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Avant - new specification warning
« on: May 12, 2021, 10:56:22 pm »
Hello everyone,

Just wanted to post a quick warning for anyone who has wandered around an Avant show home recently and been blown away by the high specification that was included as standard - you're not going to get that from this week forward.

It might be coincidental that their new Chair (from 1 May 2021) used to be the CEO of Persimmon, or it might be that he's introduced a change in direction. I've copied below the old spec and the new spec so that you can compare for yourselves - it's quite a drop, and I was speechless when the sales adviser called me to tell me that the plot I wanted was released, but that there had been a 'slight' change...

Old spec

Choice of stylish internal doors in a range of finishes
Choice of Italian inspired chrome door handles
Ceilings and walls finished in white throughout
Gas central heating with radiators throughout controlled by dual-zone Hive smart thermostat
TV point to Relax and Master Bedroom
USB socket to Live and Relax room
Bespoke staircase with feature walnut inlay to newels
Modern profile skirting and architrave
‘Shaker’ style sliding door wardrobe system in a choice of colour and glass combinations


Fully fitted designer kitchen in a range of colours and styles, all with soft-close doors and drawers
Thin profile laminate worktop with full height upstands
Integrated electric fan assisted multifunction oven
Integrated combi microwave oven and grill
Integrated dishwasher
Integrated fridge/freezer
Integrated induction hob
Single bowl stainless steel sink
Choice of designer stainless steel finish mixer taps
Cutlery tray
LED lighting strip to underneath of wall units
Chrome finish sockets above worktop
USB charging point
Chrome low voltage downlighters in ceiling


White contemporary sanitary ware – including double ended bath
Rectangular fixed head rain shower over bath, with glass and chrome bath screen
Range of contemporary full height tiling in a selection of colours – including a feature wall
State of the art digitally controlled shower with remote control
Quality chrome designer taps and fittings
Pull-out shower/hair wash in bath
Chrome heated towel rail
Chrome low voltage downlighters in ceiling
Choice of complementary bath panels
Modern vanity unit with vessel basin in a choice of colours


Bi-folding doors with aluminium finish
Turf to rear garden with patio/decking area†
Landscaped front garden in accordance with landscaping design
UPVC double glazed windows with locking system
Power and light to garages
Front doors with multi-point locking system
Front entrance light
Door number plaque

New Spec

Stylish white internal doors with chrome-finished door handles
Ceilings & walls finished in exclusive Avant white emulsion throughout
Heat and smoke detectors
Gas central heating radiators throughout and grade A energy efficient boiler
TV and telephone point (as per electric layout drawings)
Modern profile skirting and architrave


Fully fitted designer kitchen in a range of colours and styles
Stainless steel fan oven, built-in microwave oven with grill
Ceramic Hob
Integrated extractor hood
Integrated fridge/freezer
Single bowl stainless steel sink and drainer
Choice of designer chrome mixer taps
White finish sockets above worktops
USB charging point


White contemporary sanitaryware
Shower over bath, with glass and chrome bath screen and complementary white bath panel
Range of full height tiling in a selection of colours
Quality designer taps & fittings   

UPVC bi-folding doors which are light and easy to operate
Low maintenance UPVC fascia & soffit
UPVC double glazed windows with locking system
Front composite GRP door with sidelight and multi-point locking system
Driveway and/or allocated parking†
Power and lighting to integral garages^
Turf to rear garden with patio/decking area+
Front entrance light
Door number plaque

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Re: Avant - new specification warning
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2021, 07:03:28 am »
I would point out that ex Persimmon CEO Jeff Fairburn becoming Chairman of Avant Homes is due to Berkeley DeVeer which he is the CEO, taking over Avant Homes.  I also very much doubt the downgrading of specification could have taken place so quickly.

More likely, is that there has been a change of director at this regional office and they are attempting to increase profits by cutting costs.

Quite frankly, if the brochures are misleading and the show house is not either changed, or plastered with stickers "not included as standard"  it is mis-selling on a stick. Cut and dried, clear case under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008

The underhand way this industry continues to fleece and deceive their own customers never ceases to amaze me;  the fact that out government continues to do nothing about it, does.

I think in this case the local Trading Standards office should be made aware of the clear breach of Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.  Even if they do investigate I doubt there will be anything other than a warning.

Thank you for taking the time to post the warning.
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