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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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    • Tygermoth
    • By Tygermoth 17th Feb 16, 1:39 PM
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    OOh I will. Also FTB reserved on the 25 Jan. Build is due to complete July. Not exchanged yet. HTB funding and mortgage have been agreed.

    Yesterday the draft contract arrived and my SOLs are adding a quality clause, long stop date and 'completion can only happen on a clean bill of health from the buyers surveyor'

    This being said my Sol is expecting them to majorly baulk at the additions to the contract, but as we both said they promise in their paperwork to deliver a quality build - so they need to put their money where their mouth is.

    Got my environmental survey back today and I am worried as it states, even though the area has no historic flooding, that they have noted the property is at risk from standing water flooding... but then goes on to state - 'to be sure and to clarify for future insurance purposes' I need to buy a further report! Ggggrrr

    Also went down to take some photos of the site at the weekend for posterity. Was surprised to see foundations down as we are a later phase so wasn't expecting that at all.

    However this has also got me worried as the house is set in on a slight incline and the drive is butted against the back of the house... however it looks like they have miss calculated the pitch as the drive sits much higher up the back of the house than plans or the planning illustrations (on the gov. planning site) show. As the utility room door is due to open in from that drive I can!!!8217;t see how that is going to happen (unless they put stairs into the utility meaning a loss of usable space in the room)

    Have a !!!8216;post res!!!8217; meeting next week with the site manager to go through the house plans in detail so will be looking to discuss this then too. We are not getting any upgrades at all - just an outside tap/plug and maybe light and power to the loft. After speaking to people on the first phase of the site they said upgrades were done to a poor standard and not worth the cost.

    Just to see if you have had the same experience:

    Spent the first few weeks reading and learning everything I can re the builder as after confirming we were getting a new build everyone and his dog chose to send me new build horror stories. It was not like I hadn't looked into this but everyone keeps telling me I will be sorry they all had a friend of a friend who mothers brothers cousin had a terrible experience.

    I don!!!8217;t know if you have found the same but people I don't know or have not asked for advice from, and don't have direct experience still feel the need to take it upon themselves to give me their 2 pennies worth on new builds.

    I have had to bite my tongue more times than I care to mention. Helpful advice, tips or even direct experiences I will happily take on board and learn from but so far all I have got is strong unquantified personal opinion dressed up as !!!8216;advice!!!8217;

    But hey ho !!!8211; I cant argue back as the naysayers may just be right in the end. We will see when she!!!8217;s built!

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    • baxt3r
    • By baxt3r 17th Feb 16, 10:53 PM
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    • 17th Feb 16, 10:53 PM
    Hi,

    I'll join this thread!

    We reserved with Redrow around 5 weeks ago and due to exchange next week.

    So far... and I hope I don't regret saying this but it's gone fairly smooth.

    House not due until June but so far we've found the builders really helpful. We noticed when doing the contracts that the plot on the plan was bigger then expected, went to the site and there was a fence in that didn't represent the plan. A 2 minute conversation and check of the plan and all agreed the fence needs to be moved and we are getting the bigger plot.

    Our house is up and windows in so watertight now. We're also taking pictures regularly and can't wait.

    (The only thing I'd ask from this thread is that all the new build haters leave this alone and find somewhere else to vent. This isn't my first house and I've made an informed decision based on cost, offer and current and future market value. For us, we feel this is the right house and are happy with the choice we've made.)
    • baxt3r
    • By baxt3r 17th Feb 16, 11:15 PM
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    • 17th Feb 16, 11:15 PM
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    • 17th Feb 16, 11:15 PM
    dont know if you have found the same but people I don't know or have not asked for advice from, and don't have direct experience still feel the need to take it upon themselves to give me their 2 pennies worth on new builds.

    I have had to bite my tongue more times than I care to mention. Helpful advice, tips or even direct experiences I will happily take on board and learn from but so far all I have got is strong unquantified personal opinion dressed up as ‘advice’

    But hey ho – I cant argue back as the naysayers may just be right in the end. We will see when she’s built!

    Originally posted by Tygermoth
    Lol I hadn't read this before I posted but it's clear we've both heard the same types of arguments. Everyone's entitled to opinions and the preference for a new house is mine !!!128522;
    • chlo88
    • By chlo88 17th Feb 16, 11:41 PM
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    Hi to both of you, looks like were all summer movers so will be good to have people to wait out the next few months with. I'm so impatient I just want it to be ready, but good things come to those who wait and all that.....

    Yes I totally agree this thread needs to be positive, we all know what we've signed up for and have chosen a new build because we like them. For us we've particularly done it because we wanted a blank canvas and something ready to go that we can just furnish. Also we haven't got the extra money to do repairs on an older house or project so a new build is perfect for us to get our feet on the housing ladder. We have some friends who bought a new build recently and they love their house. However when they bought it, the house had already been built and everything fitted so a very different experience to buying off plan.

    Tygermoth- that's frustrating about the survey. Are you going to pay the extra now? Very clever of them it hooks you in to pay and probably find out there's nothing wrong like you thought! Great news the foundations are down. It's lovely watching your house been built knowing it's yours. Definitely bring it up at the meeting, with it been early stages of build hopefully they can amend it to reflect how you were expecting. Let us know how you get on.

    Baxt3er- wow your house is really coming along and sounds like should be fine for June completion. I'm glad it's gone smoothly (touch wood) so has ours! I keep waiting for a hiccup but it's all be smooth sailing so far.

    Tonight we've been trying to set a budget to stick to for our options meeting and working out what's essential for us and what's desirable. We've also been trying to see what we can get cheaper else where. A built in microwave is £650 seems a bit crazy ! But then other stuff seems reasonable. They've thrown in carpets, tiling , Lino, fridgefreezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and extra kitchen cabinets as the incentives. However my gut is telling me that when I get to the meeting things will be pricier than I was expecting.
    • Haylescom
    • By Haylescom 17th Feb 16, 11:55 PM
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    • 17th Feb 16, 11:55 PM
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    Another new build buyer here, also heard all the horror stories but we're not going into this expecting a perfect house!
    We reserved in December and house is due to be finished in March. We part exd our current property which has taken out lots of the stress. We're now waiting for contracts whcih our solicitor assures us will be done soon (she told the MA she was aiming to have them done Monday but no sign of it yet).
    We already done our options obviously and I must say I was really pleased with how honest the sales guy was with putting us off of things we could easily do ourselves at a much better price like wardrobes!
    • Haylescom
    • By Haylescom 18th Feb 16, 2:57 PM
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    • 18th Feb 16, 2:57 PM
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    • 18th Feb 16, 2:57 PM
    Still no contracts...and now the solicitor can't find our passports. I'm so fed up I could cry and she really doesn't seem the slightest bit concerned!
    • MrsElliot
    • By MrsElliot 18th Feb 16, 3:08 PM
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    • 18th Feb 16, 3:08 PM
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    • 18th Feb 16, 3:08 PM
    ahhh I have been there we bought a new build last year we paid a reservation fee of £500 in June and was supposed to exchange in July however we ended up exchanging and completing same day in October 2015 and moved in November...Its really really hard waiting but you have to be patient, (it was our solicitor that delayed the process but then again she was only looking after us!) it is exciting watching your house being built.

    Don't worry about the scare stories of new build, yes there will be snagging to do. I actually did cry when I got the keys and looked round and saw some snags to do as I was emotionally exhausted by the whole house buying process but the builder has been great about it and has sorted everything out (I think they were in a rush to get it finished for completion as bad weather had delayed the build slightly)

    New builds are smaller but they are more efficient than older houses and we are much happier in this house than the old Victorian terrace we used to live. There are hidden costs but stick to your budget with the extras. We too have put up with people slagging off new builds and know they aren't for everyone but we are really happy with ours.
    Anyway just wanted to offer some support. Good luck with your new home
    • Tygermoth
    • By Tygermoth 18th Feb 16, 3:11 PM
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    • 18th Feb 16, 3:11 PM
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    • 18th Feb 16, 3:11 PM
    If it makes you feel better -


    Our FA lost our bank statements
    Our Sols gave us passport copies but forgot to give us the originals back
    The bank has lost all our certified docs


    The bank also called us to ask what an regular outgoing on the statements was for.... when the payee on the statement was clearly noted as the '***** car finance payment'


    I calmly stated it was the car finance payment, which we noted on our outgoing sheet. Oh, right she said and thanked my for clearing that up for her.
    • Haylescom
    • By Haylescom 18th Feb 16, 3:22 PM
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    If they're lost then they're lost and we'll get them replaced. The thing is they hadn't been certified before they got lost (she actually says they were never given to her, although they confirmed receipt of them on 24th December). So that is another pieceof the puzzle that hasn't been completed.
    Would they accept a photo driver's licence instead?
    • bt1
    • By bt1 18th Feb 16, 4:36 PM
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    Think I will join the club!


    We reserved a Taylor Wimpey plot for a 3 bed house back in November 2015 - for a completion date of "June/July"


    Contracts haven't been sent out yet, but apparently they have started to be sent so hopefully hear something soon!


    I work very close to the development and have seen they have started on the ground floor already! It's still all boarded up so I can only peak in when the main doors are open to let works people in!
    (Tempted to send a drone in so I can get a good look LOL)


    I should be exchanging on the sale of my flat this week and completing next week - lucky to be able to stay there and rent until the new house is finished!


    Apparently we don't get to choose options til after the roof is on, all I want is lawn and bathroom flooring, the rest I think we will do when we are in as I've heard they are very expensive.
    • visidigi
    • By visidigi 18th Feb 16, 6:16 PM
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    I'll Join in too then

    Not first time buyers,but moving to a new build as we're just too busy/lazy/fed up of patching old houses - that and it just suits us for what we want.

    We reserved this month and its due to be completed by the end of July.

    We've got hardly any incentive from the builder as they dropped the price of all houses on the development (they only have 9 of 34 left and 6 of those are expensive 5 beds) - we managed a 'free' upgrade to the integrated kitchen option.

    We've decided to carpet one bedroom, not the stairs. We are going to floor the ground floor with tiles and amtico - the rest we will get done by a local fitter (not doing the stairs is a good tip, read up this avoids it getting dirty with all the movement round move in).

    We've sold our existing house, its going through now, but that will complete in May, so we are breaking the chain and moving in with the inlaws for a few months to ensure the chain didn't collapse (my buyers buyer is an impatient first time buyer )

    Can't wait to move in - can't believe the cost of everything up to now either - you need some serious reserves for all the unforeseen and we've really only just started!
    • luis1988
    • By luis1988 18th Feb 16, 8:34 PM
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    Hi all!

    I guess we'll also join this thread .

    We are first time buyers and have recently put down a deposit on a three bed new build in South Oxfordshire. We are currently applying to HTB for the 'Authority to Proceed' and will then go ahead with the full mortgage application, all a bit daunting!

    Nevertheless we are both incredibly excited and also don't want to wait until the end of June for our estimated completion date!

    Not many incentives were included in the end as we got just over £40k off the asking price, but we did still manage to wangle £2k off stamp duty and an integrated fridge freezer! We will be deciding on options/extras in the next couple of weeks, but it is so difficult to work out our overall budget!

    Any tips or advice anyone has for 'kitting' out the house would be greatly appreciated .

    Oh and good luck to all !
    • Tygermoth
    • By Tygermoth 18th Feb 16, 8:50 PM
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    As we are down south and in swift commuting distance to central London (and housing prices are booming here) we paid full price and had no offers for upgrades - as all houses sold the same day they were released - except the coach house. So no help to you at all.

    Sorry
    • luis1988
    • By luis1988 18th Feb 16, 8:54 PM
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    Tygermoth, where about's are you buying out of interest? Our local(ish) train station gets us into Paddington in 45 minutes which is pretty much best we could do! But we did base it mainly around our work locations, although quite often I am in London (two main offices) so needed best of both.
    • Haylescom
    • By Haylescom 18th Feb 16, 9:49 PM
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    Luis we've bought about 3k worth of *extras*. I wanted the flooring done so it includes that, an upgrade to a stainless steel oven, heated towel rail, outside tap and power point, upgraded kitchen cabinets. Oh and a turfed garden.
    The cost of their integrated kitchen was extortionate and I'm not bothered if it's free-standing so I bought those bits in January sales (we have to leave ours in the old house as condition of sale).
    Our sales advisor talked me out of some things! Downlights under kitchen cabinets (by the battery ones in wilko), fitted wardrobes (cheaper to do yourself) and a fireplace (get a feel for the house first). We decided against a porch light but upon visiting they've put wiring in for one anyway.
    • hollypop
    • By hollypop 19th Feb 16, 10:46 AM
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    I'll join you!
    Hello All, What a great little thread. I have to join in! We decided on a new build (even though more expensive than a second hand home) mainly becaus eof the HTB scheme, it's meant we could buy our 'forever home' in the first place rather than looking to move 5/10 years down the line.

    My fianc!e and I reserved our new build Redrow property in January, we've had the mortgage & HTB offers through and last night went to the solicitor to sign the contract and pay the deposit.
    She is just waiting on some final bits coming through then hoping to exchange next week.

    Our home is due to complete around end of May time!

    The only hurdle we've come across so far is that they changed the kitchen layout without telling us till after it was ordered.. it's a bit disappointing as one of the reasons we chose that house type was because of the nice kitchen layout.. but nothing we can do about it apparently we have to have the new layout.. we've asked to see some plans so just waiting on them coming through; however it's a little late now if the plugs are in the wrong place as first fix has been done.

    We've made it our Sunday morning trip out every week to go to the site and take some pictures! The house is coming along nicely, we now have walls, a roof, windows and even a front door! The garage roof is been put on this week.

    We're hoping that this time it all goes through ok, as we were involved in a self build that all fell through so it's very nerve racking, but at the same time great to actually see something been built.

    Trying to be patient but would like it complete now! we are getting married 4 weeks after its due to complete too !
    • Haylescom
    • By Haylescom 19th Feb 16, 11:53 AM
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    We had a meeting with the senior partner this morning to sign the paperwork. She said she is still awaiting some documentation from the builders regarding confirmation of permission to sell.
    From our point we have done all of our paperwork and will await exchange. They are still looking for the passports but the senior partner is sure they're in the office (as am I). The other paperwork I sent with them is also not in our file so the solicitor can't find a whole batch, despite verbal confirmation that she had it. We got a very sincere apology and a large discount.

    They were also under the impression we were completing next Friday! We were always working towards a mid March deadline and we won't be ready to complete on Friday. They've only just started painting the walls so don't think they'd be ready either.
    Fingers crossed for everyone!
    • chlo88
    • By chlo88 20th Feb 16, 12:33 AM
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    Welcome to all the others on this thread so we miller homes contacted us today and they've received the htb authority to proceed so we are already to exchange so think this should be done by end of next week! Hollypop love your little Sunday trips that's exactly what we do! Although were trying to limit them to once a month so we can see the difference lol! Must say from this thread and others redrow seem really good and that they get moving all the houses seem to be ready in advance! I'm counting down the days till we complete literally and passing the time with a lot of overtime to pay for all new furnishings ha!
    • Tygermoth
    • By Tygermoth 20th Feb 16, 8:21 AM
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    Great! i thought i was the only one that was stalking my own house - so happy to find i am not

    Saturday visits here. Take the dog after agility (cause he loves a long sleep in the car on a heated seat - pampered pooch) drive the 45 mins. sneak through some underbrush take photos. Then walk down the hill to the local park and normally find a fellow dog walker to chat to about the site and area.

    The saturday stalking has a dual purpose as the OH has not seen the house build at all - The same as Chlo88 above, he is killing the overtime at the mo, not for extras but to settle stamp duty. We had saved that up..... but we were obliged to pay more over to the deposit. So Mr. Tygermoth is currently putting in more hours than a junior doctor. (I would too but there is no provision where I work)

    As such we are in the unusual position of wanting the build to run late! we are not handing our notice in on our rental until after completion so we can have an overlap for drying out, flooring being fitted and removals. This means we have no stress if the build overuns.

    Seems a little expensive? well many many years ago i was made homeless after the house i was buying, just before exchange and completion - they wanted same day - took on a higher offer. They did tell me if i matched it we could continue. However i was a FTB with no extra funds so they dropped me like a hot potato.

    I had already handed in my notice the landlord refused to rescind as he already had a new tenant lined up.

    So within a week I suddenly I lost all the money I had paid for my searches, surveys and fees, the house i thought i was moving into and my rental home. I have never been so stressed in my life. To stop the above we are doing a crossover.

    Anyone geeky enough to want to post build progress photos? or is that going a tad to far lol
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