New Build Warranty – Don’t be apart of the New Build Home Nightmare

Buyers’ complaints soar as properties riddled with faults are increasingly sold by builders cutting corners to meet 200,000-a-year target.

Nearly 300 families a week are being forced to move into shoddy newly-built homes that have not been finished as builders cut corners to meet targets, it has been claimed. Buyers are picking up keys to new homes to find leaks, mould, water-logged gardens, missing windows, badly fitted doors, broken toilets and gaps in the guttering.

In some cases, new-build buyers are discovering more than 170 faults in their homes and having to wait months for a builder to fix them. Some 93 per cent of buyers report problems to their builders, according to a report by the all-party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment.

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Plans for Kensington Palace mega-extension are revealed

As revealed by Sebastian Shakespeare in Saturday’s Daily Mail, the proposed enormous two-storey underground extension will be dug next to the 18th century Orangery to ‘free up the palace suites for the Royal Family’.

Kensington Palace mega-extension

The local council, Kensington and Chelsea, has restricted residential two-storey basements because of the disruption they create but officials will probably ‘make an exception’ for the royal development, documents show.

The 165ft-long mega-basement will make room at the palace, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are due to move full-time with their children this autumn after William ends his two-year pilot’s job with East Anglian Air Ambulance and takes on full-time royal duties.

The grade I-listed Orangery – described in the plans as an ‘elaborate greenhouse in the style of an elegant palace’ – was built in 1704 on the orders of Queen Anne who wanted to protect her citrus trees in winter. It is currently used as a restaurant for visitors to the palace grounds.

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Sennocke International Insurance Services Renew CPD Accreditation

Sennocke International Insurance Services Ltd, a specialist niche-market Insurance Broker, are pleased to announce that they have made a commitment to providing effective learning opportunities that comply with the principles of Continuing Professional Development, by renewing their CPD Accreditation.


The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies.

The CPD Certification Service provides support, advice and recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD principles. CPD combines different methodologies to learning, such as training workshops, conferences and events, e-learning programs, best practice techniques and ideas sharing, all focused for an individual to improve and have effective professional development. There are over 1000 institutes & professional bodies across the UK, a number that is forecast to increase.

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Self-Build & Custom Build Warranty

Under our Self-Build Zone brand, we are market leaders in Self-Build & Custom Build Warranty provision.

The Build-Zone Warranty for Self-Builders has been specifically designed to cater for the needs of individuals who are constructing their own home to live in. It is suitable for new build, conversion, renovation or extension projects.

Our in-house team can facilitate your building control requirements with a Partnered Approved Inspector. For more information or to get a quote, please visit our Self-Build Zone website specifically created to cater to the needs of Self & Custom Builders.

Features of our Self & Custom Build Warranty:

  • 10-year Structural Warranty cover
  • Cover available after construction has commenced or even after completion
  • Cover as standard for additional costs, professional fees, removal of debris and alternative accommodation
  • Suitable for use with self-build mortgages and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) exemption requirements
  • Cover automatically transfers to successors in title after the first 12 months’ following completion
  • Stage release certification is available as part of the Technical Audit process
  • We are the market-leading provider of warranty, insurances and associated services to self-builders in the UK
  • We have been providing products to the self-build market since 1997
  • Policyholders are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme

​The product is underwritten by an ‘A’ rated global Insurer & each case is subject to full technical review by Build-Zone Survey Services Limited with the aim of minimising any defects right from the design stage.

Technical Services

Technical Services are handled by our in-house team Build-Zone Survey Services Limited (BZSS). They can facilitate Building Control for you with one of their Partnered Approved Inspectors. Every inspection is audited by BZSS to give you further peace of mind.

​Where Building Control has already been arranged elsewhere, technical audits are undertaken by one of BZSS’s Partnered Approved Inspectors to ensure the project reaches the standard required for the issue of the warranty. Both Insurers and Build-Zone understand the value of this service and this is reflected in the premiums that are charged. The sooner that BZSS are involved then the greater the benefit that can be realised.

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Features of the Build Zone Completed Housing Warranty

The Build-Zone Completed Housing Structural Warranty has been designed to provide cover to those with a financial interest in a property that was originally built or converted without the benefit of a warranty.

Features of the Completed Housing Warranty:

  • No membership fees
  • Can be arranged by either the vendor or purchaser of the property.
  • Cover is provided for the balance of the 10-year period from completion of the build
  • Fast turnaround from survey to inception of cover
  • The policy is fully assignable and automatically provides cover for successors in title

The product is underwritten by an ‘A’ rated global Insurer & each case is subject to full technical review by Build-Zone Survey Services Limited with the aim of minimising any defects right from the design stage

Technical Services

Technical Services are handled by our in-house team Build-Zone Survey Services Limited (BZSS). A Completed Housing Survey is undertaken by one of BZSS’s Partnered Surveyors to ensure the project has reached the standard required for the issue of the warranty.

The charge quoted consists of two parts:
1) The survey and audit fee
2) The anticipated premium

In the first instance, only the survey and audit fee is paid. Immediately on receipt of the fee BZSS will appoint a Partnered Surveyor who will contact you within 3 working days to arrange the Completed Housing Survey.

The Surveyor will assess the design and physical condition of the building to ensure its structural integrity and compliance with the Warranty requirements. They will also require all the copies of all the relevant certificates. If the survey raises any problems then remedial works may be required prior to cover being offered.

Subject to the Completed Housing Survey being acceptable, premium payment will then be requested. No cover can be granted until this premium has been paid in full.

A Certificate of Insurance is issued covering the balance of the 10-year period from completion of the build. This is normally the date of the Building Control Completion Certificate.


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