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thrash

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Replacing exterior brickwork
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:12:40 am »
I moved into a new build property 2 years ago, it has turned out the exterior wall of the property is bulging in places and is out of plumb by more than the tolerances outlined in the NHBC cover. After fighting with the housing developer, they have finally agreed to carry out the remedial work, this will involve removing all of the exterior brickwork for the one wall - corner to corner, so this can be corrected.

I'm extremely concerned about having this work done, it seems like a major task to essentially rebuild the exterior wall and ensure the wall ties and insulation are put right to the required standard, especially when everything else is in place and the property has been decorated and is being lived in. As far as I know there has been no involvement from a structural engineer.
I don't know if there needs to be just to make sure?

Does this warrant any sort of compensation? I have been stressing over this for a few weeks now, whilst I have been told I don't need to take any time off work, I will still have to leave work early to try and catch them before they finish for the day, just to get an update on what's happening.

Any advice would be gratefully received. Thank you


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Re: Replacing exterior brickwork
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2018, 07:37:16 am »
Firstly who is the housebuilder. I always insist on 'name and shame' so others can find out and research.

The good news is the work is being carried out and is badly needed to be. It is also not being half done just the bulge removed.

Things to consider:
1) What was the cause of the bulge., If just bad workmanship then no problem.
2) Get the builder to state exactly how long the work will take from start to finish.
3) Get assurances that the mortar will be of the correct required mix.
4) Get assurances that the same type of bricks is still available and will be used.
5) Get it in writing that the housebuilder (not their contractor) is 100% fully liable for any and all damage and remedial costs that occur to the property and contents during the course of the works. There is a high chance that your newly decorated internals will have cracks in them!
6) That the works will be managed and periodically inspected by a qualified senior manager or appointed surveyor or warranty inspector.
7) That the remedial works (ie the new wall) is fully warrantied for 10 years.

Finally compensation.  This will depend on the level of disruption and duration of the works.
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Re: Replacing exterior brickwork
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2018, 11:23:43 am »
Wouldn't it be better to contact the company first before publicly shaming them?

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Re: Replacing exterior brickwork
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2018, 09:15:03 am »
Not the way it works here. They have already contacted the company and found them to be obstructive.
Naming and shaming is the only way to embarrass big housebuilding to improve.

After 25 years, still no improvement in quality or even compliance with building regulations and warranty standards  - if anything standards are much worse.
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