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General discussion / Landscaping
« Last Post by hibbe79 on May 29, 2019, 12:06:30 pm »
Minor issue but we've been fobbed of by Barratt for numerous things including failure to comply with their own buyers' handbook and this kind of last straw.

We have a sloping part to our garden next to fence and I have continually asked what the plan was for this and have been fobbed off. We move in on Friday and just found out that laying stones which isn’t great and worse than that, they are not laying anything first to stop weeds. Sales office is closed until tomorrow and someone on main line said they would get site manager to call me but he hasn’t.

Do I have the right to have input on this or demand they do something to stop weeds growing through as nightmare to maintain?

Any advice appreciated.
Snagging and defects / Re: Downstairs noise travelling through windows
« Last Post by MacedoI on May 29, 2019, 11:37:36 am »
Hi all,
Barratt are sending over someone from RBA Acoustics to perform the sound checks.
From what I’ve been reading the minimum values for sound insulation for airborne and impact noise are 45db and 62db respectively.

Apart from this is there anything else I should be on the lookout for? I’ll be present during the tests.
Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by user2000 on May 25, 2019, 11:05:32 am »
Thanks, I'll report back when it shows up (or I have chased them up).  I'm also supposed to be getting a written response to my complaint next week sometime.
Snagging and defects / Re: Very cold new build + other queries
« Last Post by New Home Expert on May 25, 2019, 10:01:58 am »
Let's see what the air tightness test results reveal.
Snagging and defects / Re: Snagging and completion date
« Last Post by New Home Expert on May 25, 2019, 09:56:53 am »
Mistake number one, was using the housebuilder's 'recommended' solicitor.
You have no chance of doing anything you want if the housebuilders disagrees.
If snags are serious pushing back completion will be beneficial for you and the builder.
Snagging and defects / Re: Back garden
« Last Post by New Home Expert on May 25, 2019, 09:53:43 am »
It is an NHBC warranty standard that topsoil must be at least 150mm thick. In addition, the ground below must be free from building debris and hardcore.

As you are now in year 3 the 2-year warranty no longer applies and the NHBC wont be much help either.
All you can do is write (send photos) the housebuilder and ask for a contribution towards the cost of fixing it.  If they refuse, go to your local press, national newspapers and post von social media especially Twitter!

Solicitors and Legal Issues / Re: SDLT
« Last Post by New Home Expert on May 25, 2019, 09:47:38 am »
Your third interest in the inherited house would more than cover any additional stamp duty you will have to pay. Most people would be happy and very grateful for this unexpected financial windfall.

Being a third owner, might reduce the SDLT your solicitor will advise you.
My advice be grateful for your bequest.

General discussion / Re: Changing locks
« Last Post by New Home Expert on May 25, 2019, 09:44:04 am »
As Maxwell says most locks come with three keys.
Some keys are lost on site and duplicates cut. Its easy to tell.
The key handover certificate list the number of keys given.
I've never heard of anyone being broken into, or keys retained for snagging without owner's permission.
Please do not buy a new home from Persimmon.
It might not always be possible to remove a ground floor wall as it will probably support the floor joist above.
If your husband doesn't like the house - don't buy it, buy a home you both like!
All new homes are tiny, overpriced, badly-built, little boxes!
House Builders / Re: Barwood homes
« Last Post by New Home Expert on May 25, 2019, 09:27:09 am »
I think you have made a very wise decision.
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