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    • Pantobabe
    • By Pantobabe 4th Dec 17, 7:32 PM
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    New Build with Bellway Option choices- buy from them or separate?
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    • 4th Dec 17, 7:32 PM
    New Build with Bellway Option choices- buy from them or separate? 4th Dec 17 at 7:32 PM
    Hi there,

    I am just about to buy a new build home with Bellway homes and had a question about upgrades and options as I have heard many a story about not to buy directly from the developers.

    Basically, having fallen in love with the showhome we typically found out that most of the appliances/fixtures and fittings were upgrades and not offered as standard. We have been given a £2500 voucher from a bellway to spend on upgrades but obviously anticipate we have to put a lot more to it ourselves too.

    We would like to upgrade the
    -flooring to tiles in the kitchen and hall and carpets everywhere else
    -internal doors to glass doors
    -bathroom (money dependant)

    Which of these would people recommend doing through the developer and which could we possibly save money on doing ourselves (my o/hís brothers are in the trade, one a builder and one a plumber but itís a case of itíll be finished in 5 years if we let them do it)

    Thanks in advance!
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    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 4th Dec 17, 7:59 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 7:59 PM
    The only thing youíll definitely be able to do yourself without ripping out a whole kitchen/bathroom that needs to be in place before purchase (for building control sign off and your mortgage) is the flooring.

    And maybe the doors, but Iím not so sure about that either.

    No way will they let you install your own kitchen and bathrooms. Certain appliances, you could.
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    • SuboJvR
    • By SuboJvR 4th Dec 17, 10:35 PM
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    I’m pretty sure they need to give you a usable kitchen and bathroom to achieve the required sign offs from NHBC. So, you need to let them put something in.

    If we were so inclined and had the money I would have done upgrades to kitchen and bathroom with our builder as then you have comeback to them for any issues. We got our flooring done separately (if you do this make sure they screed the floor) which also meant we had to get the doors trimmed afterward too. Not a big deal just unexpected. Our flooring was £2800 instead of £7500 from builder.

    we did however get the builder to tile the floors in our bathroom and cloakroom so they were usable for purpose from day 1.
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