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Moving In To New Build Houses: Top Tips
9 Jan 2020
If you have kept tabs on the political races over the years, you will have probably noticed one thing in common. Regardless of the party, all of them place an emphasis on new housing.
If we look at the UK, this is one area where there is something bordering on an infatuation with new-build homes. Looking at the figures for 2018, an enormous 165,000 new houses were built. Furthermore, the authorities are trying to constantly bolster this figure.
Moving away from the facts, it would be fair to say that there are some major differences when it comes to these homes. Today’s post will act as a guide and provide some hard and fast advice on what you should do if you have agreed to purchase one.
Delays can still happen
Just because your new home is part of a big development, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you are immune from delays. On the contrary, they still can happen – and are potentially more likely due to all of the communal areas and new roads that need to be completed as part of the development.
It means that you do need to put contingency plans into place. This might be turning towards somewhere like Safestore London to store your belongings in case of a delay, or even finding some temporary accommodation for yourself as you bid to overcome the wait.
Do your own snagging
There have been some truly terrifying stories coming to light of people moving into a new-build property, only to realize that it is riddled with problems.
The biggest mistake you can make is not dealing with these issues head-on from the start. Let’s not forget that housing developers have a duty to provide you with an adequate dwelling, but if you leave too much time before reporting these problems they will wriggle out of resolving them.
In any housing development, good or bad, small issues will occur. The great thing about new-builds is that they can be fixed without any expense spared by you – as long as you do it in a timely fashion.
Build the community
Whether they are in London or Oxford, most new-build developments are effectively in the middle of nowhere. It means that new communities are formed, and it’s up to you to stay part of this community.
As reports keep telling us, less and less of us rely on our neighbors. However, you are moving into a new area with potentially hundreds of other families, so make the most of it and start to form that elusive community.
It’s not all-inclusive
The term “new-build” might suggest that you are about to receive a completely new home, with all the bells and whistles. Whilst it is new, the bells and whistles element doesn’t really exist. Unless you have bought the premium package from your developer, you will have to budget for lots of little extras. This might be window blinds, door numbers or even gates. Make sure you factor in these costs when you agree to buy your new-build property.
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