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Miller/Barratt homes anyone?

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Pollyinapocket Sat 10-Feb-18 21:48:04

Has anybody bought a new build home from either Barratt homes or Miller Homes? Would you recommend, good and bad points? 2 developments have gone up near me and would love a 4 bed detached just want to know hear other people’s experiences smile

Namethecat Sat 10-Feb-18 21:50:16

Barrett homes are notoriously bad. Google problems with Barrett home builds, don't know the other one.

MadisonAvenue Sat 10-Feb-18 22:07:22

We bought from Miller Homes 7 years ago. It was a positive experience, we actually did a Part Exchange with them (we weren't planning on moving but fell in love with the house while out killing time one afternoon and didn't want to lose it by putting our home up for sale and having to wait for a buyer). We agreed on offers and reserved the house on Dec 24th and moved in on January 28th (we had a brilliant solicitor who rushed everything through once his office reopened after Christmas/New Year, and Nationwide quickly arranged the mortgage).

Once moved in we had two years where they'd come out and fix any problems and everything we reported was quickly put right. Totally different to the previous new build we bought in the early 90s when we had just a month to report snags.

There haven't been any problems with the house, it seems well built and well designed.

MadisonAvenue Sat 10-Feb-18 22:11:15

Just to add, our estate is half Miller and half Wimpy and most of the Wimpy homes have had problems with their roofs, requiring scaffolding. Apart from a couple of neighbours complaining of water drainage problems in their gardens, everyone else is happy and it's quite rare for a house on the Miller part of the estate to come on the market.

Pollyinapocket Sun 11-Feb-18 18:52:00

Thanks @madisonavenue! We’ve heard that literally everything is an additional extra, I.e. grass in the back garden, dishwasher/fridge freezer, lighting. Is this true? How much are he extras? TIA smile

MadisonAvenue Sun 11-Feb-18 19:17:26

I believe that can be the case but we got a good deal as they were trying to sell the last few houses already built in order to start the next phase on the estate so the gardens were turfed and planted, all lighting was included, there was a cooker and hob but they were standard fittings anyway according to the brochure. Not sure about appliances but we had our own anyway so it wasn't something we investigated. It was also fully carpeted which for a three storey house saved us a fair bit of money. It's decent carpet too. They also decreased the asking price by £15,000 after we'd signed the reservation as an incentive for us to pull out all stops to complete by the end of the month. They had a meeting once back at work in the January, decided that they needed a house sold before the end of the month and we were the only ones at that time purchasing.

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