The best things about buy­ing a blank can­vas

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A new prop­erty of­fers you a fresh start with no up­grad­ing costs and a blank can­vas for you to make your house a home.

To­day’s new build homes are de­signed with modern buy­ers in mind and of­ten in­clude open plan liv­ing, ex­tra stor­age fa­cil­i­ties and se­cu­rity fea­tures.

New re­search car­ried out by the Home Builders Fed­er­a­tion has found that the cost of up­grad­ing an older prop­erty to the same stan­dard of fin­ish and func­tion­al­ity they could ex­pect from a new build home, the cost could be up to £51,643.

Whether it’s the price of buy­ing and fit­ting a new kitchen or hav­ing a house rewired, the costs for peo­ple mov­ing into an older home can quickly mount up.

And the sav­ings con­tinue: while just 26% of sec­ond hand homes achieve an en­ergy ef­fi­ciency rat­ing of A to C, 94% of new homes built last year could boast such stan­dards.

New homes come in a va­ri­ety of de­signs and styles to suit modern life­styles. Whether it’s a first time buyer tak­ing that first step on the lad­der, a sec­ond step­per mov­ing to raise a fam­ily, or a down­sizer, new builds of­fer some­thing for ev­ery­one.

New builds are qual­i­tyguar­an­teed with a 10-Year war­ranty from the New House­Build­ing Coun­cil which cov­ers any struc­tural is­sues that might arise af­ter com­ple­tion.

One of the big­gest ad­van­tages of buy­ing a new home, if you are first time buyer, or have al­ready sold your home, is be­ing able to move in as soon as it’s com­plete.

For those who still have a house to sell, it’s worth check­ing if part ex­change is avail­able, as this can also be a vi­able so­lu­tion if you need to move quickly.

There are more ways than ever now to help you get on to the prop­erty lad­der or to take another step. Help to Buy is a gov­ern­ment-backed ini­tia­tive de­signed to help peo­ple buy a home and there are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent op­tions avail­able,

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