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    • chlo88
    • By chlo88 17th Feb 16, 12:29 PM
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    Does anyone want to join me waiting for new build to be built and complete
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    • 17th Feb 16, 12:29 PM
    Does anyone want to join me waiting for new build to be built and complete 17th Feb 16 at 12:29 PM
    Hi all,

    We are first time buyers it's fair to say with limited knowledge on the whole process (thank goodness for this forum). So we reserved a new build flat with Miller homes in December 2015, we are nearly there with exchange (just sent all documents signed back to solicitors). Our flat is supposed to be ready on the 24th of June 2016. Went to check the progress the other day, the have just finished the outer shell of 2nd floor (it's a 3 storey build) so looking good for time scales atm. We have our options meeting on Sunday to choose all the upgrades. We have to pay 25% of the price upfront and the rest payable prior to completion. I thought I'd make this thread because a- I'm impatient and wish it was all just ready now, can't stop thinking about it. B- because throughout this forum I've read lots of ?'s re new build and some not so nice stories of things that can go wrong, so thought a bit of support may be nice. c- and lastly just to share others experiences and the long wait with. So who's up for joining me in the wait
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    • Babybell86
    • By Babybell86 18th Sep 16, 7:41 PM
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    Notice to complete will be tomorrow (NHBC has signed the house off) house visit on Wednesday and fingers crossed we complete sometime after the 28th! I can't wait to get into our beautiful home!
    • laurajane6486
    • By laurajane6486 23rd Sep 16, 4:01 PM
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    Been into my new house for the first time today and love it! It's a two bedroom semi so nothing exciting for most people but just the fact that it'll soon be mine makes me giddy with excitement and pride!

    Love the plot; set back about 2 1/2 to 3 car lengths from the road, back garden about 6m by 12m, not overlooked. Inside they were finishing plastering today. Next week roof should be tiled and inside painted, then the following week bathroom and kitchen should be fitted.

    Still on target to complete end of October and I'm going back in two weeks time (7the October) for another nosey.

    Exciting times!!
    • swishy87
    • By swishy87 23rd Sep 16, 4:49 PM
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    Been into my new house for the first time today and love it! It's a two bedroom semi so nothing exciting for most people but just the fact that it'll soon be mine makes me giddy with excitement and pride!

    Love the plot; set back about 2 1/2 to 3 car lengths from the road, back garden about 6m by 12m, not overlooked. Inside they were finishing plastering today. Next week roof should be tiled and inside painted, then the following week bathroom and kitchen should be fitted.

    Still on target to complete end of October and I'm going back in two weeks time (7the October) for another nosey.

    Exciting times!!
    Originally posted by laurajane6486

    Very exciting! So you should be proud!

    We are end of October too - 28th. There's not much more we can do at the moment so just packing really! That's why I have been quiet with updates. Although I have arrange a removal company, who are bringing me some boxes next week, arranged home insurance ready for our carpets going in in a few weeks and sorted life insurance. Also, I found out more about the Virgin Media package we can have, so will be going for that too.
    • lee111s
    • By lee111s 23rd Sep 16, 5:35 PM
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    Spoke to my solicitor yesterday and the builders have given an estimated date of 11/11/16 for the CML to be signed off by which we'd then be given 10 working days to complete.

    Hopefully be in to sign the contracts next week! Shouldn't be too long before we're in!
    • mleach101
    • By mleach101 25th Sep 16, 9:40 PM
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    Been into my new house for the first time today and love it! It's a two bedroom semi so nothing exciting for most people but just the fact that it'll soon be mine makes me giddy with excitement and pride!

    Love the plot; set back about 2 1/2 to 3 car lengths from the road, back garden about 6m by 12m, not overlooked. Inside they were finishing plastering today. Next week roof should be tiled and inside painted, then the following week bathroom and kitchen should be fitted.

    Still on target to complete end of October and I'm going back in two weeks time (7the October) for another nosey.

    Exciting times!!
    Originally posted by laurajane6486
    It's a great feeling and it only gets better! I've still not moved in since completing at the end of July as I've only just got back into the country. My stuff is all in and needs putting away and today was the first Ikea run.

    Spent the afternoon building PAX wardrobes and now that furniture is starting to go in and the flooring is all down, despite the fact it's a tip it actually starts to feel like a house. Also met the neighbours for the first time yesterday and really looking forward to moving in. Tuesday will probably be night one!
    • laurajane6486
    • By laurajane6486 26th Sep 16, 7:49 PM
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    It's a great feeling and it only gets better! I've still not moved in since completing at the end of July as I've only just got back into the country. My stuff is all in and needs putting away and today was the first Ikea run.

    Spent the afternoon building PAX wardrobes and now that furniture is starting to go in and the flooring is all down, despite the fact it's a tip it actually starts to feel like a house. Also met the neighbours for the first time yesterday and really looking forward to moving in. Tuesday will probably be night one!
    Originally posted by mleach101
    How did you find assembling the PAX? I'm getting some for my bedroom.

    Hope you enjoy your first night there tomorrow!
    • visidigi
    • By visidigi 26th Sep 16, 8:03 PM
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    How did you find assembling the PAX? I'm getting some for my bedroom.

    Hope you enjoy your first night there tomorrow!
    Originally posted by laurajane6486
    Easy as pie to setup - just research ceiling heights to know which size you will get to clear the ceiling when building.

    Oh that and the shells weight 30-40kg a box - get friends
    • mleach101
    • By mleach101 26th Sep 16, 10:10 PM
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    Easy as pie to setup - just research ceiling heights to know which size you will get to clear the ceiling when building.

    Oh that and the shells weight 30-40kg a box - get friends
    Originally posted by visidigi
    That's basically my experience. The other thing to bear in mind is that the boxes are big! Too big for an estate or 4x4 so either get them delivered or hire a van. I've only had time to build the shells. Tomorrows job is fixing them together and hanging the doors.
    • dgtazzman
    • By dgtazzman 27th Sep 16, 3:59 AM
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    I had PAX for my first house years ago. They look good, they're relatively cheap, BUT if you plan on ever moving again, be ready to write them off, as they don't take apart and put together a second time very well. They're a bit of a one-shot wonder. Also, if you have drawers/baskets inside, I found the runners tend to go faster than expected. You need plenty of room and at least 2 people to put them together, or pay Ikea a little extra to do it for you (well, I think Ikea's own service is relatively expensive, there are other companies out there that will do it for less.)

    I had my furniture put together with this house and it was well worth the little extra. Took the team 6/7 hours to put together what would have taken me well over a week. One week of hard graft and I'm pretty much done now. Done some painting, added some furniture which I have put together myself, rugs, trinkets, etc.

    Just waiting for the tiler to come back from holiday to do the snagging in my bathrooms now, they've started sorting other snagging issues and seem keen to take care of all of it... Ended up with around 100 items on my final snagging list, so they have enough to do for a while.
    Last edited by dgtazzman; 27-09-2016 at 4:02 AM.
    • Jon B
    • By Jon B 27th Sep 16, 11:52 AM
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    I'd rather have the £10k off the house as £10k of extras won't equal £10k at real world prices. Yet you will be paying interest on that additional £10k on your house through your mortgage.
    • Arlo
    • By Arlo 27th Sep 16, 12:03 PM
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    Oh I never though of that cheers Jon B, husband is home Thursday so we will have to think of a plan then lol, fingers crossed!
    • laurajane6486
    • By laurajane6486 28th Sep 16, 9:44 PM
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    Thanks re the PAX info. They'll be for my master bedroom, but I'm also buying new Hemnes spare bedroom furniture to go with my Hemnes daybed spare bed (bought second hand but good condition a few months ago for £75...would have been £389 new!!). So I'm going to get it all delivered for £35. I'll have them delivered and put them up before I move in so the bedroom will be otherwise empty making them easier to put up. Ceiling heights are relatively low so having the shorter ones.

    I really wanted the sugared glass light fittings from Next for my living room but the 8 light ceiling light and 5 light floor lamp were £100 each! But my friend got a Next VIP slot last week and got them both for me for £99 total, saving me £101! Yay!
    • lee111s
    • By lee111s 28th Sep 16, 10:17 PM
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    We're going for a "pre plaster" inspection on Friday. Basically a tour of the house to see the location of cabling and pipework before the plasterboards go up. Very excited!

    Will be taking plenty of photographs
    • peld
    • By peld 29th Sep 16, 10:52 AM
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    probably the right place to ask this:

    Did anyone challenge the new build contract/offer to sell? (and successfully?

    We got our Offer to Sell from CALA and I think there are a number of clauses I think are completely unreasonable. e.g. no compensation if they fail to deliver by the longstop completion and we need to withdraw, if we pull out prior to sale we pay 5% interest on the price PLUS any shortfall on the resale price etc.

    Our solicitor has just basically said "this is normal, suck it up", and seemingly wont even challenge. I'm raging. FYI I review and negotiate a lot of contracts in my line of work (albeit from an operational/commercial perspective) so I know what im looking at.

    I'd also add that our house is built and complete, it was actually on the market for a while for a new build, and as we are part-exing, CALA has already shelled out for EA/surveys on our property.
    • pinkfluffybabe
    • By pinkfluffybabe 29th Sep 16, 8:23 PM
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    probably the right place to ask this:

    Did anyone challenge the new build contract/offer to sell? (and successfully?

    We got our Offer to Sell from CALA and I think there are a number of clauses I think are completely unreasonable. e.g. no compensation if they fail to deliver by the longstop completion and we need to withdraw, if we pull out prior to sale we pay 5% interest on the price PLUS any shortfall on the resale price etc.

    Our solicitor has just basically said "this is normal, suck it up", and seemingly wont even challenge. I'm raging. FYI I review and negotiate a lot of contracts in my line of work (albeit from an operational/commercial perspective) so I know what im looking at.

    I'd also add that our house is built and complete, it was actually on the market for a while for a new build, and as we are part-exing, CALA has already shelled out for EA/surveys on our property.
    Originally posted by peld
    Our lawyer is in the process of challenging our contract with Wimpey. He's successfully argued for the long-stop date to come forward to align with our mortgage expiry and HTB expiry. It is do-able, but not every lawyer may be willing to push back on it.
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    • swishy87
    • By swishy87 30th Sep 16, 6:44 PM
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    We have a long stop date in ours. But I don't think we get compensation if we pull out after that date, just lose no money. I was happy with that!
    • Arlo
    • By Arlo 1st Oct 16, 11:30 PM
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    I would like to join, today we have reserved a property at a Taylor Wimpey site, we managed 10k worth of extras & 1% fees paid. We originally wanted all our stamp duty but Our mortgage is with the Halifax and they only accept 1% when used with htb

    The house is ready in 6 weeks �� It has already had 6k of extras added such as double hob, kitchen upgrade, tiles in the hall, shower in main bathroom, rear turf, all the kitchen appliances are included & integrated, not sure what else. Will have to ask tomorrow when we go to do the paperwork.
    The house is quite high spec anyway including
    Downlighters to kitchen & all bathrooms
    Under unit lighting in kitchen
    Fitted wardrobes to master
    Chrome towel rails
    Tiles to kitchen & utility
    Front garden turfed
    Outside tap etc

    We had an appointment at 11am when they opened, had a look around the actual house, everyone tells us not to be so impulsive so we went to the local for lunch & to discuss it, when we went back an hour later the plot we wanted had been sold! They asked us if they could get us into any others but we really wanted that plot, 4 hours later the sales advisor rang us to say we could have it if we were still interested, the other people were a part exchange and seeing we have sold & in rented we are in a better position plus the house is almost complete & we are able to compete quickly. Apparently they have moved the other people to another plot, with some good incentives i am sure.

    I did want granite worktops, upgraded kitchen etc but seeing as they have already put the kitchen in we can not change it, luckily they have put the same kitchen as I would have picked in, a big double gas hob & we actually like all the floor tiles so it's. it a big issue.
    • laurajane6486
    • By laurajane6486 9th Oct 16, 1:01 PM
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    I went back in my house again yesterday yay! Kitchen, bathroom, downstairs loo, radiators, boiler, skirting boards, door architraves, light switches and plug sockets all in!

    Still to paint, put appliances in kitchen, flooring and carpets, patio slabs, driveway and front garden landscaping.

    I noticed a few minor upgrades were missing...two additional plug sockets and a shaver socket in the bathroom but they're going to sort them. They've also put up a shower curtain rail in the bathroom when I paid for a shower screen, so they're going to sort that.

    My only concern, that I forgot to mention but will ring them next week about, is the tiling around the corner sink in the downstairs loo. The tiles don't quite reach the end of each side of the sink. I assumed they would/should be the full length of each side of the sink but they come a couple of inches short. Is this normal or should I be asking them to retile it?

    Still looking at completion end of October which is exciting!
    • moonbeamglitter
    • By moonbeamglitter 9th Oct 16, 5:01 PM
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    Hi,

    I'd like to join this thread!
    We reserved our 3 bed London flat with Taylor Wimpey back in September and due to exchange end of October. Completion date is March.

    At the moment I seem to be drowning in paperwork from the solicitors and mortgage advisors but I am really looking forward to the options meeting later this month. We have integrated appliances included but get to upgrade the kitchen and flooring is not included.

    Everyone else's journeys sound very exciting!
    • swishy87
    • By swishy87 10th Oct 16, 7:59 AM
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    We are also still on for 28th October. Our carpets are meant to be getting fitted next week and we are expecting a home tour soon. Our road is now open so I can get up to the house. Very pleased with the size of the garden but already noticed stuff on the outside I need to tell them about. Chipped stone sills, pit of line stone sills, chip out of bay window frame.etc. Hoping we don't get into an argument about it all.
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