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Buying a New-Build Home

Flexible and adaptable spaces to accommodate the demands of everyday life



Whether you are a first-time buyer, or looking to upsize or downsize, there are a number of reasons to consider buying a new-build home. As the need for flexible and adaptable spaces that can accommodate the demands of everyday life continues, new-build properties have a number of attractions.

From the ability to put your own stamp on the property with your bespoke design choices, to greater energy efficiency and carefully selected locations, there is a wide range of reasons to consider buying a new-build property.


Here are some of the main reasons to consider buying a new-build home:


A new-build house is exactly that, brand new – it’s a blank canvas ready for you to make your mark. No one has lived there previously so there’s no wear and tear to deal with when you move in. Also, no one has put their stamp on it. A drawback of buying a second-hand home is the fact that many people may have lived in it over the years.

Each will have changed it slightly to suit them, as well as making improvements and repairs. In some cases, people won’t have maintained the property correctly, meaning you can inherit some nasty surprises in the form of costly renovation. The real benefit of a new-build house is that you aren’t having to undo someone else’s work or living style.



New-build homes come in all shapes and sizes, from small studio flats to grand five-bedroom houses and there are countless designs and styles to choose from – something for everyone. Subject to the stage of construction, some builders offer a bespoke service enabling you to choose fixtures and fittings, or a higher specification from the builder’s range at an additional cost.

In some cases this will include flooring, soft furnishings, interior design or even a garden landscaping service. From the onset, you can enjoy living in a low-maintenance new home without the need to spend time and money on decorating.



A new-build home is built to modern standards and specifications, meaning that you can enjoy all the latest features and amenities. It means you are buying a property that is built to a much higher specification than many older properties. The amount of ‘as standard’ features included in new- build homes has also greatly increased.

New-build homes come with fitted kitchens, including a cooker and hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher, plus many have a fitted en- suite bathroom or shower room. Designed to comply with the very latest building regulations set by the government, new homes are also kitted out with the latest heating systems, excellent wall and loft insulation, and double-glazed windows and doors.



Buying a new-build home eliminates the need to do any renovations, repairs or DIY, meaning you can spend more time with family and friends, doing all the things you really enjoy. Buying a house is probably the largest investment you’ll ever make, so choosing a new home built by a registered builder is a wise decision.

The majority of new homes come with an insurance-backed ten-year NHBC or Zurich warranty, providing peace of mind which those buying a secondhand property are unlikely to have if it’s over ten years old.



Rising gas and electricity prices, and concerns about the environment, have prompted many house buyers to take more interest in the energy efficiency of their prospective new homes. A new-build property is built to be more energy efficient and can help you save money on energy bills as well as helping the environment. House builders are incorporating environmental features and energy-efficient technologies to ensure they conform to at least Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

This is an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new homes. It is a government-owned national standard intended to encourage continuous improvement in sustainable home building.



Buying a new-build can be easier in that you can view the property without any sellers. You can move into your new home as soon as it is complete – there is no need to wait for existing residents to vacate. This reduces the chain, which can be one of the most stressful parts of the process associated with buying a secondhand property.

When you’ve put in an offer, you also don’t have the risk of being gazumped or a seller pulling out. Having no chain gives you more ability to negotiate on moving in when you want to without the pressure of having to tie in with the people selling.



If you are looking to purchase a new home, whether as a first-time buyer, needing a larger home for a growing family or downsizing, a new- build home could be just what you are looking for.

To find out more about your mortgage options, please speak to Cedar Crest Ltd – telephone UK T: +44 (0) 203 883 1017, HK T: +852 6645 4462 – email

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