The housebuilding industry has as much work to do building its reputation as it does new homes. Famously the smallest in Europe, countless surveys have reflected that the house-buying public remain suspicious about the quality of new builds.
However, once a buyer is across the threshold of a shiny new home they rarely go back. A survey by the NHBC asked 2,000 new build owners what they considered the advantages of new homes to be, thus revealing what housebuilders should be promoting.
- Ready to move in
New homes are ready to enjoy without any concern about what has been glossed over by previous owners.
- Everything is new
Appliances and systems all new and will work well for years to come.
- Modern layout
Efficient use of space and the right balance of living and storage space.
- Modern facilities
Well laid-out bathrooms and downstairs WC, and often an en suite.
- Energy efficiency –
Energy bills should be about half those of Victorian homes.
Cosy homes that heat up quickly, are well ventilated and are not prone to condensation and mould.
Smoke alarms and wiring – Mains-powered smoke alarms and protection from electric shocks.
Glazing and stairs – safe steps and balustrades, and inclusion of safety glass where needed.
- Solid foundations
Robust and resilient foundations.
- A quiet home
Mandatory measures to ensure good sound insulation between homes.
Robust doors and windows with additional locks and security devices to keep intruders out.
- A new community
Opportunity to meet new neighbours with similar interests and aspirations.