If you are thinking of moving home and are considering a brand new property, you will be in good company. A brand new home is the much-favoured option for many. However, the dream of moving into a brand new home, all too often hits some snags.
It has to be considered that new homes, built in the UK, are developed in very quick time. Often, tradesmen will be forced to rush the jobs they are doing because a different team of tradesmen will be due in on a certain date. An example being when the bricklayers have to finish their part of the construction by a Friday night, because first thing on Monday morning, the plasterers will be in to do the interior walls. So teams are constantly under pressure to get the work done on time.
As any job that has been rushed, it will result in mistakes and snags happening. Many of snags are not actually noticed by the new tenants until weeks after they have moved in. Fortunately, there are companies that specialise in surveying a new build home, before the new homeowners move in, and go through the entire home and garden areas looking for snags.
Among the things a snagging team will look at are:
- The plastering and paintwork. Checking to see if the standard is high.
- Radiators. Thermal imaging takes place to see if the plumbing is just right and no air pockets exist.
- The quality of the soil is tested to make sure it is suitable for grass growth and planting. The quality of the soil can also determine whether subsidence is a risk factor.
- Roof and guttering are inspected (usually by drone or bird eye camera)
- Loft inspection. Checking joists and beams and any insulation has been correctly installed.
- Plumbing. Checking for leaks.
- The carbon monoxide is tested for safe levels.
- Floors are tested to check if they are level.
- Heating system thoroughly checked
Many of these snags are things that new homeowners won’t actually discover until several weeks later and well after they have settled in.
One report has suggested that as many as 350 families, in the UK, are moving into new build homes that are shoddy and tardy in the construction finishing. Some are forced to move out while essential repairs take place. So, do be warned that these are not isolated cases.