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Hi, Got a Persimmon Homes development near us and we have seen a house/plot we like. I see terrible press on Google when searching up and their HBF rating of 3/5 stars. Have anyone on here purch… Read More
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3m, 3w agoPosted 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi,

Got a Persimmon Homes development near us and we have seen a house/plot we like. I see terrible press on Google when searching up and their HBF rating of 3/5 stars.

Have anyone on here purchased and can give a detailed opinion of their work and build quality? I understand that they buy cheap materials in mass quantity from research.

Any opinions are appreciated, Many Thanks.
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3m, 3w agoPosted 3 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
I work on a persimmon homes site and I think they are beyond hopeless but I'm sure not all persimmon sites are the same I would say take a look at a finished house on the site but Not the show home you will get more of an idea of that sites standards
#2
Most of the big builders will build fast, using the cheapest materials and tradesmen they can find (within reason). I'd imagine only built to spec (self build) or some prestige smaller scale builders will build to a decent spec & quality.

IMO, an older property in bad condition with money spent doing it up would end up as nice if not nicer than a new build and possibly a lot cheaper.

The only plus on a new build would be that it's likely to be more efficient due to stricter building regs being introduced all the time.
#3
Bought a new build from the in August and overall it's been a good build. Minor niggles and snags which they have actually sorted out. Some of our neighbours had worse experiences.
Negatives included the sales process designed to squeeze you into their half year end and pressure to complete ASAP.

The guys on site who sorted the snags were all good guys who got things done when instructed by the site manager/office.

Only major issue we've had is the waterlogged garden due to the clay soil and they say the LABC insurance only covers 3m from the property, rather than the whole garden, but I'm trying to argue that it's faulty by design rather than failure/issues which would cause an insurance claim. But if you google that topic it happens at a lot of their sites.
#4
I've got a persimmon and its much better built than my previous house which was a bellway. The thing that has surprised me is that the floorboards don't squeak. You get what you pay for. It's ok. The locks were very cheap so I replaced them with anti snap ones (someone tried to break in) and alarm did not come as standard.
#5
You probably have chipboard as apposed to actual floor boards (planks). Just another way of cutting cost on house builds these days.
banned#6
Probably the worst recorded national housebuilder in history.

These guys have had the most negative press for 40 years.

And its not just the quality of the build its the fact they fail to repair to a satisfactory level in monumental numbers.
#7
NotMyRealName
You probably have chipboard as apposed to actual floor boards (planks). Just another way of cutting cost on house builds these days.
Same as my last house and that squeaked.
#8
I bought one nearly two years ago. My snagging list got to over 100 issues. Most have been "fixed" but still have things outstanding. Tradespeople who are employed by Persimmon are brilliant but the contractors only want to get a job done quickly. Both the design and quality of their properties are poor. Site layouts do not provide sufficient parking and when finished end up looking like car parks. I am comparing this to my previous new build by Keepmoat.
#9
Thanks everyone for the input, always good to hear from people who have gone through the motions of owning/buying one.

Edited By: loopylloyd on Jan 29, 2017 18:48
#10
My wife works for the local authority up here as an inspector for the "site roads" on new build estates and wouldn't buy a persimmon home from what they've seen on the sites.
#11
My father has one all they interested in is moving houses as quickly as possible for max profit. House he got didnt even include a lawn or fence between neighbours. Conned my Dad into paying way over the odds for extras which should be standard.. The internet is dreadful dont even bother to fit fibre when they are building the houses so the internet is basically 1990 speeds. I wouldn't buy new after what I've seen you end up having your back passage drilled big time and your bank account emptied of every penny they can get from you.
#12
Don't rely on NHBC guarantee. They will say it doesn't cover your complaint. The mother in law had to take a large builder to court when a balcony fell from their property as a window cleaner placed their ladder against it. Was only a couple of years after completion, NHBC didn't want to know. Independent engineer proved it had been built poorly and no preservation applied to any cut ends. She won after the builder failed to turn up to any hearing but kept asking for it to be heard elsewhere, about 6 courts all across England if I remember rightly.
#13
fishleg
My father has one all they interested in is moving houses as quickly as possible for max profit. House he got didnt even include a lawn or fence between neighbours. Conned my Dad into paying way over the odds for extras which should be standard.. The internet is dreadful dont even bother to fit fibre when they are building the houses so the internet is basically 1990 speeds. I wouldn't buy new after what I've seen you end up having your back passage drilled big time and your bank account emptied of every penny they can get from you.
Mine came with fences and turf as standard. Guess it varies from site to site. Internet was an issue but I think that is standard with new builds. My niece who paid far more for a much higher spech house with a different developer had similar issues. The fittings in my house were basic so I have replaced them . That isn't to say they didn't work, I just wanted better. The house was up and built before I bought it so never got a chance to choose the fittings
#14
I think I will avoid Persimmon like the plague! Thanks everyone. I have read LOTS of people's opinions and none look too great at best!
#15
I think all house builders are the same cheap and cheerful and loads of snags and the house is basically held up by silicone ,I got sick of the repairs they did and just repaired them myself .
#16
loopylloyd
I think I will avoid Persimmon like the plague! Thanks everyone. I have read LOTS of people's opinions and none look too great at best!

don't forget you only read about things when something doesn't go to plan, great service hardly ever comes to light, just look at John Lewis reviews on the review sites and you will see this. Its been the same on new build homes probably ever since the very first house was built. Every estate has issues, ours was built in the late 60/70s and though every semi was the same everyone used slightly different brick, whatever was cheapest as they started at one side and finished at the other, same goes for internal build quality. New houses are built to a price, and if you look at the company you will see they are doing very nicely

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3639837/Mr-100m-Outrage-bonus-boss-housing-firm-propped-taxpayer-funded-Help-Buy.html
#17
I agree with eslick, but cheapness should not mean poor quality workmanship or customer service. As for materials the worst are the kitchen units and company that fit them. Keepmoat selling at similar prices can afford to use Howdens which are far superior products. No wonder Persimmon are doing well...
#18
We live in a Westbury Home that was bought out by Persimmon a few years ago now. We then had to deal with Persimmon and their customer service was terrible. Workmen sent to rectify snagging were atrocious. Persimmon also trade under Charles Church.

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