The number of new-build homes available in the UK is on the increase, helping to meet a much-needed demand for more residential properties, which have been in short supply for several years. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) 245,000 new homes were built in the year from April 2019 to March 2020.

Even a global pandemic hasn’t slowed production down too much, as according to an article in The Spectator, an additional 49, 470 homes were constructed between January and March 2021.

The idea of buying a brand-new property is certainly tempting; you will not have to worry about replacing the roof, or wonder whether the walls and loft are fully insulated, and the interior will be absolutely pristine. Or so you would hope, in any case. However, it’s still advisable to be just as cautious and thorough as if you were buying an older property.

Just because a property is new, unfortunately it doesn’t mean that the workmanship is up to scratch in many cases. Common problems with new-builds include poorly fitting windows and doors, which can affect the thermal performance of the property, leading to higher heating bills.

Other problems may include the poor fitting of, or even the failure to connect ducts to vents in the roof, which allow the release of extracted air. If the problem is not spotted early, you may be liable for the cost of replacement yourself. Trickle vents in windows are often also poorly fitted, making your home feel cold and draughty.

A poor standard of internal decoration may not be immediately obvious; after all a fresh lick of paint makes everything look better. However, it may be disguising bad plasterwork and even cracks in the walls. Also check that all the pipework and electrics are connected, by turning on every tap and switch that you can see.


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