Buying a completely new property is a very attractive proposition for many people. You do not have to live with someone else’s taste and you can put your own mark on the property.
If you are buying a new property you should consider appointing a surveyor even for a new property. A surveyor can view the property during the course of construction and advise you of the shortcomings of the builder’s methods. If you prefer not to appoint a surveyor make sure that any faults are rectified prior to completion. Either way you will want to check the reputation of your builder and look at other properties they have developed.
You will want any newly built property to be relatively cheap to heat and draught free. Make sure that the garden is at least rotavated, if not turfed, and ask us to establish who owns each boundary. Note that new properties tend to be noisier than old properties because the walls are thinner. New properties are more densely constructed than old properties. In other words, you may be closer to your neighbour than desirable.
Increasingly properties are being built on brown field sites, that is land which has previously been used for some other purpose. This can sometimes lead to problems with contamination from the previous use. An environmental search of the property will reveal all.
Julia Hutchings Mike Hewitt and Emma-Jayne Sheehan all have considerable recent experience in acting for buyers of newly built properties and developments, working closely with Countryside Properties, among other developers.