New build homes can exceed expectations. Beyond the glossy brochures, they are fitted with the latest appliances and finishing, made from modern materials and environmentally considerate techniques and can often offer more for your money.
Over the years, new technology and trends have changed what we look for in a home. Lifestyles have changed; meaning the way we live within our homes has changed. Whilst second hand homes can be re-decorated, re-designed and re-fitted to try to keep up, new homes are built with modern needs in mind. You may be surprised quite how much a new build home can appeal.
With developers constantly striving to offer better builds, better value for money and ultimately a better home for buyers, what exactly are the benefits of buying a new build?
Get onto the property ladder
With the Government's strong backing for new home developments, you will find Help to Buy schemes are available to assist with a purchase. You will also find each development will offer additional financial incentives from time to time, in a bid to gain a competitive advantage. You will have to keep a watchful eye out for these deals though as they will vary and are usually only available for a limited period. Offers typically include purchase via part-exchange or can even offer your stamp duty paid for you.
A home of 'firsts'
As the first owner, you get to not only put your stamp on the place but also revel in the knowledge that everything is completely brand new. You're the first to cook a meal, the first to use that posh new bathroom, the first to plant flowers in the garden. It is 100% your home to create lots of "first" memories.
Quality and contemporary finishing
Developers are keeping a watchful eye on common trends and market demands to create the home you are looking for. As the glossy brochures so beautifully depict, these homes have a fresh, contemporary feel with clean lines and a sleek appearance throughout. The quality of finishes are a distinct advantage, with quality flooring and contemporary bathroom and kitchens used. Whilst developers are seeking to claim use of a quality brand to promote the development, you have the added reassurance of knowing the fixtures and fitments are of high durability. If you select your home soon enough, you may even be able to adapt it to your preferences, by selecting your own colour palate, certain fittings or even upgrade the kitchen.
A little extra for your money
Developers are working hard to offer more for your money and as such you'll often get more included in the price of the home than you would a second-hand home. Kitchens are usually fitted with white goods, often including ovens, hobs, fridge/freezers, dishwasher and even a washer/dryer. They will also often be fitted with technological advances such as heated flooring, high speed broadband connections, enhanced lighting in addition to the brand new bathroom suites and kitchen. Apartment builds will occasionally come with included add-ons such as a resident’s gym, a great bonus for a streamlined lifestyle.
To accommodate the busy lives of home owners, many new builds are incorporating open plan room configurations; be that a living/dining room, kitchen/diner, or a kitchen/living room set up. An open plan layout facilitates a sociable setting, allowing for plenty of casual interaction with the family as you go about your daily lives and also creating great spaces for entertaining friends. You will often find this central living space is complemented by French or Bi-folding doors that make the most of natural light and outdoor living areas to convey a bright and airy feel.
Ready to move into
Having not even lifted a finger, you could have a home designed to your specification, with no upward chain to contend with, you could simply move in at an agreed date.
With everything being brand new, fitted by qualified engineers and skilled builders, there will be minimal maintenance for the first few years. Meaning you won't spend your first few days frantically cleaning the house from top to bottom, airing the house to get rid of unwanted odours like pets or smoking. It also means you don't have to lift a paintbrush or screwdriver for a good few years until you fancy a fresh look.
Save money on your energy costs and be kinder to the environment
With the advance in technology and materials, new homes are thoroughly energy efficient. The energy offerings from each individual development will vary, but some have already incorporated solar panels and integrated kitchen appliances of a lower energy efficiency rating to future proof the home, which may well be your forever home. You'll often find superior insulation materials used in addition to double glazing to create an energy efficient home. This not only reduces the cost of your utilities, but also gives the reassurance that your home is kinder to the environment.
Peace of mind
Most, if not all, new homes provide a 10 year NHBC warranty, giving you someone to turn to in the early years of ownership. The NHBC are on hand should you experience a problem with your home. This independent body also monitors standards of the build, giving added reassurance that your new home meets their technical requirements for design, materials and construction.
Green space requirements
Many new build developments will have had to account for certain green space allowances when gaining planning permission. As such, you'll find that most new homes will be located near to a park, playing grounds or countryside walks. Infrastructure is also taken into account when building new homes, so more often than not; there'll be good roads, schools, shops and plenty of other amenities within a stone's throw.
Plenty of parking
Developers are required to provide an allocation of parking spaces to the property type, meaning there will be sufficient parking provided with a new build, where for period terraced properties and similar older homes this can often be lacking.
While we hope this gives you an insight into what is out there, our number one advice is to do your research. It would also be worth keeping an eye out for local and medium sized new home developers as they are certainly giving the big names a run for their money. Their individual approach to each site sets them apart, where they work hard to give your prospective new home a personal touch.