Things to consider when buying a new build house

If you are thinking about buying a new build house, there are several aspects of the conveyancing process you should consider. While there are many advantages to purchasing a new build, there are also some drawbacks you should be aware of before going through with the decision.

You can choose an independent solicitor

You don’t have to use a solicitor that the builder recommends and are free to choose your own.

House builders will often suggest a certain company of solicitors to carry out the conveyancing process, but you are free to choose an independent solicitor which will ensure there is no conflict of interest.

You should ensure your solicitor has your needs in mind and choosing a solicitor who may be affiliated with the builder may lead to issues later down the line.

Your new build may come with housebuilders’ covenants

If your house is situated in an estate, builders are able to place restrictions on future work you may wish to carry out on your property. This can include work such as extensions or even painting your front door a colour of your own choice.

New builds have lower repair costs and come with a 10-year warranty

New builds are known for having the latest regulations so it’s unlikely there will be any need for repairs for a while. The 10-year warranty can be used for any structural problems which may occur with the property.

With the warranty, the first two years will be covered by the house builder, and following this, you will be insured for a further eight years under the National House Building Council (NHBC).

Land registry and ground rents

The solicitor you have appointed will ensure that the land your property is built on has been registered properly in order to avoid future disputes.

Some leases left homeowners unable to make developments to their property without being penalised.

Also, there may be estate fees which are required in order to maintain shared spaces.

You may not get to see the house until it is built

While companies who create new builds often create a system where you can visit the area, and the site and see a show home, you may not get to see the exact one you have purchased until it is built.

Alongside this, there can often be delays in construction which is something you should be aware of if you are buying a new build. Buyers will need to ensure they are prepared for these delays and have a place to stay should delays occur.

Also, with the purchase of a new build, you may be asked to buy off plan. This is when you are asked to exchange contracts without a completion date, but instead are given a completion window in which the date can vary.

Looking to buy or sell a home in a hurry? Want quick and effective legal advice? Get in touch with Gunduz Misiri on or at 020 7240 0521

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Gunduz Misiri
Gunduz has been a qualified solicitor since 2011 and specialises in both Residential and Commercial Property. He acts on behalf of Buyers, Sellers, Landlords and Tenants in the acquisition and disposal of both Commercial and Residential Property.