Start The New Year With A New Home - And Reap The Benefits
11 Dec 2013

WHEN it comes to moving home or buying a first house - many buyers are faced with the dilemma of old versus new.

The choice of whether or not to buy new is enormous, leaving homeowners with a serious debate over which will give the best value for money - a new, or second hand property.

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.

However, buying a new house can not only cut down the cost but also put buyers in the driving seat when it comes to those finishing touches.

And with industry research revealing that nine out of 10 home owners would recommend their builder to a friend - while being satisfied or very satisfied with the over all quality of their new home – customer confidence is also key when buying new.

And with a New Year just around the corner, there has never been a better time to buy new and reap the many benefits.

Linden Homes sales director Steve Woomble said: “In today’s market place, with so many incentives available – particularly the Help to Buy scheme - the argument for buying new as opposed to old has never been greater. There are massive benefits to ease the financial burden and stresses related to moving home.”

And as with the 12 days of Christmas – here are Linden Homes’ 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.
  3. A stress free move – House builders have perfected the moving process. Linden Homes’ part exchange scheme means no chain - and other specially devised packages take 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. Also, a boiler replacement could prove costly in a second hand home – while new homes boast energy efficient new boilers.
  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. Developers follow Government guidelines when it comes to energy efficiency, with new-build housing targeted to be zero carbon from 2016.
  7. Many new homes have energy efficient extras as standard to provide additional savings, including water butts, water metres, energy efficient lighting and composting bins.
  8. New homes offer a blank canvas. Buyers can usually determine colour schemes, choose kitchen units or matching wall tiles.
  9. Building warranty  - all new homes come complete with a New Homes Building Council 10-year guarantee or similar warranty. As well as a valuation on a second hand property, most would-be purchasers would need to pay out for a homebuyer’s report - and then there is the possibility of a full structural survey on top of that!
  10. New homes often have features many buyers may take for granted, including ensuite facilities and added security aspects including smoke detectors and security alarms.
  11. A blank canvas garden means there is scope for unique landscaping to suit a customer’s individual taste.
  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.

According to the Home Builders Federation (HBF):

  • In latest research, 91 per cent of new homeowners would recommend their builder to a friend.
  • In addition, 91 per cent were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their home.
  • Since the introduction of the Customer Satisfaction Survey seven years ago there has been year on year improvement in the industry.
  • New homes offer high build quality, are cheaper to run and environmentally friendly and designed for modern living.


For further press information please contact Cetti Long at Media Matters on 01733 371363 or email

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