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?

EDP Norfolk - - PROPERTY - WORDS: Rachel Buller

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

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