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 […]

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

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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

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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: […]