Every developer wants to provide the best product possible, so that when a purchaser first sets foot inside their new home, everything has been finished and nothing has been overlooked. Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen and there are various reasons for this …

  • Pressure to complete early
  • Contractor short-cuts
  • Insufficient contractors in industry sector
  • Lack of site management controls

CONSUMERS EXPECT MORE

Expectations have risen to an all time high. Any developer who has failed to spot this faces difficulties from the start, with a high cost and the potential for considerable reputational damage. Presenting a purchaser with an incomplete product is asking for trouble. No one wants to make the largest investment of their lifetime only to face months of difficulty trying to rectify problems in their new home.

WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?

After Build provide a Pre-Occupation Survey to identify anything that has been missed or overlooked. It’s not a ‘brick-kicking’ exercise but a methodical, room-by-room approach to identify any issue that  would be considered a mandatory breach of  warranty build standards.

It’s a comprehensive service resulting in a digital report within 24 hours. Typically we conduct this at practical completion with sufficient time for site to rectify anything we find prior to a purchaser visiting their property.

It’s a fresh set of experienced eyes and we will see things your site team may not. Surveys take on average 90 minutes.

 

WHAT WE LOOK FOR

  • Standard of decoration (at 2 meters in natural light)
  • Check glazing for scratches (at 2 meters in natural light)
  • Doors and windows (check hinges, stays, locks and door furniture)
  • Run heating and hot water
  • Ensure filling loop hoses provided
  • Check all valves are labelled
  • Check all fitted appliances (run on short cycle)
  • Inspect kitchen furniture
  • Check tiles and grouting (walls and floors)
  • Flush WCs
  • Check taps, plugs and pop-up wastes
  • Check outside tap (where applicable)
  • Fill sinks, WHBs and baths
  • Run showers
  • Test all power sockets
  • Check all lights function
  • Test TV aerial signal strength
  • Open loft hatch, check for rubbish and insulation coverage

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During this difficult time After Build’s service continues as normal. Given our technology platform, the team is able to operate remotely without impacting on service levels – this includes Out of Hours Emergency cover.

In the event that a developer’s contractor is unable to attend a property (either because they are instructed not to, or because a homeowner does not wish it) the Property Coordinator will take full details of the issue, recording it on our system in readiness for making an appointment just as soon as matters return to normal.

Any specific enquiries from existing clients call: 01444 230333 or email: kerrim@afterbuild.com.

Enquiries from any organisation not a client but wishing to know more about our services, email: markf@afterbuild.com.

We encourage all clients, contractors and homeowners to stay safe.