A snagging inspection carried out yesterday was one of the worst cases of brickwork workmanship we have come across. You'd be mistaken thinking the builder had not finished the house, whereas in fact this customer completed 1 month ago.
Shoddy brickwork like this ultimately will cost a lot of money to rectify if noticed too late and falls out of the builder's warranty. On another inspection carried out this week, the mix of mortar was so weak it crumbled away when lightly scraped... The builder is faced with re-pointing the entire house which will cost them in the region of £60k.
As has been mentioned on a previous blog post, the poor quality of brickwork can be linked back to when quality trades were knocked out of business following the recession of 2008. The demand and boom of new builds since has overtaken experience and quality of workmanship which is ultimately why we still find such issues on our inspections, and why it is not getting any better.
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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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