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    Weak mortar - A cancer in UK new homes

    If you haven't checked your home has weak mortar, you should do so today. Drag a screwdriver over a joint, if it powders and falls out you too have a weak mortar time-bomb! This is the story of just one site A Taylor Wimpey Development in Peebles Scotland. There are many others up and down the...
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    Why you shouldn’t pay full-price for a shoddy new-build house

    This is just a PR smokescreen and wont make any difference. I am surprised that a supposed "consumer group" Home Owners Alliance is re publishing this cut and pasted content! Try writing your own! http://www.new-home-blog.co.uk/persimmon-launches-homebuyer-retention-policy/
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    Snagging retentions

    This silly ill-thought out "retention" HOA idea just would never work. An administrative nightmare with warranty providers, housebuilders, solicitors, a retention holding company and tens of thousands of individual new homebuyers all would have input and opinion. The only beneficiaries would be...
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    what is snagging ? this is a good a definition as i could find

    This just shows how little the Home Owners Alliance actually know about new homes. The Consumer Code or Home Builders DOES NOT cover SNAGGING,. defects, poor quality workmanship or anything to do with the warranty. It is limited in its scope but "customer service" is mentioned.
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    TEN TIPS FOR BUYING A NEW BUILD HOUSE

    Top Tip Read this website!! "there's a resource online that will answer all your questions and the ones you haven't asked yet ...it's the best on the web check out http://www.brand-newhomes.co.uk.htm " http://www.brand-newhomes.co.uk/advice-when-buying-a-new-home.htm
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    HOA CAMPAIGNS

    "We campaign for government and industry to give a better deal to homeowners, to help more people to realise their dream of owning their own home, and to make buying, selling, managing and improving a home less difficult and expensive. We campaign on issues of concern raised by our members and...
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    Government publishes its resposne to redress Consultation

    For a consultation that closed as long agao as 16 April 2018, it is galling that it has taken our government over NONE MONTHS to publish the responses. Nevertheless it is clear that a statutory New Homes Ombudsman will be created to give new homebuyers someone to champion their corner when they...
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    Government reiterated its commitment to Statutory New Homes Ombudsman

    Government statement: "And to protect the interests of home-owners who buy new build homes, government has also reiterated its commitment to establishing a New Homes Ombudsman which will champion home buyers, protect their interests and hold developers to account. Legislation will be brought...
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    Statutory New Homes Ombudsman to be created

    At the Conservative Party Conference Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire announced that a statutory new homes ombudsman will be created. This is something I have campaigned for since June 2014 - four long years. It's been a long, hard...
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    No new posts for a while - have things got better?

    Plenty about Barratt on Twitter, not very good!
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    "Meet the Builder" - Questions to ask

    Here are the questions to ask and what to look for. http://www.brand-newhomes.co.uk/questions_to_ask_the_house_builder_when_buying_a_new_home.htm http://www.brand-newhomes.co.uk/what_to_look_for_when_buying_a_brand_new_home.htm Probably too late for you. But there is no substitute for a...
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    If you want a new homes ombudsman, fill this in now!

    There are now just SEVEN days (after today) left to take part in this very important consultation. It is vital that a new homes ombudsman exists so buyers of new homes with defects can have someone to go to so they can claim compensation. http://www.new-home-blog.co.uk/consultation-consumer-redress/
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    New Homes Ombudsman - 7 days to complete important consulation

    There are now just SEVEN days (after today) left to take part in this very important consultation. It is vital that a new homes ombudsman exists so buyers of new homes with defects can have someone to go to so they can claim compensation. http://www.new-home-blog.co.uk/consultation-consumer-redress/
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    Latest hbf survey 2016-2017

    It is obvious that this survey is manipulated by the large plc housebuilders. nevertheless Bovis are rated just 2 stars again this year and are effectively Britain's worst housebuilder in my opinion. http://www.new-home-blog.co.uk/new-home-buyers-fooled-bogus-builder-satisfaction-star-rating/
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    Buyers who complain about the NHBC to the Financial Ombudsman

    This is why new home buyers need a new homes ombudsman! http://www.new-home-blog.co.uk/consultation-consumer-redress/
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    New Homes Ombudsman - Government Consulation

    There are now just SEVEN days after today left to take part in this very important consultation. It is vital that a new homes ombudsman exists so even after the sale of leasehold new houses is eventually banned, those that have then would have someone independent to award compensation...
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    Buyers who complain about the NHBC to the Financial Ombudsman

    In the first six months of 2017, 22o new homebuyers complained to the Financial Ombudsman Service about the NHBC. Just 26% has their complaints upheld! http://www.ombudsman-complaints-data.org.uk/
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    New Homes Ombudsman - Government Consulation

    If you do nothing else this year, please take just a few minutes and fill this in. There is an 8-week "consultation" for a "Housing Ombudsman" which could include an independent New Homes Ombudsman within it, or a stand-alone Ombudsman for new homebuyers. The consultation runs from 18 February...
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    Doorstop placed closed to door hinges causing hinges to crack

    This issue can easily be fixed by a competent carpenter. Finding one will be a problem though!
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    Tolerance of Straightness of Walls and Skirting

    You can a find a link to it in this post: A Consistant Approach To Finishes Is Lowering Quality
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