Builders have to follow rules about how they build houses. There are various sources of these rules, but the main ones for new homes in the UK are:
Building Regulations are the main ones. Where additional requirements apply – e.g. if the builder is offering NHBC or Premier warranties – these tend to either mirror, or define more precisely, the Building Regulations requirements. They may add extra requirements too.
If your house has defects that concern technical aspects of its construction – e.g. the requirement to lay sewers with a particular gradient, or to build floors in a particular way to ensure they
don’t squeak or drop, or the requirement to achieve a minimum level of noise suppression between properties, a surveyor would be able to advise you on the technical aspects and what the appropriate
remedial solution would be. A surveyor may be able to assist you in negotiations with the builder to agree a suitable scope of works by reference to the applicable building standards, to ensure
you get a comprehensive fix and are not at risk of needing further works carrying out later on.
If you are unable to agree a suitable scope of works with your builder for more substantial technical works, please contact us to see if we can assist you further.
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