Checking quality and standard of new-build homes

We've heard lots of scare stories about new-build homes not being built to good standards. What should we be looking out for and what questions should we be asking before we part with any money?

Asked by Julie on 23rd Nov 2022
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"Hello, so I’ve recently finished one site for a new build home, and I don’t want to put you off, but they are very very poor quality,
So first off all, inspect the brick work, ones I’ve been on have a massive blug in them.

Also check the air vent bricks are on ground level, I.e In the grass or stone, they should be 75mm above ground level. I like them 150mm personally otherwise your get damp issues.

Another issue I found on these sits are fascia’s and sofets. Make sure they are square and not damaged, check to see how many joins there are too.
If you can also get in the loft. Inspect the ventalation pipe and the insulation. Ones I’ve been on are not connected or the insulation in just thrown down.

Really go through it with a keen eye, if I’m tbh get someone in the trade to come along, and help inspect. It be worth the money in the long run"
Answered on 23rd Nov 2022 - Member since May 2022 - report
"Ask about what is under the floor , about insulation, about blocking beams, ask about window sealings or they good installed you need to ask about everything the pend what kind company build your house"
Answered on 24th Nov 2022 - Member since Feb 2022 - report
"I would ask for guarantee not less than ten years and check is reputable company, see previous work specially if it is a timber frame house. And full completion report on the building regs"
Answered on 24th Nov 2022 - Member since Aug 2022 - report
"hi its besi from cbs building services
New build its much better than reparing old one , stick to the drawing done properly first ,second find the right builder to expain every step of the way before you get started ,ask of them a 3d design its free included when having new build
make sure its insulated properly,make sure using correct material as you dont want to use cheap material and have crack on tiles and wall right after getting in within 2 months.
Answered on 24th Nov 2022 - Member since Nov 2022 - report
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