New Builds: How Well Insulated Are They?

Charlotte Miller

In the UK, there are 10,000s of new properties being built all over the country every year. They provide a great opportunity for people looking to take their first step on the property ladder, and a wide variety of homes built to cater to families of all sizes.

Before you set your heart on a new build property that you like the look of, it’s important to do your research. Take the time to look into the developer and see if you can find feedback from other homeowners like you who have bought a new build from them in the past. While most new builds are built to a high standard, there are instances where new build developments have been subpar, so it’s vital you put time and energy into making sure this new build is the perfect fit for you.

Below are some of the things you need to consider when looking into a new build property, and some of the benefits of choosing to go down this route on your property searching venture.

Are new build homes energy efficient? 

Innovations and technological advancements mean new builds are generally more energy efficient. On average, new build homes are said to save homeowners around £2,500 on their energy bills every year. Many new builds also come with solar panels, which can also help keep energy costs down.

How well insulated are new build homes? 

New build construction companies commonly opt to well insulate their properties by using plenty of good quality materials to insulate cavity walls and properly insulate loft spaces. This helps to keep homes warm in the winter months and to help drive down outgoings on energy bills as the houses stay warmer for longer once the central heating has been used.

The use of proper insulation also contributes to better soundproofing in new build properties, which is great if you are looking to move into a semi-detached or terraced property.

The importance of layout in a new build home 

Another careful consideration when looking at new build properties is the layout. Often they have been carefully designed to make sure that rooms are spacious and comfortable, while also making sure that they do not lose heat unnecessarily like some more open plan houses often do.

It’s not just about keeping warm in the winter months, however. New builds are also designed to help keep cooler temperatures inside the house in the summer months. The houses are often designed to make sure that there are plenty of windows which can help circulate air and keep the house feeling light and airy.

As previously mentioned, it is important to make sure you do thorough research into any new build development you are interested in and to try and get a sense of how energy-efficient the property will be once you move in, and what you can expect from the house once you complete the sale.