Home buyers remain in the dark over new build warranties

Home buyers opting for new build properties are being left exposed by warranties that fall short of their needs and expectations. New homes are often marketed by developers with the promise of lengthy warranties offering peace of mind. Many consumers aren’t aware that...

New homes are great. There’s just one snag …

Snagging – the very name is enough to put you off. No one likes having to deal with problems or hitches. But for anyone who buys a newly built or converted property, the S-word can be crucial. Do it right and you could save yourself thousands of pounds. Do it...

Competition watchdog to examine warranties for new homes

CMA’s review of NHBC comes amid concerns over lack of protection for homebuyers The Competition and Markets Authority is examining payments between housebuilders and the providers of warranties for new homes as part of a review of NHBC, the largest warranty provider....

Housing associations face storm of complaints over new-build homes

Housing associations responsible for more than 175,000 homes are facing allegations of serial neglect of their residents and properties, focused on an array of new-build developments in London that have received more than £60m in public money. The issues uncovered by...

As demand rises, the reputation of new-build homes is crumbling

Harron Homes promises that its newly built houses will “surpass all expectations”. The £324,995 home that James Uttley bought was certainly beyond his imaginings. There was a large hole where the bathroom window should be, he says. No carpets had been laid and there...

Families living in new homes slash fuel bills by half

A new home built to the latest building regulations can cost half as much to heat as a Victorian house of the same size, according to a new report by the NHBC Foundation. The advantages of new homes is based on a survey of 2,000 people who had recently moved into a...

Reality Check: What is affordable housing?

Chancellor Phillip Hammond is expected to announce policies in the Autumn Statement aimed at tackling the problem. In January, then Prime Minister David Cameron said government would step in and directly commission thousands of new affordable homes. He pledged £1.2bn...

Harron Homes left us hanging for months over our half-built house

We agreed to purchase a new £240,000 house from Harron Homes in December 2015. We paid a deposit in January 2016 and were told the house would be ready towards the end of May. Unfortunately, May came and went, as did June, July, August, September, October and...
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