When you make the decision to buy a property there are many factors to consider but one of the first things to decide upon is whether to buy a new build property or whether to buy a ‘second hand’ home.
There are various things to consider when you decide to buy a new build property and these include:
The majority of developers no longer build houses that are identical and look like ‘lego style’ houses as in previous years.
Now, most reputable developers take great care to provide a number of varying house types and sizes on a new development.
Much thought is now put into the providing a variety of house styles and also making outdoor space in the form of parking spaces and also recreational parks and green spaces for residents to enjoy.
People will always say that if you want features like high ceilings, period fireplaces and multiple reception rooms then stay clear of new build. However, developers are now listening to what house buyers want when they are choosing a property and starting to try and give people what they want in other forms, such as number of bedrooms, bathrooms, garden space and on the larger developments, a village feel to the community.
New build properties are built to be more energy efficient and modern construction prevents damp, together with cavity wall insulation, double glazing and also improved insulation within the walls, lofts and floors providing long term energy savings.
Newly built properties will always be more energy efficient than older properties which can have such issues as damp, draughts and condensation.
There is a certain attraction to owning a new build, much like when buying a brand-new car. The feeling that no-one else has lived in the property before has a certain appeal and some people buy new build every time they move to a new house because of this attraction.
All developers offer a variety of internal fitting packages to buyers when they purchase the properties ‘off plan’.
These can include selected carpets, floor tiling, kitchens, bathrooms and white goods. Often these items are offered at very competitive rates and take the hassle out of making sure that everything is fitted into the property ready for the day that you move in.
New Build Warranty
Most new homes come with an NHBC warranty.
This warranty offers protection for house-buyers for up to ten years following the completion of the purchase.
During the first two years the property is covered for failure by the builder to meet the warranty providers requirements when building your home or preparing the land on which the property stands. During the following seven years the property is covered for any structural damage that may occur.
Here are our top tips when buying a new build:-
- Check that the builders are members of National House Building Council (NHBC) or offer similar warranty such as Zurich or Premier.
- Search the internet for information on the builder and visit other completed sites to see the standards applied. Also check if they have won any industry awards.
- Check the site and house plans carefully. Artists impressions may have been used in marketing materials and therefore should be disregarded.
- Measure your property carefully, all floor space, including the height of the ceiling, to make sure your furniture fits.
New Build Property Lawyers and Conveyancers
We aim to make the whole experience as smooth and stress free as possible.
We are beside you from day one and here to guide you through the whole of the process involved, from the moment that you sign the reservation form on site to the day that you collect your keys to your new dream home.