New-build homes represent an excellent opportunity for people to take that first step onto the property ladder, but it’s important to know what to do if you move in and find your property isn’t quite up to the standards you would expect.
You don’t have to suffer in silence, however, and if your home is less than ten years’ old (whether you’re the first owner or not), you are likely to be covered by a warranty. This means that you’ll be covered for the majority of defects (except for wear and tear). After ten years, your home will be covered by your own insurance policy.
After you move in, it could be a good idea to arrange for a home snagging survey, so you can find out what, if any, problems are likely to arise, allowing you to address them quickly and efficiently, before they have a chance to snowball – and become more expensive to sort out.
Common snagging issues that you may well find in your home include improper plasterwork, which can be difficult to spot when you first move in, but you’re sure to notice it after a while, whether you’ve got some chips to deal with, the plaster itself is rough or if it needs another coat.
Leaky pipes can also be problematic in new-builds and it’s essential that these are dealt with in a timely fashion, since escape of water can be incredibly damaging and costly to repair, not to mention wasting all that precious water.
And problems with the tiling are also often seen in these properties, so look out for any cracks or missing ones, as well as poorly applied or unfinished grout. If you need any help with repair work, get in touch with the team here at Home Snagging UK.
Have a read of this Pontefract nurse’s experience with her new build home to see what kind of problems you could well encounter.