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Don’t slip up when buying a new build

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You can rely on Wosskow Brown's expert property teams

Wosskow Brown's property teams can help

Buying a new build home is a great option for many people, whether you have a growing family or you’re right-sizing in your later years. Even for first-time buyers, a newly-built house can seem like a less stressful option since you are able to move straight in, you won’t need a structural survey and your home should be covered by a 10-year warranty.


It’s incredibly important to be careful when buying a new build, as there are many things that may come back to haunt you if you don’t check them earlier on.


Believe it or not, there can be a lot of confusion about exactly how much you are paying for the property, especially if you have negotiated to pay for extras. The developer may expect you to pay for extras up front, but you must not do this until contracts have been exchanged, otherwise it’ll be difficult for you to get your money back if the developer feels you have broken faith with them if you don’t proceed to purchase.


Searches that solicitors do on a new build are not only absolutely necessary, they’re actually even more important for a brand new property. These property searches provide crucial information about your house and surrounding areas; a mining search will reveal whether there are any shafts within 20 metres of the house, and a local search shows all planning permission and building regulation approvals for the house.


It is also important to ask your solicitor to talk you through the rights being granted and also the rights of others, including any covenants and restrictions which you have to follow.


With branches across South Yorkshire, including our Hillsborough Office on Middlewood Road, Wosskow Brown’s specialist property teams are more than happy to help you. Our expert advice will solve your problems and put your mind to rest.


For help buying or selling a property call our experienced team on 0114 2300 166 or drop them an email to