Brits Now Favour New Build, Energy Efficiency And Home Offices – Study Reveals

When it comes to moving house – home hunters have long been faced with the dilemma of old versus new.

However, according to latest research* over half (67 per cent) of all UK house-movers would currently prefer to buy a new build home over a second-hand property.

Energy efficiency with smart thermostats and lower running costs are among the priorities for those looking to buy a new property, followed closely by a designated home office space and a garden/access to green open space.

Highlights of the whathouse? New Home Buyers survey 2022 include:

The findings place the UK’s residential developers – like Linden Homes (part of Vistry Group) - at the forefront of meeting public demand for post-pandemic living.

Sales director Steve Woomble said: “Buying a new home can cut down on many costs associated with an older property, allowing customers to tick a wish-list of essentials while also putting them in the driving seat when it comes to those finishing touches – not to mention saving them a small fortune in domestic repairs.”

All Linden Homes’ new builds across Yorkshire are built according to the very latest guidelines and come with standard features like designated parking space or driveway, double glazing and a connection to a main gas supply, all or some of which may not be available on older properties due to design or planning restrictions.

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.

Steve added: “Running alongside all of these are the demands that have arisen from the pandemic, and more recently the hike in utility bills and rise in the cost of living.

“New homes have long been recognised for their energy efficiency, from the installation of new boilers to correct insulation and double glazing.

“Another big trend of the pandemic is of course working from home, with many people looking for a designated workspace as part of their new home checklist.

“Many of our properties come with studies or offer flexible layouts to accommodate home working – not to mention gardens, which have become an even greater necessity for many people – a desire grown from the various lockdowns.”

Other benefits of buying new include

A new survey puts energy saving, gardens
and home offices at the top
of housebuilders’ wish lists.

-ENDS-

Contact: Cetti Long, Media Matters, 01733 371363; cetti@mediamatters-pr.co.uk

*data from the New Home Buyer Survey/ What House?

12 May 2022

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