Making a move to… A NEW-BUILD HOME
If you are thinking of buying one of Norfolk’s thousands of new properties, what should you consider before taking the plunge?
Whether you live in the centre of Norwich, a market town or a rural village, it is likely that you will have seen new houses popping up around you. Some are large scale developments offering a variety of properties from affordable housing to luxury penthouse apartments, while others might just be small building projects featuring a handful of bespoke homes.
So what are the advantages of buying a new-build home?
Peace of mind
New properties usually come with guarantees. As well as the NHBC’s 10 year warranty, house building companies often offer other warranties and insurances as well. This should protect against any major issues, but check exactly what it covers. It should mean that no major repairs, externally or internally, should be required for several years. But when you move in, do a full snagging list of any issues, report the problems immediately and be persistent in ensuring they get fixed.
Ready to go
As you are the first person to be living in your new home, everything will be sparkling, new and ready to go. Depending on the developer, you might also be able to add your own stamp on the design – from flooring and colour schemes to kitchens and bathrooms. Be clear on what is included in the price and what is extra. Top end, premium finishes are likely to be significantly more than the standard fixtures and fittings included; some developers might offer appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers. If this is the case, check whether it is cheaper to buy your own or add it to the purchase price.
Lower running costs
If the property is built to the correct standards required, it should be as energy efficient as possible and therefore cheaper to run than an older house.
Check for extra eco-features and energy-saving materials, such as triple-glazed windows, good insulation and the style of heating system installed. It means lower utility bills for you and a better carbon footprint to benefit everyone.
How to choose?
Get to know the developers in the area and do some research. Is the feedback positive? Have any issues been raised? Also consider what stage the development is at. You might be looking at one house among a few, but that few could soon become a few hundred. Ask how long building will continue for and consider just how disruptive the noise and dirt might be.
ABOVE: Norfolk Homes’ development at Manor Reach Sprowston