New Homes and Why Buy New?
There are a number of real advantages in buying a brand new home.
A new home will not have the additional maintenance and refurbishment costs associated with an older property which can be high and unexpected.
Peace of Mind
Most new homes are sold with a warranty usually issued by the National Housebuilders Council (NHBC). This not only gives an assurance of build quality but can help if major defects should arise within the first ten years following completion.
A builder will in any event usually remain responsible for maintenance work for the first two years.
There is often the chance to select fixtures, fittings and finishes if a plot is secured early enough. Most builders are prepared to undertake additional works or alterations to satisfy personal requirements (subject to any relevant planning controls).
Many new homes will include the latest innovations in terms of energy saving, security, appliances and computer connections.
Creating a Community
When moving into a new home it is usually the case that many others will be doing likewise. This gives the opportunity to make new friends and to create a community spirit within the development of like minded people.
It is possible to pre-arrange the financing of your purchase with your chosen Bank or Building Society. Our independent Mortgage Managers will be very happy to give impartial advice.
When buying a new home use the following checklist:
- Check that your builder is NHBC registered. You can do this by calling NHBC’s helpdesk on 0845 8456422 or visiting their website at www.nhbc.co.uk If your builder is not registered with NHBC check that you will be offered cover from another reputable company such as Zurich.
- Check that the builder has a good national or local reputation.
Visit the site – is it tidy and well managed? This will give another clue about the attitude of the builder and his commitment to quality.
Before completing your purchase, you will be invited to site to do an inspection tour of your house. This is normally done 2 weeks prior to completion so as to give the developer time to rectify any problems you may have found.
You will not be able to complete until your solicitor has a copy of the NHBC certificate. Once you have moved in, check your new home again thoroughly and report any defects in writing to your builder.
- Do be aware that you may find small cracks appear. Please do not be alarmed as this is part of the normal drying out process. Keep the home aired and keep to a regular temperature. This will help to reduce cracks appearing.
For further information, please contact us.