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George Wimpey - better off frying burgers but they'd probably mess this up as well !
Member Name: mattpars
Advantages: Resonably priced homes and good incentives - deals can be done
Disadvantages: Finish and customer service and horrendous
My partner and I bought our 1st and so far only George Wimpey houe in July 2003. A 4 bed detached house with a fair amount of land and we ticked most of the extra's boxes when it can to kitting out the interior.
This was to be our very first brand new house purchase so excitement levels were high. We had opted for wooden floors in the hall / dining room, ceramic tiles in the kitchen and pretty much everything else you can think of.
The problems first became apparent on moving in day. The wooden floor was bouncy and uneven in the hall and dining room and you could see the ceramic floor in the kitchen where you look down the lines of tile grout was up and down like a roller coaster.
Unfortunately we were once of the last few houses to be built on-site so by the time we moved in we were not fortunate to have a local site office / manager to present our list of faults to, these ranged from the major flooring issues to digs and holes in walls, windowsills not painted evenly to the more basic issues of odd screws missing from lights / doors and plg sockets.
After 2 years of arguing / visits for remedial action George Wimpey finally agreed to lift the floor in the hall / dining room and kitchen and re-level with screed but of course as the kitche was ceramic tile this had to be kanger drilled up. What a mess this made but at the end we can to a financial agreement and level floors with upgraded coverings / materials but after 2 years of stress and hassle this was by no means enough to make up for it all.
We will never buy a George Wimpey or Taylor Wimpey home as they are now known again and will never recommend one to friends or even enemies !!
My advice if you cannot resist one of their homes is not to buy one of the last few remaining as other people on our development found fault resolution relaly easy with a site manager and office on-site. And lastly send all complaints to the CEO do not mess about with local site contacts get stuck in and let them know the issues in writing - preferable recorded delivery - good luck !!
Summary: If you have to buy from Wimpey make sure you have the time and patience to make it work for you !
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