New Build Niggles 2
Following on from our previous blogs, this week we are continuing to look at a few common challenges with new build homes, and some easy fixes.
The landscaping of new housing development is often rather minimalistic, meaning that your property and garden may be overlooked by many neighbours, and/ or any passers-by. You may be worrying that it will take years to grow large trees that will provide you with a bit more privacy, but actually, there are some options that can give you a quicker fix. There are a good range of evergreen trees that you can plant partially grown and will grow 3 – 5 feet per year so you will very quickly improve your landscape.
One of the items that costs are often trimmed back seems to be the lighting. Just because your home might have been fitted with one standard light fitting per room does not mean that this is what you are stuck with. Obviously, there is an expense here as you will need to employ a qualified electrician, but solutions don’t necessarily need to be expensive. In some instances, you may even find you can just use a different light fitting and/ or bulbs can give your room a completely different feel.
The personal touch
Last but definitely not least, people can struggle to put their own “stamp” on a new-build property. It can feel unnecessary when you approach a home that already feels in top decorative order. A good way of approaching this is to think in terms of small details like cushions, rugs, throws etc in your preferred colours and/ or styles. This will help to build your confidence and you can gradually expand to furniture, carpets etc as things need replacing.
Here at Greenway Associates we have over 23 years’ experience, and work hard to keep abreast with the best in design technology and planning policy. Whatever you are looking for, please get in touch for more advice, at Greenway Associates or call us on 01737 652 737.
New Build Niggles
For the last couple of weeks, I have been looking at some common issues with older properties and some simple solutions that can help manage them. There are many new home developments currently on the market and these can be very appealing. Lots of people like the idea of being the first to live in a property. There is also the appeal of minimal decoration and maintenance costs for some yearsplus NHBC’s 10-year warranty. Many reputable developers offer additional guarantees on top of this too. In addition, because the homes are built to modern standards they should hopefully be more energy efficient and therefore have lower running costs than their period style neighbours.However, like anything, there is no such thing as an easy option, and newbuilds are no exception. Here are just a few pointers of things to be on the lookout for – I’ll be back next week with more!
Who are (or were) the developers?
If you are buying, (a brand new or recently built), do your research on the company that built it. Try to be fair in this and remember it is unlikely that any firm will have 100% satisfied customers. On the other hand, alarm bells should be ringing if you keep hearing similar tales of woe. Make sure you visit the site and the surrounding area and talk to current residents if at all possible to find out what they really think.
Watch out for warranties
Although the NHBC guarantee is for 10 years, remember that this is from construction i.e. if there have already been a couple of owners it may have expired or be nearly up. During the first 2 years, NHBC will step in if you make a claim against the developer and they do not carry out any remedial work. So if your property is less than 2 years old ensure you keep this date in the diary. Check your warranty (whether new build or at purchase) that it includes “snagging”, the term used for getting little issues like squeaky or stiff doors sorted.
Here at Greenway Associates we have over 23 years’ experience, and work hard to keep abreast with the best in design technology and planning policy. Whatever you are looking for, please get in touch for more advice at Greenway Associates or call us on 01737 652 737.