BUYING off plan means reserving your new home while it’s still under construction – sometimes even before a brick has been laid. If you’re lucky there’ll be a showhome to view, but you may just have to use your imagination to bring floorplans to life.
Whether you use Help to Buy or a different incentive to purchase your new home, buying off-plan can bring with it a number of benefits – not least the chance to ‘personalise’ your new home.
And if it’s early in the life of the development – perhaps even before the showhome has opened – you’re likely to have more choice of housetypes and plot positions, plus the chance to take advantage of pre-showhome prices.
The biggest advantage of committing early has to be the opportunity to pick the finishing touches that will see your home completed just how you want it. You’ll have far more choices in terms of kitchen and bathroom finishes, fixtures and fittings and any optional extras that can be built into your home by making your reservation early in the building process.
If you wait until the home is completed and buy what’s known in the industry as a ‘stock plot’, then the developer will have already made those choices for you and you’ll have lost an opportunity to put your own individual stamp on your home from day one.
At Redrow, we make it particularly easy for people to personalise their home via our online, interactive tool My Redrow. It’s won awards for its contribution to customer engagement and the way it makes it simple and convenient for people to make their specification choices and select optional extras and upgrades – anything from an outside tap to a hot-tub! Most importantly you can do this from the comfort of your own home any time of the day or evening that suits you.
Among those who’ve found this to be a great way to plan their move is Monika Mcilhatton, who bought one of our homes in Rochdale. She told us: “My Redrow was easy to use and fitted in well with my working day and busy lifestyle. I could log on in the evening, see the progress and keep up-to-date with all the little tasks that needed doing like submitting forms. Everything was listed in a simple way with the things I’d already done showing a little tick next to them. It was by far the easiest way of keeping an eye on things than any previous moves I have made. And it was great that I could choose the fixtures and fittings in my own time.”
My Redrow also lets you follow the progress of your new home while it’s being built. It’s easy to join and we’ve even made a special film to show you how simple it is to use. It’s available at all of our developments across the North West and our customers at Summerhill Park in Liverpool have been particularly keen users.
Buying off plan is exciting and gives you something to look forward to while your home is built.
Guest blog by Claire Jarvis, sales director, Redrow Homes (Lancashire).