New Homes, especially the quality of those handed over at completion to the purchaser, are a hot topic at the moment.
From the tabloids, social media, TV Programmes and All-Party Parliamentary Groups, they all seem to be pointing the finger towards the UK National House Builders saying, up the quality and your game!
We are all aware that the UK is going through one of our largest housing shortages since the 1920s which has driven demand up. To exasperate the situation even further there’s a skills shortage in the construction industry, and when you mix both of these together it can often lead to rushed work.
This can be compounded by a growing online social media presence, where disgruntled homebuyers are a post or tweet away from airing their thoughts and anger. Well, you can imagine how it can create a volatile recipe for disaster for the New Homes industry.
The main responsibility lies with those building and selling the homes.
House Builders must do everything they can to ensure that the homes they build are of the best quality possible and if there are problems, act quickly to resolve issues for the homeowner who will have put their hopes, dreams and life savings into this house.
But that’s not where the buck stops.
Secondly, those involved in the project as a partner must add value and raise the standards of House Builders, being their check and balance, and working together in any way shape or form they can.
Which leads me to Structural Warranty providers.
The UK, unlike other countries in the EU, doesn’t have a single licensing body to qualify builders as ‘fit for purpose’. It’s up to bodies like Structural Warranty providers or the Federation of Master Builders to guide and set standards that builders should adhere to. It’s in these standards we can assist builders to strive for high quality workmanship and customer care on all their projects.
As Director of Key Nationals, my team and I are always looking for ways to add value to the partnership we offer our national House Builders. Assisting them in not only obtaining all the necessary warranty documentation and sign off they need but making sure they have a quality product at the end. One that is ‘built to last’ as so many media outlets now say new homes are not.
From our experience, there are 4 key values a successful partnership between developer and Warranty provider requires in order to improve the quality of homes. These include:
As Helen Keller so famously said, "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." So, the question you should be asking yourself is this...
What are your partners doing to help you improve build quality?