6 reasons we recommend buying a new-build home

If renovating a fixer upper is not your cup of tea, and you don’t want the hassle of maintaining older properties despite their period charm, perhaps a new build home might appeal? Having worked in this industry for over10 years, we’ve put together some of our favourite reasons why they make fantastic homes…

More energy efficient and environmentally friendly

New build homes usually mean a smaller carbon footprint and lower energy bills due to the materials used and the way they are built. This is even more relevant at Uniquely Cricklewood because we are adopting Passivhaus principles to create homes with sustainability and energy efficiency as a central design ethos. The construction techniques include high value glazing and insulation, solar panels and thermal methods that result in lower carbon building. Additionally, mechanical ventilation heat recovery (MVHR) systems in each home provide better air filtration which means the air quality is more superior – ideal for improving the health conditions within the property.

Dollis Hill Ave view of Uniquely Cricklewood
Dollis Hill Avenue view

Lower repair & maintenance costs

As a development is usually built to a high standard with a 10 year structural warranty, everything is brand new and in working order when you move in, meaning you don’t need to worry about any renovation costs. If you find any construction defects or niggles such as scuff marks or squeaky doors in the snagging process, the builder should get them resolved for you. For example, our 10-year warranty at Uniquely Cricklewood, is from Build Zone. We are responsible for the first two years and Build Zone for the following eight.

This allows for little maintenance when your home ages too, and you don’t need to worry about decorating when you move in!

All of this offers our buyers complete peace of mind and substantial financial savings in the first ten years.

Interior design

Serious thought goes into the interior design of new homes. For example, at Uniquely Cricklewood, our sleek kitchens are very much the heart of the home. Lighting and integrated appliances highlight cool, clean lines, with high contrast matt graphite cabinets and stunning worktops. Whilst full height glazing floods the living room interiors with natural light. Lustrous wooden effect flooring and subtle details make for simple, elegant spaces that are a cut above the standard, whilst pendant lighting helps to define zones within the open plan living spaces, with recessed LEDs for when you need things to be a bit lighter.

Master Bedroom indicative CGI
Master Bedroom

Security

Security is generally much better in new build homes. Uniquely Cricklewood offers quality door entry systems, secure parking and access to bicycle parking.

There isn’t a seller chain

It is well documented that when you have a long chain going on, your purchase can very easily fall apart if the seller pulls out. However, you don’t have this issue when buying a new build home because the seller is the developer. You also remove the risk of gazumping from other buyers as once you pay your reservation fee, the property is taken off the market immediately. Furthermore, if you are selling your own residence when purchasing a new build home, your potential buyers will find it very attractive that you are at the end of the chain. This all makes it a far simpler way and less stressful way of buying a property.

Incentives

The Government announced that the Help to Buy Equity Loan for first time buyers was to end at the end of March 2023, so this is the last year that people can take advantage of it. The scheme provides financial help for those trying to get onto the property ladder for the first time by allowing them to only put down a 5% deposit. There are regional price caps however, so in London this applies to homes up to £600,000 only, but we are still able to offer this scheme at Uniquely Cricklewood.

Whether it be a new build apartment or townhouse you are looking for, perhaps our sustainable development, Uniquely Cricklewood, has what you are looking for. You can view all of our available properties for sale here.