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The Benefits of Buying a Newly Built Home

Period properties can be pretty and full of character, remaining the preferred option of many house-hunters for these very reasons. However, there’s a lot to be championed about the new-build home, arguably being more energy efficient, cheaper homes to run as well as being customisable and convenient from the get go.

Personalisation

When buying a brand spanking new home, you can often help shape what it looks like and tailor to your own personal preferences as standard part of the process. You often have a choice between different fixtures and fittings, flooring options and colour schemes, being able to shape the overall finish of your home as part of the home buying process and avoid the effort yourself. Compared to redecorating a previously-owned home, this aspect can be a major plus for people with budget or time constraints, or who are less gifted in the home DIY department.

Structural warranty

Since they are newly constructed, a newly built home should be more structurally sound and less likely to need repairs compared with older properties that start to weather problems such as leaky roofs and dampness. In addition, new build properties come with a ten year warranty, safeguarding you against large repair payments which are always lurking as a homeowner, especially the longer you live in an older building.

Energy efficiency

Growing in importance as part of the climate debate, home energy efficiency is a huge part of how we need to deal with climate change as a society and the good news is that new homes are built with energy efficiency in mind. New build homes are constructed to a higher standard and have to adhere to minimum standards when it comes to energy efficiency, leading to lower household carbon footprints and lower energy bills too.

Safety and security

Similarly, new build homes are built to with the most up-to-date standards on safety and security. Materials used have to be fire-resistant, detectors are fitted for you and the overall designs are also build with fire safety and evacuation in mind. Security is often standard too, with homes either being pre-wired for or installed with security alarms – giving both peace of mind as well as helping to bring down home, building and contents insurance costs too.

Help-to-Buy schemes

Struggling to get on the housing ladder? Open up your property search to new build homes too as you might be able to take advantage of government backed help-to-buy schemes. For example, the Help to Buy (Scotland) Affordable New Build scheme gives first time buyers and existing owners 15% of the purchase price of a new build home from a set list of participating home builders.

See our new homes here and talk to us if you would like to discuss purchasing a new home in 2020.

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