Should I buy a new Barratt home on Brooklands, Milton Keynes?

Or to put it another way, should I dare risk buying a new build Barratt home anywhere?

The first of hundreds of new build houses are going up on Brooklands in Milton Keynes, comprising a range of two, three, four and five bedroom homes, and as the not so proud owner of a property located on a Barratt development just across the street from Brooklands, I am watching the construction gear up with a sense of deep foreboding for the poor wretches who will shortly begin moving in. Little do they realise, that if the Barratt new homes for sale on the Brooklands development are built to the same appalling standard as the one I presently occupy, then they are in for shock when they take ownership of their supposedly high quality, well-built property.

Of course with the improvement in the housing sector, new Barratt developments like Brooklands are springing up all over the country, but it will take the potential new home owner only a few minutes to verify that the reputation of the national construction industry is in tatters, so please do not just take my word for it. The Review Centre site, as of time of writing, rates Barratt Homes 1.7 out of 5, and has a host of horror stories I am all too familiar with. The Dooyoo site also reviews Barratt, with a 1 out of 5 rating at the moment. There are plenty of other sources of comment and review on Barratt Homes, such as Facebook, so I would urge you to take full advantage of the information freely available on the quality and customer service offered by this builder. For those looking for a quick review of our personal experience of buying a Barratt home, you can find the post here.

Over the coming months, I will be posting the tale of our five year nightmare of dealing with Barratt Homes’ build quality. We have experienced leaks, creaking floors, crunching tiles, terrible paintwork, shoddy workmanship and very poor customer service from Barratt. Naturally I would strongly recommend that you avoid them like the plague, but if you are intent on buying a new house for sale off plot, I hope the accounts of our experience of buying a Barratt home will arm you with the right questions and approach to dealing with a building industry that I firmly believe places profit before people. I’ll also do what I can to offer any useful advice on buying a new build home.

Certainly if you are considering buying a new house on the Brooklands development in Milton Keynes, I would think very carefully before signing a contract with Barratt; you will be in the hands of their Northampton office, and as I all too able to attest, the customer service offered is extremely poor. You will likely be entering into a long and fraught relationship as you embark on the potentially epic job of snagging a Barratt home. Regardless if you are moving up the housing ladder, or a first time buyer, you really don’t want to have to endure this.

I imagine it entirely likely that Barratt legal representatives will be perusing this blog, so let me state this is of course a subjective account of my experience. It is however based on a 2 dozen page letter we sent to the CEO of Barratt, a Mr Mark Clare. This letter resulted in a face to face meeting with senior representatives of Barratt Homes. My first question to them was, did the letter I sent represent an accurate account of our experiences. The answer was yes. I would therefore suggest that Barratt think very carefully before attempting to put any pressure on me to remove elements of this blog, as they themselves have already vouched for its accuracy.

13 thoughts on “Should I buy a new Barratt home on Brooklands, Milton Keynes?

  1. Well too be honest buying a house from Barratt homes is not advisable at all its just a waste of money! before Sale they are very friendly also when you book for the Plot they answer all your queries only before up to exchange and start neglecting as soon as we do the exchange and force the customers to use there solicitors and mortgage advisor’s and they never offer any paper or any booklet saying what’s included in a sum of prise you pay to buy a house and also they are very clever only try to communicate with the customers on phone rather than on email very disappointed with there construction.

    When you ask for any change they come up with Prise guide as Upgrade.

    Also thanks for hosting this blog, I am also planning for the same and seo it in Google.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comment and hope this blog was of some help. If you’ve had a poor experience from Barratt I would definitely encourage you to share it online. Barratt have the SEO options pretty tightly controlled with some many pages of their own and links from other industry sources, but the more people put up content and the more we inter-link, the greater the chance that potential buyers can be made aware of the potential horrors that await them. Let me know when your blog is live and I will gladly link to it.

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    2. I also live in a barratts house but would never advise any one to buy we have promised leaving a fence in front of my property for privacy now they have built a property so close to my detached property it has become open plan with no thought to safety for children on the estate also we have been flooded out and barratts accepted no responsibility and cost me over a thousand + to rectify. I agree they offer the earth to get u to buy then then don’t care what happens after we have had a miserable two and a half years in our property. We are so tried of speaking to managers and writing to directors for help but none coming just beware and get everything in writing which was our mistake after thirty years of happiness in our old home to now live in hell

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  2. I recently wrote about the party walls and insulation of my porch in my David Wilson home. But what I forgot to add, perhaps because we have lived with it for so long, was the creaking floors, the toilet not connected. The problems with the shower system. Worst of all the lack of sound insulation of the outside walls. I wonder whether the type of air block used by this company causes the problem or is the cheap and shoddy construction the problem. I was also told recently that Barratts bought out David Wilson and I was asked to contact them with regard to previous complaints. I however received the same treatment from Barratts customer service who denied responsibility for my David Wilson Homes property. I believe that Barratts and David Wilson are one and the same.
    With regard to the NHBC, an alternative must be found to protect the consumer.

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  3. I worked for a company trade fabrications ltd. All windows installed are sub standard they fitted for DWH. No proper glass fitted, just standard units, I feel sorry for people who buy from them

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  4. I purchased a house built by Barratt homes and they forgot to put a fake chimney on my roof. They are now telling me I will have to have scaffolding on my house for over a week while they carry out the work. Its going to involve a crane and builders on the roof for days. I don’t even need a pretend chimney. I’m wondering whether they have breached any kind of planning laws? I want to be compensated for their oversight. I’ve been in my property for a year and they are only just fitting it now. Makes me wonder what else they might have ‘forgotten’ to install during my home build. Beware of Barratts.

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  5. I would not reccomend barratt holmes to anybody going from lovely customer service throughout the first few weeks then getting our deposit and almost forgetting us! Me and my boyfriend moved in in december 2015 and we have had a lot of problems, after weeks and weeks of phone calls explaining myself everytime and speaking to what seamed like 100 different people our snagging list got done 8 weeks after we moved in. Even to this day things aren’t perfect but after 3 new washers, our kitchen was flooded, mould all over the kitchen skirting boards, our 3 bathroom floors being stuck back down 3 times and having 3 new kitchen floors put in and (waiting for a 4th kitchen floor now) i’m fed up of waiting for ‘someone to ring me back’

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  6. I would highly recommend buying a Barratt home. From meeting Claire at the show home (Washington,Tyne and Wear) I was treat extremely professionally but with a very friendly attitude. The buying of the new home was made so easy as Claire handled everything. Nothing was a problem. During the build I was kept informed of all the developments taking place. I was introduced to Steve and Lewis on site and they looked after me and my new home with a very professional and helpful attitude. Once I moved in, the lads on site could not help me enough. The home was beautiful and finished to a very high standard. I could not be happier living here. Lewis still keeps an eye on everything and asks if everything is still ok and that I am still happy. Not only do I have a wonderful new home that I love, but the service before, during and after moving in has been exceptional. Lewis,Steve Claire and the whole team from Barratts have made sure my home was perfect.
    I am sorry other people seem to have had problems – but my experience has been brilliant!

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  7. Hi, I am buying 3 bed house at phoenix quarter , Dartford. Any comments for this site pls?
    I am now bit worried after reading about Barrat Homes quality.
    I am signing contract in few weeks time. (Sep 2016)

    Thanks

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    1. I really can’t say. We had a dreadful experience and Barratt were still acting very badly 6 years later, refusing to comply with instructions to fix things by the NHBC. Others I am sure have got though the process unscathed. I think the best advice I can give is to go in with your eyes wide open. Let them know in no uncertain terms that you are aware of the pitfalls and will be watching them like a hawk. Record everything in writing, it is vitally important you report any problems within 2 years to be sure the nhbc will support you. Best of luck.

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