When it comes to house-hunting, you have a choice between an old ‘existing’ property or a new build. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of property, but here we see the great benefits to be had from buying a new home.
Standard New build properties in the UK have never been better and they are built with modern living in mind. Lifestyles have changed greatly and while you will find out-dated layouts and fixtures in an older property, this would not be the case in a new build. Fitted kitchens and double-glazing comes as standard these days that cannot be said of all the older homes. Many newly-built homes display the kind of open-plan living design that modern home buyers desire. When it comes to technology and the use of multiple devices and appliances, new buildsare equipped to cope with this demand.
Make Your Own Your Mark
Some buyers will be looking for character and history while many will seek a blank canvas on which they can make their mark. A new home provides an ideal opportunity to apply your own style and taste without the need to deal with the previous owner’s decorating style or DIY accidents!
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There is a much smaller chain when it comes to buying a new home build. There is also less waiting because you can move in as soon as the sale is completed, without waiting for the previous owner to move. For those with an existing property to sell, many builders offer part-exchange process or sales assistance to help with the sale. The whole process is much more stress-free for the parties involved and no long chain. For conveyancing needs, consider Conveyancing Solicitors Manchester.
Ready to live
An older home may require different maintenance and updating while the new building is ready to live in straight away. Fixtures we have come to expect such as double-glazing, central heating and fitted kitchens and bathrooms are all in place, modern and ready to go, leaving you with only the final decorating touches when you move in. The newly built modern equipment will be energy efficient as well, saving money on energy bills. An older home can have insulation problems, pushing up the cost of heating. New homes are more environmentally friendly with carbon emissions significantly lower than older homes.
Thanks to strict building regulations, buying a new build provides peace of mind when it comes to fire safety and security. Fire and smoke alarms are fitted as standard and include the use of fire-resistant materials. Many new homes also come with alarms, locks and security lights as standard. Buying an older property can also mean installing all of these things on your own.
In contrast to existing properties, newly built homes should come with a ten-year warranty and insurance. This usually comes in the form of a two-year warranty and then 8 years of builder’s protection from NHBC insurance should any defects occur, which is most unlikely with a modern new build.