The Party Wall Act And Damages – What Happens Next?

So your neighbour’s doing building work, and they’ve damaged your property. Construction works can be loud, messy and destructive at times, so accidents can and do happen. The question is, where do you go from there? And more importantly, how do you work out where the fault lies, and who should be responsible for the […]

Survey or Valuation – Which Do I Need?

In 2019, a survey by mortgage broker John Charcol found that 8 out of 10 property purchases go ahead without a formal survey. Now, that’s something we found quite alarming! But we’re also not too surprised. We believe it’s likely due to a combination of factors like tight cashflow, misunderstanding a vendor’s responsibility to reveal […]

Can I Be There When A Surveyor Inspects My New Home?

We’re asked this from time to time, when clients want to be on site to take a look around with the surveyor while they inspect the property. And we get the appeal. It gives you another chance to look around the house you’re excited about buying, and means you can be around to make sure […]

Which One is Better – Level 2 Or Level 3 Survey?

Did you know that, according to a recent poll, British homeowners move house once every 23 years, on average. We all know that moving is one of the most stressful things in life, so it’s no wonder that we don’t do it all that often! With that in mind, it isn’t all that surprising that […]

What Does A Contract Administrator Do?

Whether you’re in need of simple repairs, large scale redecoration or multi-million-poundprogrammes of work, you’ll always want to be in control of your project. Having confidence in the control, monitoring and forecasting of construction works is important – in fact it can be vital to the success of a project. So getting the right professional […]

Why Is My House Damp? Part Two

Damp is possibly one of the most annoying issues a homeowner can face. It drives up your heating costs trying to keep it away, increases your cleaning requirements, and if left untreated it can lead to some serious health problems for everyone living in the house. In the first part of this series, we talked […]

Why Is My House Damp? Part One

If you look at any major city in the UK, a big chunk of the housing stock is going to be over 50 years old. Some might even be over 100! So, it’s not really surprising that some properties and their materials might not perform as well as originally intended. 50 years is a long […]

Reinstatement Cost Assessments – The What and Why

If you’re dealing with insurance, then you might have heard the term ‘Reinstatement Cost Assessment’ thrown around. It’s yet another bit of jargon from the insurance and the conveyancing world that means a lot to us, but not too much to our clients. But at Harrison Clarke we believe in transparency, and spend a lot […]

What Is An Expert Witness?

Disputes happen. In our industry, it’s usually about the quality of construction works, payments due under building contracts, dilapidations or claims of professional negligence. If legal action is taken to resolve the dispute, then you can ask to submit expert evidence to assist in a judgment. You have to ask permission to do this, but […]

An Introduction to Access Licences

Unfortunately, carrying out construction works on your property isn’t always as simple as it sounds. You may be aware that you could need planning permission to make changes to your property, but you might not realise that you sometimes need agreement with your neighbours too, particularly if you need to access your neighbour’s land to […]