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How does a period property compare with a new build home?

We explore the key differences between a period property and a new build

Many people looking for a new home dream of a period property. They want the character and fun of a historic home, and ideally one that comes with original features.

Buyers often want the historic style of a period home but they also want a property that’s efficient, cheap to run and snug on cold evenings. And that’s where a well-constructed, beautifully designed new build home can really compete with a more historic property.

Looking unique

Part of the attraction of a period property is the desire for a home that stands out and catches the eye rather than a home that looks just the same as the others on the street.

David Wilson homes are designed to look attractive, seated within estates that are designed to appeal. It’s easy to look unique in both a period property and a newly built David Wilson home, but a new home is likely to have a great many more modern comforts.

Running costs

An important thing to consider when choosing a new home is the running costs, and many buyers will also be concerned about their property’s environmental impact.

New homes are built to a far higher spec than older buildings, meaning they are cheaper to heat and stocked with appliances that are cheaper to run. According to the Home Builders Federation (HBF), a newly built home is 65% more efficient than a period property [1]. Homeowners can also save as much as 55% on energy bills in a new build compared to an older property [2].

With a David Wilson home there won’t be any unexpected draughts or rooms that simply won’t get warm, and you won’t have to worry about your environmental impact.

New homes are also fitted with modern doors and windows, making them a harder target for burglars.

Surprise expenses

You may be surprised to learn that the cost of upgrading an older property to bring it up to the same spec as a new build home is just under £45,000 [3].

This covers the cost of everything from rewiring, fitting a modern kitchen, adding double glazed windows and all the other upgrades required to bring it up to the standard of a modern, newly constructed property.

Not only does a period property carry the risk of additional spending but it does not carry the peace of mind of a new home. New David Wilson homes come with an NHBC 10 year Buildmark Warranty, providing a 10-year structural guarantee and a two-year warranty on fixtures and fittings.

Not only is there less chance of things going wrong with a new property, but if it does the homeowner will not be left out of pocket, providing real peace of mind for a new buyer.

Added character

Many buyers want a period property because they think it will have extra character. They want a home that reflects their own individuality and personality, and a lot of people think they have to look for a historic building to get that uniqueness.

However, with a newly built home from David Wilson, you get a stylish, well-designed property and not just an identikit home. Not only that but you can choose your fixtures and fittings before you move in, ensuring your new home has your personal touch applied before you even move in.

Mature shrubs

Period properties often come with mature gardens and that’s an area where few new-build homes can really compete. However, a David Wilson garden will have been designed to maximise use and attractiveness, with an easily maintained lawn and space for garden furniture.

Freedom to design

Period properties can be beautiful, appealing and full of historic character but often they come with restrictions. For example, if it’s listed then it may be difficult to make changes to a property such as altering the room layout or fitting more efficient windows.

With a newly built David Wilson home you know the building is already fitted to the highest standards, and you can help shape the design by choosing fixtures and fittings to suit your tastes while it’s still being built. This gives buyers real freedom to choose and tailor the home of their dreams.

So start your new home search today using the box below.


[1] source: hbf.co.uk

[2] source: zerocarbonhub.org

[3] source: hbf.co.uk

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