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Top 10 Things to Know When Buying a New-Build Home

26 November 2015


At Sheldon Homes we have been building high quality houses, apartments and extensions since 2001, with many of our stunning homes located in Surrey and stretching across the UK to sought-after locations such as Reading. Our commitment to you is to ensure that we provide you with a home that you are proud to call your own, and we know that for those of you who are looking to buy a new-build house or apartment, the process can be quite different to the process of buying existing house or apartment. To help you with your decision making process we’ve put together this little guide on the top 10 things that you should keep in mind when buying your brand new home.

1 – You Get (Almost) Everything the Way You Want It

One of the great benefits of having a new build home or apartment is that within realistic parameters you can have everything exactly the way that you want it. Obviously certain aspects of a build such as room sizes and the size of your home itself are dependent on the size of land or the architecture that has already been decided upon by the architect, but if you speak with us early on in the development about the placement of outlets such as electrical sockets, network connection points, and even bathroom and kitchen fixtures and fittings, we can work with you to ensure that your home is ready for you just the way that you want, before you even move in.

2 – You’re usually covered by a Warranty/Guarantee

Many organisations offering new build properties offer a wide range of guarantees and warranties that, some of which can last for the first 10 years of a properties life, meaning that you shouldn’t need to carry out any major work to your home for the next 10 years; giving you that extra piece of mind about your investment in your new-build property.

3 – You Should Plan for Future Growth

One of the important things that we recommend anyone who is looking into purchasing a new-build home do is to plan ahead for the future. It might seem odd to consider the possibility of a future partner or even the potential of having children if you’re currently single, but new-build homes are truly advantageous for those who plan to live in them for a number of years. Ensuring that you have enough space to expand your family will give you a better chance at staying in your home for years to come, and subsequently will help you to get a better return on your investment in the future if you decide to sell.

4 – Improved your Energy Efficiency from Day One

Due to changes in the laws that govern us in providing you with great homes around Surrey; we’re obliged to ensure that a certain degree of energy efficiency is achieved by all of our new-build houses and apartments. This is a great benefit to you as a buyer as you can be sure that your home will be well insulated and that your energy bills have the potential to be considerably lower if you’re moving from an older property.

5 – You can Move Chain Free

Depending on when your new home is due to be completed, you may find that you have to wait while everything is completed and made just right for you, but one of the things that you won’t have to wait on is the completion of a lengthy chain. Waiting for several different transactions to be completed in order for a property chain to be completed can be quite a hassle, and for some home owners this can mean that a sale will fall through. With new build properties there is no chain present to you as a buyer, so you won’t have to wait on someone who is trying to buy a property of their own before you move in.

6 – Security Will Often Already be in Place

One of the larger tasks that can be involved in making sure that an existing property is up to your standards, can be ensuring that it provides you, and potentially your family with adequate security. Thankfully with new-build properties this isn’t something that you have to worry about. Due to the latest building regulations; at Sheldon Homes we’re required to ensure that all of our new-build properties have adequate security and safety features built in as part of the specifications of your home. These can vary from property to property, but usual these will include highly secure external doors, as well as preinstalled smoke and burglar alarms.

7 – If you get in Early you can Secure Incentives

When you become aware of a new-build property it can be very beneficial to get express your interest sooner rather than later. In addition to the aforementioned benefit of potentially being able to request certain amendments to the existing plans are made before completion, you also have the added benefit of being able to secure other incentives. These can be financially beneficial, for instance if a home is paid for before completion you can receive a discount on the total cost. You also have the added benefit of having a greater choice of properties, and in some cases can cherry pick the one that best fits your needs and requirements. If you’re interested in finding out about upcoming developments and any incentives that are available to those looking to secure a new-build that we’re working on at Sheldon Homes during early development we recommend getting in touch with us.

8 – Location, Location, Location

One of the prime factors to consider when buying you new apartment or house is location. This might seem like a fairly obvious fact to point out, as anyone who has looked at living anywhere will be aware of the importance of the location of a perspective property. For new-build homes location is a top priority during pre-development, and we consider the location of the land we’re building on in relation to local amenities such as shops, supermarkets, schools, doctor’s surgeries and more. This means that with a new-build home you stand a better chance of ensuring that you’re in a prime location.

9 – You Get Modern Fixtures and Fittings

A great advantage to new build homes is that you don’t have to worry about replacing outdated fixtures and fittings; everything will be new and you’ll be the first people to use these facilities after the snagging team have done their job to ensure that everything is as it should be. Depending on when you purchase your new-build home you may also have the opportunity to tailor fittings and fixtures to your tastes. This can take a lot of pressure off of you and ensures that when you move into your new home all that you need to do is unpack and make your new house or apartment your own.

10 – You’ll be buying a Blank Canvas

While all of the houses and apartments that we build across Surrey are very stylish and modern, we know that as a homeowner you’ll want to imprint your personality onto your new home. The best part about purchasing a new-build is that no one has lived in your new home before you, so nothing has been altered or decorated in a way that you might dislike. You essentially have a blank canvas upon which to show off your style and flair in any way that you see fit.

Buying a new-build home has many great benefits to you as a buyer that go beyond what we’ve listed in this top 10. If you want you to find out more about the benefits of owning a new-build home, or to find out about any current or upcoming property developments that we’re involved in at Sheldon Homes; please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us using our online contact form or by calling us on 01372 271551where a friendly member of the team will be happy to help you with your enquiry.


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