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Buying a new build home

Some useful hints and tips for buying a new build home

Location

Find your preferred location from a choice of housing developments nationwide using your local Your Move branch and arrange a viewing.

Arrange a viewing with one of our Sales Consultants and give yourself enough time to go through everything with them. Viewing the show house will help you visualise your new build home and the sales consultant will talk you through all the features of the site, such as communal garden or play areas, and will have a great knowledge of the local area's schools, transport and amenities. 

Open Days

Find out if there are any open days for the development.

Open days normally come with an incentive, perhaps to promote another style of property, and it is worth asking if there are any open days coming up. Incentives can include paid  stamp duty or moving costs. The sales consultant will be aware of any incentives they are able to offer.

Show house

View the show house to see the developer's standard finishes and remember, the show house highlights the quality of the developer's workmanship - it should be perfect. 

The sales consultant will advise of anything that doesn’t come as standard. Quite often built in wardrobes in the master bedroom is standard, but is an extra in other bedrooms. Look at where all the power, television and telephone points are and ask if white goods are included in the price, or are an extra. Most developers include white goods in the price but do ask the question.

Development

Always ask to be walked around the whole development.

You will get a better idea of the other properties that are going to be built. This might not always be possible straight away for safety restrictions. In these circumstances, it should be possible to be escorted by the site manager and you would be provided with a high-vis jacket and hard hat to wear. This will give you a better feel for the development. Always remember to look at gardens, is it north or south facing? A south facing garden is generally best in the UK.

Finish

Depending on the progress of the plot you purchase, you may be able to choose finishes, such as tiles and kitchen work tops.

The earlier you decide to reserve, the more choices you have, which may include a choice of carpet and floor coverings subject to the developer. However, be aware that not all developers include floor covering in their prices, it is a question you will need to ask.  

 

Guarantee

Buying a new build comes with a guarantee and the peace of mind that everything is brand new.

Check with your developer which build guarantee they offer as these may vary from 5 to 10 years. On the handover of your new build home, your developer will normally spend some time with you to show where everything is and give you the guarantees, such as for kitchen appliances, heating, etc.

Deposit

Reserve your plot and future home. 

After deciding on your plot, the sales consultant will ask for a deposit. This can differ from one developer to the next, so always check how much of the deposit will not be returned if, for any reason, you are unable to proceed to full purchase. Once you have paid your deposit, the plot will be taken off the market and you will be advised of approximate completion dates. You will also be written on the reservation form  and given a copy. The sales consultant will provide you with updates and will invite you to the site to have update meetings and choose your flooring and finishes depending on your plot.

 

 

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