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Angry first time buyer who paid £220,000 for 'dream family home' puts up large sign warning off other buyers after developers 'fail to fix shoddy building work for 16 months'

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a person standing in front of a brick building: First-time buyer, Mike Firth, affixed a huge sign on to his 'dream family home' to warn other buyers of new builds in the area © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited First-time buyer, Mike Firth, affixed a huge sign on to his 'dream family home' to warn other buyers of new builds in the area

A first-time homeowner is so appalled by the condition of his new home that he has hung a giant sign from the window to warn off other buyers. 

Father-of-three Mike Firth, 31, paid £220,000 for a four-bedroom home with 'climbing wall brick work' where bricks aren't flat to the wall, leaking shower cubicles and architraves which aren't level. 

The house which was supposed to be a 'dream first home' for his young family has still not been fixed 16 months after they moved there in April 2017. 

Mr Firth hung the 5ft by 3ft sign outside of the window reads: 'Thinking of buying a home on this development? Feel free to knock and view my house. The problems are endless and it could save you ££££. #newbuildingnightmare'.

He said: 'I decided to hang the sign because I was getting nowhere.

'If I'd had seen something like that before I'd bought my house I'd have asked questions. I just want Persimmon to recognise my problems and to sort out the issues I've got.

a sign on a brick building: The 31-year-old's 5ft by 3ft sign reads: 'Thinking of buying a home on this development? Feel free to knock and view my house. The problems are endless and it could save you ££££. #newbuildingnightmare'.

The 31-year-old's 5ft by 3ft sign reads: 'Thinking of buying a home on this development? Feel free to knock and view my house. The problems are endless and it could save you ££££. #newbuildingnightmare'.
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'All I want is what I paid for but for them to come anywhere near that seems difficult.

'It's stressful and it's frustrating. You buy new, you expect new, we're far from it.

'If I'd have seen the house before I bought it I don't think I would have done so.

'The general quality of the work is appalling.'   

a close up of a building: Cement was missing and a steel lintel was not flush to the floor in the £220,000 home

Cement was missing and a steel lintel was not flush to the floor in the £220,000 home
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Mr Firth claims the property, which he shares with his young son, Frankie, and partner, Amanda, on the Sycamore Gardens estate in Castleford, West Yorks is filled with 'shoddy' building work.

He also believes brickwork and door frames are tilted and below standard.  

'Persimmon have come to do work but then left it unfinished,' Mr Firth added. 

'It almost feels like they expect the buyer to sort the problems out themselves. 

a close up of a device: He said the shower cubicle leaks as the showers screen has a hole drilled in the wrong place

He said the shower cubicle leaks as the showers screen has a hole drilled in the wrong place
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How did 'dream home' become a nightmare? 

When Mike Firth, 31, moved into the home with his family he was met with endless problems.

Upon viewing the newly built house he noticed:

- Uneven brickwork 

- Tilted door frames

- Leaking shower cubicles 

He says Persimmon have not acted on his complaints in 16 months and when they did so, he says the work was incomplete in the time since the family moved there in April 2017.

Mr Firth paid £220,000 for the house in Castleford, West Yorks.

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'I've lost count of how many days I've taken off for people to come and they've either not turned up or not done a very good job.

'I don't think it replicates value for money.

'It feels like the customer comes second. 

'Some of the repair work carried out has been substandard.'

Mr Firth, who feels 'robbed' by the purchase posted to his Facebook inviting a building expert to come and give him a second opinion on the condition of his home.    

A spokeswoman for Persimmon Homes told MailOnline: 'We are currently dealing directly with the customer to address' issues and are establishing appointments for work to be carried out that coincides with his availability.' 

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