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Snagging and defects / Re: Soft Mortar
« Last Post by michaelmge on April 25, 2018, 08:29:14 pm »
Hi.I should have known that was coming.Mortar tested and shown to be designation iv/v.Are but wait this is a designed mortar done on compression so is actually m4 designation iii.Long lengthy report after they went back to the testing laboratory and CPI.Looks like parts are from a web site.Now I have been told that there is no issue with the mortar despite being told by an independent that there was an issue and the assistant site manager witnessing the problems.Now will labc back me as their technical manual states that in severe wind driven rain areas that mortar should be m6 designation ii as does all sites I have checked.When CPI came at the end of January a comment was made that it was probably1.5.6 mix but probably realised that  would be wrong for the zone and went on to say that cannot be sure how the mortar was handled on site and of course if Bloor have ordered the wrong mix.So I have a lot of questions going back to Bloor.As yet I have not asked the neighbours but I think the time is coming to put this on the estates Facebook page.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Builder has forgotten some of my windows
« Last Post by Wozwoz on April 25, 2018, 04:17:28 pm »
Thanks. I did use an independent solicitor rather than one they recommended.
I’ll see what solution they come back with then I will speak to my solicitor.
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Hello, i have been new build snagging for many years now and baffled to how many people are not advised to get an independent to check their new purchase.
This is not in the interest of the developer but some are coming round to that way of thinking now, i do know of some i have had discussions with recently to offer clients this option for them to pay for but certainly shows things may be heading in the right direction here!
I do get work from Conveyancers but this could be a general thing offered out and an invaluable service?
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Snagging and defects / Re: Builder has forgotten some of my windows
« Last Post by Matron on April 25, 2018, 09:20:26 am »
I’m not an expert like some on this forum but I did buy a new build home almost 2 years ago with my husband. If we had been in that situation we would have spoken to our solicitor and pulled out of the sale. Like you I would have been worried about the standard of workmanship in the rest of the house. I’m sure legally you would be able to get your deposit returned. I only hope you didn’t use a solicitor recommended by the builder. Good luck.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Builder has forgotten some of my windows
« Last Post by Wozwoz on April 24, 2018, 01:53:07 pm »
Thank you for your reply, I was thinking that it should be possible to rectify but as you say costly for the builder. They are definitely falling behind on this site with lots of delays.

I was informed yesterday that the issue had been passed on to the sales director and will be discussed by the board of directors to decide what to do. I am really shocked that they are even considering this and would have thought they would rectify their mistake straight away! I also can’t believe this happened in the first place as you would think someone would be checking all this off.

As you say I’m sure this would make the house harder to sell and I am now concerned about the standard of the rest of the work in the house.

I might name them later...

Thanks again.
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General discussion / Re: Modified Garden Access and Caravan
« Last Post by willdigg on April 24, 2018, 01:33:34 pm »
Sorry for late reply.

I've been in touch with council and they agreed he needs planning permission and is not allowed access via the path, BUT they cannot do anything as the roads have not been handed over to them and that this needs to be handled with Miller.

I have also been in touch with Miller Homes and got basically told that they want paid to sort this out.....................queue the laughs
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Snagging and defects / Re: Vibrations in Redrow house
« Last Post by New Home Expert on April 23, 2018, 08:50:59 am »
Washing machines can make a racket and vibrate, especially if the load is unevenly spread before the spin gets going. I know of a Bovis new homebuyer who also has this issue despite having three replacement washing machines.

My guess is you have a concrete beam and block ground floor. This is probably not level, or has loose blocks. It could also be that your washing machine has not been levelled up properly.

You should not be affected by noise or vibration from neighbouring homes so you must report this to Redrow Homes.

It is not right and not normal.
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Snagging and defects / Re: Builder has forgotten some of my windows
« Last Post by New Home Expert on April 23, 2018, 08:44:31 am »
First of all name the housebuilder!

I expect the drawings used were for the terraced versions where these windows would indeed be impossible.

But you have not been given what you were told you are buying and this is not right.
It is perfectly possible to add the missing windows, so the "nothing can be done" comment is factually incorrect!

All that is required would be for scaffold to be erected, and the openings cut with lintels and windows fitted and decoration reinstated. It would be a lot of work for the housebuilder at this stage and cost quite a bit.

Please consider that people would be less likely to buy a home with no bathroom window!
You will also have problems with condensation, possibly mould, even with an extractor fan.

The "error" also demonstrates a lack of attention to detail, something you should also be concerned about. Please get your new home professionally snagged and inspected before you legally complete.
I recommend Tim Fee 07768 900200  from Snagging Inspections.


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Snagging and defects / Vibrations in Redrow house
« Last Post by NCat on April 21, 2018, 05:38:58 pm »
I would be grateful for advice regarding the vibrations caused by washing machines in my new build.  My house is end terrace and timber framed.

When the washing machine is on spin literally the whole house shakes.  The vibrations can even be felt in the upstairs bedrooms at the front of the house (washing machine is ground floor at rear of house).  The screws attaching the integrated dishwasher to the housing have now worked loose which I feel is due to the vibrations. 

Also when the washing machine next door is on spin, the glasses in my cupboards rattle at times and I am aware of vibrations under my feet from their machine.

Is this normal or not in a timber framed house please?  Thanks.
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Snagging and defects / Builder has forgotten some of my windows
« Last Post by Wozwoz on April 21, 2018, 04:25:55 pm »
Just wondering if anyone can give any advice, any help appreciated.

I am a first time buyer who has bought a new build by myself. I have exchanged contracts and due to complete in about five weeks. The house was meant to be ready in March but has already been delayed.

I have now received a phone call from my contact at the builder to say that basically they have messed up and my house is missing two windows at the side of house. One is in the bathroom so no window at all there and the second is a small window in the living room. I will still have the light from the patio doors. I am particularly devastated about the bathroom.

They have told me at this stage there is nothing that can be done to rectify this. I have said I am obviously very unhappy and they are going to call me back on Monday. From what she said it sounds like my house is not the only one affected by this error on the development.

I am feeling very stressed and can’t speak to my solicitor until Monday now. Does anyone know where I stand with this? Is that not something that could be rectified?

Thanks for any advice.
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