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Things to remember

New houses often sell at a premium to reflect the included extras. After a few years, the price of new property moves into line with the local property market.

Before you buy a new property, make sure you have a solicitor on board to check the property:

  • Has proper planning permission and is correctly built on its allocated plot
  • Hasn't been built on contaminated or filled land - or if it has, you have valid certificates ensuring the land has been properly treated first. This is crucial for building insurance.

You should also get the builder to give you:

  • Proper guarantees, such as NHBC Buildmark or similar certificates
  • Test certificates and user guides for any electrical, gas or built-in appliances
  • The final certificate from the local authority building inspector
  • Confirmation the property's energy efficiency matches the SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) rating provided to the local authority.

If you'd like to know more about what to look for when buying a new home either give us a call or visit theNational House Building Council(NHBC) website.