Great home for first time buyers – but get a professional snagger to flag issues pre-move

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We were one of the first leaseholders in the building is key in this review. The designs of the flats themselves are fantastic, high-specification and the rooms are laid out well. We really appreciated all the pre-installed utilities, appliances and design features.

However, as time has went on, a lot of this has proved to be a bit of a facade. We’re 18 months in and still resolving snags in our property, and almost every single appliance or facet has experienced a fault or a design flat that has prevented our enjoyment – the attention to detail, reliability and foundations were overlooked and rushed despite a 4-month delay on the original completion date.

The building management and facilities is also very poor, the communal doors and lifts break regularly, several of the residents voluntarily self manage the building to point out issues yet no timeline or commitment is rarely given to fix them. When one thing fixes, another breaks – for example, the communal lobby is experiencing a water leak & minor flooding right now, you’d think that’s an urgent issue but it remains unattended.

Perhaps in time these issues will be a mute point due to the flats being slightly older – all snags resolved and ideally in time a different management company other than Alexander Faulkner Partnership LTD. In their defense, the service charge is slightly lower than comparable buildings but I’d rather pay more if it meant issues resolved.

Please tell us what you like and dislike about this area:

Walthamstow Central has an amazing number of great local shops, restaurants and bars – the nearby village, Lloyd Park, Walthamstow Wetlands are real highlights.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

You should hire a professional snagger and have them produce a list of existing issues and get a timeline on fixing them before agreeing to completion.

What is the best feature of your home:

Living room space is large and spacious, and integrated kitchen appliances are fantastic.

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Facilities
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Design
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Location
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Value
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Management
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