As spring gets underway Barratt Homes has issued five reasons why there’s no time like the present to purchase a new home particularly if you are a rightsizer and looking for a home which frees up DIY time and saves money on running costs.
It’s more cost effective
The difference between the running costs of an older property and a new home can be substantial. Recent advancements in energy efficient technology are clear when you compare a new home to an older property.
Research from the National House Building Council and the Zero Carbon Hub showed that families living in newly built homes could be saving as much as £1,400 a year on their energy bills compared to if they were living in a typical four-bedroom Victorian property.
That doesn’t just mean lower bills of course; it also means a warmer home without the drafts and chills you find in an older property.
There doesn’t have to be a chain
Once you decide to move you’ll probably want to move as quickly as possible. However, you can get caught in a chain of sellers and buyers, where the decision of a homebuyer three steps removed from you can mean your purchase falls through at the last minute. In fact, one in three purchase chains in the UK fall apart.
With a chain you’re dependent on your buyer to keep to their promised timetable. It’s stressful, time consuming and can be emotionally draining. You’re also at the risk of being ‘gazumped’ if another purchaser swoops in with a higher offer once yours has already been accepted.
However, with a new build you’re no longer at the mercy of the person you’re buying from. Instead you’re dealing with a professional sales team who understand the complexities of moving.
There’s no requirement for renovation
With a new build home, you don’t just get a blank canvas. If you pick a plot before it is completed you can work with our experienced team to choose your own fixtures, finishes and appliances. And if you just want to enjoy a modern home with clean lines and colours then we have properties ready to simply buy and move in. No stripping and no hard work is required.
Everything is new
Maybe it’s stating the obvious, but with a newly built property everything inside is new. The bath, the boiler, the shower and toilets, the oven, any other fittings and fixtures. The new appliances will all be highly energy efficient, compared to appliances that were potentially first fitted years ago.
They will also be under warranty which can be a huge reassurance when you move into a new property. It means as a buyer you have guarantees and won’t be stung by any unexpected costs, like replacing the boiler just a couple of months after the purchase goes through.
Buying a new home also gives you a great opportunity to stamp your own individual mark on a blank canvas. You can personalise your home, allowing you to show-off your own style and turn your house into your perfect home.
It’s a secure home
A home should feel safe and it should feel secure, and with a new home you get the benefit of increased security. From stronger doors and windows to greater electrical and fire safety measures, a new home provides extra security compared to a more vulnerable older building.
You also get extra peace of mind with a 10-year warranty issued from the National House-Building Council, so in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong with the property a few years down the line, you have someone to call.