Helping UK new home buyers
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There are several essential checks you should undertake before visiting a new development and certainly before buying a new home. Your solicitor will carry out searches and land registry title checks but there are several websites you should to visit to make sure you have the best chance of being happy and disaster free living in your new home.
The websites below apply equally to moving to any home. They are not listed in any particular order of importance.
Flooding is probably the most damaging and distressing event that can happen to a homeowner after a major fire. Thankfully the Environment Agency has set up a website so you can check the risk of flooding for any postcode in the country. After entering your postcode you will see a flood map which will give the predicted risk of flooding from rivers and the sea for that area. The map is a guide an not intended to be accurate to a particular property.
No one would choose to live in or near an area with a high risk of burglary, assault, car crime or anti-social behaviour. With these website links you can create maps showing counts and rates of police recorded crime at local authority level. The www.police.uk links lets you see the instances for each type of crime and anti-social behaviour for each street in and around a particular postcode.
Before you decide to look at a particular area it is wise to check to find out the performance of the local schools and the availability of places. The Ofsted website enables you to see the inspection reports and other information for any school in England and Wales.
It is useful to know what neighbourhood information is available in a particular area. Included here are neighbourhood statistics and details of local services, housing, employment, environment, health care, education and community well being.
If the house builder is not registered with the NHBC this should act as a warning! Questions should be asked why the builder is not registered. There may be a good reason such as a pending registration, sometimes the process can take several months for NHBC’s checking and inspection of the builder’s ongoing work.
Check the prices homes in the area have sold for in recent months to make sure you are not paying too much of a premium for that dream new home.
Use this site to find a local NHS dentist and doctor’s surgeries.
|Do's and Don'ts when buying a new home|
|Types of new homes available|
|Buying an apartment|
|Advantages of buying a new home|
|Disadvantages of buying a new home|
|New home buying procedure|
|Questions to ask the builder|
|Regulations to protect buyers|
|Consumer Code For Home Builders|
|Never use housebuilder solicitors|
|Property title deeds|
|What to look for when buying a new home|
|Timber frame construction|
|When to buy a new home|
|Builder's optional extras|
|Buying in a recession|
|New home warranty|
|Buying an apartment|
|Considerations when buying a flat|
|New homes can be bad for your health|
|Why buyers avoid new homes|
|Consumer Code Dispute Resolution|
|Claiming Compensation - Adjudication Scheme|
|Tricks of the showhome|
|Sales advisors and sales centres|
|Timber frame new homes|
|Timber frame - what you need to know|
|Quality issues with timber frame homes|
|Fire and timber frame new homes|
|What the NHBC does|
|The cost of moving to a new home|
|Tips to sell your existing home|
|Health and safety|
|The site manager|
|Advice on renting a home|
|Air Source Heat Pumps|
|New stamp duty calculator|
|Scotland LBTT calculator|
|Removals and moving home|
|Packing and planning the move|
|Checklist for change of address|
|Choosing a mortgage|
|Avoiding mortgage refusal|
|Help to Buy|
|How to save on home insurance|
|Home insurance policy conditions|
|Flood insurance claim|
|Renting do's and don'ts|
|Section 106 Agreements|
|Community Infrastructure Levy 2010|
|After you move in|
|DIY and home improvement|
|Choosing a tradesman|
|When you find problems|
|How to complain|
|Making a Subject Access Request|
|Taking a builder to court|
|Regional Managing Director 1|
|Regional Managing Director 2|
|Executive Chairman 1|
|Executive Chairman final letter|
|NHBC warranty claim|
|Subject Access Request|