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Offer on £1.35M new build house accepted. Builder saying if we want coving it will cost extra ?!??

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hmc Tue 14-Jul-15 19:58:50

Seriously? Isn't that a bit like saying if you want skirting boards that will be £2k extra? Surely coving should be put in as standard - walls don't look finished without them - particularly in an 'expensive' house, no?

Toughasoldboots Tue 14-Jul-15 20:00:30

You know that you will be slaughtered for putting the price in don't you?! grin

Toughasoldboots Tue 14-Jul-15 20:00:52

But I agree with you, what a cheek of the builder.

Chchchchangeabout Tue 14-Jul-15 20:02:51

We bought new build and they 'kindly' threw in flooring worth '£10K'. I would contact the sales office and clarify what the cost does and doesn't include, and make sure you are happy with that/make clear what needs to be included in that price.

I take it this is in London btw?

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Tue 14-Jul-15 20:03:31


AvaCrowder Tue 14-Jul-15 20:05:53

I don't think that I would want coving in a new build, but your builder sounds cheap not to throw it in. Check that it's plaster rather than polystyrene!

tryingtocatchthewind Tue 14-Jul-15 20:06:40

God these new builds really p me off. The thing is they know that you're unlikely to pull out over £2k so why not try and milk you.

My relatively modern house doesn't have coving and I hate it

StoorieHoose Tue 14-Jul-15 20:08:31

DH is asking if there is coving in the show house? the over £1million houses he's worked in have coving, some buildings will do coving downstairs but most it is a chargeable extra

hmc Tue 14-Jul-15 20:20:15

There is no show home. It is a one off new build in a semi rural location in Hampshire / Wiltshire border

Yes I know Toughasoldboots - I thought that the price might be relevant (in that if it was a new build of £150k then perhaps it isn't standard to include coving)

hmc Tue 14-Jul-15 20:21:14

Thanks Ava - I will check that it is plaster

Theoldshmoo Tue 14-Jul-15 20:34:46

Blimey, my thrown up in 6 weeks housing association property has plaster coving, i'd be worried what else the builder has skimped on for that price!

hmc Tue 14-Jul-15 20:40:12

Well quite Theoldshmoo

SingingTunelessly Tue 14-Jul-15 21:28:41

That is so cheeky. Hold out for plaster coving. I'm assuming you didn't haggle them down by £500k or something ridiculous. grin.

Marmitelover55 Tue 14-Jul-15 21:55:19

I'm not sure I would want coving in a new build. If it is very contemporary then I think it would look wrong. If more traditional then maybe.

Apatite1 Tue 14-Jul-15 23:00:15

I definitely wouldn't want it in my new build. But didn't you discuss this with them well before now?

OnePlanOnHouzz Wed 15-Jul-15 06:02:31

Ask for a full listing of what is included and what's an optimal extra - this builder may have other hidden options you haven't noticed yet !!

bilbodog Wed 15-Jul-15 12:36:46

coving covers a multitude of styles and standards - in a house of that price it could be very expensive to put it in and they may well have left it as an optional extra depending on who buys the house - however sounds like an ideal thing to haggle on!

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