Get 2016 Off To A Great Start By Reaping The Benefits Of A DIY-Free New Home!
08 Dec 2015

A new study revealing that a third of us are stumped by simple DIY jobs has highlighted the appeal of maintenance-free brand new homes.

According to a recent survey of 2,000 adults in the UK; rewiring a plug, bleeding a radiator and unblocking a sink feature in the list of DIY dreads.

Topping the list is wallpapering (38 per cent) followed by putting up shelves, which is a no-no for 32 per cent of respondents.

Brits also admitted to taking an average of 19 days to start any practical jobs around the house or garden, and nearly half of all people surveyed say they are simply too busy to attempt DIY.

However, these and many other maintenance and DIY projects won’t be needed if you opt for a brand new home from Linden Homes North, and reap the many benefits of choosing new over second hand.

While older homes traditionally have larger rooms; re-decorating, installing a new bathroom or kitchen and laying new carpets are just some of the DIY jobs many of us have planned when we move into a ‘used’ home.

And with the expense of the festive season and a New Year just around the corner, buying a new home can not only cut down the cost, but also put buyers in the driving seat when it comes to those finishing touches.

And as with the 12 days of Christmas – here are Linden Homes North’s 12 good reasons to buy a brand new dream home:

  1. Great deals - competition in the financial services market at the moment means there are some great mortgage deals available.
  2. Government-led incentives for first time and new homebuyers can help curb the cost, including the popular Help to Buy scheme.
  3. A stress free move – House builders have perfected the moving process. Linden Homes’ part exchange scheme means no chain - taking the hassle out of moving house.
  4. Less maintenance - old homes may have more character but they also need more maintenance than new ones, like new guttering, replacement windows or extra roof insulation.
  5. Energy efficiency. New homes are well insulated, and include double-glazing as standard, making them cheaper to run than older homes. The costs of heating a new home will be considerably lower than those of a comparable old one.
  6. Great choice when it comes to designs to cater for all budgets and living requirements.
  7. Many new homes have energy efficient extras as standard to provide additional savings, water meters and energy efficient lighting.
  8. New homes offer a blank canvas. Buyers can usually determine colour schemes, kitchen units and wall tiles.
  9. Building warranty - all new homes come complete with a New Homes Building Council 10-year guarantee or similar warranty.
  10. New homes often have features many buyers may take for granted, including ensuite facilities and added security aspects including smoke detectors.
  11. The opportunity to personalise your home with extras available to suit a customer’s individual requirements.
  12. Location is a careful consideration with house builders when looking for a new site at which to build – with knock on benefits of schools, shops and other amenities close by benefit the new communities living there.

Top ten troublesome tasks for Brits (% of respondents who would not feel confident undertaking)

  1. Wallpapering 38%
  2. Putting up shelves 33%
  3. Rewiring a plug 30%
  4. Bleeding a radiator 28%
  5. Changing a fuse 28%
  6. Building flat pack furniture 22%
  7. Unblocking a sink 21%
  8. Painting a room 21%
  9. Fixing a broken handle 20%
  10. Hanging a picture 19%


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