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General discussion / the costs of maintaining a second home
« Last Post by Surfer Joe on September 21, 2021, 07:19:06 pm »
My wife and I need to keep living near work until she can retire in three years, but we want to buy a property in a cheaper part of the country and move there permanently after she retires.

We live in England near London where property prices are very high.
We would like to move somewhere in England or maybe Scotland when we retire.
We rent and have never owned a home and we have saved an amount of money to buy something for cash without a mortgage.
If we didn't have to pay rent, we could afford to pay other housing expenses, food and utilities with our small pensions.
I also have an additional small income (about £5000/year, currently unused) that I could use for home repairs/improvements if needed.
Beyond that, we have no other source of income unless we return to working.

Our options are to buy something now before prices keep getting higher and keep renting near where we work, or to try to buy something in three years when we finally retire and are able to move in wherever we buy and stop renting.
I am worried that we will get much smaller value for money in 3 years, but also worry about the costs of maintaining a home while renting somewhere else.

If we buy a property now and keep renting near where we have to be for work, I am trying to get a sense of how much it will cost to maintain the house with minimal utilities while we are living elsewhere.
I would prefer not to rent the property while we are not living there, but could that be an option that would pay for itself?

I would appreciate any advice that you could offer about my situation.

General discussion / Re: House builders 2 Year Warranty
« Last Post by MD1996 on September 21, 2021, 10:03:43 am »
It's the same case with any vehicle you purchase. The warranty that is valid for the vehicle does not depend on the owner. That is a good thing, because there are for example KIAs that have 7 year warranties, so whoever next buys it still has a valid warranty. It's a good idea to check these kind of conditions  ;)
NHBC Warranty / Go Develop builders
« Last Post by jack on September 20, 2021, 04:16:01 pm »
has anyone bought a new build from Go Develop (part of the Ultimate holdings group) - what has been your experience in terms of customer service, build quality and snagging/defects fixes?

Welcome - Member Introductions / Advantage warranty
« Last Post by jack on September 19, 2021, 09:30:33 am »
has anyone had experience (good/bad) with Advantage as their new build warranty provider?
(Sorry accidentally posted also in the General forum)

Moved into new home to find our master ensuite bathroom has a shockingly bad finish.

90% of the the tile edges are chipped (as per photos) and some tiles don't flow smoothly together (raised edges).
 For 9 months we have demanded a full re-tile but the builder refuses.

The new home builder has offered a re-grout, which will not fix the damaged tiles.

Where can my family go from here?
Snagging and defects / Re: Creaky Ceilings and Missing Insulation
« Last Post by NeilW on September 17, 2021, 04:43:37 pm »
On the substantive issues, I've managed to get the insulation in the walls sorted out, and the fences fixed. Almost there with the door.

But on the floor, nothing sensible. They just keep pushing the original contractor they sent out, who sent a joiner to look at a boarding job, wasn't familiar with i-joists and who weren't aware of the joint statement.

How do you deal with a builder who simply refuses to address the concerns in your emails?
Snagging and defects / Re: Creaky Ceilings and Missing Insulation
« Last Post by NeilW on September 17, 2021, 04:35:09 pm »
I flagged up the CRA to the Consumer Code for Home Builders to see what they say

They disagree

we are aware of the information which the Home Owners Alliance have on their website and advised them a number of years ago that we do not hold the same view. The Consumer Rights Act (Section 2(8)) defines goods as 'tangible moveable items' and we believe it cannot apply to the sale of a home, whether off-plan or complete. Our view is that the basis of their argument appears to be that the home buyer is buying goods and services.  We do not agree that a consumer is contracting for a service when buying off plan, they buy the finished home under a contract, it would be like arguing that every good that we buy off the shelf includes similar duties.

The trouble is that is self-contradictory. It isn't an off the shelf home. It's one that has been modified to the customers requirements, which they did under a contract of service, if a house isn't a good.

It's amazing that something as important as this isn't 100% crystal clear.
Master ensuite bathroom was provided with a shockingly bad finish.
We had an ongoing battle for 10 months as the new home builder only offers a re-grout.

90% of the the tile edges are chipped (as per photos) and some tiles don't flow smoothly together (raised edges) so we have demanded re-tiling which has been refused.

Where can my family go from here?
Snagging and defects / Taylor wimpey apartment impact noise and vibrations
« Last Post by Adambaker493 on September 16, 2021, 08:07:25 pm »
Me and my partner recently move into a 2 bed 1st floor Taylor wimpey flat timber built. Since moving in we could hear and feel the couple that live above us which is incredibly frustrating. We have spoke to them and even been up there and it is not a case of them being heavy footed but just living normally. Upon speaking to other neighbors on the 1st floor we discovered they all also could hear the impact noises and feel the vibrations. The couple opposite us have a 2 year old above them which as you can imagine when running around makes the situation 10x worse. We both requested a sound test from Taylor wimpey to which they agreed they would find an independent tester. Upon going on their website we saw Taylor wimpey plastered all over their website and later found out they were not acas credited which is a bit of a red flag. The sound test passed and we are now getting in our own sound testers but are also looking down the path of going legal as it all seems a bit fishy. Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
Harron Homes / Do you really want to buy a Harron Home?
« Last Post by New Home Expert on September 15, 2021, 05:52:48 am »
In the news again,  for all the wrong reasons.  Even the local MP is involved asking questions in the House of Commons about why estate roads remain unfinished, over 5 years after construction started.
Harron Homes told owners it would be done "early 2021".  It's now late 2021!
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