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New build deposit unlock scheme

Deposit Unlock explained Deposit Unlock is a new scheme to help first time buyers and home movers buy a new build home with a 5% deposit. But is it your best option? We look at how it works, who is eligible, how to buy under the scheme, mortgage options and […]

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New builds and ev charging : all change …..

The new grants from the Government’s Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV) replace the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which was available for owners of detached, semi-detached and terraced houses, as well as bungalows. The EVHS’s eligibility rules changed at the end of March 2022 to exclude most dwellings. The new payments are aimed at […]

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Building regulations changes 2022

I’ve been made aware that 60 days after the enactment of the Building Safety Act 2022, 26th April 2022 – the enforcement by the local authority of the Building Regulations will become possible for illegal works carried out within the last ten years. So that means wherever unauthorised or non-compliant […]

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Nhbc standards: where can I get a copy ?

You can access the standards from the NHBC we site , or download everything The key document for understanding snagging issues is “A Consistant Approach to Finishes” This outlined the key tolerances the nhbc use in assessing materials and workmanship

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Steps in gardens ..nhbc standards

Guarding and steps Retaining structures and steps shall be adequately guarded and allow safe use. Guarding should be provided where: structures are retaining land more than 600mm high to which people have access a retaining structure is more than 600mm high and the dimension from the top of the retaining […]

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Good brickwork : a snaggers guide

There are many resources on the net on what good brickwork looks like , but little on what bad brickwork is and perhaps how it’s come about One useful resource is the NHBC guide to good brickwork which now out of print is available to view and download So what […]

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New Build Survey Results

Homeowners reveal what they wish they’d known before buying Over 7000 buyers who bought a new build in the last 3 years recently revealed their regrets. Property management, parking and gardens top the list of things they wish they had thought about before buying their home. Those surveyed also voted […]

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How Many Sockets in a New Build House?

Rooms should be provided with the minimum number of 13A outlets listed in Table 6 (dual outlets count as two). Table 6: Minimum number of outletsRoom Outlets NotesKitchen/utility 8 Where homes have separate areas, the kitchen should have a minimum of four outlets and the utility room four. Where appliances […]

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My new build floors aren’t flat and level …what are the tolerances?

Floors should be: taken from the NHBC standards chapter 9.2 level within a 3mm deviation per 1m for floors up to 6m across (measured at the furthest points across the full width of the floor) a maximum of 20mm out of level for floors over 6m across flat within a […]

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Means of Escape / Egress in a New Build Home

This area is covered by the approved documents if the building regulations part B1 and the NHBC standards Both state in the event of a fire there should be means of sounding alarm and means of escape Essentially there are 3 means of escape from a building 1 by means […]

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