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Crag Williamson, author of A Foreign Education and new build buyer has started to blog his house moving experiences:

“I will be using this blog to share the new home experience with you in all of its financially crippling glory. Together we will go through the ups (“…darling, I think we need a 42 inch TV for our new lounge…”) and the downs (“…a granite worktop costs how much?”), the highs (“…maybe even 50 inches, I’m sure it would fit…”) and the lows (“…just for a worktop, are you sure?”), as well as the joy (“…42 inches of pure plasma pleasure – I’m so happy!”) and the tears (“…it’s a piece of rock for god’s sake – how can a piece of rock cost so much?”).”

You can follow Craig’s progress here using the Bloor Homes newsfeed and you can comment using the link below or on the blog itself.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Isabelle February 2, 2010 at 6:08 am

Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again to find out more about snaging. Thanks.

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Stacy Sims February 2, 2010 at 7:47 pm

I don’t usually reply to posts but I will in this case, great info…I will add a backlink and bookmark your site. Keep up the good work!

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Vijay April 30, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Hi! All,

We reserved a house in Oct 2009 and had been told that the completion will finish in April 2010, I wonder How this great journey finish so quickly & smoothly, I don’t know how builder can say perfect date about completion, Thanks to Well planed people who worked, so hard behind the project.

But finally we got the keys and that is a great feeling like all 1st time buyers would have..!

All over Bloor Homes, has provided the best service.

You would except few minor problems but that is not major issue… Bloor Sales staff and Builders are so friendly, I can not say each person name but thanks to all staff who has given a us chance to finish our dream house…!

Finally i would like to say all 1st time buyer is that BLOOR HOMES best Value for Money since 35years and i hope in future they provide better and bigger service.

Good Luck for bright future BLOOR HOMES…

Big Thank

Mr & Mrs Kavaiya

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Mrs jane Wood February 2, 2011 at 1:30 am

We moved into a new Bloor Home in June 2000 It had a 10yr Zurich buildings defect policy.with Zurich.We have been fighting for two years to get our chimneys and walls rebuilt and the drive relaid. The Northcott brick used is faulty and spalling and cracking and falling off the chimneys and walls. All agree there is a fault except Zurich.They have repaired two of our neighbours drives same fault .We have spent in excess of £2000 on building surveys and solicitors. We now have to go to court.Rebuild cost £15000 plus. Head of construction at Bloors and NHBC and brick company have stated bricks should not crumble when only a few years old. This frost in winter has finished the job now
Help has anyone been in a similar mess! do not insure anything with Zurich and get your bricks tested by a materials expert before you spend half a million on a house built of crumbling Northcott brick.

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David Hunt May 29, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Bloor Homes are quite possibly the worst company i have ever dealt with. Unprofessional, Disrespectful and completely Untrustworthy…. Buy a Bloor Home at your peril!!!

Purchased in Jan 2011, the gardens were 1/2 the size and still are! Below minimum recommended for a new build and in some cases residents are unable to sell their homes due to land registry issues.

NEVER AGAIN will i buy a new home from Bloor Homes.

BBC Watchdog…. here i come…..

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sally January 20, 2013 at 11:12 am

Ive just read the various comments concerning Bloor Homes I wonder if any of these refer to Bloor Homes site at CLACTON ON SEA I am about to purchase a property on there and would like any comments concerning this site .Ive got to say my expereance so far so good.But any information would be helpful.

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joanne February 7, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Hello I have been very tempted to buy a bloor home in Clacton. Can you tell me how it has been and if you are pleased.
Thank you Joanne.xx

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Sebastian June 28, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I’ve contacted Bloor Homes Customer support 4 times since this morning and I haven’t heard back from anyone as of yet. It’s 6:10pm now and despite the fact that I have left a number of messages about the leak in the property, no one returned my call. I’ve also contacted the local sales office and they have given me a number to the emergency plumber – who didn’t pick up the phone either – I’ve left the message, but again – no reply.

We are in the process of replacing our flooring and this morning, when we have taken off the skirting board attached to one of the walls in the bedroom, the water started leaking from a plastic tube – whoever was attaching it originally has put the nail through the pipe. We have turned the water off and were without the water all day, until we’ve managed to get a local plumber to fix the problem. Due to the leak our downstairs ceiling and the wall is now in the need of fixing. The leak has left a wide mark, which cannot be simply covered with paint as the plaster board is damaged after soaking the water in.

We are very disappointed with the appalling customer service and the way we are treated by Bloor Homes after only a year and a half from the date we moved into the new property.

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Ravi November 12, 2016 at 11:51 pm

HQ/Bloor Head Office/To whom it may concern,

Subject: Unfair treatment and mental stress given to a customer waiting for a plot to be released since Feb 2016

Dear Bloor homes
My name is Ravi Doddapaneni, a very first person to register with Bakers Place(Woodley). We are exited couple to start our family in our new house having arranged our deposit and other requirements. We liked Bloor Homes build and decided to buy one at Bakers Place after seeing the hoarding at Woodley. Managed to get in touch with headoffice as a proper marketing office has not been opened at that time. We saw your marketing manager Lynn Slade at Romans Woodley office, it’s the first day they started registering customers and we are the first to register our interest. We showed our interest in certain plots (30 Whitfield being our first choice, 61/62 Bredon) since the first day of your development and informed your marketing team. We have been advised that we will be informed regarding the release, also we have been in regular contact with the team to make sure we do not miss though it’s confirmed by Lynn Slade(and her team) we are on top of the list and promised they honour the database (first come first serve).

Today as a prestigious group ‘Bloor Homes’ shamefully failed to stick to their basic rules. This morning as part of our regular follow up, reached out to Bakers Place regarding new plots release after checking your website for updates(as we have been advised to check website regularly though we are registered in the database as very first customers). I’m told Plot 30 has been sold, the first question how is it possible when your website clearly shows plot 30 unreleased and I’m being on top of the list since Feb 2016 and being in touch with Bakers Place’s team regularly? Unless there is a lobbying it’s not possible as I haven’t seen this with any other professional builders that I’ve registered with(Cala/Bewley/RedRow and others around Reading).

Firsly why would you advise your customers to check out website when you cannot keep it up to date or sell it via some other channels, isn’t it wasting our valuable time, it’s a stress to potential house buyers like us to check out your website regularly only to be told that the plot of our interest has been sold from ‘Head Office’ Friday 11th November after waiting for almost 11 months.

I tried to reach head office today to discuss this matter for clarification and learned your office opening hours are Monday to Thursday, can someone explain how a person can resereve or buy via Head Office when you office hours are closed and not released on the website.

I’m not convinved with your Bakers Place marketing manager’s explanation as she says it’s been sold from head office, how can you sell something when you say first come first, does ‘first come first’ mean anything to you? I want to officially register a complaint with head office and I would expect a proper explanation not an apology correspondence from Bloor Homes on how plot 30 has been sold.

If you are not interested to sell a property to someone for whatever reason, you have to tell them clearly upfront but not to waste their valuable time, advising them to wait and giving them mental stress. As I’ve been waiting for Plot 30 and trusted your Bakers Place team, I rejected marketing approach from other developers. Today we are left with nothing and back in the race again.

I tried

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Shainie April 16, 2018 at 4:56 pm

We just bought our house in Dec 2017, we are the 3rd owners in 4 years (what don’t i know) in the last few days amongst the squeaky floor boards we are now hearing the sound of metal on the up stairs landing right out side our bedroom and now bolts seemed to have moved in the kitchen ceilling (paint cracked round them).
We have just rang them they will send out a form, and we was told its going to cost £1000 for the privilege of their work to be inspected.
Was going to tell them that when it gets really cold the down stairs toilet fan freezes, as its connected to the light visitors can’t use the toilet (no window) but that will probably cost me another £1000 to mention it.
So far i am totally put of buying a new build, warranty means nothing when you have to pay £1000 excess charge. This isn’t weare and tear this could possibly be structural.
This is BLENHEIM GATE Clacton, do your homework, we didn’t. 😠

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