House hunting can either be a real pain or a total joy – it all depends on the type of houses you get to view. If you’ve spent the weekend traipsing around looking at damp, crumbling fixer uppers that you just can’t see the potential in, then you’re probably going to feel a little disheartened. On the other hand, looking at brand new homes in Kent for example is a much more pleasant experience, as you can already see how they might look when finished to a high standard. Whether you opt for new homes or pre-loved will depend very much on your personal style and sensibilities, but there is a lot to be said for buying a brand new property that has never been lived in.
For a start, new homes tend to be finished to a pretty high standard with modern fixtures and fittings in the kitchen and bathroom. And as they’ve never been used before you won’t have to spend ages cleaning old grease off the oven, or grime off the bath.
They also tend to be a lot more energy efficient, which is something to consider if you’re concerned about your carbon footprint and your energy bills. It’s estimated that new homes could use up to 50% less energy than those built in the early 1980’s. (1)
We all want to feel safe and secure in our homes and new homes will almost certainly have higher levels of security than, for example, a Victorian flat. Most will include window locks and British Standard 5 lever locks on the front door to make it very difficult for intruders to break in. And if your new home does not come with an alarm system included then there’s a good chance that the builder may have pre-wired the house already so that it’s easy to install.
If you’re worried about snags or defects after you’ve moved in keep make sure that your new home comes with am NHBC Buildmark warranty. This will cover you against all defects that don’t adhere to the NHBC standards for the first two years, and over the next eight years the policy will cover against any major damage that is caused by structural or drainage defects. This offers real peace of mind and is not something you’ll get with an older home.
Finally, remember a brand new home is a blank canvas which means you can have fun decorating it however you like. It’s your opportunity to put your own personal stamp on your home and really make it your own.