Structural Warranty for your New Home by Build Zone

House Builders and Developers now have more choice than ever in selecting their provider of New Home Warranty cover on the homes they are building, extending or converting.

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Developers are keen to remain independent and are seeking innovative ways to set themselves apart from the competition around them.

Cover is available for projects involving new build, conversion & mixed-use developments. Builders or Developers must register with Build-Zone to be eligible for this scheme and must comply with the Build-Zone Code of Conduct.

Features of the New Home Warranty:

  • No membership or registration fees
  • Recognised by lenders and complies with the Council of Mortgage Lenders initiative
  • We can consider covering part-completed or completed projects
  • Fast quotation turnaround
  • Quick response from professional, nationwide technical auditing/survey service
  • Flexible payment method
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Home improvements can affect your Home Insurance

Britain is a nation of property nuts and when it comes to home improvements we spend an absolute fortune.

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Recent figures from SAGA show that just over one in three homeowners splash out an average of £2,000 every year on changing their properties. As the price of buying a bigger and better property goes up, and to avoid the hassle and costs that go with moving, the mantra of many has become ‘Improve, don’t move’.

However, what plenty of property owners don’t realise is that they could be invalidating their Home Insurance by making improvements.

If major building work such as converting a loft into an extra bedroom or erecting a conservatory isn’t carried out correctly, following all the relevant permissions and regulations, or the insurer isn’t informed so that policy terms can be amended accordingly, then your cover may become null and void.

As the buildings element of a Home Insurance policy is based on a property at the point the insurance is taken out, it stands to reason that a change to the structure means that any existing cover may no longer apply.

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New housing quality for all to agree on

After decades of practice, developers are still looking for consistency in delivering quality new housing. Bob Stembridge, Structural Warranty Consultant at Build-Zone, asks what can be done to the benefit of buyers and developers alike…

New housing quality for all to agree on

The recent All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Inquiry into the Quality of New Housing in England has highlighted the shortcomings in the new homes being delivered across England (and quite possibly in the whole of the UK but their remit did not go that far). What is significant is that in 2004, the Barker Review highlighted the issues with selling homes which were either incomplete or did not have an effective aftercare service.  The industry has since improved but not by as much as would have been hoped. As the report states, build quality reacts according to the level of activity in the market – less activity and the greater the quality of output but the opposite also applied, which was exactly the reason for the Barker Review.

Quite often reports into housing quality compare the final product to buying a motor car.  While the construction and delivery methods may differ, the buyer’s expectations are in many respects similar. They expect the product to be fit for purpose at the time of taking ownership and for years afterwards.  However, buying a new home just increases the stakes when things do not go to plan. Then the costs and extra effort needed to put things right can be astronomical. Thus an effective system that acts to prevent delays and misunderstandings can only benefit all parties.

As a warranty provider, our role is to audit the developer’s work during construction of the new home and to provide a line of recourse for the owner up to 10-years after completion. Also, other stakeholders such as the lenders depend on our independence and the insurer’s financial strength to stand behind our 10-year warranty. Thus we have a vested interest to ensure the developer produces a product fit for purpose, and the homeowner has the knowledge to look after it.

The APPG have made ten recommendations which they hope will mean more homeowners are happy with the buying and owning process. Some are already in place and need tweaking while others will require a break from current ‘conventions’.  Here’s a brief overview of some of those recommendations:

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Build-Zone strengthens team with new appointment

Build-Zone has strengthened the team by appointing Grant Sykes.

Grant Sykes is the newest member to join us here at Build-zone. Graduating from Loughborough University in 2009; Grant went on to gain experience in logistics and financial operations before joining us.

After a five week introduction and training in the Self-Build Zone team; Grant’s role within the team is varied and involves him dealing with direct clients, private individuals and developers. His involvement takes him from warranty enquiries through to issuing final certificates of insurance.

Grant is currently studying for the CII Certification and plans to continue with additional qualifications to further enhance his knowledge and understanding of the industry.

You can contact Grant on grant.sykes@build-zone.com or on 0845 230 9873

Grant Sykes, commented on his new role:

“The training provided has opened my eyes to a number of construction methods and techniques, along with building regulations, and as a result I cannot look at a building in the same way again!

“The role is varied and allows me to deal with sales, rating of premiums, quotes, claims, administration and customer service.”

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Build-Zone Survey Services Limited is the latest development from structural warranty provider Build-Zone

Build-Zone Survey Services Limited is the latest development from Build-Zone.

Operating as a separate company, it will be managed and run by Andy Butchers, an experienced and successful Building Surveyor and Loss Adjuster. The move will add another dimension to Build-Zone’s already well respected and positioned brand (structural warranty and insurance products for builders, developers and property owners).

One of Andy’s many roles will be to improve the whole ‘client experience’ and to add further products to the portfolio that will cater for self-builders, through to large corporate clients.   Andy has already been given a warm welcome within the industry and is committed to growing the brand and developing strong relationships with suppliers, clients and insurers.

Paul Kempton, Build-Zone Managing Director said:

“By retaining control of products and their supply to Build-Zone customers, as well as having in-house claims knowledge and capacity, Build-Zone Survey Services will make for an even better and more efficient process for all of our clients and insurers”.

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