Stress Free New Home
by Linda Nightingale
Ever thought of creating your own dream home? Would you like a less stressful move? There are many good reasons to consider a new build.
If a new build property is where you are investing in 2017 then give time and energy to what is probably your most expensive purchase and one that you literally are going to have to live with!
Your first stop in choosing a brand-new home is to visit and enjoy developments under construction and to take time out to have a chat with the on-site sales staff taking full advantage of their local knowledge.
Study the site layout plans as you want to choose the best plot for you. Points to consider include:
- Near play area
- Opposite a Green
- Parking facilities
- Views – will later build block this?
- Do you want a south facing rear garden?
- Are you near the entrance? Easy access but busy passing traffic?
- On site facilities
- Quiet or busy environment
Consider the location, nearby amenities, transport facilities and the number of homes being built. Remember large sites are often sold in phases, so check just how many homes are being built and over what period of time.
NEW BUILD BENEFITS
Brand new homes offer peace of mind as the white goods are under warranty and the actual build usually has a 10 year guarantee. Developers often use the latest building materials which aid good insulation making homes warm and cosy and provide buyers with the benefit of lower heating bills.
UP FRONT SAVINGS ON BRAND NEW HOMES
Many developers off set your moving costs by paying your estate agency fees on your current property. If you buy the show home, floor coverings, curtains/blinds, light fittings and the newly created garden are often included. You may only need to pay for a mortgage surveyor which is considerably cheaper that a full structural survey.
There are also many financial schemes available to homebuyers, some from as little as 5% deposit, and a thorough understanding of which is the best scheme for you should be fully explored. I will explain in detail how the purchase assisted schemes operate in the next issue.
PERSONALISE YOUR HOME
Many developers create a fabulous show home which you can meander through at leisure and many offer, to those committing at an early stage of build, an opportunity to tailor the home to your personal preferences including offering a wide choice of kitchen work tops, tiles, carpets and colour schemes.
STIMULATE YOUR DESIGN JUICES
The show home is usually everything you have been dreaming of! With the skill of interior designers, the developer is able to show you a perfect home beautifully colour co-ordinated with brand new furniture, carpets, curtains and light fittings. You can pick up a lot of exciting ideas from viewing a show home but do think carefully about how the configuration of the layout meets your household needs. Where would you put the TV (they never seem to be in show homes), would your furniture fit, will it suit all members of the family?
A new build home is exactly that; it is ‘home’ on the day you move in. That evening, once your furniture van has gone and you close your front door you can sit around your fire, cook a meal and relax.
INCENTIVES TO BUY A BRAND NEW PROPERTY
- Short chain
- Everything brand new and guaranteed
- Modern hi-spec living
- Low maintenance and heating bills
- Environmentally friendly
- Opportunity to personalise/upgrade
- Wide choice of financial schemes to aid purchase
- New neighbours which means lots of new friends