Are new builds better? Or is it all about the period homes that were built to last?
In recent months, there has been a real debate into the quality of new build homes here in the UK. In fact, it has even been asked: is the construction industry building rubbish? Well, with recent scandals involving major housebuilders, it would be easy to answer yes to this question. And that homeowners should stay well clear of new build homes.
In fact, reports this year have shockingly found that new build homes have put children in A&E! Take a look at the full report here. And, if that wasn’t enough to put you off a new build, one homeowner was even left with their home crumbling around them! And, when they complained, they were told that their warranty was “useless”. Take a look at the story here.
However, despite these horrors, new research has shed some light on the notion of a new build home. According to recent research by the Federation of Master Builders, it may be better off for customers to buy their new homes from smaller housebuilders, instead of big name brands!
The Federation looked into the satisfaction rates among new build homeowners. They found that in the last five years, 36% were “very satisfied” with the quality of their homes. Specifically, homes that were built by small and medium-sized (SME) housebuilders. However, in comparison to this, just 17% were happy with the quality of their new build homes, built by big-name firms.
The Chief Executive of the FMB stated: “There is a popular misconception that new build homes are poor quality compared to period properties that were built to last.”
“Small local house builders, who hang their hat on delivering high-quality new build homes, find this view immensely frustrating.”
“Our research shows that you are twice as likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with the quality of your new home if it was built by an SME house builder as opposed to one of the large top 20 firms.”
“This research draws a clear distinction between what is being delivered by SMEs and what is being delivered by larger firms.”
“If we are to improve the image of the house building sector, all house builders, large and small, need to put quality at the heart of every project.”
“Not only will this make our industry more attractive to new entrants, including children and young people, it will soften planning committees to the prospect of new developments.”
“We are in the midst of a serious housing crisis and in order to win people over and make them more pro-development, we need to deliver fantastic new homes that local people would be proud to have built in their community.”
So what do you think of this? Do you agree? What are your opinions on new build homes? Let us know in the comments below.