If your new home is covered by an NHBC warranty then you will be familiar with the two-year snagging period which begins when you move in. We’re all pretty good at reporting the issues we see in our living areas and gardens – but how many of us are looking in the loft with the same critical eye?
Here’s a handy list of the things you really need to look out for. It doesn’t take much effort but could save you from serious problems in years to come. Once your two years is up then most of these issues are no longer covered. For the complete legal documentation of what is covered by your NHBC Warranty and what is not, see your relevant NHBC Buildmark policy booklet here.
So borrow or buy a step ladder, grab a torch and take 5 minutes to spot these usual suspects:
As the founder and business owner, I’ve been placed in the Rising Star category. This award is for an “Entrepreneur with a business which demonstrates real potential and is on track to become a trailblazer of the future.”
See the complete list of finalists across the 8 award categories here:
This week the finalists and I will be interviewed by the panel of highly esteemed judges, and the winner will be announced at the Awards Dinner on the 24th May.
Excited to share that Loft Boarding Scotland have made it through to the semi-finals at the WeDO Scotland Business awards 2019. Recognised by Business Gateway as one of the most highly respected awards for the Entrepreneurial and Business communities in Scotland, the WeDo Scotland awards is now in its 9th year and celebrates the successes of Scottish entrepreneurs and companies.
Loft Boarding Scotland founder, Andrew Johnstone, was nominated by the Executive Team at the start of the year in two categories, and has now reached the semi-finals for the New Start Business of the Year award. This award is open to businesses that have been trading for 3 years or less, making it ideal for Loft Boarding Scotland.
Government targets are causing developers to incorporate renewables such as solar PV in their developments on an increasing scale. However, in the new-build homes we survey we almost never see adequate access platforms installed by developers to access this maintainable equipment. More often than not, developers are not providing any platform at all.
This can present a big problem for the homeowner. When a tradesman visits to access the equipment they may refuse to enter the loft on the grounds of health and safety. We have experienced this first hand, and have installed access platforms for customers after they have had a Gas or Solar technician visit them and refuse to enter the loft.
According to Which? magazine, nearly a quarter (23%) of solar panel owners have had a problem with their system, and problems with the inverter are the most common (40%).
Some house builders advise that you should only fit a small amount of flooring in the middle of your loft. Others suggest that you don’t floor your loft at all. So how much can you do, and why are developers so anxious about using the loft?
We have experience of installing flooring in a number of different types of Walker homes without any issues. The build quality of Walker homes is something they are justifiably proud of – and we have seen this for ourselves. The lofts in Walker homes show very consistent spacing of their roof trusses and the laying of insulation to the right thickness.
Standard Loft Sizes
We have created standard prices for the following Walker homes based on our experience and floor plans available from Walker. Besides these packages, you can also choose a custom-sized area to perfectly suit your own requirements for storage space and budget.
The Culdearn is a substantial five-bedroom home with three large public rooms, a kitchen/diner, generous en-suite master bedroom and an integral double garage. Continue reading Walker Homes Loft Sizes
As you might know already, LoftZone is the only raised storage floor system which has certification from the BBA. You may not know much about the BBA or why their certification is important, so read on.
The BBA (British Board of Agrément)
The British Board of Agrément is an independent non-profit distributing organisation whose aim is to help businesses and organisations supply the construction industry with products, systems and installers of the highest quality. Their technical teams are highly experienced, and their certification and inspection services are recognised by building control, local authorities, industry insurers and the key construction trade associations in the UK. Continue reading Does loft flooring affect my new home warranty? Part 4 – The BBA and LoftZone
In Scotland, Building Regulations are different from England and Wales, and are administered by the Scottish Building Standards Agency. They publish building regulations in the form of two ‘Technical Handbooks’ – one for domestic and one for commercial applications.
Wait, why do I need to know about building regulations?
So you’re getting the keys to your brand new home and starting to think about the task of moving all your things. You don’t have as much storage space as you used to so where will everything go? Perhaps all your grand plans for the garage gym/study/man-cave/Swedish sauna will need to go on hold while you move things there ‘temporarily for sorting later’. (We’ve all been there.) Your warranty might be the last thing on your mind.
“What about flooring the loft?” you innocently ask the salesman, gazing at the 900sqft of beautiful, open space. He rolls his eyes and tells you that using your loft for anything at all apart from fresh air will absolutely, definitely, completely invalidate your 10 year warranty. Don’t even go up there, don’t even look at it, I’m not sure why we even gave you an access hatch… Continue reading Does loft flooring affect my new home warranty? Part 1 – Your Warranty