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Snagging and defects / Brick work on new build
« Last Post by playz28 on Today at 12:39:19 am »
New poster after finding this site.

We have exchanged on a new build 4 bed with Barratt Homes.

The property is due for completion in October this year. Since the roof has been put in, we have noticed that the brick work at the top of the house (roof section) is different from the rest of the house. It looks like the mortar mix is different.

I have not raised this with the builder yet as I wanted to get advice first. Can this be rectified with a wash down or is it a sign of something more concerning?

I accept the house is not finished yet, however the colouration certainly does not look right.
NHBC Warranty / Re: Amtico flooring tolerances
« Last Post by steveball on July 20, 2019, 06:27:11 pm »
Not concerned about the cost, more who signed off this product as acceptable when it’s clearly out of the guidelines. Just a bit annoyed at the lack of care and professionalism displayed and wanted to complain about the person from a professional body who deemed it appropriate to put the tick in the box.
NHBC Warranty / Re: Amtico flooring tolerances
« Last Post by New Home Expert on July 20, 2019, 11:52:50 am »
Are you concerned that you won't be reimbursed for the extra latex bags?
I can't believe, given the fact that you have project managed the remedials on behalf of David Wilson Homes, meaning that if anything had gone wrong it would not be their responsibility, that with receipts proof of delivery etc they would refuse to pay the full costs.

In addition, as you have arranged the remedial works, David Wilson Homes are also off the hook if these fail in the future too.
Snagging and defects / Re: Snagging and NHBC Warranty
« Last Post by New Home Expert on July 20, 2019, 11:18:57 am »
Keepmoat Homes, very much still trading under that name.
First of all, if the builder goes out of business before completing all the works to finish your home the Premier Guarantee Warranty covers this. Likewise I assume for any defects or snagging works.

The problem is (unlike the NHBC Buildmark warranty) Premier Guarantee Warranty has an excess to be paid by the homebuyer of £1,000. This is very likely to be higher than the cost of all the snagging works let alone each item.

I would advise seeing a new solicitor and delaying legal completion until all the works and snagging has been completed. I doubt you could be forced to legally complete the purchase, in any case it would cost the bankrupt builder too much in legal fees and take longer than it would to do the small amount of works.

Snagging and defects / Re: Cracking sub floor
« Last Post by Maxell on July 20, 2019, 10:36:01 am »
I would have thought Bloor is required to meet NHBC standards for the sub floor not the Amtico Floor layer, although he should of checked with a hygrometer for residual moisture -75% above this a moisture supressant or a liquid dpm. These allow moisture out at a controlled rate.
There were cracks before the Amtico was fited, resin alone will not stop movement these are designed once all movement has ceased.
Using a 3rd party has put you in between a rock and hard place.  Just my opinion but good luck .

NHBC Warranty / Re: Amtico flooring tolerances
« Last Post by steveball on July 20, 2019, 07:44:11 am »
Ok, where do I start!

We ended up speaking to the MD and he made the decision to offer us either:
a) to have the whole floor levelled by BDW or
b) they pay us and we have it done ourselves.

Well we opted for option B as we knew the work would get completed to our standards, even though we would end up spending more than the cash equivalent, but it meant we could do it and do it right! Anyway we had all accepted that there should be an even screed under the Amtico, and where the floor was out of tolerance.

Things started to get working when we removed the flooring and latex, the high spot we had and the levels of the floor were shocking! In the kitchen/diner where the high spot originated, in a 1.5m length dropped 22mm and the high spot to the study was 26mm! 

Does anyone know where I stand as we anticipated using 13 bags of latex and ended up using 45! I can’t believe the house was signed off with those levels, so I guess my question is... have I a right to escalate this issue to anyone and if so who?
I know I ultimately took the work on, but it was on the understanding the screed was as uneven as the latex.

Pictures show window spacers as the height differential against the high point. They were removed before the floor set!

Snagging and defects / Re: Snagging and NHBC Warranty
« Last Post by Lizard on July 19, 2019, 02:26:49 pm »
The house builder was Keepmoat - but I understand since last summer they are now Engie.  Not sure if they are all the same company or now a different one.
Snagging and defects / Risk of developer going bankrupt after home purchase.
« Last Post by Adamski89 on July 19, 2019, 09:49:43 am »
I'm new on forum, I tried to search for similar topic but didn't find anything.

I have recently purchased a new build some from small local developer who had his company registered for 9 years and was doing single builds before only.
There are already some houses sold (10+) on this development and all of them are awaiting gardens to be flattened and turf laid.

At the present, all construction works has stopped for at least 2 months and everybody is aware that builder is struggling financially.
In the price of the house everybody been promised front & rear gardens turf and alarms installed.

I'm wondering what will happen if developer goes bankrupt before finishing all snagging and installing that turf & burglar alarm?
What can I do in this case?
Should I see the lawyer ASAP? (my solicitor which I used for purchase were kind of useless saying that with habitation certificate I'm obliged to buy this house ASAP - They just wanted their money really).

House has been sold with 10 year Premier Guarantee.
I took a gamble with this purchase but builder was very keen with all snags until he run out of money (for example, I complained that all windows are scratched and all of them have been replaced - after purchase was made what, some of them had only small scratches which surely were withing tolerances).

Builder is assuring that this construction will be back on track and once they will have people working on site then all houses will get turf and snags done.

Any advice if I can secure myself if developer will goes bankrupt/Liquidaton  ?

Thanks in advance.
Snagging and defects / Re: Snagging and NHBC Warranty
« Last Post by New Home Expert on July 19, 2019, 07:17:31 am »
Yes, they won't be able to sell any new homes with an NHBC warranty if they are de-registered.

Write to the NHBC and you will find out.

You still haven't named the housebuilder!
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