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Spring is the time of year when many start to think about moving home. If you’re considering a new build home then your journey will usually start with a visit to a development in your chosen area to look around the show homes there.
Here are a few things you may like to consider when you get to the site…
Is it tidy and well managed? Look out for NHBC Pride in the Job flags or site boards, as an award-winning site manager is a very good indication that your new home will be built to high quality standards.
South facing windows can improve the energy efficiency of a home because solar energy warms the walls and floors of a building, but north facing windows offer a more consistent quality of light.
When is the house likely to be completed and ready to move into? It is natural to want to move as quickly as possible but your chosen plot could be a few months from completion, especially if you are buying off-plan.
Which areas of the house can you personalise to your own taste? In most cases, you will be able to choose the kitchen and bathroom finishes, but depending on the build stage you may also be able to reposition radiators or add electrical sockets.
Is the builder registered with NHBC? Check here before you visit. If the property is covered by NHBC’s ten-year Buildmark then you are covered even before the home is completed.
Take measurements of large items such as beds, sofas and dining room tables, and then measure up the space in the show house to check that your belongings will fit. It is also a good idea to see what storage is available for vacuum cleaners etc
Check the full site plan to see where open spaces, parkland and play areas for children are planned, as well as new facilities such as schools, GP surgeries and local shops. This will give you a sense of how the community will develop over time.
The code gives protection and rights to purchasers of new homes. Ask to see a copy of the code, and make sure that you are protected during each stage of the buying process.
Ask to see a copy of the home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) as this will give you a good indication of how energy efficient the home is, and how much the utility bills are likely to cost. Ask if the home has been fitted with any renewable technologies that may reduce bills even further.
Find out which council tax band the house will be allocated to, and what the current yearly charge is for that band. The sale price of the house may not necessarily be an accurate guide, as bandings are based on what a similar property would have been worth in 1991.
Enjoy your show home visits!
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