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29-10-2019, 16:52   #61
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The wall looks better yes, but how will they build a wall over the manhole covers?
On the lower path which looks like how the one they were shown was done.
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29-10-2019, 16:59   #62
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Agreed. I'd be happier with the concrete and the small wall than with the paving

Good to hear opnions like that, it makes feel better by having the wall now


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Few wall top planters should solve that, something like:

Great idea and it looks nice! Not this big white box though, but something similar


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Think the wall looks better..

Yea, it looks nice!


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The small wall (matching your house colour) will work well and resolve the issue I feel if you're happy with it.

However, do not sign anything until the snagging is done, the builders have rectified things, and then you've agreed that they're rectified properly.

The builders' solicitors (and your own, by the sound of things) will be pressuring you to close out. Once you sign the closing paperwork, your chances of getting anything fixed drops away to practically zero.

Despite this not being my first time around, I left them away with one or two small things on my snag list that they promised would get sorted, and 15 months later they're not done, and I suspect I can go whistle for them at this point. When you do your snag list (or get someone to do it for you), make a note to yourself of the things that you will not sign without. Don't share that with anyone, keep it to yourself.

IIRC it took about 2 months from the date I did my snag list to me signing the paperwork, as the builders kept putting off fixes, or doing them wrong, etc. The whole time I was getting nasty letters from their side pressuring me to close out. Each time I just replied with the list of oustanding items, and reiterating that I was looking forward to signing once all items were complete. In the end it was their own solicitors putting pressure on them that got the builders to fix things.

Don't feel like "this item is too trivial to put on the snag list". Put everything on there. You can be willing to let a few of them go later on, but if they're not on the list they don't exist.

Thanks, I won't sign anything until everything is complete. I will contract some well reviewed person to do the snag with me. I'm looking forward to moving into the new house, but I won't sign until everything is done.



I feel sorry for your situation, this is really annoying the way they don't care about you once they get your money and everything signed.


Thanks again for all suggestions. I'll be very very cautious during the snag and take note of everything.
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It will be hard to build a wall there at the front with all the manholes, unless they build it at the lower level.

I wouldn't like all those chamber covers outside my front door either.

I think it will be at the lower level. I don't like the manholes either, but at this stage, not much I could do


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The wall looks better yes, but how will they build a wall over the manhole covers?

I would say they will build at the lower level.


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It’s a **** situation. However new build contracts are very onerous and cover the builder is nearly every situation to change as much as they need to without needing additional planning. I don’t think a different solicitor would have helped. To be honest attitudes of builders is take it or leave it. I know of people who’s solicitors have tried to amend to modify clauses and it’s not allowed. All they can do is highlight the clauses, which they did, and hope no changes are made. You are at the builders mercy to change this. There won’t be anything in your contract to help you - your builder would have made sure of it.

So in reality your option is now with the builder, which is what your doing to see how it can be improved.

Yeah, this is really annoying and when I started the process of buying a house I never thought it would be like that.
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On the lower path which looks like how the one they were shown was done.

I guess so, as the space between the manhole and the edge of the concrete does not fit a brick
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That pavement needed minimal design to look nice but it was probably left to some unsupervised cowboy to sort out, depressing to see how people pay a fortune for their dream house only to be treated to subpar standards
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To be fair to the builder here he is working on a compromise which from what I can see is a good one. He has engaged with the buyer. The step didn’t look great and was probably too high but I’d suspect with the shores and front door height he was limited in what he could do. He probably should have done a better job from the start but I think the OP is going to end up with the better solution in the end.
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That massive step is unacceptable. Whats with all the services and manholes - there are three immediately outside the door ?? and at least 7 within a short area. There is no way the council engineer is going to sign off building control on a wall containing those service holes.

The side of the house - is that your parking spot ?

On the solicitor - its the same solicitor for the both the vendor and the buyer ? The Conveyancing Conflicts Task Force Regulations prohibit this.
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The manholes for utilities are in the wrong place, they need access, so no cobble lock, just ask the builder to move them to footpath, if you look at drawings ( which I did not) they should not be that close to your door.

Just ask builder to move them and replace with cobble lock.
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The manholes for utilities are in the wrong place, they need access, so no cobble lock, just ask the builder to move them to footpath, if you look at drawings ( which I did not) they should not be that close to your door.

Just ask builder to move them and replace with cobble lock.
The builder is not going to dig up all that finished work to realign pipe work.
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The builder is not going to dig up all that finished work to realign pipe work.

He will if plans say they are in wrong place, they are just outside OPs door for god sake
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The builder is not going to dig up all that finished work to realign pipe work.

Well he is going to have to anyway to make it anyway accessible. Big drop step is higher than the kerb, with 4 service holes immediately outside the front door!


WTF clown thought that was acceptable.


Anyone seen the picture posted earlier in the thread of the other corner house. Zoom in outside the front door. Is that what I think it is ?
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Well he is going to have to anyway to make it anyway accessible. Big drop step is higher than the kerb, with 4 service holes immediately outside the front door!


WTF clown thought that was acceptable.


Anyone seen the picture posted earlier in the thread of the other corner house. Zoom in outside the front door. Is that what I think it is ?
It’s a speed bump to slow kids down on scooters.
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It’s a speed bump to slow kids down on scooters.

A speedbump eh.


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I think that’s just a doormat.
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And why are there pebbles at the front edge of the house but the paving goes right up to the edge of the side of the house?


Really sloppy looking finish and as for all the manholes all over the place...
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