Saturday 18 November 2017

Going to the ploughing? Here are 10 reasons to visit the SCSI property clinic

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland
The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland

Are you going to the National Ploughing Championships? Do you need free advice on issues relating to property, land or construction?

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) will be on hand at the event for the first time ever to offer a unique opportunity for people to get advice across property, management, building and planning matters. 

Whether you’re renovating an old property, need help with a CPO claim, have a query on structural damage, need valuation or investment advice, there’s free advice available.

The live Property Clinic, run by the SCSI, will feature a host of experts who will offer valuable one-to-one sessions on issues from rights of way to valuation and from compulsory purchase to area measurement surveys.

There's so much the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland can do for farmers and the rural community
There's so much the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland can do for farmers and the rural community

The National Ploughing Championships take place from Tuesday 20th September to Thursday 22nd September at Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.  Last year saw record breaking numbers with over 281,000 attendees and 1,500 delegate exhibitors over the course of the 3 day event.

Chartered Surveyor Sarah Sherlock gives her Top 10 Reasons to head to the SCSI Property Clinic:

1.  Learn What Chartered Surveyors Can Do For You

Clonaslee native, Sarah Sherlock will join several of her fellow Chartered Surveyors volunteering at the event and describes the Property Clinic as “a great resource”. “I’m delighted to be representing the SCSI at the National Ploughing Championships,” says Sarah.  It’s a great platform to highlight the expertise of Chartered Surveyors, particularly across the regions and to also showcase the variety of professions within property, construction and land”.   Sarah, a Chartered Geomatics Surveyor, will offer one-to-one advice on topics within her areas of expertise on Thursday 22nd September from 3pm to 6pm.

2. Boundary Disputes & Rights of Way– Get The Inside Track

When it comes to boundary disputes, the expertise of a Geomatics Surveyor is absolutely invaluable. Sarah explains:  “We can bring accuracy and precision and work with a client to provide a very accurate map.  “Great hedges make great neighbours”, says Sarah. “We can help to bring spatial certainty for people in what can often be a very emotional issue.  Many rights of way in Ireland were not granted in writing but were acquired by long usage means and can prove controversial. Here’s where Chartered Surveyors come in.  “We would typically compile the mapping for a specific right of way and help the parties to agree and establish where they may have been. We can bring accuracy and precision”

3.  Is Compulsory Purchase An Issue for You?

If compulsory purchase is likely to be an issue for you, a visit to the SCSI Stand will be of benefit.  Chartered Valuation Surveyors are experts at assessing the value of potential claims and represent landowners at Oral Hearings when the CPO scheme is being made and later at negotiation stage and at Arbitration hearings. 

4. Are you thinking of selling your property or land?

It’s vital to obtain the best advice on a range of issues when you’re bringing your property or land to market.  Chartered Estate Agency Surveyors are involved in the sale of all types of property, farms and land around the country every year and can offer invaluable insight into the market to achieve the best outcome. 

5. Do you need Property Management Advice?

Many of the people attending the Ploughing Championships will own residential and commercial investment properties.  There will be market experts on hand from around the country to provide advice on letting, tenancy problems, rent reviews, service charges, RTB, condition surveys and many other issues.

6.  Ask About Area Measurement Verification

Another reason to speak to a Chartered Surveyor at the National Ploughing Championships is if you have any questions around Area Measurement Verification.  “For example if a farmer is buying 100 acres, we can help to verify exactly if it is exactly 100 acres.  We map specific plots of ground”.  Remember also, any unregistered property purchased in the state after 1 June 2011 is subject to compulsory first registration with the Property Registration Authority.  We prepare maps on a regular basis for the purposes of compulsory registration”

7.  Want to keep your building project on budget & on time?

Most of us have seen Room to Improve, where Patricia Power makes sure that the building budget stays on track.  As construction cost experts,  that’s what Chartered Quantity Surveyors bring to the table and much more including expertise in contract administration, project management, tendering, dispute resolution and much more.  “We’ll have advice on house rebuilding costs for insurance purposes from our QS colleagues, who produce an annual consumer guide on this important topic”.

8.  Thinking of Buying, Renting or Renovating - think Building Survey

Chartered Building Surveyors’ expertise is based on a solid technical understanding of how buildings work both technically and functionally and a building survey is one of the best investments you can make to identify the condition of the property and any potential construction, planning or legal issues.   Building Surveyors’ knowledge of material life cycles and costing means they are ideally suited to draft up planned maintenance programmes for all types of buildings, including agricultural compounds. 

9.  Topographical Surveys For Technical Advances

Farming has advanced no end in recent times and many farmers, particularly those with larger acreages are now completing a full mapping or topographical survey of their farmsteads.  “This enables them to look at their layout and work with a farm planner and use the information for analysis to enhance their farming productivity and output and make good business decisions, even around the layout of their sheds and buildings.  It can also be very useful when compiling a planning application”.

10.  Calling all Students -  Technology & Surveying

Sarah Sherlock points to technology and the latest advances as another reason to visit the SCSI Clinics at the National Ploughing Championships, particularly for students with an interest in land and technology. “What is happening now is very exciting.  For instance, we provide a laser scanning service and we now have a UAV division (unmanned aeriel vehicles or drones) that can create an orthophoto – this is an aerial photograph geometrically corrected (orthorectified) so that the scale is uniform and the clear photos help to simplify matters.  We’ll be demonstrating some of this technology at the stand”.

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland Stand will be at the Duhallow Education and Business indoor Exhibition Hall, Stand no. 742.

The full schedule for the Property Clinic live sessions can be found on the SCSI website at

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