Why buy a new home rather than a second hand property?

There are so many reasons why buying new makes sense with Taylor Wimpey.

The standard of home building in the UK has never been higher than it is today. With the need for housing at unprecedented levels, we are investing huge amounts of resources into the quality of our properties; from exceptional levels of standard fitted features to improved energy efficiency.

And when you move in, you’ll love the fact that everything in a new home is clean and untouched by previous owners – it’s like buying a brand new car and driving it out of the showroom. Most of our new homes are decorated in ‘neutral’ colours, which gives you a blank canvas to stamp your own style and personality on from day one.

1. Less chain means less stress and hassle

You’ll be able to move into your new home as soon as it is complete because there is no need to wait for existing residents to vacate. There’s no house buying chain, which gets rid of much of the stress and uncertainty you get when buying a second hand property.

And if you buy a new home using our Part Exchange scheme, you won’t even have to worry about getting a seller for your home, because we’ll buy your home from you at a fair and realistic price.

2. Your home will be high specification

In general, new homes are built to a much higher specification than many older homes because of modern materials and building regulations.

We build a huge range of brand new fixtures and fittings into our homes – from fitted kitchens with sparkling new appliances, to en-suite bathrooms and cosy carpets.

Our new homes are also kitted out with the appropriate heating systems, wall and loft insulation, double glazed windows and doors.

3. You could save money on bills

Research published by the Zero Carbon Hub and the NHBC Foundation in November 2013 shows that new homes built to energy efficiency standards, announced by the Government in 2013, could be up to 57% cheaper to run compared to ‘improved’ Victorian home of a similar size.

Using energy cost data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s ‘Energy and Emissions Projections’, the analysis shows that the energy costs associated with running a typical new 4 bed detached house built could be around £1,050, compared to £2,460 for a Victorian property (which has also benefited from energy efficiency improvements). This is a difference of £1,410 in running costs.Similarly, a new 3 bed semi-detached and 3 bed mid-terrace houses could be £890 (53%) and £670 (47%) cheaper to run.

Take a look at New-Homes.co.uk for full details of the analysis.

4. You can finish your home your way

When you buy a second hand home you might have to put up with the previous owner’s choice of kitchen or bathroom. But when you buy a new home from us, you can choose the fixtures and fittings that you really love.

Subject to the stage of construction, we can offer you a bespoke service that allows you to choose fixtures and fittings, or a higher specification from our options range at an additional cost. In some cases (where available) this will include flooring, soft furnishings, interior designs or even a garden landscaping service.

5. Your home will suit your modern lifestyle

New homes are built to make use of every inch of space. Research shows 17% of living space in older style properties often goes unused, which translates to £34,000 of a £200,000 house going to waste.

New homes, on the other hand, provide flexible living space whatever your circumstances, whether you are single, a couple, a growing family or retired.

6. You’ll have peace of mind

Buying a new home home eliminates the need to do any renovations, repairs or DIY, meaning new home owners can spend more time with family and friends, doing all the things they really enjoy. All our new homes come with a Taylor Wimpey warranty, providing new owners with peace of mind which those buying second hand property simply do not have

7. You could be part of a new community

When you move to a brand new home, you’ll get a unique opportunity to make new friends and be part of an emerging community. If you buy in an established street, properties may change hands infrequently, which makes it harder to break into the social network.

Our neighbourhoods are designed and built with people in mind, and with everybody starting from scratch, getting to know your neighbours and community is easier as you settle in and discover your new surroundings together.

8. Stay safe and sound

Our new homes are designed to adhere to high building standards. These standards relate to every aspect of a building’s construction including its structure, ventilation, sound insulation, electrical and fire safety, so you can enjoy living in a safe and secure environment.