Just after I moved into my new build with Persimmon, I wrote a persimmons homes review – this post about our good and bad experience as Persimmon get a lot of bad press.
This is just an honest review of our experience with the things that have gone wrong. Some of these could be argued as general wear and tear, but I’ll leave that decision to you. You could also argue that when spending over £300k on a brand new house, you would expect a better quality job done. Buying a house is a big deal and most people work hard saving enough to afford a mortgage, stamp duty and all the other fees so it can be very upsetting when you run into problems.
Here are the problems we have had in the past 18 months:
In my first post, I did speak about how we had a lot of issues with doors. Either not being flush or being wonky. These issues were fixed at the time.
Since then, my partner has replaced all the screws in the hinges as the doors kept tilting slightly as the screws were really small. He replaced them with longer screws and now they are much better. We believe the wood in the door frames is of poor quality, which was why it was coming away and needed longer screws, but this isn’t a professional opinion, just how it looked to us when replacing them. A combination of small screws in cheap wood.
The front and back door also both stick. The metal plate around the door handle and lock on the back door wobbles.
The bath sealant started having gaps in it, my partner had to redo it all stop water from getting into it.
Cracks in the walls.
We have had a few small cracks in some of the walls, this is normal as the house settles.
The bannister started coming away from the wall and the skirting board was also coming away near the top steps. The paint is also cracking all down the skirting board.
We asked the site manager to fix it and he has since sent workers around to sort the bannister and skirting board. They hadn’t done the bannister properly, the joist hadn’t been put into the wall so it wasn’t staying in place. The joiner had to re-do it and he also screwed the skirting board back in.
Then the plaster came to skim the wall. We are now waiting for a painter to come and paint it.
Radiator in the bedroom.
This isn’t really a fault but just something that is annoying, the radiator in the bedroom is tiny, it’s the same size as the one in the bathrooms, but the radiator in the living room is about 3 times as long, meaning the living room is roasting but the bedroom is hard to warm up.
This has been an issue when it’s been really cold outside, and I’ve wanted to keep the bedroom at 20c at night for my newborn baby. We don’t usually use the heating at night.
Lumps in the plaster
The walls have small lumps that haven’t been sanded down smooth, so when we eventually got around to painting, we had to go around and sand all these bits down first.
The part you couldn’t paint over
I’m not even sure what to call this, but in the bedroom, there was a strip of plaster that the paint wouldn’t take to. As if they had gone over it with something other than paint and it took a few extra coats to get the paint to stick to it.
Frog tape pulling paint off
We used gorilla tape when painting around door frames and the ceiling and it pulled the paint off when we removed the Frog tape.
Plaster crumbling when hanging things
The walls are just crap, often when trying to hang something, the plaster would crumble and then the hole would get too big to put the plug in the wall, and we would have to make a new hole.
We put decking in the garden and when we did this, we raised how uneven the fence was! It’s totally off compared to the decking and its a bit of a mess. Pretty sure the boundaries to the house aren’t this shape!
As you can see in the photo, the fence is not in line with the decking.
Grass poor quality
We got our grass done for free as part of an incentive, and it’s pretty rubbish. It’s like they’ve just thrown grass rolls over soil that’s full of rubble. It’s uneven, it doesn’t drain so pools of water collect when it’s raining, you can feel bumps and lumps when walking on it in bare feet and when we dug down to put the decking in, we pulled out lots of rock, nails, tile and other bits of rubble.
The site manager
As always the site manager has been helpful and fixed any of the issues we have reported, even at this stage. He also gave us two skips and some gravel to put on the foundation for our shed.
Persimmon changing house plans
The biggest issue we have. Persimmon has applied for planning permission to change the houses that are due to be built behind us. Originally, there was meant to be bungalows behind us but now they have applied to amend it to two-story houses, so our garden and house will be overlooked. The sales rep told us that our house was £5000 more expensive than the same house elsewhere because the garden was not overlooked.
The sales rep also let us down again, a different one, as when we found out we went to see her. She said she would get the office to call us to discuss as we are unhappy about paying the extra money. £5000 turns into a lot when you think of all the interest. But as we don’t have anything in writing about this, it was just what the sales rep told us, they are probably not going to do anything unless we really fight hard for it.
We haven’t heard yet if the planning permission has been granted, a lot of people have written in to complain about it.
I am thinking of painting our front door. I don’t think you’re supposed to paint your Persimmons Home front door until they hand it over as they like them all to be white, but lots of people on our estate have painted their front door, so I might just go for it!
So that’s our updated experience with Persimmon homes. We are lucky that there are no major issues with our home, but it’s disappointing that a lot seems to be down to shoddy work by the contractors on the site.
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