Benefits of buying a brand new home

Published May 23rd, 2017

While one of the major benefits of buying a new build home is that you shouldn’t need to budget for repair costs, the most popular reason that people chose a new home is they want to be the first to live there.

“It’s like buying a new car,” says Shropshire developer Mathew Morris of Shrewsbury Homes. “People want to be able to choose the internal fittings of their home like they choose the colour and finish of their new car. They want first ownership.

“We all live busy lives these days and people want everything new and right, they don’t have time to renovate or replace things in their new home. They want to walk right in and enjoy it from day one.”

Besides a bespoke kitchen and freshly painted walls and wood work you also get the reassurance of a two-year builders warranty plus a 10-year ICW warranty which will cover any structural defects with the building and the promise of living in comfort in an energy efficient home.

The Radley a new home being built at Dorrington

Of course, whether or not you go for a new home or an older home will depend on your circumstances. Those looking for high ceilings, picture rails and other unique and character features are unlikely to find these in the modern new build but many new homes do have their own special features. Reputable property developers nowadays take great care in providing a variety of house types and sizes on a new development, with thought given to outdoor space too in the provision of parking and green spaces.

Feature fireplace available in some new homes at The Farrs

Shrewsbury Homes for example incorporate feature fireplaces in some of their homes. These can be seen in properties at The Farrs, the Shrewsbury Homes development at Dorrington, near Shrewsbury being marketed by Berrys which has been involved in the development since the planning stages.

Energy efficiency is another key reason for buying a new build. Modern construction prevents damp whilst cavity walls, double glazing and improved insulation provide long term energy savings. A modern heating system will be efficient, reducing monthly outgoings. If you are buying a buy to let property, you have a responsibility for the property to be safe and fit for purpose.  From April 2018, it will be unlawful to let a house with an EPC rating of F or G (the lowest two grades of energy efficiency).

Another plus side for first time buyers buying a new home, most developers will offer the Government Help to Buy to Scheme that requires only an initial five per cent deposit, with the Government providing up to a further 20 per cent more.

Buying off-plan also gives you confidence to prepare for your move. This will avoid the uncertainty of buying an older property, with potential hiccoughs with upward chains, surveys and people changing their minds right up until exchange of contracts.

For those with a home to sell there may be an opportunity in some circumstances to part exchange, subject to terms and conditions.

At the Farrs, Shrewsbury Homes offers a range of house types and will go all out to provide buyers with the home of their dreams.

Clients buying off plan can chose from a range of internal fittings to their own specification to give them the bespoke kitchen or bathroom they desire. Floor tiling, kitchens and even white goods can be chosen from a number of options at competitive rates.

The Farrs was launched last year and has proved extremely popular with local buyers and those from further afield.  Indeed, 40 per cent of the homes already sold have gone to buyers from outside the county.

Phase 1 has been completed and there are two homes remaining on Phase 2 – Plot 10, a detached four-bedroomed Bradfield at £350,000 and Plot 12, a Radley at £300,000. Plot 12 will become the new show home for Phase 3 which will be launched on May 27th during an open weekend over the bank holiday.

Phase 3 has eight, four bedroomed detached homes priced from £300,000 and two semi-detached homes from £200,000, subject to planning consent. The houses are available to purchase through Berrys.

The detached homes include two four- bedroom Bradfields with shared garages (from £350,000), four four-bedroomed Radleys with shared garages (from £300,000); one four-bed Oundle with double garage (£400,000) and one four bed Sedburgh with double garage (£530,000).

The two semi-detached Malverns have three bedrooms.

The properties are available to reserve now.

“Buying off-plan is the easy way to buy a house and an ideal opportunity to personalise your brand new, dream home, in the knowledge that it is fully covered by a 10 year structural warranty,” said Chris Jones, partner at Berrys.

The show home is available to view by prior appointment at The Farrs’ site which is just off the A49 on the left hand side as you leave Dorrington towards Church Stretton.

For further information and to view the show home please contact Berrys’ Shrewsbury Office on 01743 271697 or download the full particulars at

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More about Chris Jones

Chartered Surveyor
Tel: 01743 267063
Mobile: 07970 408516

Chris is from a Shropshire farming background and has more than two decades of experience in providing advice to landowners and farmers since joining Berrys Shrewsbury office in 1991 following completion of his studies in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester. He is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Surveyors and a Deputy Valuer to the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation as well as being an RICS Registered Valuer. Chris has been an equity Partner since 2000.

Chris specialises in freehold sales & purchases of agricultural property and development land, planning & development, property management, compensation & compulsory purchase, property valuations to include expert witness in rural property, Agricultural Holdings advice under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 & Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995, he also specialises in Basic Payment matters.