In our 24 years together Chris and I have moved more times than I care to remember. We tend to stay in a home for 3-5 years and then it starts, the urge to move on. In that time we have lived in brand new homes and very old homes that need complete renovation. So when the lovely people from New Home Finder asked me my thoughts on the benefits of buying a new home, I had a list in seconds.
- If you buy at an early stage or a development you get to choose not only the style of house but also the plot. We have bought 2 new homes off plan over the years and were lucky enough to be able to choose the plots with larger south-facing gardens.
- Again reserve early and you are able to choose all the fixtures and fitting. My favourite part of buying a new home is choosing the kitchen, bathroom, tiles and carpets. In our current home although the kitchen was new it was not my choice, but it’s too new to change. In our new homes I got to choose exactly what I wanted.
- Moving in to a never used before home is just amazing, it feels so clean and of course new. When we moved into our current home I cried it was so dirty, I had to get cleaners in as we moved on Friday and I was at work on Monday.
- You have a 25-year NHBC warranty in case anything structural does go wrong, any problems you simply call your developer and they arrange to repair it. You do not have this with an old home.
- If you have problems with the fixtures and fittings your developer will put it right. In fact all of our kitchen cupboard doors needed refitted shortly after moving in to our current home, the screws were too short so they kept falling off. (I know stress) that was all done at our cost; in a new home we would have referred this to the developer who would have sorted the problem. Although it probably would not have happened in a new build.
- The sense of community is wonderful when you move onto a new development. All the neighbours are new, it is easy getting to know each other as you are all in the same boat. We have met some wonderful friends through being neighbours on a new development.
- A new home is a blank canvas, no matter what home you buy you change it, fact. We have change every home we have ever lived in, even the ones that were completely renovated and we paid a premium for. With a new home you move in and it is all white or magnolia and you get to choose exactly what colour scheme and light fitting you put into every room.
- This applies to the garden too, we once moved into an old home with a large garden that was filled with the largest garage ever, it cost a fortune to remove. Our current home had a large shed on the decking that obscured our view from the kitchen. Have you any idea how much it costs to lay foundations on a sloping garden and move a shed? No, we never either until after!
- New homes are energy-efficient and cheaper to run, they are insulated to current laws, and the windows have to meet strict standards to save on fuel bills. And they generally have a great WiFi connection too. This is huge when you have teenagers. We live in an area where the WiFi is horrific, Jack moans about it every day. Streaming a film is not an option where we live now.
- And lastly, this is purely self-indulgent, but buying a new home is so exciting. I loved making mood boards and choosing colours for rooms, leafing through interiors magazines to get just the right style for my new home.
There are so many benefits to buying a new home; we loved living in both of our new builds. In fact we only moved from the last one because it wasn’t in the catchment area for our chosen school. And will we choose a new build next time we move? I would say most probably, I like to choose every last detail myself, and if I have not chosen it myself then I will eventually want to change it. That is a lesson I have learnt the hard and expensive way.