Last year, the NHBC Foundation surveyed 2,000 people who had recently moved in to a new build home, and asked them what they considered the advantages of buying new, based on their experience.
This month, the NHBC released a report on their findings, with a great deal of the responses focusing on the peace of mind of owning a new home. Examples include the 10 year structural guarantee and appliances covered by warranties.
Improved foundation design as well as minimised risk of structural damage from trees, were also noted as advantages.
Many responses stated that the design of new build homes was more appropriate for modern living, from open plan layouts to good natural light, built in storage and plenty of electrical sockets.
Energy efficiency was ranked very highly in the responses, from water-saving taps to double glazing, better standard of insulation and improved ‘airtightness.’ The NHBC estimates that a new build home costs approximately half as much to heat as Victorian home of the same size, with similar window area.
Responses also stated that they felt their new build homes were much easier to keep clean, with a reduced risk of condensation and mould. Features such as mains powered smoke alarms and safety glass were mentioned as key safety advantages of new homes, and front doors fitted with viewers, limitation devices and multi-point locking add increased security.
Those who responded also spoke very positively about living on new build developments, noting the advantages of being part of a brand new community, with landscaped shared outdoor areas and safe play spaces.
View the report in full here
Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016
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