Celebrating quality and embracing some good news
Tony Abel of Abel Homes says local house builders are setting the standard when it comes to quality
The media will always pay more attention when things go wrong - any newspaper editor will tell you that catastrophe and disaster on the front page are always good for sales.
That is why, in the housing sector, it is always stories about prices crashing, rogue landlords and problems with builders which make the headlines. These are newsworthy precisely because they are by and large the exceptions, but it is easy to be lulled into thinking that the whole world is going to ruin.
So it was a delight recently to attend an event which celebrated all that is good about our profession. The ‘Seal of Excellence’ Awards are run by the National House Builders Confederation (NHBC), and it exists to shine the spotlight on the dedicated men and women who run housing construction sites across the UK.
The occasion was made that much more enjoyable for us when Tim Walsingham, senior site manager at Abel Homes’ Swan’s Nest site in Swaffham, brought home one of the coveted awards; this after Tim and his colleague Danny Pinner, who manages our Walnut Tree Fields site at Mattishall, received coveted ‘Pride in the Job Awards’ from the same organisation.
New homes are being built to a higher standard today than ever before, driven by a combination of advances in technology, higher purchaser expectations, and the strictest ever building regulations. Your new home today will be more energyefficient, smarter, better built using improved materials, and more tech-ready than in any previous era.
However building regulations, despite becoming ever more demanding, should only be the minimum standard for quality, and as the NHBC awards showed, there are some of us who regard those regulations not as the target standard, but rather as a minimum standard on which to improve.
It’s not just about the fabric of the house itself, which is where the regulations are focussed. It’s also about quality in design both of the home and the development as a whole; it’s about service and customer care; and it’s about the level of ‘liveability’ delivered by each individual house builder.
It’s lovely for your efforts to be recognised with an award from a respected national organisation, but ultimately the prize that really counts is the reputation you earn over time amongst house buyers – and we’re proud to be a local house builder with a great reputation.