Unfortunately an element of why the quality of new build houses has declined in our opinion is due to the 2008 recession which set a lot of quality tradesmen out of work.
One area we particularly feel was effected was quality bricklayers. One way in which to test the quality of workmanship is to look up at the wall and see whether the "perp" joints are in a plumb line or not. As shown in the below photograph from a recent new build snagging inspection, the unequal perp joints created quite a noticeable wavy gable wall.
During our inspection we also check for bricks not level and that adequate cavity tray installation has been installed.
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"I always insist that there is specific provision for snagging," says Thomas Moran, partner at law firm Speechly Bircham. "Reputable developers do this anyway, but there are all sorts in the market, some big, some small, so you need a contractual promise than within, say, a year they will come back to remedy any minor defects in the finishing."
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