How the National House Building Council Works

It was created to give a new home owner the knowledge that heir house was sturdy and free from any major defects. You registered voluntarily as a registered house builder and the houses were regularly inspected during construction. Buyers then received a two years warranty against major defects and were also covered in case the builder became insolvent.

This scheme proved so popular that by 1963, over 25% of all houses built were being constructed by registered house builders. A change in the rules in 1964/65 led the warranty to being extended to 10 years. Their standards underwent a major upgrade in 1967 when kitchen design, power outlets and space heating were included in the warranty. These changes followed a recommendation from the Parker Morris Committee. By 1970, 92% of homes were now covered by the NHBRC.

When a new build is taking place, the NHBC sends out an inspector to do a series of inspections at what they call ‘key stages’ of the build. This is to basically make sure that the houses are being built to the stringent standards that are set down by the NHBC and the Council of Mortgage Lenders, CML. There are 5 key stages; first in the foundation, followed by the drainage, then the structure-brickwork etc, pre- plastering, and finally pre-handover to the customer. If it is an apartment or flat there is an additional inspection done of the roof.

Defects are commonly known as these are those annoying things that you find which you know just shouldn’t be there. You can get a specialist snagging survey done, but these are expensive. This link will show you how to look for them yourself in a methodical manner so you will save yourself a lot of money by not having to hire anyone to do to for you. Let’s be honest, home buying is expensive enough without having to pay extra to get someone out to look for things that shouldn’t be there! รับสร้างบ้านโคราช

There is a forum run by the NHBC where you can chat and share experiences and tips with others. There many great tips on here and also information regarding improvements or alterations to make sure that they meet the required standards. All in all the NHBC are vital in ensuring that the homes we are investing in are exactly what they should be. We all hear horror stories from other countries where new builds have sunk into the ground etc. Thank goodness that in the UK we have the National House Building Council.


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