NHBC, the UK’s leading warranty provider and standard setting body for new homes, offers the following tips
1) Condition of the site – is it tidy and well managed ? Look out for NHBC Pride in the Job flags.
2) Which way does the house face ? – south facing windows can improve the energy efficiency of a home, because solar energy warms the walls and floors of a building, but north facing windows offer a more consistent quality of light.
3) Timescales – when is the house likely to be completed and ready to move into ?
4) Personalisation – which areas of the house can you personalise to your own taste? In most cases, you will be able to choose the kitchen and bathroom finishes depending on the build stage.
5) Peace of mind through warranty cover – is the builder registered with NHBC ? Check before you visit at www.nhbc.co.uk.
6) Will my furniture fit? – take measurements of large items such as beds, sofas and dining room tables, and then measure up the space in the show house to check that your belongings will fit.
7) Consumer Code for home builders – the code gives protection and rights to purchasers of new homes. Ask to see a copy of the code, and make sure that you are protected during each stage of the buying process.
8) Energy efficiency – ask to see a copy of the home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
9) Council tax banding – find out which council tax band the house will be allocated to, and what the current yearly charge is for that band.
10) The wider community – check the full site plan to see where open spaces, parkland are.