How far should you trust a builder's 10-year guarantee?

The builder's workmanship is covered by the guarantee but not its impact elsewhere

Planning a building project and making sure it gets done properly and that problems are quickly resolved should become easier with recent changes to the 10-year warranty (garantie décennale) that all builders are obliged to take out.

For any project started after July 1 this year the builder and other trades involved in the work should have supplied details of their 10-year insurance and this should meet new minimum standards.

The garantie décennale is taken out by the builder and specifies the scale of the work to be done (including techniques used) and the scope of the cover, the price and time frame of the work being covered and whether joint trades are included. It also gives full contact details for both builder and insurance ...

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