New Home Purchase Caveat Emptor

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 7th June 2018

I'm sorry that I've not been communicating but the house move has been far more traumatic than I could have imagined.  I almost expected the 'little white van' to turn up and cart me away.  But I'm still here and finally seeing above all the mess and problems.

I moved from a large flat in a large old house which always needed repairs to a New House where I thought all my worries would be over.  SOME HOPE.  This will probably be my last move unless I get shovelled off into a Care Home but, if I were to ever move again, I'd avoid a New Build like the plague.  I can't begin to tell you, and you'd be bored stiff if I listed all the faults besetting what I thought would be my perfect home.  Firstly it is 'Jerry' built and yet it conforms to building regulations.  I had no idea I was buying anything other than a Brick built house - it does have bricks but they are move for decoration than anything else??

The building is basically a timber frame, breeze blocks and what they call 'Dot and Dab' walls - in other word 'Stud'.  Not even the outside walls are solid - of course I didn't think to go round knocking on walls.  Every single room has cracking and the worst is around the windowsills and up the stairs.  I've even got a damp problem.  The French windows  have been taken off and refitted several times and there is now a crack at the bottom through which you could fit a pencil - and of course the wind whistles through.  The Front Door also had to be taken off and that is so heavy and badly fitted I had to buy a doorknob to be able to pull the door towards me in order to turn the key in the lock otherwise you can't unlock it.

The kitchen fittings were all stated as Bosch on the particulars.  Yet I have a cheap Lamona Fridge and Freezer - and am still waiting for this to be rectified.  The Extractor Hood didn't work and I waited 5 weeks for that to be repaired - damp in the circuit board probably because the house was empty all winter.

To add insult to injury, the Developers should have provided Wheelie Bins etc. to the six houses in the development.  For some reason I only had the huge and rather ridiculously large blue lidded one (I doubt even a family would fill it every fortnight)  for recyclable cans, plastic etc.  So I've had to buy the others.  Apart from anything else - and it should have been the responsibility of the developers - all six houses now have these unsightly bins (blue lidded, grey lidded, paper container and food container) and very little room in which to 'hide them'.  Why they couldn't have provided general larger bins is beyond my comprehension.  At the house from which I came, all eight flats shared the bins.

I do understand about snagging and have to wait for all to HOPEFULLY be put right.  So for the time being I will keep my powder dry and not tell you who are the developers except to say that they aren't one of the big companies and they are from out of the area - so I rather feel it's 'out of sight and out of mind'.  

I'm still beleaguered by boxes and 'stuff' for which I have no room.  My previous flat was a very large one and though I realised I was trying to fit a quart into a pint pot with the move to a smaller house, I now realise the quart has become a gallon??

The one plus is that I have a very small and now beautifully landscaped garden which is giving me so much pleasure.  I'm often out watering at 6.00am and keep going out to look at the growth of the plants - I can see the progress day on day.

So please excuse my rant especially as it is the first blog I've written for ages but I promise I'll try and get down to telling you all about my holiday to #Peru last year.

By the way, I'm off filming next month but don't think I can let you know where - but it is a rather exciting place.

Bye for now,  Jan.

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