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    • SeagullFTB
    • By SeagullFTB 9th Jun 17, 3:45 PM
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    Taylor Wimpey Options
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    • 9th Jun 17, 3:45 PM
    Taylor Wimpey Options 9th Jun 17 at 3:45 PM
    We have an appointment with Taylor Wimpey to discuss the options for our new build flat, but we're currently on quite a tight budget.


    We've managed to get them to throw in an integrated fridge-freezer and dishwasher already. Is it likely that we could get them to give us a little bit more?


    Our biggest cost is going to be flooring. We're going to get a quote from a third party to see how much extra Taylor Wimpey are charging. Does anyone have any idea how much Taylor Wimpey charge for their extras?
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    • SquirrelRM
    • By SquirrelRM 9th Jun 17, 4:02 PM
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    It depends on what you want. I thought some things were reasonably priced and some that were overpriced. Some we were willing to pay a little extra for the convenience. As an example; carpet and Karndean was quoted as £6700 via TW, we have gone to a local carpet store and have got better quality carpet with 10mm underlay, karndean and vinyl for bathroom and en suite for £4000. If I can help with any other specifics please let me know. X
    • SeagullFTB
    • By SeagullFTB 9th Jun 17, 4:30 PM
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    That's helpful to know.


    Out of interest, was that flooring for a flat or a house?
    • SquirrelRM
    • By SquirrelRM 9th Jun 17, 4:54 PM
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    4 bed detached house. Approx 1250 sq ft. X
    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 9th Jun 17, 5:05 PM
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    • 9th Jun 17, 5:05 PM
    Did you watch the 'Tonight' programme last night ?
    It was all about the number of major faults in new-build properties, and the trouble buyers had getting them put right. They were talking to people that had bought leasehold houses & flats and found the cost of their lease going up and up. They said the situation had got so bad, some banks & building societies were now refusing to give loans on them, 'cos some properties were un-sellable.
    http://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/fqqzg4/tonight--new-build-nightmares-tonight/
    • SeagullFTB
    • By SeagullFTB 9th Jun 17, 5:54 PM
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    Ours is a two bedroom flat (680 sq ft) so should be around half that cost. It's useful to have a rough figure in mind.

    I didn't see that programme. Not sure if I want to! Haha.
    • SuboJvR
    • By SuboJvR 9th Jun 17, 7:10 PM
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    We are having a "flooring weekend" this weekend - tomorrow going to all the usual suspects to get some ideas of pricing, then on Sunday have an options meeting with TW for our new house.

    I will update with our findings. We too are on our budget. Depending in particular on what happens with our rental overlap, there's a moderate chance we will move in without any flooring of significance to begin with

    I did have some advice today though - I assume you are First Time Buyers as well and probably not looked at carpets and the like before, like us? - in that we should consider using as much non-carpet as possible, potentially only carpet on the stairs. I suffer a lot with allergies and this recommendation came from a paediatric nurse friend of mine who says that recommendations now for asthma are to try and avoid carpet if possible due to how much matter, particles etc it can collect, especially if pets are involved.

    I still dream of having my own cat (despite my rotten allergies) so it may be hard flooring for us all the way!!
    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 9th Jun 17, 9:35 PM
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    4 bed detached house. Approx 1250 sq ft. X
    Originally posted by SquirrelRM
    That is really small for a 4 bed house roughly the size of a 1930s 3 bed semi. I live in a 4 bed semi and that is 1900 sq feet and it isn't what I would describe as a big house. Are you buying it new? Have you measured the rooms to see if you can fit normal sized furniture into them. I can't imagine how they get 4 beds into such a small house.
    • SquirrelRM
    • By SquirrelRM 10th Jun 17, 3:14 PM
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    • 10th Jun 17, 3:14 PM
    That is really small for a 4 bed house roughly the size of a 1930s 3 bed semi. I live in a 4 bed semi and that is 1900 sq feet and it isn't what I would describe as a big house. Are you buying it new? Have you measured the rooms to see if you can fit normal sized furniture into them. I can't imagine how they get 4 beds into such a small house.
    Originally posted by Cakeguts
    Thanks Cakeguts. We are more than happy with the room sizes, it has been measured to within an inch of its life!
    Last edited by SquirrelRM; 10-06-2017 at 3:18 PM.
    • SeagullFTB
    • By SeagullFTB 10th Jun 17, 5:10 PM
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    Just a quick update.

    We had our options meeting with Taylor Wimpey. We got:

    - Upgraded kitchen cupboard doors (New York style)
    - Standard kitchen work top.
    - Upgraded stainless steel extractor hood.
    - Standard stainless steel splashback.
    - Integrated dishwasher and 70/30 fridge-freezer.
    - Standard bathrom tiles in both the main bathroom and en suite.
    - Upgraded shower and shower screen over bath.

    Total cost: £0

    They threw it all in.

    We got a quote for the flooring and built in wardrobe.

    For hardwood flooring in kitchen, lounge and hallway, carpet in both bedrooms and tiles in both bathrooms, it'll be about £4500. A two door built in wardrobe is £750.

    We're going to get other quotes before making a decision.
    • TDPIX
    • By TDPIX 10th Jun 17, 9:45 PM
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    Sounds like you had a good deal there, well done

    That is really small for a 4 bed house roughly the size of a 1930s 3 bed semi. I live in a 4 bed semi and that is 1900 sq feet and it isn't what I would describe as a big house. Are you buying it new? Have you measured the rooms to see if you can fit normal sized furniture into them. I can't imagine how they get 4 beds into such a small house.
    Our current 3 bed semi is 753 square foot (built in the 1970s). Our (soon to be) new build will be a 1180 square foot 4 bed, so a fair bit bigger than our current non-new-build.

    I haven't ever seen a 1900 square foot semi in this area, so maybe it's area specific?

    (All our normal sized furniture will fit fine in the new build, too).
    Last edited by TDPIX; 10-06-2017 at 9:51 PM.
    • SquirrelRM
    • By SquirrelRM 10th Jun 17, 10:10 PM
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    Sounds like you had a good deal there, well done


    Our current 3 bed semi is 753 square foot (built in the 1970s). Our (soon to be) new build will be a 1180 square foot 4 bed, so a fair bit bigger than our current non-new-build.

    I haven't ever seen a 1900 square foot semi in this area, so maybe it's area specific?

    (All our normal sized furniture will fit fine in the new build, too).
    Originally posted by TDPIX
    Thanks for this! Was beginning to think we were purchasing a hobbit hole!
    • Captain89
    • By Captain89 10th Jun 17, 11:38 PM
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    1180 seems small to me for a 4 bed house. I just bought a new 2 bed terrace and its 904 sf. The Standard 3 beds here are 1250 sf and these are not what I would consider good sized houses.
    • SuboJvR
    • By SuboJvR 14th Jun 17, 2:56 PM
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    So ours is a three bed semi, with upstairs bathroom and downstairs cloakroom.

    We looked at the Karndean flooring for basically the whole house except stairs and landing - £7500.

    We are very keen on having hard floors so much as possible but, not at that pricing, which is roughly £80 per square metre for us.

    A local independent flooring firm have luxury vinyl for £10/sq m, then another £10/sq m to fit. I can't imaging the screed is going to be the extra £60/sq m so, no thanks TW.

    We didn't go for any upgrades and they didn't offer to throw anything in :-( but they are giving us money toward stamp duty instead.

    All we committed to was a shaver socket in the bathroom, and two extra power points, one for the cupboard under the stairs where the Dyson can go!
    • OneEyedFish
    • By OneEyedFish 21st Aug 17, 3:02 PM
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    Just a quick update.

    We had our options meeting with Taylor Wimpey. We got:

    - Upgraded kitchen cupboard doors (New York style)
    - Standard kitchen work top.
    - Upgraded stainless steel extractor hood.
    - Standard stainless steel splashback.
    - Integrated dishwasher and 70/30 fridge-freezer.
    - Standard bathrom tiles in both the main bathroom and en suite.
    - Upgraded shower and shower screen over bath.

    Total cost: £0

    They threw it all in.

    We got a quote for the flooring and built in wardrobe.

    For hardwood flooring in kitchen, lounge and hallway, carpet in both bedrooms and tiles in both bathrooms, it'll be about £4500. A two door built in wardrobe is £750.

    We're going to get other quotes before making a decision.
    Originally posted by SeagullFTB
    How did you manage to secure those upgrades at no extra cost? What was the benefit for Taylor Wimpey in giving you that free of charge, presumably without any commitment from yourself to opt for upgraded flooring etc? I am due to have an options meeting in the next few weeks and it would of course be useful to know how to get them to budge.
    • dh058977
    • By dh058977 21st Aug 17, 3:43 PM
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    How did you manage to secure those upgrades at no extra cost? What was the benefit for Taylor Wimpey in giving you that free of charge, presumably without any commitment from yourself to opt for upgraded flooring etc? I am due to have an options meeting in the next few weeks and it would of course be useful to know how to get them to budge.
    Originally posted by OneEyedFish

    We have recently purchased a 4 bed Taylor Wimpey property in the South East and we were offered £5k towards extras / options right off the bat.


    When it came to the options meeting I actually expected them to have conveniently 'forgotten' the offer as it was just a flippant comment when we first looked but they were true to their word and took £5k off the £8k of choices we made.


    If anyone wants to see a break down of the costs we were given, just let me know.


    We went for . . .
    Fully tiled en suite and main bathroom, 3/4 height in the cloakroom.
    Shower over bath and screen
    Towel rails in all three
    Some extra sockets
    Outside tap & 2 outside sockets
    Doorbell (Yes, that was extra!)
    Integrated appliances (DW, WM and FF)
    A few other bits like a square sink in the en suite, soft close toilet seats etc


    I have since been talking to the groundworkers to get some extra patio laid.
    • SeagullFTB
    • By SeagullFTB 21st Aug 17, 3:53 PM
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    How did you manage to secure those upgrades at no extra cost? What was the benefit for Taylor Wimpey in giving you that free of charge, presumably without any commitment from yourself to opt for upgraded flooring etc? I am due to have an options meeting in the next few weeks and it would of course be useful to know how to get them to budge.
    Originally posted by OneEyedFish

    We asked if any white goods were included before we reserved the property. We were told that they weren't, but they then offers to throw in a few extras such as the fridge-freezer and dishwasher. The items listed were the only incentives that we got. We couldn't swing anything more.


    Annoyingly, a few days after reserving the property, they began to advertise the remaining properties with 'stamp duty paid', which we were no longer eligible for.
    • Feeling Blue
    • By Feeling Blue 4th Sep 17, 4:13 PM
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    We had a £5k options voucher and nothing else. The development is selling well so no reason for them to offer much else.

    We went elsewhere for the flooring as TW were too much. However, they do sub it out to another company, so an extra margin is going on. One thing to consider, they told us that they would not allow any workmen (fitters) on site prior to completion. Not ideal when you are moving in and having the carpets fitted at the same time.

    Some options are better value than others.

    Overall, TW have been very fair and decent with us, including trimming all of our doors for free, which they didn't need to do.
    • scottishblondie
    • By scottishblondie 5th Sep 17, 8:15 AM
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    When you're choosing extras in a new build, make sure to have a look at the number and location of sockets, as well as where they're putting the radiators and light/isolation switches etc. Sometimes they don't put in enough, or they don't put things in sensible places. If you catch it early then you can ask for them to be moved. More sockets will come at a cost, but I thought it was worth it to avoid the mess later on!
    • AnotherJoe
    • By AnotherJoe 5th Sep 17, 9:43 AM
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    When you're choosing extras in a new build, make sure to have a look at the number and location of sockets, as well as where they're putting the radiators and light/isolation switches etc. Sometimes they don't put in enough, or they don't put things in sensible places. If you catch it early then you can ask for them to be moved. More sockets will come at a cost, but I thought it was worth it to avoid the mess later on!
    Originally posted by scottishblondie
    Great advice. Take a walk around and look at where extra sockets can go, almost certainly there aren't enough to start with.
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