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 […]

What Is A House Survey?

Houses are incredibly complicated things. Much more than just bricks and mortar, they incorporate thousands of different parts and take dozens of tradespeople hundreds of hours to put together. There’s a lot that can go wrong, and sometimes that isn’t obvious until a lot further down the line. On top of that, older houses accumulate a lot of wear and tear over the years. If you’re looking to buy a house, you’ve probably heard that you should have a house survey done – but why?

Why a first-time buyer should commission a survey

Keys in a door

For many first-time buyers, cashflow can be tight, and it is understandable that they look for ways to save money during the buying process. Faced with costs from solicitors and mortgage brokers, and having to pay for other expenses like searches and removal companies, on top of probably having to purchase new furniture, carpets, curtains […]

Do I really need a survey when buying a new home?

A property with a rundown garden.

Worryingly, a 2019 study by the mortgage broker, John Charcol, found that as many as eight out of 10 people buying a new home did so without commissioning a survey, while our own research at Harrison Clarke (leading chartered surveyors in the Hampshire area) found that the typical property has defects which will, on average, […]

How long does a Level 2 Survey take?

wooden beams in an attic

At Harrison Clarke, we are often asked this question, and understandably so.  The process of purchasing a property is usually time sensitive. The quicker you know about any potential pitfalls a survey may highlight, or the quicker you can be reassured that all is well with the property and you can proceed with your purchase, […]

Frequently asked questions about residential building surveys

Picture of chimneys and roof tops

At Harrison Clarke, we understand how much people care about their homes, and how important it is that they are reassured about the structural quality and the safety of their home when they are looking to purchase a property. Here, we respond to questions we are often asked by our clients about four key areas: […]

Residential Surveys FAQs

Two old city terrace houses joined

At Harrison Clarke, we find that a lot of our clients ask very similar questions when it comes to arranging a surveyor to inspect their potential new home. We thought it would be helpful to run through some of those commonly asked questions to ensure that you know exactly how selecting a surveyor, knowing how the survey process works and ensuring you are choosing the right survey for your property.