THOUSANDS of home-buyers dream of moving into a brand-new house, where everything’s as perfect as the picture in the developers’ glossy brochures. For most the dream becomes a happy reality, but some buyers settle in only to find a host of niggles that should have been sorted before they took over; be it slapdash painting or tiling, incomplete insulation or just a broken roof tile. And according to New Build Inspections (NBI) – a company that checks the quality of newly-built homes and sniffs out defects – it happens far too often.

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