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House Builders / Re: Barwood homes
« Last Post by adamp on May 12, 2019, 07:08:04 pm »
Well, just a short update - the salesman I dealt and reserved with has now taken off “backpacking”.

The new sales person informed me the warranty is BLP and not NHBC. I will be pulling out of this one.

Lots of new builds in the area from varying developers. At £700k we don't need to start on the wrong foot.

Thanks again
Snagging and defects / New Persimmon House - Cracks in Brickwork
« Last Post by hltn on May 11, 2019, 04:47:06 pm »
I am new to the forum and we are about to complete on the purchase of our Persimmon home.
We have visited the site every few weeks and progress looked like it was on track. We have exchanged contracts and are set to complete on the purchase at the end of this month.

On our visit today we were alarmed that there was scaffolding back up against one side of the house and it looks like there is a crack down the side of the house. They appear to have started trying to rectify this by cutting a bit slit down the side of the house and have removed some bricks. We are obviously very concerned about this as no-one has mentioned any problems to us and we only found this by a chance visit to site.

My main concern is that this is a serious structural problem that they are going to try and cover up before we complete and could happen again after completion. I would appreciate your advice if you have seen anything similar and what they are trying to do to fix the issue?

I have attached some images. The first is the side of the house on a previous visit without any cracks and then todays visit where the cracks are visible (they have marked the cracked bricks with crosses) and the large slit down the side of the house. The site manager is not on site today but I have been promised from the sales people that he will call on Monday but just hoping for some information before I hear their side.

Thanks for you advice in advance.


Snagging and defects / Re: Squeaky Door Handles
« Last Post by New Home Expert on May 08, 2019, 08:33:59 am »
It might be the metal parts on the latch. 
You can take them off and add some grease which might help.
Snagging and defects / Squeaky Door Handles
« Last Post by Craig123 on May 07, 2019, 10:59:58 am »
Recently moved into a new build in the Nottinghamshire area, had tons of problems, most rectified but shouldn't have happened, but don't want to open that can of worms all over again.

Just a quick one, has anyone experienced really squeaky door handles?
I've tried WD40 to stop the squeak, but the squeak soon comes back. I don't trust the builder to rectify this issue, and I can't help but feel I might need to buy new door handles.

House Builders / Re: Barwood homes
« Last Post by New Home Expert on May 07, 2019, 07:06:59 am »
It could be. Sounds like what they call a ransom strip - provided it is the only way to access the land for housebuilding. Check the deeds to see who has rights of access to use the road you part own too!

Make sure you have that NHBC warranty.
I had a buyer today, say they were told it would be NHBC, only to discover it was BLP when the exchanged!
Sales and estate agents do tell lies!
House Builders / Re: Barwood homes
« Last Post by adamp on May 06, 2019, 10:35:41 am »
Thank you, the development I'm looking at will have NHBC warranty - I have documentation on this from the sales guy. It's also freehold.

The plot I want is a corner plot which has greenbelt to the side and back. There are no development plans for these areas currently.

One question, for the plot I'm looking at the road outside the house is owned by myself and the road opposite (per plan). The sales guy told me this means if there ever was to be a development to the side of the house, they would have to get my permission. Is that really true?

House Builders / Re: Barwood homes
« Last Post by New Home Expert on May 06, 2019, 08:50:55 am »
I've never heard of them, but that may be a good thing.
They have only been around since 2010 and according to their website have 14 developments.

My advice be sure to buy on one that has an NHBC warranty.  If it doesn't DONT BUY!
LABC isn't as good in my opinion. Talk to others on the development and ask them what they think of their homes. I wouldn't pay muh heed to potentitally doctored testimonials on the housebuilders website.

Speaking of website, Barwood's seem to have a lot of broken links/pages not available from their Home page.  This is not a good sign and demonstrates a lack of attention to detail!
House Builders / Barwood homes
« Last Post by adamp on May 06, 2019, 06:08:52 am »
Firstly this website is amazing - thank you!
Secondly, has anybody heard of Barwood Homes?
Am looking at a very nice development in Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire
The properties *look* very well built and its a small site (less than 30 homes)
But I can find very little detail on the developer
Snagging and defects / Re: New build flat problems denied by developer
« Last Post by Maxell on May 04, 2019, 03:22:41 pm »
To measure the the floor you need to place a 20mm ( or similar )  packer at each end of the level . Measure the centre  as you have done it should be between 15 - 25 mm or + / - 5mm .

Snagging and defects / Re: Minor issues with new build home
« Last Post by cmcc147 on May 04, 2019, 01:09:21 pm »
Thanks New Home Expert, that has put my mind at ease in regards to that.

I will get it filled and the builder said he will get the 'popped' plaster repaired for me since it is not just a simple hairline crack.
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