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hamptons lockup white on blueNew build homes have become increasingly popular in recent years. This is largely because they cost less to repair, are more sustainable and energy efficient, and have layouts built for modern living.

And with energy prices expected to rise by another 20% from April as government support for households scales back, the appeal of energy-efficient new build homes has never been greater.

With that said, we’ve partnered with leading estate agents, Hamptons, to explore some of the main benefits of moving into a new build property. Hamptons work with some of the country’s leading developers to build high-quality homes across London and the south of England.

Whether you’re thinking of investing, planning to downsize, or are on the lookout for your forever home, Hamptons can provide support every step of the way.

So, if you’re thinking about your next move, here are six benefits of buying a new build property.

1. New build homes are more environmentally friendly and may save you money on energy bills

Due to modern building techniques and materials, and the appliances installed, new build properties tend to be more energy efficient than older homes. And research has revealed that energy efficiency – whether for environmental or financial reasons – is a key consideration for one in every four people purchasing a home.

Government data has revealed that new build properties use an average of 100kWh per m2 (electricity consumption per square metre) each year, while older properties require an average of 259kWh per m2.

This is partly why, in 2022, 84% of new build homes were rated with an EPC (energy performance certificate) of B or above, while less than 4% of existing properties were awarded the same standard. As a result, it’s estimated that moving into a new build property saves people an average of £2,600 a year on energy bills.

Many new build properties are built to a ‘Passivhaus’ standard (Passivhaus Trust is a leading international building design standard), which means they use energy more sustainably.

For example, each new build three-bedroom house in The Maples development in Edgware features six solar panels and an air source heat pump system, meaning these homes have a Band A environmental impact rating. Off-street parking with electric car charging points is available too.

Some of these features, such as rooftop solar panels, aren’t always as straightforward to add to older properties due to the nature of their rooflines.

2. New build properties generally have lower repair and refurbishment costs

New builds generally cost less when it comes to repairs because it’s unlikely that the property will need much work done in at least the first few years. This is particularly true if it’s been built to the latest specifications, which most new builds are.

Even where repair work is needed, most new build homes are covered by a warranty – such as the National House Building Council (NHBC) – which typically covers a 10-year period.

The warranty provides protection against things going wrong with your new home – for example, structural damage or defects. In practice, this would cover issues with building work, such as faulty pipes that cause the heating system not to work properly.

In many cases, there’s another warranty that covers any white goods, such as fridges and washing machines, that come with the property – usually for a minimum period of two years. So even if something does go wrong, you’re still covered.

That being said, not all new build warranties are guaranteed to cover everything that goes wrong with your property, so it’s always important to read the small print.

To get an idea of the type of appliances that can be included with new build properties, you might want to check out Hamptons’ Westvale Park new build development in Surrey. These new builds include Siemens appliances, built-in wardrobes, and soft-close doors.

New build properties generally have lower repair and refurbishment costs
Hamptons Whetstone Green development

3. New build homes are built for today’s living

The way we live today compared to a few decades ago has changed significantly, and the majority of new builds are designed with this in mind.

It’s common for new homes to have open-plan, multi-functional spaces. For example, an open plan kitchen and living room area that provides plenty of space to cook, eat, relax – and for children to do homework.

Many new builds also have studies, which are useful for those working from home. For example, they might have easy access to the outdoor space through French, bi-fold, or sliding doors; and en-suites, as well as family bathrooms. They’re often built with space for more than one car too, so you’ll find that many offer large driveways and additional parking.

For example, West Hampstead Central, which has one and two bedroom apartments for sale, offers open plan living with private balconies, a rare communal roof garden, 12-hour concierge service, onsite gym, and co-working space.

That being said, while these perks apply to a wide range of new build properties, it’s worth keeping in mind that some homes – especially apartments – can have small rooms and may not offer much garden space.

4. Many new build developments are set in vibrant communities

Another benefit of moving into a new build property is that some developments have plenty of on-site amenities. These can include communal gyms, cinema rooms, restaurants and cafes, and places to work or study.

For example, Brighton and Hove’s Sapphire Hove development is set just 500m from the beach and offers a range of impressive on-site facilities.

Residents can access coworking spaces and enjoy landscaped gardens, underground parking, 24-hour security, and a concierge service. There’s also a beautiful synagogue, Jewish Montessori nursery, and kosher dining options available.

New build developments like these tend to create the ideal environment for close-knit communities to form. This is because people can enjoy much of their day-to-day lives close to home, allowing them to get to know their neighbours better.

Plus, for those who’re downsizing into a new build property, having on-site entertainment and dining facilities can provide more space to host family and friends.

Many new build developments are set in vibrant communities
Hampton’s Sapphire Hove development

5. New build properties tend to be fitted with maximum security

Another main draw of new builds is that they tend to have higher levels of security than many older properties.

For example, most new homes come with outdoor lighting and are fitted with burglar alarms, window locks, and British Standard Five lever locks on main doors. As previously mentioned, some new build developments also offer 24-hour security and concierge services.

Aside from feeling safer, tighter security means that contents insurance premiums will often be reduced too.

6. New build homes are more straightforward to purchase

There are several reasons why new build homes are often more straightforward to buy than older properties.

For one, buying a new build home means there’s no onward chain (where the seller of the property has to raise enough money from their house sale in order to move) – which typically makes the process a lot quicker and less stressful.

Having no onward chain also gives people more opportunity to negotiate moving-in dates, without the pressure of having to tie in with the people who’re selling. And, once you’ve put in an offer on a new build, you don’t have to worry about being gazumped, or a seller pulling out of the deal.

However, while buying a new build home is typically a smooth process, it’s still worth remembering that, if yours is still being built, there can sometimes be delays linked to that work – such as the supply of materials or availability of workers.

New build homes are more straightforward to purchase
Westvale Park development

Final thoughts…

From extra security measures to being more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, there are a number of benefits of moving into a new build property – and it’s not difficult to see why they’re becoming a more attractive prospect to home buyers.

Yet, as with any large purchase, it’s also important to be aware of potential drawbacks and to do your research. For example, like buying a new car, new builds can be expensive – and may see a drop in value once you move in and create an onward chain. For this reason, new builds can be most beneficial for buyers who plan to live in them long-term.

You should also be clear on whether you’re buying a leasehold or freehold property. If you buy a freehold property, you’ll own the house and the land it stands on for an unlimited period. Whereas, if you buy a leasehold property, you’ll own the property but not the land it’s built on, and only for a set period. The government currently has plans to scrap most leaseholds in England and Wales.

While there’s lots to consider when buying a new property, having an experienced estate agent on your side can give you an advantage.

With over 90 branches based across London and the south of England, Hamptons has partnered with some of the UK’s best property developers to deliver new build schemes of all shapes and sizes. And as well as helping you find your new home, they can support you with selling your current home too.

For more information, or to see what new build properties are available near you or further afield, you can head over to the Hamptons website.