Buying a Home – the Hidden Costs

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Did you know that there are a lot of hidden extra costs in purchasing a house that you, the first time buyer, may not know about?

  1. Stamp Duty – This is probably the biggest extra expense you will need to save for and it is paid to the Revenue Commissioners. The current rate of stamp duty for residential property up to the value of €1,000,000 is 1%. However, if you are buying a brand new home, the stamp duty rate is 1% of the VAT exclusive price of the property.
  2. Solicitor’s professional fee – You should give us a ring for a quote as our fee varies depending on the value and type of property you are purchasing.
  3. Land Registry fees – These fees varies depending on the purchase price of your home and can range between €400 and €800. Land Registry fees are payable in order to register the property into your name. The Land Registry also charge a fee of €175.00 to register the mortgage.
  4. Search fees – A number of searches (ie planning search of the property and searches against the Vendor) are carried out by the Solicitor and these are estimated between €100 and €200.
  5. Valuer’s Report – Your mortgage provider will require the house to be valued prior to issuing the formal letter of loan offer. The cost of this valuation is approximately €150.00.
  6. Surveyor’s fees – Before buying a second hand property, it is advisable to instruct a suitably qualified Architect or Engineer to carry out a survey of the property. This report will identify any hidden defects or structural issues with the house. The cost of this survey can vary but you should budget €450.00 plus VAT. If you are buying a brand new property, the Architect or Engineer will prepare a snag list. A snag list is a list of minor faults in the property.
  7. Insurance – Most banks will require you to take out mortgage protection/life policy. This insurance will pay off the outstanding balance on your mortgage in the event of your death. The cost of this insurance will vary depending on your age, health and amount of your mortgage but expect to pay around €20-€35 per month for the lifetime of your mortgage. Likewise, you will be required to take out home insurance to protect your house in the event of fire, storm damage or flood. The cost of home insurance also varies but you should budget around €350.00 per year.
  8. Local Property Tax – this is a tax on property that is also paid to the Revenue Commissioners. If you are buying a second hand home, the Vendors selling the property to you must ensure that they have paid the Local Property Tax in full prior to closing the sale. However, it is often agreed between the Vendor and the Purchaser that an apportionment account is prepared whereby the Purchaser will reimburse the Vendor for part of the year in which they will be registered as new owner.

We rate the service 10/10. We received an excellent service from Elaine when completing our sale and purchase. Elaine is a consummate professional with great communication skills. We were always kept up to date with the progression of the sale and purchase and matters were at all times dealt with in an expeditious manner. Elaine is extremely courteous and we would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Elaine to friends and family. She is a “safe pair of hands”.

A.D., Conveyancing Client

Taking the Leap to Buy a House? Let Our Expert Solicitors Guide You.

At, we know that buying a house is one of the most significant decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. With a legacy built by Patrick J. Farrell and upheld by our dedicated team, we’ve provided expert conveyancing services for over four decades. Our commitment to safeguarding our clients’ interests, combined with our vast legal knowledge, ensures that your property transaction is seamless and stress-free.

From the initial consultation to the final exchange of keys, you’ll be treated with the utmost courtesy, respect, and understanding. Choose – where your property dreams become our mission. Get in touch today and let our experienced solicitors handle the intricacies of your home purchase.

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