Questions to ask before buying a new build bungalow
Considering new build bungalows for your next move? Don’t wait too long, as these properties are few and far between and seldom available.
If you have not bought a new build bungalow before, how will you decide if this is the right property for you? Here are the questions that will help you decide.
Does it fit with your plans for the next five to ten years?
If you are planning to start a family, look at the internal and external spaces available to you. Imagine a child or several running about and playing in these rooms. Is there still plenty of space?
Downsizers may not have to think about space for a growing family, but it is important to think about your lifestyle. Does your family live nearby, or will they want to stay several nights when they visit? Do you enjoy entertaining guests? If you love throwing a dinner party, you will want to make sure you have plenty of space for a large dining table.
What does the neighbourhood feel like?
Location is often key to your enjoyment of a new home. If you have time, take a stroll around the new development and ask yourself ‘could I imagine living here?’
You can always speak to people you pass on the street or knock on doors to meet your future neighbours. Ask them about the development and what they think about it so far. Most people are delighted to pass on their experiences of buying a new build home.
If you are starting a family, it is a great idea to check out the nearby schools and nurseries. Maybe even do a mock school run.
Of course, the key question to answer is whether the neighbourhood feels safe to walk around, day and night.
Does the interior style suit your living preferences?
A good home layout has a huge impact on how you use your home. Think about whether you prefer an open plan design or more traditional separate spaces.
Room size is also important. If you live a minimalist lifestyle, then you may be more comfortable with snug spaces than someone who fills all their rooms with furniture and ornaments. But either way, a generously proportioned home will be more pleasant to live in, and you will look forward to spending time in it.
Is it freehold or leasehold?
It is important to check if your new build bungalow is freehold or leasehold, as this will impact the control you will have over your property. Freehold is always advantageous, as you will be able to make more changes to your home without seeking permission from the freeholder.
Don’t worry about this if you are buying in Scotland, as all homes are sold as freehold. Learn more about our new build bungalows in Scotland.
Do you feel supported by the developers?
When buying any new build home, you will want to spend some time getting to know the developers. It is important that you feel they understand what kind of home you are looking for and whether they will accommodate any amends or changes you would like.
Do your research - find out what support they provide and look at what previous customers have to say about buying from them. If you meet neighbours who have already bought on your prospective development, ask them about their experience with the developer. Was it simple? Did they have the opportunity to make their house your home?
What value can be added to the home?
Look at your new build bungalow with an eye to the future. Consider what kind of improvements or adaptations you could make to the home to make your life even more comfortable.
Loft extensions or conservatories are popular additions, but do not just assume that these features will be easy to add. Check which potential planning permissions you would need to seek and see what is possible within any restrictions these might contain.
Also check decoration restrictions – many new builds may ask you to wait a while before redecorating. You will want to look into how long this period will be.
Armed with these questions, you will find it easy to choose the perfect new build bungalow to kick start the next stage of your life.