New build homes can offer a multitude of benefits, they are fitted with the latest appliances and contemporary, yet neutral, decor. They’re made from modern materials and environmentally considerate techniques and can often offer more value 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.
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 more for your money
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.
Using example solutions from Taylor Wimpey’s mortgage providers, we put together this direct comparison, however we’d recommend each buyer does their own research as to the best rates available and we can of course assist with that using our preferred financial service providers.
Quality and contemporary finishing
Developers use popular trends and market demands to create the home you are looking for, offering a fresh, contemporary feel with clean lines and a sleek appearance throughout. The qualities of finishes are a distinct advantage, with contemporary bathroom and kitchens used. Whilst developers are seeking to use quality brands to help 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.
Every little helps
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 and balconies. More often than not, newer builds seem to incorporate more bathrooms, with many two bedroom apartments featuring two bathrooms.
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
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.
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.
If you would like further information on any of our new developments, please visit our website.