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 […]

Identifying Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete

RAAC is the much shorter way of saying Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete. RAAC has been making headlines in the last 6 months. But why? What’s so bad about it? And more importantly for people looking after public sector buildings, how do you identify it? What Is RAAC? RAAC was a commonly used building material in […]

Spray Foam Insulation Open or Closed Cell?

Every property needs insulation. It’s what keeps our homes so warm and toasty even through the harsh bite of English winters, and it’s an important part of the building process. But while having insulation itself is a legal requirement, the type of insulation is up to the builder to choose. In this article we’re going […]

First Time Buyers, Listen Up!

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Buying your first home is one of the most exciting things you can ever do. But it can also be a very confusing, expensive and sometimes terrifying experience. There’s a lot of jargon to deal with, and the whole process can seem a lot more complex than it needs to be. There can even be […]

Spray Foam Insulation – an introduction

Our experienced surveyors at Harrison Clarke are often asked for information on spray foam roof insulation and how it might affect the structural integrity of properties. In this article we look at what spray foam insulation is, why it could pose problems for your building, and the importance of seeking advice from qualified Building Surveyors. […]

How to identify RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete)

Our experienced surveyors here at Harrison Clarke are often asked to identify whether Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) is present in buildings. In this article, we explain what RAAC is and how it may be identified in your own properties. What is RAAC? Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete, or RAAC, is a lightweight form of reinforced […]

How to avoid disputes during building projects

Harrison Clarke are leading chartered surveyors in the Hampshire area. We are regularly called upon to act as an expert witness, or to provide other reports to help resolve construction disputes. However, disputes can be stressful and costly. In this article, we look at the common themes that cause disputes, giving you useful advice on […]

Why a lender’s valuation is not enough

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When you are buying a new home, the costs can mount up. We understand that many people are going to be considering where they can trim these costs, and to use the mortgage lender’s survey instead of commissioning your own can seem, on the surface, one place to do so. Is that the right call […]

Things to think about when you are moving house

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Buying and selling a house can be complex and stressful. Everyone has an opinion and advice they will love to share with you, whether it’s your parents or your mate down the pub. It might be more helpful to talk to a professional. Harrison Clarke is a leading firm of chartered surveyors in the Hampshire […]

Help! There are cracks in my building

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What does it mean and what do I do about it? The first thing you need to do is not panic! There are numerous reasons that can cause a building to crack, and it is unlikely that cracking needs to be dealt with immediately, as most houses are very robust. The Building Research Establishment categorises […]