Deciding whether to buy a new or old property is a question faced by most house hunters. Do you opt for the Victorian house with its charm and period features or the sparkling new build that offers low-maintenance living from the start.
We all know that it costs money to add your own personal taste and style to a home, but how much could you really end up spending? Each type of house, whether a new build or older property has its own distinct advantages. The older home, with its unique features, such as high ceilings and open plan fireplaces, can come with extra considerations that involve more than just a lick of paint and new curtains. It's estimated that the new Victorian home owner will have to spend £45,000* to upgrade their home to new build specifications. Just decorating alone can cost the best part of £4,800 according to the Home Builders Federation (HBF), and double glazed windows can quickly amount to over £6,000 depending on the size of the property. That's before you've thought about your shiny new kitchen, modern appliances, flooring and installed a new bathroom.
The cost implications of upgrading a second-hand home, not to mention correcting any ropy DIY attempts which only become visible after you move in, is just one of the reasons why buying a new build is such a popular option. From the colour of your carpet to the type of worktop in your kitchen, you'll be able to develop and design the perfect house for you and your family.
With strict Building Regulations in place there's no need to worry about your new home requiring urgent attention. New properties are built to exceptionally high specifications so you can rest easy that your new home will be ready and fit for purpose. This means you can enjoy settling in rather than worrying about repair and ongoing maintenance work that is sometimes needed with a second-hand home.
A new Bovis Home also comes with the reassurance of a 2 year guarantee as well as a 10 year NHBC Buildmark warranty.
We work closely with local planners and the Environment Agency to ensure that the build quality is second to none. This includes ensuring the development is not affected by flooding and any appropriate drainage is in place. We use the latest building materials to prevent issues such as damp, while double glazed windows and doors are incorporated into the build to provide improved insulation. Many Victorian homes were built without foundations and the roofs, made of thick wooden beams, are actually less secure than the lightweight trusses used on modern homes today.
There are also huge environmental benefits and long term energy cost savings when buying a new build. In England and Wales, we are lucky to have some of the best energy efficiency standards in the world.
Installing the latest boiler ensures you only get hot water when you need it while central heating, double glazing and insulation in the walls and roofs are all installed as standard with a new Bovis Home, to offer greater energy efficiency and temperature control. With energy bills constantly fluctuating these features can make an enormous difference to your monthly outgoings. In fact, new build homes are about 50% cheaper to run per year than their Victorian counterparts.
Buying a house is always a huge decision and weighing up the benefits of buying a new or old property should be at the top of your agenda. With a new Bovis Home you can tailor your property to your personal taste, with choice of finish to the kitchen, and tiling to the bathroom. There are also no onward chains or surveys to worry about, meaning the purchasing process should be quick and simple. Don't forget there are also many purchase assistance schemes available that can help you get on the property ladder, with as little as 5% deposit.
Don't forget, if you need to sell your current property and want to move into a Bovis Home, we can take away the stress and worry thanks to our Smooth Move and Home Exchange services; we'll even deal with the estate agents on your behalf and pay their fees.
Whether you're actively looking or thinking of buying, there are many factors to think about when choosing the best option for you. Here at Bovis Homes we think you'll be delighted with the wide range of properties we have available across England, find a new home in your location, now!
*Data taken from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) based on an average 3 bedroom semi-detached house.