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  • Working with an architect

    Planning a big project? To get the most out of working in an architect, you need to do your research, plan your budget carefully and make sure you communicate all your needs. This checklist, from Urbanist Architecture, will help you clarify your thoughts and get your dream project up and running.

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  • How to run in your New Build – LABC Warranty

    Moving in to a new build property isn't as simple as getting the keys and moving in! New builds have to 'run in', just as you need to get used to living in a house, a house has to get used to being lived in.

    So, this checklist tells you the key steps to take to ‘run in’ your new build successfully so you are less likely to end up with problems after a few months/years. Things like allowing the property to ‘dry out’ and ensure condensation doesn’t build up but is taken away from the property through air vents and extractors. To avoid shrinkage and cracking in a new build, make sure you don’t leave the heating on too high and if redecorating, use a quality filler.

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  • New Build Homes Snagging – LABC Warranty

    When you buy a new build your developer will ask you to perform a takeover inspection of the property and you need to know what to look out for. Have all the builder’s materials been removed? If there is a garden is it clean and tidy? Inside the home is the plastering smooth? Does the floor creak excessively and is the wall tiling sealed. Outside, fences should be completed, paths & drives should have an even finish and gutters should be securely fixed. These are just a selection of things that should be ready when you move into a new build..read our essential checklist.

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