Should Your Next Family Home Be A New-Build?

*This is a collaborative post

New-build homes are popping up faster than you can say 'oh look another housing development!'. They're everywhere, and they bring a lot of brand new homes to areas near you. As such, it gives families an interesting decision when moving home. Do you go down the traditional route and buy a home that's on the market from a previous owner, or do you buy a new-build?

This idea comes with some pros and cons, but if you're looking for a new family home, then here are a few considerations that might make you opt for a brand new one: 
More convenient
An excellent thing about new homes is that you don't have to deal with the annoyance of a previous owner. First of all, you have to negotiate with them to agree on a price. Secondly, you have to wait for them to sign contracts and send information back to you. Thirdly, you have to wait for them to move all of their belongings out of the home. It's inconvenient, and you can experience a great deal of stress. 

With a new home, there's no previous owner. So, the negotiations are easier, there's no waiting for someone else to sign a contract, and the property is completely and utterly bare. As a result, you can move it at your own leisure without having to wait around for anyone. When you're moving with a family, this is a luxury that you shouldn't turn your nose up at!

Better energy efficiency

New-builds are made using the latest technology while following the most updated building regulations. This means that they're constructed to be more energy efficient. So, your home will waste less, and you can save money at the same time. Something as simple as a modern boiler goes a long way to improving the efficiency of your home. Not to mention brand new insulation that stops heat from escaping too. 

Yes, new-builds do end up being more expensive than other, similar, properties in the same area. But, think about all the savings you can make with a brand new, and more energy efficient, house. You'll slice your energy bills, giving you more money to look after your family and provide for them. 

Safe community

Whenever you buy a home, you want assurances that the community and neighbourhood are safe. This concern is multiplied when you're buying a family home. You need to be confident that your children are growing up in a secure area. Thankfully, new-build homes will often provide you with the assurances you need to feel safe at home. 

Why? Well, new housing developments are usually created in beautiful and desirable areas. Not only that, but most people that buy new houses are families or couples looking to start a family. Therefore, your neighbours should be in somewhat similar positions to you; looking for a safe place to raise a family. Plus, a lot of housing developments are adding in things like parks or green areas for kids and families to play in. As a result, it gives your kids a chance to make friends with the neighbours and grow up with other children in the area. 

Modern style

Okay, this point doesn't really have a lot to do with your family, but it's still valid! We all want to live in a house that looks nice and isn't outdated. The best way to achieve a modern interior design is to buy a new-build home! You get the most contemporary style there is, so your home will continue to fit in and look good for many years to come. 

When you buy older homes, you already inherit something that's decades old. The style could be very outdated, so you have a big job on your hands making it look modern. As such, this goes back to the first point; new-builds are more convenient as little to no decorating is required when you move in!

All thing's considered, the only main drawback of a new-build is that it's expensive. A 3-bedroom home on a new housing development will cost more than an older one in the same area. Also, they tend to be smaller than some older homes - particularly when compared to old Victorian houses or ones built 40 years ago. But, as you can see from all the points above, there are some benefits to a brand new family home. So, if you're about to move, then think long and hard about whether or not a new-build suits your family.

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