The best way to get ahead of the game

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Google the de­vel­oper — check the firm’s rep­u­ta­tion and pre­vi­ous schemes

Visit a home sim­i­lar to yours — one may al­ready have been built in the same area

Be sure there’s a 10-year war­ranty — usu­ally from Zurich, NHBC or Premier

Most es­tates have af­ford­able hous­ing sec­tions — check out its lo­ca­tion

Bud­get care­fully — you may have to pay an an­nual ser­vice charge

Check mea­sure­ments — don’t buy fur­ni­ture that won’t fit in the home

Make sure you visit near com­ple­tion — point out any­thing you don’t like or any­thing that is miss­ing

Con­sider hir­ing an in­de­pen­dent snag­ging ex­pert. They will know what to look for New Build In­spec­tions (0845 22 66 486; new­buildin­spec­tions.com), charges from £420 to £690

Check all dead­lines — you of­ten get a 14-or 28-day pe­riod to reg­is­ter snag­ging is­sues

What time of day will you take pos­ses­sion of- the prop­erty? If late, book re­moval men for the fol­low­ing day park­ing spa­ces. If you need a mort­gage, make sure the of­fer cov­ers the com­ple­tion time. From £545,000 for a one-bed­room apart­ment and £670,000 for a twobed­room place (0333 666 2838; lon­don­square.co.uk).

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