Caroline Spillane,  director general of Engineers Ireland: called for greater clarity on the Land Development Agency’s ‘objectives, powers and compellability’.

The State’s new €1.25 billion Land Development Agency (LDA) must have compulsory purchase powers to secure the sites needed for the efficient delivery(...)

‘The paint is lifting from the wall and the skirting board is beginning to bulge.’ Photograph: iStock

A small damp area that I noticed in my apartment hallway a year ago, shortly after I moved in, has grown into a 6ft long, ugly area along the skirting(...)

Are the cracks on my gable wall something that I should be concerned about? Photograph: iStock

I have a dormer bungalow (built in 1987) and this year some cracks have appeared on the south-facing gable cavity wall of the house – on the inside an(...)

Living space: an attic conversion must comply with building regulations to qualify as a habitable room. Photograph: E+/Getty

EXTENDING INTO THE ATTIC CAN ADD VALUABLE STORAGE, STUDY OR BEDROOM SPACE, DEPENDING ON THE CEILING HEIGHT, BUT A SIDE EXTENSION COULD MAKE MORE SEN(...)

New SCSI chief executive Shirley Coulter

Shirley Coulter has been named as the new chief executive of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI). Ms Coulter joins the society from the(...)

As always, there is a loophole that is typically exploited. Photograph: iStock

Due to our expanding family, we need to extend our home. Based on quotes from builders we have decided that an attic conversion is the most cost-effec(...)

Underground car park. File photo. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

I recently purchased a second-hand apartment in a city-centre development. At the start of the new financial year, I received my first service charge (...)

Painting the wall and tidying the garden may improve the house’s value. Photograph: iStock

Our neighbour has told us that that he is planning to put his house on the market in early summer, and he has asked if we would consider painting our (...)

You may need to purchase a ‘ransom strip’ of land to access your plot. Photograph: iStock

We have spotted a piece of land for sale and are keen on buying it. The access to it, however, is on the farmer’s land and at the moment there is a wa(...)

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland  said high levels of activity in the construction sector were having an inflationary impact on construction prices.

The cost of rebuilding a home in the Republic is now equivalent to what it was at the height of the boom thanks to rapid acceleration in labour costs(...)

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