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23 Jun 2017

Do you know how to break the housing chain?

For many of us, once we've made the decision to buy a new house, we want to start the moving process as soon as possible. However, many people can find themselves "stuck" in a housing chain.

A housing chain is a sequence of linked house purchases, with each being dependent on the others before anyone can proceed with their propety sale.  

The longer the chain, the greater the chance of something going wrong. A ‘break’ anywhere in the chain means no-one can move.

Being in a chain is not only stressful but it can also be expensive. Non-refundable mortgage fees, survey costs and solicitors’ fees may all be lost if someone else in the chain pulls out.

You might even lose your dream home if you are not able to buy when you planned to do so and the seller finds another buyer. Then you really are back at the start of the house-buying process all over again.

Read below for some helpful ways of breaking the chain.

Selling your property before you buy

If you want to buy a new home and be completely ‘chain free’ you could consider selling your home first. If you have time on your side and don’t feel the pressure to sell quickly, you might be in a better place to accept the offer you want rather than feel you ‘have to go for it’.

Use a bridging loan

Bridging loans are designed to help people complete the purchase of a property before selling their existing home by offering them short-term access to money. However, they are usually provided at a high rate of interest.

Extending the mortgage on your existing home

If you don’t want to be stuck in a housing chain, you might consider extending the mortgage on your existing property and using that money as a deposit on your new home.

Part exchange

Part exchange  is when one item is traded against another. It is most commonly used when people want to buy a better car or property.

The existing item is used in value against the new item you want to purchase and is taken as ‘part payment’.

If you want to buy a new house, you can part exchange your existing property.

Make sure you carry out plenty of research and seek the advice of professionals before you make a decision because breaking a housing chain can come with some risks,

21 Jun 2017

Larkfleet's decorating top tips!

The newspapers are comparing the UK to Spain, offices have turned into ovens and the postie finally looks acceptable in shorts. 

Welcome to British summertime!

The best thing most of us want to be doing right now is very little but, once the heat has settled, you might want to start thinking about decorating the home in time for autumn and, dare we say it, Christmas.

We're a considerate bunch at Larkfleet Homes and we've put together a few ideas that will help to inspire you when it comes down to those all-important home improvements, 

Read below for top tips on how to decorate your new home, decorating on a budget, reusing what you already have to make a whole new impact, last-minute decorating and decorating in style - no expense spared!

Work with your builders

If you reserve your new home early enough – before the builders have bought the paint, tiles, kitchen units and other things they will use in your house – it is often possible to specify more colourful decoration that suits your own style. 

Just ask!

Decorating your new home
The first thing you need to do once you have made the decision to decorate your new home is make a list. This list should include all the things you currently own and all the things you will need to buy such as paint brushes!

Once you have your list ready, set a budget so you know exactly what you are working with. It will be easy to get carried away - which is great if you can afford to, however, if you are on a budget, you won’t want to be left with any last-minute spending. 

Do your planning one room at a time and make sure you know your room dimensions. 

Now you are ready for the fun part of actually decorating your new home.

You will find plenty of top tips online and we would recommend you start with Homebase for advice on the practical side of decorating such as what paint is best to use and how to apply it for a perfect look.

Decorating on a budget

The word ‘budget’ is never one that makes home-owners feel too great but it is a word that they use a lot. When decorating on a budget, please remember that you really don’t need to spend a fortune to make your home look like a million dollars. In fact, many bloggers now make a decent living repeating this mantra.

Set a budget and stick to it. Budgeting is fun and it can be a real buzz when you realise how well you have managed to transform your home whilst saving some pennies too.

Reuse, recycle but look brand new!

Reusing “old” stuff to look brand new is now a super trend and not just amongst those on a budget. It really ticks the box for the environmentally friendly and creative individuals amongst us.

Some people might look at a worn chest of drawers and want to throw them out whilst others might see it as an opportunity to get arty and messy and create a totally unique piece of furniture.

Last-minute decorating

In an ideal world, we would all be living life like extras in an inspirational M&S advert but that is not reality. Sometimes the little one might go a bit crazy with the pen, your in-laws have decided to pay you a last-minute visit or you have had a room ruined by some other disaster. If this happens to you, the best thing to do is relax and take stock of the situation...and then call a professional to sort out the mess! Try this site Rated People - it will help you find the right person for the job!

Decorating in style – no expense spared!

If you are lucky enough to be in the position where the sky is the limit when it comes to financing your decorating then you can have some serious fun.

If you enjoy decorating and want to take ownership of the project, you will not be short of blogs, websites and magazines which will help you on your new home mission. Keeping up with current trends has never been easier and if you are the creative type, you can even start your own trends!

Start with Ideal Home – a great source for all things homely and for top decorating trends. Simply type it into Google and start your fun search!

Have fun and do feel free to post us your pictures on the Larkfleet Facebook page

We'd love to see them!


15 Jun 2017

Karl Hick is finalist in IoD East Midlands Director of the Year awards!

Karl Hick, CEO of The Larkfleet Group of Companies, has been shortlisted as a finalist at this year’s prestigious IoD East Midlands Director of the Year awards.

Karl won the award in 2015 when he was named as overall East Midlands Director of the year.

The regional winners will be announced on Friday 23 June at the Nottingham Conference Centre and these will go forward to the IoD’s national Director of the Year awards which will be made on Friday 22 September at the Lancaster London Hotel.
Karl said: “It is a great privilege to be acknowledged once again for my continued dedication to the Larkfleet brand.
"I was delighted to win the East Midlands Institute of Directors ‘Director of the Year’ title in 2015.
"Many of the things talked of in the future tense in 2015 have now come to fruition and are providing the basis for further growth and development for the business, for the team and for me personally.
"I know it is a cliché but this award – if I were to win again – would be an accolade for the whole Larkfleet team. People throughout the group have worked hard to bring us through the recession into our current situation where we are expanding across the UK and into our first overseas operations.
“It has been a great year so far with the Larkfleet Homes and Allison Homes brands both going from strength to strength in an uncertain market. Winning this award will further add to our successes.”
The IoD awards are well known as being the ‘top business awards scheme, which recognises excellence and enterprise in the boardroom’.
Well done Karl. We have our fingers crossed for you!

14 Jun 2017

Fancy a job with Larkfleet?

Would you like to start a new career with Larkfleet Homes? We are currently recruiting for various roles in construction so now might be a great time to jump on board and jump-start your career with a top housing developer.

We are currently recruiting for the following roles:

  • Branch Manager  This position is in a busy builders merchants that has recently been modernised with a complete refit. You will need to have good knowledge of the building industry along with the materials used. You will also need to have the ability to look after many customer accounts. A proven track record of management in the industry would be an advantage.
  • Land Buyer You will support the land managers in the identification and acquisition of sites, assisting in project acquisition from identification, offer, contract, purchase, planning to pre-start on the sites acquired.

  • Sales Administrator You will be responsible for managing customers passed on by the sales team – starting with reservations through to the exchange of contracts and legal completions whilst ensuring that the customer receives a smooth and professional experience.
  • Contract Managers  You must have proven experience within the volume residential sector with a suitable track record for multi-development management in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experienced Residential Site Managers  You must have relevant proven experience within the volume housing industry of delivering quality homes to agreed build programmes whilst maintaining excellent presentation and safety standards and first class customer care.
  • Quantity Surveyor Reporting to the Commercial Manager, you will be responsible for the commercial activities on four/five sites in the region.

  • Assistant Site Manager  Applications will be considered from tradesmen with relevant experience and also graduate trainees who have completed HNC/HND in building/ residential studies, or are in the process of completing a degree in a construction-related discipline.
  • Scaffolders  Castlebuild Scaffolding, part of The Larkfleet Group of Companies, is looking to employ excellent scaffolders to join its established and award-winning team.
  • Sales Executive  This position as part of a sales team is based in a sales and marketing suite on a new housing development selling properties off-plan to prospective clients and helping them through the house buying process.

For full details on all the above roles and how to apply, please visit

14 Jun 2017

Doddington Grange - Just launched!

If you're looking for a new home, you should seriously consider making a move to the beautiful village of Doddington and in particualr, Doddington Grange -  a new timber-framed Larkfleet development.

Doddington is within easy reach of Cambridge and Peterborough and the newly launched Doddington Grange development offers a wonderful selection of four and five bedroom family homes. Refered to as a 'vibrant and traditional' village, Doddington lies within the heart of Cambridgeshire fenland.

The village is great for those that like to play an active part in village life with a great choice of clubs and interest groups on offer and each year the local community puts on a carnival and sports day. It's also a great place to buy a new home if you enjoy your countryside walks. There are many footpaths in and around the village. 

If you have little ones, there are numerous nursery, primary and secondary schools both very locally and further afield in nearby March, Wimblington and Chatteris. Further and higher education is catered for by centres in March, Ely and Cambridge.
So has this tempted you? As an added extra, if you reserve off plan, you will receive £500 towards your legal fees!

Visit for more details or you can call a sales advisor on 01354 654 545.

12 Jun 2017

Larkfleet donates model house to New College Stamford

The Larkfleet Group of Companies has donated a model house toNew College Stamford as part of its continuing programme of support for the local community.

The scale model of a typical timber-framed house built by Larkfleet Homes can be taken apart and re-assembled working to a set of drawings which Larkfleet has also supplied.

A similar model was recently donated to students at Greater Peterborough UTC (GPUTC). Larkfleet is one of the main sponsors of GPUTC and takes a great interest in the college and its students.

The model house, built and designed by Karl Barfoot of Kestrel Timber Frame, has proved extremely popular with students studying built environment courses at GPUTC. Now a duplicate of the model will be enjoyed by students studying construction courses at New College Stamford.

Larkfleet Homes joint managing director Helen Hick said: “It was a great pleasure to hand over the model house to New College Stamford and further strengthen our links with the college.

“At Larkfleet we believe it is vital to invest in the future of young people, especially those interested in a career in construction. The model house is just one more way in which we are supporting the next generation of construction professionals.”

Receiving the model house at an official presentation was Janet Meenaghan, the principal at New College Stamford.

Janet said: “New College Stamford greatly values its long-standing and positive relationship with Larkfleet Homes. 

"Our students already benefit in many ways from the partnership, from apprenticeship training and work experience opportunities to site visits. 

"We are delighted to receive Larkfleet’s gift of a scale model timber-framed house, designed and built to the latest, environmentally-friendly specifications. 

"The model house is accompanied by a set of blueprints which will enable our students to take it apart and reassemble it. It will be a valuable addition to their learning programmes at college.”
The model will also be used to make some practical points about communications. In one test using the house the plans are held by one group of students in one room and the model is with another group in a separate room. One student from the planning group has to carry instructions to the construction group in a time trial to see which team of students can correctly build the house most quickly.

07 Jun 2017

It's another donation from Larkfleet!

We just can't stop helping people here at Larkfleet HQ and this time we've donated £4,000 to Cottesmore Millfied Academy in Oakham.

The cheque was presented by (pictured, right) Sam Hart (Larkfleet's sales director) to Rachel Thomas (left) who is the headteacher at the school.

Some of the money will be used to purchase benches for the children to enjoy in the school gardens.

If you are wondering why the kids are wearing 'construction clothes' in the pictures, well they were also donated by Larkfleet for them to keep, much to their delight! In fact, it was rather funny and cute watching the children still wearing their hats as they left in cars!

The cheque was presented at the Buttercross development in Oakham which offers a stunning range of two, three, four and five bedroom properties in beautiful surroundings.

If you would like to find out more you can call one of the sales team on 01572 72 22 62.

05 Jun 2017

Is it time to be bold with your wallpaper?

Continuing our series of interior design ideas, this week we've decided to look at wallpaper. When it comes to wallpaper, there's never a shortage of designs and colours to choose from - there's a design for each and every taste!
However, as much as the variety is there, if you are a trend follower, you can always rely on trending designs and patterns. This season, we hear at Larkfleet Homes that we're now becoming bigger and bolder with our patterns.

Your wallpaper can say a lot about your taste and individuality, so think wisely before you choose it and try to think of it like choosing a piece of art. 
Alongside big and bold patterns, there's a real trend for pretty patterns, trails and birds, textures and decadent shimmering finishes. 
Remember that not only is it vital that you get the right design for your personality but also where you display your artwork (wallpaper!). Wallpapers no longer have to sit on single feature walls. Contrasting skirting boards and painted woodwork in brighter, punchy hues have become more popular and are a fantastic way to bring together heritage patterns in a contemporary way.
Your home is your castle so make sure it identifies who you are as a person and have fun with big and bold patterns!

02 Jun 2017

Is time to revamp your bedroom?

There's something about the summer time that puts us at Larkfleet Homes in the mood for a change. The change in weather can inspire many of us to throw away the old and bring in the new and what better way to treat yourself this summer than with a wonderful new bedroom. Or even an old bedroom with a few adjustments so it feels brand new!

So start with a spring (summer clean). Enter the world of the bottom draw in your cupboards. You know the one. The ' I'll just put it in there before it has a home' one, that before you know it, is full to the brim and is a nuisance. Face it! Clear it at and you will feel so much better after.

You can also buy some really lovely storage boxes with funky patterns that will suit your living space and tidy it up at the same time!

If you want your bedroom to be a place of calm and tranquillity, you need to choose the right colour that will help to create the right mood. You're best going for calming colours such as blues, greys and greens. 

Now all you need to create a perfect space is to add some little extras such as fresh flowers, scented candles, funky pillows and pictures of your favorite things, places and people!


01 Jun 2017

Larkfleet welcomes Adrian Green

Larkfleet Homes has strengthened its team with the appointment of Adrian Green as its new head of commercial.

Adrian has joined the team at Larkfleet Homes to manage the commercial department and brings with him a wealth of experience to focus on the long-term interests of the business.


Helen Hick, joint managing director of Larkfleet Homes, said: “We are delighted to welcome Adrian. He will be developing, leading and managing all commercial activities of the business.

“The company is developing more and bigger sites in 2017, up and down the country, and the expansion of the team is testament to our growth."
Adrian said: “I am delighted to join Larkfleet. I have worked in the construction industry for 30 years and I will bring this experience along with my forward-thinking approach to the team.
“It is an exciting time to join the business as it continually expands its developments in the UK.”
Outside of work Adrian enjoys keeping fit and enjoys rugby having previously played, coached and chaired a club.
Larkfleet Homes is continually looking at new approaches to business and 2017 so far has proved extremely positive with a record number of new developments being planned.
The business also continues to support local communities with an ongoing programme of sponsorship, support and engagement with charity events, schools and sports clubs.


31 May 2017

School choir sings Larkfleets praises

Another day, another generous community gift from Larkfleet Homes and this time it's in the shape of some cool tee shirts for kids!

Larkfleet is helping helping local youngsters to stay warm and look cool at the same time by sponsoring tee shirts worn by key stage two students at Bourne’s Elsea Park Primary Academy.

The new tee shirts, featuring the school badge on the front and Larkfleet logo on the back, are worn by the choir when they are singing and representing the school.

Helen Hick, joint managing director of LarkfleetHomes, said: “Larkfleet is committed to supporting the local community and it’s a great pleasure to sponsor the tee shirts that will be worn by students as they are out and about representing the school.”

Nick Brompton, head of Elsea Park Primary Academy, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Larkfleet for their continued support and for sponsoring a lovely selection of tee shirts for our key stage two choir students to enjoy!

“We are also proud to represent the company’s name when out and about, not only showcasing the school but also the support of Larkfleet too. “

29 May 2017

Have you thought about having a garden wedding reception?

Let's set the scene. The sun is shining, you've just made a commitment to the man, or woman, of your dreams and now it's time to party!

The big party (aka wedding reception) needs to be perfect so have you thought about how nice it would be to have complete control of it?

Well you can do just that by hosting your wedding reception in the comfort of your own garden.

At Larkfleet Homes, we've heard along the grapevine that this is now becoming quite a thing and we're pretty sure some of our residents have had their wedding receptions in their Larkfleet garden!

Why not? You can go at a pace you want, make it as expensive or creative as you wish and you don't have far to go once all the happy guests have left. Or even better, ask the folks if they can clear up the mess (with a financial reward offered) so you can jet off to start your new life as Mr and Mrs.

Pinterest is a great place to check out ideas. Really, though, all you need is live music, space to dance, plenty of fizzy stuff and some great food and you have yourself a party! oh and fairy lights to add some sparkle. It is your wedding reception after all.

25 May 2017

Housing Industry Insights

At Larkfleet Homes, we know a thing or two about the housing industry. After all, we've been in it for long enough.

Now we'd like to share some of our knowledge so that you can have a clear understanding of just where the housing industry lies right now.

Housing building delivers huge economic and social benefits for communities all over the country.

Independent research has found that the industry supports 600,000 jobs while providing tens of thousand of affordable homes and hundreds of millions of pounds in community facilities and upgraded  infrastructure. Good news, hey!

New homes are of high quality, meaning they're easy to maintain and environmentally friendly.

New homes are built to a much higher specification than the majority of older homes, so customers get more for their money. Central heating, double glazing and high standards of roof, floor and wall insulation are all included in the price.  As well as reducing carbon emissions, the energy efficiency of new homes also means you could save up to £1, 400 a year on utility bills, compared to a Victorian equivalent!

So has this tempted you into buying a new home? Let's hope so! Visit the Larkfleet website and take some time to pick your desired location and then get in touch.

24 May 2017

What colours look best in your home?

There's so much more to colour than you may realise.

Colours can provoke different emotions within us and they help to set a "scene".

Red for passion, green for serenity and so and so on..

So when it comes to decorating your new (Larkfleet) home, what should you consider before going wild with the paint?

Each room in your home will have a different function so bear that in mind when you start decorating.

So, for example, red signifies passion (maybe a good colour for the bedroom!), yellow is a nice warming colour so a hint of yellow in the living room would work well. Green is the colour of nature and a popular choice in the kitchen and blue represents a serene atmosphere, perfect for the bathroom!

You might opt for a minimalist look in the home, in which case you'll want to use soft whites, but if you want more a rustic feel, autumnal colours such as red and oranges will really work

The best thing is to think about how you want your home to FEEL.

Do you want it to feel energised or relaxed or both? Then base your colour scheme on what each room means to you.

The world wide web is full of inspiration for colour schemes and designs so do your research first and we're sure you'll succeed in making your home look and feel wonderful!

23 May 2017

Run in the Woods raises a staggering £7,000!

At Larkfleet Homes, we do love some good news so it's great to hear that with our help, The Rotary Club of Bourne successfully raised more than £7,000!

The Run in The Woods is a popular event in Bourne offering keen runners the chance to enjoy the wonderful scenery of Bourne Woods, raise money for charity and get fit too!

Larkfleet sponsored the event and is delighted with the final figure of £7,000!

It was an extremely popular event with 550 entrants made up of experienced club runners and amateurs. Most of the runners were from Bourne, Stamford, and the Deepings area however people did travel from further afield such as Yorkshire, Hull and Leeds.

It was a great day enjoyed by many and we hope to see you all again there next year!

If you're interested in making a move to Bourne, you might be interested in our stunning Bourne Heights development which, if you're not there already, offers a range of eco-friendly 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom new homes on the outskirts of Bourne.

You can call the Bourne sales office on 07825275820 and start a new life in Bourne in a gorgeous Larkfleet home. 

19 May 2017

The price of not buying new? It could be as much as £50,000!

New research carried out by the Home Builders Federation has found that the cost of upgrading an older property to the same standard as a new build home could be as much as £50,000!

From the benefits of living in an energy efficient home that could save you hundreds of pounds on your utility bills each year, to the brand-new fixtures and fittings that come as standard, buying a new build home offers many advantages when compared to buying an older property.
The research looked at the work that might have to be carried out when people move into an older home. It considered what would have to be done to a home to bring it up to the standards of a new property which also comes with a warranty protecting the buyer from liability on structural problems within the first 10 years.  Whether it’s the price of buying and fitting a new kitchen (£7,900) or having a house rewired (£8,850), the costs for people moving into an older home can quickly mount up.

For a homeowner who wants to get the same standard of finish and functionality in a 'used' home that they could expect from a new build home, the cost could be up to £51,643. 
This includes paying out for:
  • Kitchen - £7,900
  • Bathroom - £3,800
  • Central heating - £6,185
  • Wiring - £8,850
  • Plastering - £5,240
  • Decorating - £2,500
  • Flooring - £2,628
  • Insulation - £775
  • Windows and doors - £4,900
  • Roofing - £4,000
  • Guttering - £690
  • External rendering - £4,175
And the savings continue: while just 26 per cent of second hand homes achieve an energy efficiency rating of A to C, 94 per cent of homes built in 2016 could boast such standards.

Commenting on the figures, Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation, said: “Buyers of new build homes enjoy a huge number of benefits over those purchasing a second hand home.
“During the buying process customers will receive a high level of service and support from trained sales staff. Upon moving into a property that is designed for modern living, there are all the advantages of living in a home with brand new fixtures and fittings and the latest energy efficiency technologies.
“This report helps to highlight the hidden savings that buyers of new build homes make. While most people have a budget put aside to get the little jobs done, costs soon add up when you need to replace a bathroom or a kitchen.
“£50,000 is a lot of money by anyone’s standards, and this new research emphasises just how much new build home buyers really get for their money.”
Well that all sounds pretty good to us at Larkfleet Homes so why not visit to our website, find your new home and be a winner in the property market!

18 May 2017

Supporting New Homes Week

We are supporting New Homes Week 2017, an initiative by the Home Builders’ Federation to promote the benefits of buying a new home.
Helen Hick, joint managing director of Larkfleet Homes, said: “Larkfleet Homes is pleased to be supporting the Home Builders’ Federation New Homes Week.
“New Homes Week is the chance for people to find out more about the benefits of buying a new build home, from the superb finishing touches and quality specifications, to the many excellent deals and offers house builders like Larkfleet Homes can offer. The peace of mind you get when buying a new build home is unrivalled.”
This year, the theme of New Homes Week is a focus on the cost of upgrading an older home to the standard of new build home. From the finishing touches to the windows and doors, there are additional costs attached to get the same standard of finish on an older house as in a new build property.
For more information visit or follow #NHW17 on social media.

17 May 2017

New Homes Week - The Larkfleet View

To coincide with New Homes Week, Helen Hick, joint managing director of Larkfleet Homes has shared her wealth of knowledge with the team at WhatHouse - the online guide to new homes!

Read below to hear Helen's thoughts on why you should buy new!

1. No chain
There is no chain on the home you are buying when it’s straight from the housebuilder – you don’t have to wait for someone to move out.

“If you are eligible for one of our Part Exchange deals, you don’t have to wait to sell your own home either. It can be a completely stress and hassle-free move, with no one unexpectedly falling out of the chain.”

2. A blank canvas
“A new Larkfleet home is clean and untouched by previous owners and is finished in neutral colours, giving you the chance to put your own stamp on your new home. If you reserve your property early in the building process you will be able to choose from a range of options for kitchens and bathrooms – and maybe other things too.”

It’s the perfect way for you to ensure your new home will reflect your style from the moment you walk in, rather than you having to adapt to someone else’s taste.

3. No wasted space
“Every Larkfleet home has been meticulously designed by our architects to use all the available space. Research shows that 17% of living space in older style properties often goes unused - on a £200,000 house this would equate to a waste of £34,000.”

4. High standards
The latest building regulations mean that new homes are reaching ever-higher quality levels  compared with older neighbours.

“All our homes meet the latest standards for things such as fire protection, electrical safety and noise insulation. Peace of mind is built in!”

5. Low running costs
“Larkfleet homes are fitted with high-efficiency heating systems, excellent wall and loft insulation and double glazed windows and doors. An average Larkfeet home has an energy rating of B, older style houses often have a rating as low as G.”

This high level of energy efficiency leads directly to lower bills for your utilities.

6. Low maintenance
“DIY and maintenance jobs are greatly reduced with a new home (after all, everything is brand new), saving you money and giving you more time with your family and friends.”

Few people really enjoy DIY and by buying a brand new home, you minimise what you have to do, and the number of things that might go wrong over the coming years.

7. No new purchases
“Talk to us early enough and you can include your choice of things such as carpets and kitchen appliances in the cost of the house that is covered by your mortgage – so you don’t have to find money for these things just as you move in. There’s less expenditure on buying replacements over the next few years, too. You will have new equipment covered by manufacturers’ warranties that should give years of service.”

While new homes sometimes get criticised for appearing expensive compared to a comparable re-sale home, adding up elements like this show the price is very reasonable in the long run.

8. Eco-friendly
Sustainability and environmental issues are a major factor for many people in all strands of their life – including what for many is the biggest investment they’ll ever make – the property they live in.

“A Larkfeet home is, on average, six times more energy efficient than an older property. This is equivalent to driving 10,000 miles less a year per household! On many Larkfleet properties you can have PV [photovoltaic] cells on your roof to generate electricity from sunlight – cutting your emissions and your energy bills.”

9. No surprises
“If you buy a brand-new Larkfeet home you know exactly what you’re getting. You have the assurance that everything in the house – from the sewers beneath the ground to the tiles on the roof – has been professionally installed using the right materials.

"Don’t just take our word for it – all our sites are regularly checked by independent inspectors to ensure quality of build. Even if you pay for a detailed survey a second-hand home can still throw up some unpleasant and expensive surprises once you’ve moved in.” 

Moving home is stressful enough without worrying about the unexpected, so a brand new home can save a lot of hassle and bring peace of mind.

10. Part of the community
“Buying a second-hand home on an established street can sometimes make it harder to get into the social network. A new development means you become part of the emerging community with everyone looking to make new friends.”

‘Placemaking’ is an increasingly important part of new homes building, generating a real community to include all the residents of the new properties being constructed. 

11. Ten years’ quality assurance
“Larkfleet homes provide NHBC or LABC warranties.”

As another of our #NHW17 articles shows, the long-term warranties that come with brand new homes cover almost everything and provide the reassurance of anything that might go wrong being rectified.

12. Assistance all the way
With deals such as the government-backed Help to Buy scheme and Larkfleet’s own Part Exchange, Assisted Sale and Secure Home Purchase initiatives to rely on, there are many ways that purchasers can seek a little practical and financial support to secure the new home they want.

“The Larkfleet team is there to help you on every step of your house-buying journey from finding a mortgage to finding the nearest post office when you move in!”

17 May 2017

Grab a Larkfleet freebie!

At Larkfleet, we love to give away the odd freebie, and this week, if you reserve plot 97 on Buttercross Park in Oakham, you'll get yourself free carpets and vinyl thrown in completely free!

Buttercross Park offers a range of traditionally styled eco-friendly and energy efficient 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom properties which is perfect for home buyers looking for a quality home in rural surroundings.

Situated on the outskirts of Oakham, Buttercross Park is part of the Oakham Heights development and offers close access to Oakham - a pretty, traditional market town offering all the amenities you would expect such as unique shops, great places to eat and drink and beautiful surrounding countryside. 
For more details, call the Larkfleet sales office for this site on 01572 722262.

12 May 2017

Good luck Dean!

Dean Dye, manager on Larkfleet Homes’ site at Bourne Heights, has been shortlisted as a potential winner of the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) ‘site agent of the year’ award for the East Midlands.

LABC inspectors from The East Midlands Building Consultancy are currently on site at least once per week but at different stages in the development cycle they may be at Bourne Heights two or three times each week. Dean schedules visits for key stage completions such as drainage and footings.

Because of the experience and competence of the Larkfleet team and its contractors there are rarely any ‘issues’ arising from the inspections. Those few that do arise are swiftly dealt with.

Sean Mcmanus of The East Midlands Building Consultancy says: “I am on site myself once or twice each week. The good working relationship which Dean has with his colleagues and contractors is noticeable – he is capable of speaking firmly to people when things need sorting out yet without giving offence.

“And he always accompanies me when I go out on site – whatever the weather – when he could easily stay in the warm and dry!”

There have been no reported accidents on site since construction began.

Dean says: “We have an excellent team of contractors who take their responsibilities seriously and co-operate with one another and with me to ensure safe working on site across all the trades and activities.

“Some of the contractors, such as the groundworkers, have been with me on other sites and I have been successful in having the same teams allocated to Bourne Heights.”

Sean Mcmanus says; “The quality of the work on site is always excellent – particularly the groundwork. I think this is largely down to Dean. He is able to get the best from what is already a first-class team.”

Dean undertakes his own snagging inspection of each house before the future residents are invited in for a ‘demonstration’ of their new home when they are shown (for example) how the heating system works, how the PV panels are managed, etc. They are encouraged at that time to undertake their own ‘snagging’ inspection and if they identify any problems Dean takes care of them.

Dean similarly deals with any issues that arise during the first few days of occupancy.

Dean says: “We pride ourselves on handing over high quality homes. By putting time and effort into getting things right up front we have very few calls to rectify faults.”

Dean is highly valued not just by colleagues at Larkfleet but by Larkfleet’s customers and contractors. A recent demonstration of this came when a new resident on Bourne Heights asked for Dean’s assistance for her pregnant sister who lives on the far side of Bourne in a house which Larkfleet built some years ago. A boiler failure had left the lady with no heating or hot water and the company responsible for her boiler maintenance had let her down.

Dean and one of the plumbers from Bourne Heights went across town and resolved the issue.
Dean says: “The plumber was under no obligation to assist – he wasn’t getting paid for this. And there was no obligation for Larkfleet to help. The boiler is now the householder’s responsibility. But the plumber and I were pleased to help. It’s part of our approach to customer care.”

Dean can also point to several ‘thank you’ cards from residents and Facebook posts praising his support and assistance for new residents at Bourne Heights. And if he and colleagues had not already eaten them, he could also point to several thank you gifts of chocolates!

Sean Mcmanus says: “I would be happy to endorse Dean’s entry for the LABC site agent of the year award. He would be a very worthy winner. Our job would be a lot easier if all the people we dealt with were like Dean!”

Dean will find out at a black-tie dinner in June whether he has won the coveted award. All of us at Larkfleet wish him the best of luck!