When it comes to finding a home you are looking for more than just a house. It is a place to eat, sleep, love, entertain, relax and so much more. It is a place where you will create memories and reminisce over existing ones. It is for this very reason that when you choose a new house to buy you need to ensure it has the ability to be a home for you.
What is right in a home for one person may not be the right fit for someone else and of course the needs of the entire family also have to be considered.
We often hear the question being asked about whether a new build is better than a traditional pre-existing property and this is a very difficult question to answer. Some people love the blank canvas of a new build whereas others love the character of an older house.
For first time buyers, new builds can be a good step on to the property ladder thanks to some excellent offers that help with deposits – but is this really worth it if the house isn’t right for you – the short answer is no – although there are too many variables to consider to give an absolutely true answer.
Let’s take a look at some of the styles of properties and how you can add your own styles to them:
New Build Styles
New builds are typically built on smaller plots than older houses as developers look to maximise the land they are building on. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t spacious, it just means that the overall plot will typically be smaller. If you dream of a huge garden then you are much more likely to find this in a more traditional property – however, corner plots on new builds may have larger gardens than the standard.
New build properties typically get bought from plan. The initial 50-75% of new builds certainly do. This means you either need to get in early to really maximise your options or you can employ your own new home builder.
When going through the purchasing stage you can ask for pretty much anything you want in terms of final decor – from tiles, carpets, cupboard types, windows etc. – you can really personalise your home and don’t need to be walking in to a magnolia spattered house when you move in.
Expect square-ish rooms, lower ceilings, en-suites and smaller than average gardens from your new build. We looked at new builds in Solihull and the majority fit this criteria.
Older homes will already have gone through almost every fashion cycle you can imagine and if they have been around for more than 50 years then you they have even survived the 1970’s and come out the other side unscathed. Anything goes with an older house in terms of decor and style so don’t be too put off by the appearance of a home when you first view it. The chances are that when you buy an older home there are going to be numerous aspects of it that don’t sit well with your own style. This is fine as you can really make the home how you want it when it comes to decoration and maybe even some light structural work.
Traditional homes will have more scope for extensions – with loft conversions being one of the best options in terms of value and space.
Gardens are typically bigger, as are room sizes. But beware extra expenses such as re-wiring, central heating and planning permission for extensions.
No matter your personal style preferences, you should be able to make a new build or a traditional house work for you.