5 reasons to buy a new home
Did you know there are huge benefits to buying a new-build? Eco-friendliness for starters. Here's 5 reasons why you should consider a bricks and mortar newborn.
We love an old oast house as much as the next person, but we also know there are huge benefits to buying something that’s just been built – eco-friendliness for starters. With the Stamp Duty Holiday still in place until 31 March, here’s 5 reasons why you should consider a bricks and mortar newborn.
1. Ready to go, minimum effort
A new home is a clean slate with fresh tiling, paintwork, kitchens and bathrooms, meaning that there should be little to no work needed to be done, simply unpack and enjoy your state-of-the-art home.
Being totally new your property will more often than not include brand new appliances in the price. And, while there should be little or no alterations to worry yourself with, you can often still personalise your property, should you wish. Depending on what stage the build is at when you get involved, you will often be offered a choice of kitchen style, tiling, flooring and paint colour.
If you reserve the new home while it’s in the planning or build stage you might be given a choice of property style and design as well as being able to ‘pick your plot’ on a new development.
2. Better for the environment
New homes, built to the latest demanding environmental standards, are far better for the environment than the majority of second-hand homes, according to the New Homes Marketing Board.
Holly Jarvis, of Jarvis Homes the family-run, Kent-based property building experts, says: ‘Before the first brick is laid the environmental, social and economic impact of every Jarvis home is measured and considered. Not only do we build energy efficient houses, we also have a zero waste and 0% landfill policy as well as continually carrying out on-going research with environmental consultants to ensure that we are at the forefront of sustainable construction and greener living.’
Holly continues: ‘For example, in the gardens of our new development, The Hamlet Chilmington Green, near Ashford, we have taken care to plant specific flowers to support bees, butterflies and other pollinators. We have also built bat boxes, swift boxes, tawny owl nests, mice tracking, underground bumble bee boxes – and as many as 46 Hedgehog Highways.’
3. Lower maintenance costs
The data on this is clear, a new build is significantly more energy efficient. Strict building regulation standards means lower bills for home owners and the comfort of knowing you’re contributing less towards environmental pollution.
In fact, according to the New Homes Marketing Board, new homes are on average six times more efficient than existing homes, generating over 60% less CO2 emissions – the equivalent of driving 10,000 miles less a year per household. This reduces energy bills by an average of more than £500 a year!
‘Buying new houses means that maintenance costs are minimal and as we not only build, but design our houses too, we can ensure that our properties are installed with the latest designs for energy efficiency without compromising on comfort and design,’ comments Holly Jarvis.
4. No chain, big gain
As you’ll be the first owner you won’t have a chain of buyers above you. Meaning that this can take away one of the main stresses of buying a home.
The new build housing market is also supported by the Government’s “Help to Buy Scheme” which is only available for new-builds.
Holly Jarvis says: ‘We help with the process at every stage from purchasing the land to designing and constructing the perfect home right through to sales and specification.’
‘As an independent family business it’s really important to us that every case is looked at individually and each exchange date is managed to take into account individual moving circumstances,’ Holly continues. ‘This is especially important during the current Covid pandemic and we are here to fully support our buyers as much as we can through the process.’
5. Safety and peace of mind
With a new build, all the latest safety and security measures should be in place.
Property expert and TV presenter Phil Spencer says: ‘These typically include fire safety, locks on doors and windows, lighting and alarms. It ticks all the boxes for home insurers, protects your property and can save lives.’
Typically new homes come with a warranty, they also tend to be armed with carbon monoxide alarms, smoke alarms as well as external lighting. So they are, quite literally, safe as houses.