New-build home or existing property? We look at the choices on offer for those planning to move in 2018.

Whatever your situation, we would love to welcome you to the Roger Coupe office this year to discuss the options available in the beautiful Surrey/Sussex borders.

With a huge amount of homes currently being built in the South East, you may well be considering a new-build. But what are the benefits of buying a new home versus an older property? Let’s look at the pros of a new home first.

Peace of mind. The vast majority of new homes come with a 10-year warranty, offering protection to buyers in case of defects and/or structural issues. If your house is being bought off-plan (ie before it is finished) the warranty may also cover your deposit should the building firm goes bust.

Hi-spec. New homes are built to latest regulations and specifications, so they’re likely to be more energy efficient, and won’t need expensive upgrades like re-wiring or new double glazing.

Choice of finishes. If you’re buying off-plan, it’s likely that you’ll be able to choose fixtures and finishes, such as kitchen worktops or wardrobe doors.  You’ll then have the luxury of moving into a house that perfectly fits your taste.

No upward chain. Purchasing a new home means there’s no danger of a buyer or vendor higher up the chain dropping out and scuppering the whole deal.

Incentives. To encourage home ownership, the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme is available until 2021 on new-build homes worth £600,000 or less.

And the advantages of an older property:

It’s already finished! With an existing property, there’s no danger of building work being held up, and the knock-on effect of delayed moving dates or expired mortgage offers.

Larger rooms. In the UK, we’re under pressure to build more and more homes on ever-smaller plots, and that means room sizes have decreased over the years. Older properties, especially those built pre-Second World War, tend to be more spacious with far larger gardens.

Better value. Older homes can be as much as 10 per cent cheaper than an equivalent new-build. There’s more opportunity to add value too, especially if you’re good at DIY and can refurbish at minimal expense.

Character. High ceilings, ornate coving, tiled fireplaces and stained glass windows . . . aesthetically, an older house is likely to have architectural features and a unique character that new-builds simply can’t match.

Mature garden. Buyers often overlook the expense involved in creating a garden from scratch. Existing properties boast established plants, shrubs and trees that could cost hundreds – even thousands – if bought from a nursery.

Here at Roger Coupe, we’re proud to be marketing a number of stunning new homes in Cranleigh, Bramley and Rudgwick. The Cranleigh development – Amlets
Place by CALA Homes – features a great mix of properties, from five-bedroom houses to one and two-bedroom bungalows. Situated on the northern fringes of the village, Amlets Place is proving extremely popular and many plots are already sold.

View our complete new homes listings here.

But if a new-build is not for you, there are plenty of older properties on our books for 2018. From cosy flats and terraces to luxurious £1m+ homes, we’re able to offer a diverse selection to suit every type of buyer.

Take a look at our full list of residential properties for sale here. And please do call into our office in the heart of Cranleigh High Street to speak to us in person about your dream home for 2018.