Advice on house hunting Page 238

  • Psychotext 17 Nov 2018 10:47:19 65,166 posts
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    Hahaha...

    A spokesman for Home Builders Federation says: “Inevitably when you are building hundreds of thousands of any product, in a field in all weathers there will be some, usually very minor issues in a small number of cases. In these instances it is the builders’ responsibility to correct those issues to the satisfaction of the customer.”
    The best part is, literally all the issues in the article would have been caught easily by having a manager do a walk through before customer handover.
  • Psychotext 23 Nov 2018 17:40:49 65,166 posts
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    House Update!

    Nothing will be done until the end of January.

    It's definitely going to be over a year after moving in before all of this shit is dealt with.
  • fontgeeksogood 23 Nov 2018 17:42:02 6,242 posts
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    Have you got rooms with no electricity, and some with too much
  • Psychotext 23 Nov 2018 18:04:18 65,166 posts
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    I have rooms with most of the boxes, and a million and once snags, and some rooms with almost none of the boxes and very few snags.

    I cannot speak for the electricity situation.
  • Deleted user 23 November 2018 18:15:15
    Psychotext wrote:
    Hahaha...

    A spokesman for Home Builders Federation says: “Inevitably when you are building hundreds of thousands of any product, in a field in all weathers there will be some, usually very minor issues in a small number of cases. In these instances it is the builders’ responsibility to correct those issues to the satisfaction of the customer.”
    The best part is, literally all the issues in the article would have been caught easily by having a manager do a walk through before customer handover.
    Many years ago all new build would have had a clerk of the works, who would inspect every individual part of every build on a site every day, this tends to explain the quality of 1950's 1960's council stock that are built to last, unlike the shite I see thrown up on most major sites I work on these days which are built to a budget to keep the shareholders happy. It is a fucking disgrace what you have had to endure.
  • Psychotext 23 Nov 2018 19:00:50 65,166 posts
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    Yeah, it's odd. There have been periods in the recent past when new builds were actually pretty damn good houses.
  • Dirt3 23 Nov 2018 19:16:04 439 posts
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    Went to see a few houses recently built around 2006 or so. Seem pretty solid and well made to me. To me it seems like only the last 4-5 years or so things have gone south.

    Having read a few experiences on the net about new build, I would not consider one now.
  • Vortex808 26 Nov 2018 11:11:29 13,221 posts
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    Is this as many issues as you've found Psychotext? 354 defects reported with a house:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46302905
  • Psychotext 26 Nov 2018 11:45:03 65,166 posts
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    If we included every paint defect, year for sure. But to be honest they've definitely got it worse than we do!
  • Psiloc 26 Nov 2018 11:54:17 5,108 posts
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    Having lived in a constant renovation project for our first house (it being a 3-400 year old cottage), I tried to talk my wife into us having a new build for our second house, so "we'd be sure there'd be no issues".

    Never regretted losing that argument.
  • freddymercurystwin 26 Nov 2018 12:15:55 1,658 posts
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    I lived in a new build for over a decade, I had one defect that bothered me when we moved and in the ten years I was there the only maintenance/repairs I had to do was to replace the bathroom extractor fan and some fence posts. Other than that I did nothing but some decorating, put shelves up etc. Plenty of new builds are fine, loved that house!
  • Psychotext 26 Nov 2018 12:31:50 65,166 posts
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    Plenty of them aren't of course...

    I'd rather know what I was dealing with going into it (old house), than expect things to be good and have to try and get someone else to stand by their warranty to fix it.
  • SnackPlissken 26 Nov 2018 12:44:06 1,021 posts
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    My new build has been generally alright. Had to get a locksmith out for the front door, as the frame warped so the lock wasn’t setting properly. Could happen in any house really..
  • mrpon 26 Nov 2018 12:54:55 35,289 posts
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    Yup, mine was good. You need to hold back a percentage of the sale for snagging otherwise yeah, they've got no incentive!
  • Psychotext 26 Nov 2018 13:00:46 65,166 posts
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    Flat out wasn't allowed, which should have been a bad sign.
  • robthehermit 26 Nov 2018 17:47:19 7,367 posts
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    Anyone here had radiators installed recently? I'm trying to find out how long it should take. First bloke reckoned 3 days with 2 people to fit 7 radiators (including all pipework, as we currently don't have any radiators). Second bloke reckoned two weeks if he does it on his own or 5 days if he gets a labourer, which seems a bit excessive. First quote was £1850 all in, second was around £2.5k up to a max of £3k. Thoughts anybody?
  • SnackPlissken 26 Nov 2018 18:24:22 1,021 posts
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    Get a quote from British Gas then -£1000 and you have your price.
  • robc84 26 Nov 2018 19:26:07 13,608 posts
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    robthehermit wrote:
    Anyone here had radiators installed recently? I'm trying to find out how long it should take. First bloke reckoned 3 days with 2 people to fit 7 radiators (including all pipework, as we currently don't have any radiators). Second bloke reckoned two weeks if he does it on his own or 5 days if he gets a labourer, which seems a bit excessive. First quote was £1850 all in, second was around £2.5k up to a max of £3k. Thoughts anybody?
    We had a warm air heating system ripped out last year and replaced with a combi. Obviously all radiators and pipe work needed to be put in.

    Think it took just over a week, and cost about £5k.

    This is Hertfordshire, I guess price will vary depending on location.
  • robc84 26 Nov 2018 20:13:30 13,608 posts
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    In other news, our new kitchen is installed :)

    The guy we used did a great job despite a few issues along the way. Now it’s all painted and I managed to get some of the floor down (many thanks to Mr Sleep for the floor and underlay advice - it looks great and much better than the rubbish I nearly bought!) in the kitchen. the rest of the kitchen and dining room should be finished this weekend then it’s just skirting, blinds and tv onto the dining room wall and that’s a big part of the downstairs project finished!
  • monkehhh 26 Nov 2018 20:14:26 5,107 posts
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    @robc84 congrats, getting the kitchen in feels so good!
  • robc84 26 Nov 2018 20:20:42 13,608 posts
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    Thanks, i’d put up some before and after pics if I could figure out how. It’s completely transformed the downstairs really. Very happy (but a lot poorer!).
  • robthehermit 26 Nov 2018 22:40:48 7,367 posts
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    @robc84 That's exactly what we're having done.
  • ionic 27 Nov 2018 20:29:09 742 posts
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    Is it worth getting home buyers protection/insurance? Policies seem to be £50 but don't cover everything. Seems like your gambling on something going wrong but can't help think it might be worth it for peace of mind.
  • ionic 27 Nov 2018 20:29:10 742 posts
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  • elstoof 6 Dec 2018 08:27:52 23,451 posts
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    Checked your mortar recently PT?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46454844
  • Vortex808 6 Dec 2018 09:44:17 13,221 posts
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    I was just reading about that.

    I'm almost glad i bought an older house to do up all those years ago, despite al the woodchip and other fun & games we've had!
  • Psychotext 6 Dec 2018 11:03:27 65,166 posts
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    My garage actually has that problem. If my house did I wouldn't be able to tell as it's covered in render.
  • elstoof 6 Dec 2018 11:38:09 23,451 posts
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    Ah you’ll be alright then, the render will protect the mortar from weather
  • Psychotext 6 Dec 2018 11:55:00 65,166 posts
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    Until the render falls off of course.

    (This has already happened in one place)

    Edited by Psychotext at 11:55:18 06-12-2018
  • elstoof 6 Dec 2018 12:00:07 23,451 posts
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    That shouldn’t really be happening
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