Buying a new home? Shop local!
Paul LeGrice of Abel Homes outlines several reasons for turning to a locally-based house builder
Despite most people agreeing that we should be building more new homes in order to tackle the UK’s housing shortage, in some people’s eyes the companies which are actually delivering those new homes are often viewed as the bad guys. You have to wonder why that should be.
It is not house builders who set housing policy – that’s central government, nor is it house builders who make planning decisions – they are made by our elected local authorities. House builders do what they do within a strict legal framework. And yet too often they are blamed – unfairly – for the shortcomings of the entire system.
Part of this disconnect between the public and house builders, particularly the big national developers, is down to a feeling that these companies are simply interested in putting up the bricks and mortar, taking the money and getting out, without much thought about the consequences of what they do to local communities.
Perhaps that is true in some cases, but it doesn’t have to be like that. There are house builders for whom how their products fit in with the local community is extremely important. They are mostly local firms whose owners and staff live and work in those very communities and who will interact with the people affected by what they do long after the bulldozers have moved off site.
At Abel Homes, a familyowned, local firm, that is certainly true. We regularly bump into our customers in the street, so it’s important that we can be proud of the way that we do things. We strive to build communities, not just houses.
That caring attitude stretches right from the locations in which we choose to build, through to the quality of the new homes themselves. Helping to create the site community, local artists are commissioned to create public artworks on every site where we build new homes.
It is why many people, even those who are implacably opposed to any new construction, feel more comfortable when plans are put forward by a local developer, who better understands local needs and whose focus is rather more on enhancing their localities, rather than simply taking the money and running.
It is also why many house buyers choose to purchase from a local house builder like Abel Homes, with customers often coming back to buy for a second or third time as they climb the housing ladder. They know that their home has been built with care and that they can speak directly to the people who built it should there be any issues.
Just as more and more people are discovering they receive a better service, a more pleasant shopping experience and a higher quality of product when they use local food shops instead of the big supermarkets, the mantra of ‘shop local’ is just as valid when it comes to buying new homes.
When you buy a home from a local house builder, many of those same advantages apply. In addition, the firm which is actually part of the local community is going to ensure that how they go about their business benefits that local community – we want to be, and are, proud of our reputation.
As ever, it pays to shop local.
‘Helping to create community, local artists are commissioned to create public artworks on every site where we build new homes’
ABOVE:Jonathan Beedell (left) and Katja Galea receive their keys from Abel Homes managing director Paul LeGrice