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  • 24/03/21

    Howe to Survey Safely During COVID-19

    When COVID-19 was declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a global pandemic on 11th March 2020, little did we know how much of an impact it would have on each and every one of us, literally changing life as we once knew it. Over a year on, reflecting on the events of the past 12 months, the pandemic brought with ...

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  • 28/01/21

    When is a Green Roof Not a Green Roof?

    When is a green roof not a green roof? When there is too much vegetation growth on your roof. A true green roof has a substrate to support vegetation growth and will need some maintenance depending on the type of plants used. The drainage and structure are designed to allow for the escape of water whilst functioning as a modern ...

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  • 21/12/20

    2021 | Onward and Upward

    2020 has been quite a year. The UK officially left the EU. The USA elected a new President. One of the most talked about Royal Princes resigned his royal duties to make a new life abroad. The whole world has battled with a new, life-rattling pandemic. Closer to home, and remaining centred on the primary focal point of 2020, we had to ...

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  • 23/12/19

    Season's Greetings from HCS

    Original photo under: Carmel Jane Photography As we say goodbye to 2019, we have taken a moment to reflect on this successful year with great pride and thanks. Our Team 2019 has been a year of change. Although we sadly said goodbye to a couple of members of our team, both colleagues and friends to many of us, we also welcomed Cally ...

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  • 08/11/19

    The Importance of Maintaining a Property

    At HCS, I have undertaken many Building Surveys on residential properties, but looking back, there is one which stands out so much so that it was like looking at an open Building Pathology textbook! This vacant house was an Auction Property which, due to the condition of the structure, meant that no viewings could be undertaken by the public. This ...

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  • 24/07/19

    Work Experience at HCS | A Super Sweet Review

    With the summer school holidays approaching, HCS welcomed one student, of The Ongar Academy, to our team for a week’s work experience in the world of Building Surveying before venturing on to the six-week break. Under the supervision of two of our senior surveyors, the student was able to gain a taste of the role, based both in the ...

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  • Team HCS - Howe Chartered Surveyors - goodbye 2018 hello 2019
    20/12/18

    Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

    As we approach the end of 2018 and before the man in the red coat comes down our chimneys, we have reflected on a superb 2018 here at HCS. We said hello to 3 new staff members – Alexandra Hinton (Admin and Business Development), Richard Palmer (Building Surveyor) and Natasha Howe MRICS (Associate Director). We celebrated great achievements! Our Daniel Bailey MRICS achieved chartered ...

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  • Building Surveyors
    07/12/18

    Building Surveyors | A Diverse Bunch

    I have often been asked, “so what do you do?”. This has been a tricky question to answer due to the diverse scope of services that we offer. Whilst it remains a Building Surveyors bread and butter to diagnose defects and identify potential problems, project work has driven the need to bridge a gap. Very simply, an Architect’s expertise ...

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  • 24/10/18

    What is the difference between a HomeBuyer Report & a Building Survey?

    What is the difference between HomeBuyer Reports & Building Surveys? All about surveys When you’re buying or selling a property there seems to be a never-ending stream of number of things to have to pay for. You have conveyancing solicitors, estate agents’ fees, managing agents’ costs and then – someone mentions a Homebuyers Survey! However, the difference between a survey ...

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  • 05/03/18

    The Use Of Shipping Containers As Affordable Housing

    A Home On The High Seas Following the sharp rise in property prices here in the UK within the last few years, we have seen an obvious increase in demand for affordable, and high-quality housing. Both property buyers and self-builders alike are looking to try to maximise the amount of space provided for the lowest financial outlay. Although many solutions ...

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  • Shenfield Networking Event
    09/01/18

    Shenfield Networking Group, lunch Thursday 8th February

    Wishing you all a Happy New Year. We are pleased that the next meeting of our networking group for local business people will be on Thursday 8th February. It will be an lunch event 12.30-2pm, held at Howe Chartered Surveyors, 1st Floor, 218 Hutton Road. The cost is £10 (cash on the day) to include lunch and networking. If you bring ...

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  • HCS Cycle Club
    02/01/18

    HCS Cycling Club | Come Join Us on Sunday mornings! 

    If, like many of us, you’re a cycling fan, come join us at the HCS Cycling Club. Several of us at HCS cycle regularly, so we thought, why not start our own club and involve the local community? This club is in the early stages, and there are already plans to take part in team charity cycle events and ...

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  • Party Wall Act - what you should know
    27/12/17

    Planning an Excavation? Don’t Dig Yourself Into a Hole!

    Party Wall Act: The Rules on Excavations When carrying out alterations to an existing property or building a new one, you may need to notify your neighbours in accordance with The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 (the Act). For those who have not come across the Act before, simply put, it is a piece of legislation which enables owners of property ...

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  • What I wish they taught me at university
    11/07/17

    What I Wish They’d Taught Me at University About the Property Industry

    The property industry is a diverse field that includes amongst other things planning, organising, designing, constructing and conveyancing. It’s global, and therefore it involves people of different education and social backgrounds. The property industry is a bridge between the financial sector and the built environment. When I went to university, at London South Bank, they taught us a lot ...

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  • 10 words I hadn't heard of before working at HCS
    29/06/17

    10 of the many words I hadn't heard of before working at HCS

    I started working at HCS just over a year ago, and at first I felt like at times they were talking in a completely different language. It certainly took a while for certain words to become familiar and whilst I still have a long way to go, here are some of the ones I use all the time… and know ...

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  • Unexpected things to find in a survey
    09/06/17

    13 Things You Don’t Expect to Happen on a Building Survey

    You may believe that being a building surveyor is a boring and uneventful occupation but this can often be far from the truth. There are occasions that make you want to laugh, cry and defiantly cringe with shear embarrassment and sometime horror.

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  • Shenfield Networking Group
    20/04/17

    Shenfield Networking Group Tuesday 25th April lunchtime!

    We're very proud to be hosting the next Shenfield Networking group - a great way to meet local businesses and network with them.

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For more information call 020 3102 7701 (London), 01277 223594 (Shenfield, Brentwood, Essex) or email info@howecharteredsurveyors.co.uk