Defects in new homes: an analysis of data on 1,696 new UK houses

James Sommerville, Julie McCosh

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    The clamour from UK house buyers over “snags” in new homes seems likely to continue unabated even though house builders are striving to resolve what may be perceived as a quality issue. This paper aims to discuss how the requirements, and hence the quality of new homes in the UK, are defined and the role the house buyer actually plays in this process. The volume of research into quality of new homes in the UK is remarkably scant given the size of the extent of the industry. The size of the data set for this paper is significant and allows fresh insights to be obtained.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalStructural Survey
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2006


    • construction industry
    • house buyers
    • structural defects


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