Why new homes are superior to their ‘old’ rivals

13 Jul 2015

When looking to move home, you might find yourself in a situation where you are dreaming about buying a quality new home but think, in reality, that you may only be able to buy an older second hand home. This, naturally, may lead to you dismissing new build prematurely. However, buying new offers the purchaser lots of advantages and can even save you money in the long run. Not only are there financial incentives to help people buy a new home, but there are also the savings you can make though greater energy efficiency and lower repair bills compared to that of an ‘older’ home.

Here are the main reasons you should consider buying a new property:

1. Energy Efficiency & Building Materials

New homes are built to the latest levels of energy efficiency. From the insulation in floors, walls and lofts to the performance of heating systems, domestic appliances and other fixtures, our houses stay warm in winter and cool in summer while saving you money on the running costs. Low energy lighting and low water usage in new homes also makes a significant difference to the overall efficiency of the property.

Older houses can be stuffy in summer and hard to heat in the colder months as well as often having inefficient appliances and fixtures – even if they are only 5-10 years old.

We also use advanced building materials and techniques which prevent ongoing problems often found in older houses – such as damp, rot or water ingress. This results in a much more pleasant environment in which to live.

2. Flooding, Drainage & Environment

Long before we put a spade in the ground, we spend a lot of time planning a new development. The work that goes into the design of a development, both architecturally and technically, can often take as long as the build itself. We work with Local Plannin Officers and their statutory consultees like the Environment Agency, United Utilities and Cumbria County Council’s Local Flood Risk Management and Highways teams to ensure the housing is not at risk from flooding itself nor has the potential to cause flooding issues elsewhere. It also ensures the development is not going to overburden existing infrastructure in the area – giving you peace of mind that the site is conscious of its own environment long before the construction work starts.

3. Structure & Specifications

Let’s start at the beginning; the foundations. You would think all houses were built with solid foundations; well believe it or not, many older homes were built without adequate foundations or in some cases with none at all!. New build properties are individually structurally designed as standard following rigorous ground investigation in order to provide the sound footing for the home. – reducing the potential for issues as the house gets older.

Modern roof construction is an engineering process designed for its lifetime and to withstand weather conditions found in that particular area. Older houses often use a flawed or inadequate traditional design which can lead to issues ranging from simple water ingress to ‘roof spread’.

All other elements of the structure are designed, engineered and manufactured to required standards to ensure the new home is fit for purpose. This ensures that any localised issues in the area, such as regular weather conditions, noise levels, or neighbouring flora and fauna are fully considered to ensure the homeowner’s own environment is as pleasant as it can be.

4. Windows & Doors

In addition to the external walls, windows and doors are also important in new build homes for better insulation, reducing heat loss and providing greater security. All our homes are built with uPVC double glazed windows and doors to A-rated standards complete with modern locking mechanisms. Our latest development will have the benefit of timber grain white uPVC sliding sash windows – providing our homeowners with the latest technology for both acoustic and thermal performance as well as the luxury, traditional use and appearance of a sliding sash window – the best of both worlds.

5. Fixtures & Fittings and Design Input

By definition, all fixtures and fittings are new which brings the latest products, technology and techniques together to ensure the home environment is as good as it can be. As mentioned in a previous article, this can be costly to replicate in an older home.

All our new homes are built with high quality fixtures and fittings to the latest standards and we work alongside our customers to ensure their new kitchens, bathrooms, doors, handles, etc are just what they want should it be different to what we provide as standard. A new home is a blank canvas and the work is done for you, which means no hassle or DIY mistakes giving a better fit and finish to a new home through high quality workmanship.

6. Building regulations & 10 year warranty

All our new homes are built to the latest building regulations which ensure homeowners are protected in their new home while also providing technical standards for disabled access, fire escape, internal air quality, car parking any many more. Though perhaps not so obvious, they all provide reassurance and help contribute to the new home experience.

Furthermore, the 10 year new home warranty available on all our new homes provide peace of mind that the property has been built correctly and often mitigates the need for a full survey. This saves the fees associated with the structural survey often preferred and sometimes required when buying an older home.

So simply using the property pages in a newspaper or a property portal to compare new against ‘old’, i.e. the asking price, does not provide you with the full and fair picture. Considering all the major benefits above should more often than not mean buying new is a cost effective option to buying an ‘old’ property. Coupled with the non-financial benefits such as your peace of mind, no hassle and the quality of living a new home or development can bring, it really is worth a closer look.

To find out more about the advantages of buying a new home get in touch with our Sales Team on 01768 840840