New vs Old – Buying a new build home over an older house

By 10th January 2019Uncategorised
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Finding a new home is likely to be one of the biggest investments you are ever going to make.

And securing the perfect place isn’t always easy. There’s lots to consider, from where you want the kids to grow-up and go to school, if there’s anywhere to walk the dog, and the amenities that are on your doorstep.

Plus, there are decisions to be made about what type of house suits your lifestyle, how many bedrooms you need, the number of bathrooms, and the downstairs and outside space.

But whatever you’re looking for, opting for a new build offers a number of advantages that could make the process smoother and more enjoyable.

Here’s our guide to help you get moving.

Part exchange

Some new build developers will offer buyers a part exchange deal if you’re buying one of their properties. This makes the buying and selling process much easier as if you’ve got a property to sell, you don’t have to put it on the open market.

Part exhanges are something we can offer, so if you’re interested in finding out more about how they work, get in touch with us here.

Even if you don’t part exchange, buying a new home means there is no chain above you so you are not waiting for someone else to sell and move out before you can move in.

10-year warranty

All new build homes come with a 10-year warranty, including Risby homes. This is completely free for the buyer and offers peace of mind and protection. We are proud to work with the NHBC to give our buyers assurance on the quality of our homes.

Put your own stamp on your place

Everyone’s tastes are different, and new houses often give buyers the opportunity to add their own design choices depending on the developer and when they purchase the property.

At Risby, we work closely with buyers to help them customise elements such as kitchens, bathrooms and flooring. Customising a Risby property is an easy process, and our team are very accommodating when you’re building your perfect home.

Energy efficient

According to a report from the Home Builders Federation, new builds can save their owners up to £629 a year on heating, hot water and lighting.

So instead of spending on your gas and electricity bills, you could have extra cash in your pocket to add some extra design touches to your beautiful new home.

High specification appliances

Regulations introduced over the years mean modern new builds often include the most recent technology in heating and insulation.

At Risby Homes, this is something we do as standard as well as equipping with high-spec appliances. This means our properties benefit from underfloor heating and NEFF integrated appliances.


Moving onto a new estate brings the opportunity to develop a local community. As every property is newly built, everyone down your street is in the same position. It’s a great chance to make new friends and meet new neighbours.

Help to Buy

Help to buy equity loans are low interest loans offered to buyers for the deposit of new build houses. The government will lend you up to 20% of the total cost of a new build (price range up to £600,000). Buyers are only required to raise 5% of the property value as a deposit.

Risby Homes offer the opportunity to arrange a help to buy scheme with our customers allowing a more affordable alternative.

At Risby Homes, we take pride in our properties, and have been awarded for our quality assurance. To make the decision for yourself, come and visit our show home at Westcote Farm and get a feel for our community, or get in touch to find out more.