Off-plan could be the right plan
Leading housebuilder Barratt Homes is encouraging people looking for a new home to consider the benefits of buying off-plan at its Milton Keynes development, Fairfields.
Already a well-established community, Barratt Homes has witnessed a lot of interest in the Caledonia Road development, with many home buyers buying off-plan.
Fairfields has a range of one and two bedroom apartments on offer perfect for first time buyers, those looking to make their first step onto the property ladder and those looking to downsize.
The developer is highlighting the range of benefits that buying early in the construction process provides, and it is an appealing option to many house hunters.
Alison Raine, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “By reserving a property when work has just begun on it, you will be given the opportunity to personalise your home by selecting your fixtures and fittings, all of which will be in place before you move in.”
To help buyers looking to reap the benefits of purchasing a home off-plan, Alison has put together her five top tips on how to get the most out of the scheme.
- Get in early
As the saying goes, ‘the early bird catches the worm’ and this is certainly true with buying a brand new home.
Alison comments: “Purchasers who get in early will be able to ensure that they secure their pick of the homes available.”
- Do your homework
Make sure you study the plans carefully and use the knowledge of the onsite Sales Adviser to help you. Check the dimensions to make sure your existing furniture is appropriate. Your Sales Adviser will invite you to visit your home at key points so you can ensure everything is going to plan.
- Make your house a home
One of the major advantages to buying off-plan is the ability to choose some of your own fixtures, fittings and finishes from Barratt Homes’ Choices range before you move in.
Alison added: “Our Choices catalogue is extremely popular with buyers and this is a fantastic way for people to put their own stamp on their home before moving in.
“The range includes aspects such as kitchen units, flooring and fitted wardrobes, giving you the chance to really personalise your home. What’s more, it will all be professionally fitted before you move in.”
- Bide your time
Whoever said you can’t buy time? Once you’ve bought off-plan and paid the reservation fee, use your time wisely to ensure everything is in place for your move; arrange your mortgage, book the removal van and inform people of your new address to save you a job once you’ve moved in.
- Think ahead
Try to imagine what the area will be like when it’s finished. Will there be any more phases to the development or are there any new amenities planned in the local vicinity? Continued investment is a good indication that an area is on the up and that your property is therefore likely to experience capital growth.
Alison continued: “We understand that buying off-plan is to some extent a leap of faith, and many purchasers may find it hard to envisage what the home will be like once completed.
“We’re here to reassure homebuyers that as a five-star rated housebuilder our properties are built to a high standard and we will keep you informed of the progress of your home every step of the way.
“Our Sales Advisers offer extensive plans and drawings for all new homes to help you visualise the finished product, and every Barratt property comes with a 10 year structural warranty, giving you added peace of mind.
“We encourage you to book an appointment to talk to our experienced Sales Advisers at Fairfields about the options available to you because, right now, buying off-plan is certainly a good one.”
For more information on the development or to make an appointment, please call the Barratt Homes sales team on 033 3355 8481 or visit https://www.barratthomes.co.uk/new-homes/dev001284-fairfields/.