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1. Start from the outside. Do you like the location? Which way is the house facing? The difference between a north and south facing house is important. Typically a south facing home gets sun most of the day, especially at the front of the house and is usually brighter and warmer. A north facing home gets sun at the back but can be darker and cooler. Many smart phones now have compasses on them so you can determine which parts of the house you’d prefer to be sunny. It maybe that the kitchen/family room is at the back of the house and that is your priority as far as a sunny room goes.
2. The practical details: You can never have too much storage space and plug sockets! Often they are overlooked assets, but are important, especially if you have a growing family.
3. Don’t forget about the loft! Always ask to view it, as it is great storage space! Is it easily accessible?
4. Make sure the rooms are big enough for you and your family. To ensure a new build home is right for you compare the rooms sizes of the home you are interested in with the show home. The show home will give you a good physical idea of the space and you can see the rooms full of furniture and get a feel for the size of the gardens.
5. Remember to check out the local area. How close is it to a main road? Who else lives in the neighbourhood? Is there a loud pub or bar nearby? Are every day essentials (bread, milk, newspaper) within easy reach? What is the local transport like especially for your journey to work? Uklocalarea.com has neighbourhood profiles by postcode including schools results that you might find useful.
6. Visit the marketing suite. Be sure to visit the marketing suite and the show home and ask plenty of questions about the development: for example is Help To Buy available? Many new homes within six months of completion and that are under £600,000 may come with Help To Buy, so make sure you ask the developer if it’s available. Also ask if the specification you see in the show home is what you’ll get as with some developers you would need to pay for optional extras to emulate what you’ve seen.
7. The all-important question - Can you see this property as your new home? The advantage of new developments is that there will be several properties located in one place, so if one of them isn’t for you, you can always look at another!
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