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Build Process timing
« on: February 24, 2018, 05:48:04 pm »
Apologies if this has been discussed elsewhere but I couldn't find it.
I am buying a new home from Crest Nicholson and the estimated completion date is now only 5 weeks away (30th March). My worry is that the house still doesn't have a roof but Crest Nicholson are not declaring any delay to the completion date.

How long is it reasonable to expect it to take from the house having a roof to being ready for completion? Is it possible for that to happen in 4 weeks?
As I need to give two months notice on my current rental property I would prefer to only have to pay for rent and a mortgage for 1 month maximum.
I therefore need to make a decision in the next few days to believe the builder regarding the completion date or not. If anyone can share some experience or expertise it would be great.


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Re: Build Process timing
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2018, 11:32:19 am »
From my (limited) experience of buying a new build home the roof was put on our house in March/April and completion was July 22nd so I doubt very much you’ll be moving at the end of March. They’ll be so much work to do inside the property and if we get any further bad weather as is predicted that will hold things up as well.

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Re: Build Process timing
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2018, 08:34:49 am »
Under the Consumer Code for Home Builders Requirement 3.2. all housebuilderds have to inform you:
At roof, they should give you the MONTH the home will be finished and ready for you to move in.
They did, but it is very unlikely they will achieve 30 March.
My guess is they will say 30 April 2018 as this is their half-year figures date.
Minimum time for each stage from roof on to completion 6-8 weeks:
1) First fixing  - 1 week
2) Floor screed - 3 days
3) Drylining and jointing - 2 weeks.
4) Second fixing all trades - 2 weeks 2 days
5) Decoration and wall tiling - 1 week
6) Finals and snagging - 1 week

I would be concerned that either the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing, or they are just plain don't know anything about how long it takes to complete each stage of building a house!

You can get compensation using the Consumer Code.  The maximum is £250 for "inconvenience" which is a slam-dunk.  You should also insist that the £120 registration fee is also refunded (otherwise what is the point!)

As for anything else, you will have to prove with receipts, why you are out of pocket.
This could be, rearranging a mortgage, valuation and fees. Additional legal fees, extending your rental agreement (but not for rent, you would have to pay a mortgage if the home had been ready on time), any rent you may have to pay for any term left on your rental lease.

Do please have your home professionally inspected and snagged.
(I always recommend Tim Fee of Snagging 07768 900200)

Do not legally complete on the home unless you are 100% happy and satisfied everything is as you want it.
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