Frequently Asked Questions
What is the HBF Star Rating Scheme?
The HBF Star Rating Scheme awards builders stars for customer satisfaction. The number of stars awarded is based on the homeowner feedback in an independent National New Homes Survey of customer satisfaction . The survey is designed to provide home buyers with information about home builders to help guide their purchasing decision, and to encourage excellent levels of service to be delivered by home builders. The survey year covers the period from October 1st to September 30th. So for example the latest results announced in March 2011 cover the period from Oct 1st 2009 to Sept 30th 2010
How long is a star rating valid for?
Star ratings last for one year and are based on the results of the National New Homes Survey of home owners who have bought a new or newly converted home during the previous 12 months survey period. New star ratings are announced in Spring each year, so a logo with the year ‘2011’ is current until March 2012.
Who is HBF?
The Home Builders Federation (HBF) is the principal representative body of the home building industry in England and Wales. The HBF’s member firms account for some 80% of all new homes built in England and Wales in any one year, and include companies of all sizes, ranging from multi-national, household names through regionally based businesses to small local companies: www.hbf.co.uk
Is the Star Rating Scheme independent?
Yes HBF Star Ratings are based on results of the National New Homes Survey, an independent industry survey. The survey is operated by NHBC, is entirely independent of any builder or builder group and is independently validated by Reading University.
What is the maximum number of stars possible?
The maximum a builder can be awarded is five stars.
How do you decide on star ratings?
Star ratings are awarded based on the results of two questions asked in the National New Homes Survey: Would you recommend your builder to a friend? And ‘How satisfied are you with the quality of your new home?’.
The criteria for other star ratings are as follows:
90% or more of homeowners* must be prepared to recommend their builder to a friend, and at least 90% must be very or fairly satisfied with quality
80% or more of homeowners* must be prepared to recommend their builder to a friend, and at least 80% must be very or fairly satisfied with quality
70% or more of homeowners* must be prepared to recommend their builder to a friend, and at least 70% must be very or fairly satisfied with quality
60% or more of homeowners* must be prepared to recommend their builder to a friend, and at least 60% must be very or fairly satisfied with quality
50% or more of homeowners* must be prepared to recommend their builder to a friend, and at least 50% must be very or fairly satisfied with quality
*The percentage is based on the number of valid responses received.
What is the star rating for my builder locally?
Star ratings are awarded based on a survey that is sent by NHBC to all of a builder’s customers. Where the company is a national company, their result will reflect their average results achieved for the whole of the UK.
Where can I see comparative star ratings for all builders?
Star ratings for all participating builders are available on the HBF website. click here to view
Which builders participate in the HBF Star Rating Scheme
The following builders currently participate in the HBF Star Rating Scheme:
McCarthy & Stone
Why doesn’t my builder have a star rating?
The HBF Star Rating Scheme is open to HBF members who typically build more than 300 homes per annum. It is a voluntary scheme so only those builders who opt to participate will be star rated.
What is the average star rating for all builders?
The house building industry overall, has the equivalent of a 4-star rating based on the latest results for the year ending September 30th 2010.
How can I experience problems with my builder and yet they have such a good star rating?
Your builder’s star rating is based entirely on the results of a survey that was sent to all their customers. Star Ratings are only awarded when there are sufficient responses to make the results statistically robust.
If you feel you’ve had a bad experience with your builder please take the matter up with them and give them the opportunity to put it right. If they do not and the problem is covered by your new home warranty, contact the warranty provider.
Please ensure that you contribute to your builders next star rating by completing the survey questionnaire when you receive it.
I’ve checked, and a builder is displaying the wrong star rating.
A builder’s current star rating can be checked by clicking here. If the builder is displaying the wrong star rating then you should inform HBF. It would be helpful if you could have a note of the
the builders name,
the address, and
details of the star rating and how it is being displayed (for example on a site flag or in sales literature).
Then email us at email@example.com with all the above information and HBF will take the appropriate action.
How can I find out more about the HBF Star Rating Scheme?
You can find out more about the HBF Star Rating Scheme at www.hbf.co.uk/index.php?id=2708