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    New build homes today are often 20% smaller than homes built in the 1970s. Forty years ago there was room for a garage and two canew buildrs on the drive of most semis, commonly built 12 to the acre. Today, buyers are lucky to get one parking space outside a terrace, built up to 24 to the acre.

    We wanted to look at the pros and cons of purchasing a new build home, and what the advantages and disadvantages are of buying an old house.

    The main benefit of a new build home is the fact that it will be perfectly finished, with modern amenities, many have newly installed fitted or built in wardrobes, clean and safe to move straight into. Also, you might be able to dictate the wall colours inside, so no need for any painting! New builds can be more energy efficient than older properties meaning your energy bills may well be cheaper. Safety issues, as it stands current building standards require fire resistance materials and fitted smoke alarms, electrical wiring will be protected by circuit breakers. In the unlikely event of a fire some windows will be designed to open for easy escape access. Lower maintenance costs most new build properties are fitted with UPVC double glazing, soffit boards and facias all these only require periodic cleaning with no maintenance at all. These building regulations means no need for replacements for a long time.

    When you are buying a new home straight from the house builder, there are no onward chains to worry about you are also the first person to live there after it’s built. Some house builders even have Part Exchange offers, so you don’t have to worry about problems with selling your current home.

    All new homes in the UK are covered by a 10-year home warranty and insurance guarantee. The warranty protection provides a very comprehensive cover against a range of potential problems, including any issues with the construction of the home itself. The warranty is free to the home buyer – the house builder takes out the warranty.

    New builds aren’t for everybody, aesthetically. One man’s perfect home is another’s unappealing prospect and for some people, new build properties don’t hold any aesthetic joy. This is because they tend to be found on large estates, where every house has a similar look, leading to a lack of individuality. Even the gardens tend to be the same!

    You can contact us on 033 0123 0065 today and we are always happy to be of assistance with any help that you need.

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