Shrinkage in new build houses happens up to approx. 1 year after completion. Some faults can occur throughout this period where the house is settling; doors mis-aligning and tiles separating being examples other than cracks appearing.
But often it is due to the fundamentals of joinery not being correctly installed. The following examples from recent snagging inspections show that window sills, newel posts and architraves all haven't been installed properly and it is a rather difficult job to remedy...
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HomeSnag inspectors are experts at inspecting new-build houses. This blog shares real examples and publications to demonstrate the importance of getting your home snagged.
"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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