New build homes come with significant benefits, and the standard of home building in the UK has never been higher than it is today. With the need for housing at unprecedented levels, home builders are investing huge amounts of resources into the quality of their new build properties; from exceptional levels of standard fitted features to improved energy efficiency. So why buy a new build home? Here are our top reasons to buy new.
Brand new means a blank canvas
Everything in a new build home is clean and untouched by previous owners - it’s like buying a brand new car and driving it out of the showroom. Most new homes are decorated in ‘neutral’ colours giving purchasers a blank canvas to stamp their own style and personality on from day one
Less chain means less stress and hassle
New home buyers can move in to their new home as soon as it is complete, there is no need to wait for existing residents to vacate. This reduces the chain, which can be one of the most stressful parts of the process associated with buying a second hand property.
Spoilt for choice
New build homes come in all shapes and sizes, from small studio flats to grand five bedroom houses and there are countless designs and styles to choose from - something for everyone. Subject to the stage of construction, some builders offer a bespoke service to customers enabling them to choose fixtures and fittings, or a higher specification from the builder’s range at an additional cost. In some cases this will include flooring, soft furnishings, interior design or even a garden landscaping service.
Built to suit modern lifestyles
New homes are built to make use of every inch of space. Research shows 17 per cent of living space in older style properties often goes unused, which translates to £34,000 of a £200,000 house going to waste. New homes, on the other hand, provide flexible living space whatever your circumstances, whether you are single, a couple, a growing family or retired.
Live in a high spec home
Buying a new build home means you are buying a property that is built to a much higher specification than many older properties. The amount of ‘as standard’ features included in new build homes has also greatly increased. Today, many new developments have fitted kitchens with cooker and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher plus many have a fitted en-suite bathroom or shower room. Designed to comply with the very latest building regulations set by the Government, new homes are also kitted out with the latest heating systems, excellent wall and loft insulation, double glazed windows and doors.
Be part of a new Community
Moving to a brand new home is also an opportunity to make new friends and be part of an emerging community. Buying in an established street, where properties may change hands infrequently, makes it harder to break into the social network. Today’s neighbourhoods are designed and built with people in mind and with everybody starting from scratch, getting to know your neighbours and community is easier as you settle in and start to discover your new surroundings together.
Enjoy peace of mind
Buying a new build home eliminates the need to do any renovations, repairs or DIY meaning new home owners can spend more time with family and friends, doing all the things they really enjoy. The majority of new homes come with an insurance backed 10-year NHBC or Zurich warranty providing new owners with peace of mind which those buying a second hand property simply do not have.
Stay safe and sound
New build properties are designed to adhere to high building standards. These standards relate to every aspect of a building’s construction including its structure, ventilation, sound insulation, electrical and fire safety, so new home owners can enjoy living in a safe and secure environment.
Help the planet and save money too!
New homes are already six times more energy-efficient and generate over 60% less CO2 emissions than older style homes, which is the equivalent of driving 10,000 miles less a year per household. So new home owners can take comfort that they are doing their bit for the environment. But it’s not just about the planet, improved energy efficiency saves money too and living in a new home can reduce energy bills by more than £500 per year, enough to pay for a holiday or an iPod!
If you’re on the fence deciding between old houses vs new houses, you can find more of a comparison in our news section, complete with a downloadable infographic.