Buying a new home is one of the ultimate life goals for many of us. We work hard to save for a deposit and continue to slog for the next quarter of a century to pay off the mortgage, so we should have every reason to expect a certain level of competency and quality from the property.
Sadly, albeit rarely, this is not always the case. Recent reports for the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme shared horror stories of damp, gas leaks, and even holes in the floor or big cracks in walls that have left some new homes uninhabitable just months after the owners moved in.
One homeowner told the show about slugs, spiders and beetles coming into the house through a gap between the patio door and the frame. The constant worry is causing illness to the homeowners and raising stress levels. The same home has airbricks – designed to prevent damp – that were buried below ground; on top of all this, the driveway is showing signs of sinking.
A recent surveyor inspection concluded that the house was not fit for habitation, and went further to class some parts as unsafe.
Other defects reported to the Victoria Derbyshire programme, referred to as ‘snags’ by the house building industry, included holes in the roof, cracks in walls, damp and mould, and badly-fitted windows and doors.
Specialist companies such as http://www.keanewindows.ie/ offer Dublin windows and doors to a high standard, with many years’ experience and testimonials to help ensure your mind is at ease before committing to this significant investment in our home.
Move or improve
With these high-profile cases of things going wrong with newbuilds, you might prefer to improve than move. Double glazing is an easy way to add value to your home. The Independent online has more advice on adding value.
Prime Minister Theresa May has declared an intention to see more homes built more quickly as a solution to tackle the current housing shortage; however, at a run-rate of 300,000 new homes every year, is this a stretch too far the homebuilders? The Home Builders Federation published a report last year that suggests 98 per cent of new-home owners reported snagging issues to their builder in the first few months of moving in.