commercial Valuations

Residential Valuations

Snag List

Building Surveys

Land Registry and Boundaries

WEBSITEhttps://thorntonssurveyors.ie/
ADDRESS13G Blanchardstown Corporate Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
CONTACT DETAILS01 885 0400

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSWeekdays: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Range of services★★★★★(5/5)
Background and experience★★★★★(5/5)
Quality of reports★★★★★(5/5)
Customer satisfaction★★★★☆(4/5)

Thornton’s Chartered Surveyors offer unique services aside from the standard surveying that could cater to many types of clients out there.

Their survey team’s background includes experiences in surveying both residential and commercial sectors, building pathology, boundary mapping and condition surveys to name a few.

They are chartered and offer some of the most unique and thorough surveying services out there. They do also provide downloadable guides and a sample of their survey report, which are great for clients looking for an expectation of their coverage. 

In terms of standard surveys, they do provide pre-purchase, structured and measured surveys. They are great options for those looking for a more targeted type of surveying, whether it be about defects and dimensions.

Aside from this, they also offer a schedule of conditions, dilapidations, and insurance rebuilding for more commercial projects.

There is a lot of depth for these more standard surveys which makes it a good option for those looking to pick and choose a variety of technical and professional services to avail of.

However, what stood out to us as well are the more unique services such as confined spaces inspections or conservation in which they offer advice for preserving older buildings.

This is a great variety targeting not only home and business owners but those who do have concerns on more distinctive property types.

It is important to note that there have been cases in which customers have noted the error in detail in some of their reports. They are however, very willing to continuously coordinate with and discuss any information that they do provide.

Pros

  • Offers land registry and boundary services
  • Offers valuation services
  • Offers more unique types of services such as conservation for historic buildings
  • Gives realistic projected timelines

Cons

  • Previous customer feedback pointed out errors in reports
  • Need for quotation especially for large surveys

Customer Reviews

Impressive Dedication to Detail

Thornton’s Chartered Surveyors are advisors to a number of Horwath Bastow Charleton’s clients for many years and during that period they have always been professional and diligent. We have a successful working relationship with Thorntons finding them efficient and providers of an excellent service. We have been impressed by their dedicated approach and attention to detail. We would be happy to recommend Thorntons Chartered Surveyors to other clients. -Declan De Lacy

Engaging and Communicative

I cannot recommend Thorntons more highly, they surveyed a house for us and I was very happy with the report. Moreover, I was able to engage directly with them to ask specific questions about the report which was exceptionally useful. A special thank you to Darren and Sinead for all their help!! – Claire O’Keeffe

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We hope this list helps you explore your options on some of the best surveyors out there in Dublin. If you would like to read more articles about construction, we also have an article on the best construction companies in Ireland as well as the best construction companies in Dublin.