And so, the end is here. It is just over 6 months since I posted my first entry, and we have been through so much together. We’ve had:

• snags galore (here and here)
• gadgets galore (here and here)
• near disaster (here and here)
• killer flies (here)
• and sexy lingerie (here).

I hope that my posts have informed and entertained you. They have certainly provided me with a welcome outlet for many of the frustrations involved with buying a new home.

It only remains for me to thank my wife for her unending support and New Build Inspections for sponsoring this blog. Oh yes, and to provide one final, shameless plug for my hilarious novel ‘A Foreign Education’. Please visit my web site at to download a free preview, or head straight to Amazon UK or Amazon USA to buy a copy of the paperback!


Congratulations – you have just bought a new house. Commiserations – you have now have to deal with ‘snagging’. Snags are all of those little imperfections with your new home that your builder promises to rectify within the first few weeks of you moving in. Here are my top 3 snagging tips:

1. Bring in the experts – You will probably be able to spot a missing cupboard door in your kitchen, but would you be able to spot non-matching screws on a light switch, or exterior guttering that doesn’t comply with building regulations? It is well worth employing the services of a Snagging Inspector (such as New Build Inspections) to ensure that tiny details and technical details are all uncovered as early as possible.

2. Never settle for less-than perfect – Do not put up with very small defects because you are embarrassed to point them out. Do not put up with workmen doing bodge-jobs of snags that you have given them to repair. You have paid a lot of money for a brand new house and everything should be perfect. Make sure that your builder makes it happen!

3. Take charge of the snag repair process – If you leave snag repair scheduling to the builder, they will send out a cleaner first, then a decorator, then a carpenter. The carpenter will drop glue on your carpet and damage some paintwork, meaning that the cleaner and the decorator will have to come out again. Then the painter will splash some paint on your floor, which will mean that the cleaner has to come out again. Then the kitchen fitter will come out and damage your paintwork and mark your carpet . . . I think you get the picture. My advice is to take charge of the order in which snags are repaired. Refuse to let the decorator visit until you are 100% happy with everything else. And only when the decorator has finished should you let the cleaner visit. Life will be much less frustrating if you can follow this advice!

If you can follow these 3 simple tips, then you will be well on your way to resolving all of your snags quickly and without too much stress. Good luck!


New Home Guide: A list of hidden costs

December 10, 2007

New homes come with lots of little hidden costs. For example, did your builder install a door bell for you? How about a house number on your front door? Not even a mirror in the bathroom? Only after you have moved in does the extent of this little list of hidden costs actually become clear. […]

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New Home Guide: Buying extras

December 3, 2007

You’ve picked the perfect house style with a workshop area for your impressive collection of power tools, and you’ve selected the perfect plot with a prime view of the all-girls college. Surely your work is done? Well, not quite, as you’ve still got to pick your extras. ‘Extras’ are the additional niceties that you can […]

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Tasty buns and skimpy lingerie

November 19, 2007

Unleashing the wife on John Lewis was definitely the right plan. No sooner had I published my last blog entry than we received a phone call to arrange delivery of our new sofa. It arrived last week and we are extremely pleased with the results. Our old sofa was in need of removal from the […]

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