Most Common Problems With New Build Homes
New builds are commonly favoured due to their condition and perceived safety. It makes sense — the newer the build, the less chance that parts of the house have deteriorated.
However, this isn’t always the reality. In fact, an annual survey commissioned by the House Builders Federation (HBF) and the New Homes Warranty Scheme (NHBC) found that in 2019/20, 30% of buyers said their new home had more problems than they had expected. 41% of respondents said they had reported more than 10 problems to the builder.
The truth is that there are many defects common to new build homes that may not be found in older properties. Luckily, many can be fixed using the building supplies and equipment found at reputable builders merchants.
In this article, we take a look at ten of these issues.
Poorly fitted windows and doors
Windows and doors that haven’t been properly installed can cause a variety of problems, the most common being drafts, moisture leakage or a general reduction in safety and security.
If you move into a brand new build, you might expect the house to be flawless. The truth is that many fixtures end up getting scratched during installation, with internal and external doors being a common victim.
Poorly fitted loft insulation
Poorly fitted loft insulation may not be easy to spot at first, but it can have a serious impact on your energy bills.
The mortar set between each brick may have gaps or other problems that affect the look and condition of your brickwork.
Sealant should be smooth and secure, and when it’s not it can invite various problems into the home. Water ingress and damp are some of the most common issues with inconsistent sealant, and these in turn can lead to mould.
You may be expecting completely clear gutters when you move in, but poor installation may cause them to get blocked from the outset. This can cause rainwater to back up under the roof.
Cracks in walls
Interior or exterior walls can experience cracks from the outset. Many new build properties will also experience settlement cracks, which occur as the property settles into its foundations.
Ducting to tile vents isn’t connected
Ducting to tile vents that isn’t connected, poorly connected or just poorly fitted is a common problem with new homes. This can prevent fresh air from reaching the loft, leading to poor ventilation.
Poorly installed trickle vents
Trickle vents are another element of the home that often show problems in new builds. When trickle vents don’t function properly, fresh air is unable to circulate naturally around the room.
Shoddy paintwork or plastering is often the reason for decorative issues. You might notice the paint or plaster peeling off the wall quickly after your arrival.
Don’t let new build problems get you down. Hitchcock & King offers everything you need to get your home done up right. We are London’s leading builders merchants and offer a huge range of building supplies for commercial and domestic customers. Order for quick delivery or pick up from any of our branches located throughout London.