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All too often, the show homes, the sales patter and the deals on offer blinker new home buyers. House builders are in business for one reason only - to make a profit. Nothing else matters to them. You will need to keep your wits about you to ensure that you do not make the same mistakes that 1000’s of buyers regret making every year when they buy a new home.
We have listed below a simple checklist of do's and don'ts - all being good advice based on buyer's feedback and the author's many years experience in the house building industry. Please feel free to print this checklist with our compliments.
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Remember the additional associated costs of moving home, they can add up.
Are they the best value for you?
You will probably find that the brand new homes are more expensive and
Contamination reports, environmental assessments, specifications etc.
It is relatively easy to get 10% or more off the price listed.
Ask them about the standard of their new home and the service they got from
the builder after they moved in regarding fixing any defects.
useful if you need to take the house builder to court.
But leave it for at least six weeks after you receive it before doing so.
3 stars or less in the HBF Customer Satisfaction Survey.
Your new home will look nothing like this
They are driven by commission and targets.
Your legal representative must be 100% independent - or this could happen!
They are never good value, go to the trades directly.
They are normally of a lower quality, fitted on cheap underlay.
You should be in control of when your carpets are fitted – not the site manager!
Keep your relationship with them business like and professional at all times.
It is more expensive to move and no one is around during the festive period
should anything go wrong in your new house - see when to buy a new home.
Never buy a Leasehold new house. Even some flats are being sold Freehold.
You are nearly always better off buying without these with a larger discount.
Always report any problems to the builder in writing on at least a weekly basis.
You can then remind them of any works still outstanding along with the new
It is always possible to put right anything and everything.
'Within tolerance' does not exist!
|Do's and Don'ts when buying a new home|
|Types of new homes available|
|Buying an apartment|
|Advantages of buying a new home|
|Disadvantages of buying a new home|
|New home buying procedure|
|Questions to ask the builder|
|Regulations to protect buyers|
|Consumer Code For Home Builders|
|Never use housebuilder solicitors|
|Property title deeds|
|What to look for when buying a new home|
|Timber frame construction|
|When to buy a new home|
|Builder's optional extras|
|Buying in a recession|
|New home warranty|
|Buying an apartment|
|Considerations when buying a flat|
|New homes can be bad for your health|
|Why buyers avoid new homes|
|Consumer Code Dispute Resolution|
|Claiming Compensation - Adjudication Scheme|
|Tricks of the showhome|
|Sales advisors and sales centres|
|Timber frame new homes|
|Timber frame - what you need to know|
|Quality issues with timber frame homes|
|Fire and timber frame new homes|
|What the NHBC does|
|Online conveyancing quote|
|The cost of moving to a new home|
|Tips to sell your existing home|
|Health and safety|
|The site manager|
|Advice on renting a home|
|Air Source Heat Pumps|
|New stamp duty calculator|
|Scotland LBTT calculator|
|Removals and moving home|
|Packing and planning the move|
|Checklist for change of address|
|Choosing a mortgage|
|Avoiding mortgage refusal|
|Rules for new home mortgages|
|Help to Buy|
|How to save on home insurance|
|Home insurance policy conditions|
|Flood insurance claim|
|Renting do's and don'ts|
|Section 106 Agreements|
|Community Infrastructure Levy 2010|
|Snagging and Quality|
|Why do new homes have defects|
|DIY snagging your new home|
|SNAGGING DEFECT PHOTOGRAPHS|
|External DIY snaglist|
|Internal DIY snaglist|
|External snagging defect photo slideshow|
|Internal snagging defect photo slideshow|
|External snagging defects from new homes|
|Who are the best house builders|
|The worst house builders|
|Builder's end of year figures|
|Finding a new home|
|HBF customer satisfaction survey results|
|NHBC awards league table|
|Taylor Wimpey Homes|
|Taylor Wimpey on BBC Watchdog|
|New home customer satisfaction surveys|
|HBF New home survey results|
|HBF House builder star rating|
|After you move in|
|Complete our new home satisfaction survey|
|DIY and home improvement|
|Choosing a tradesman|
|When you find problems|
|How to complain|
|New Homes Ombudsman|
|Making a Subject Access Request|
|Builder Buy Backs|
|Taking a builder to court|
|Regional Managing Director 1|
|Regional Managing Director 2|
|Executive Chairman 1|
|Executive Chairman final letter|
|NHBC warranty claim|
|Subject Access Request|
|New Home Blog|
|New Home News|