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:
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?