Top 10 Tips For Buying New

Here are our top 10 tips for buying a new build successfully



For many people, buying a newbuild property can be a shortcut to owning their dream home. But it won’t just happen by itself.

Even though there are many advantages to buying a newly built home over an existing one, the process can still be fraught with risk. So we’ve put together our top 10 tips for making the process go as smoothly – and successfully – as possible.

Here are our Top 10 Tips for buying a new build successfully:

buying a new build home

Our 10 Step Checklist

 

1. Do your research

It’s always worth finding out about your builder and any previous jobs they’ve worked on. It’ll give you an idea of their quality standards, and way of working.


2. Check out the local area

Don't forget to research the local area outside of the development. What are the schools like? Are the transport links good? What is the local nightlife like?


3. Find out what you can change

Personalisation of your home is one of the main attractions to buying a newbuild. But you need to establish early just what is available and what you can’t change. You’ll often be able to choose your kitchen and bathroom, and possibly things like sockets, switches and light fittings. Get in early enough and you may be able to make changes to the house’s layout, too.


4. Read the small print

Buying a new build property is a two-way process – and you’ll have to keep up your end of the bargain. Find out what you’re required to do – if you have to sign any paperwork, pay any fees, and answer any questions within a required timescale. You also need to know what your builder is committed to – it can iron out disagreements further down the process.


5. Measure up

As your newbuild home takes shape, it will help your move in if you measure everything in advance. What looks like a vast space on a plan or in an artist’s impression may be distressingly small in the finished build. Staircases and doorways may encroach in areas you were planning to use, for example. And getting an idea of where you want to put things like your TV can help you site plug sockets effectively, too.


6. Ask about warranties

If your builder is registered with the National House Building Council (NHBC), you’ll have a warranty of up to 10 years on parts of your house – meaning peace of mind long after you move in. Definitely something to enquire about.


7. Agree what happens afterwards

The process of ‘snagging’, or getting the builder to fix minor defects with the finished build, is a generally accepted part of buying a newbuild property. But not everything will necessarily be included, so it’s good to make sure that both you and your builder are clear about exactly what they’ll come back to make good after you’ve moved in.


8. Get everything in writing

If your builder says they’ll make changes to their new build plan, or offers anything above and beyond the original deal, it’s worth getting the agreement in writing. Again, it can save time later on.


9. Allow for contingencies

Things don’t always go to plan when moving home –  these are complex projects that can involve numerous different suppliers like civil contractors, utility providers, and telecoms and cable TV companies, to name but three. Make sure you’ve got somewhere to live in the event of any hold-ups.


10. Keep in touch

And finally, remember that the most successful newbuild purchases happen when developer and buyer talk to each other. Having good personal relations with your builder will help smooth out the process and keep you in the loop. Keep your lines of communication open.

Publish date: 31/08/2016