10 good reasons to buy a new-build home in London

May 30, 2023
10 good reasons to buy a new-build home in London
London is one of the world’s great cities, with incredible nightlife, entertainment, and attractions. It’s also a diverse and multi-textured city with its own distinct areas, boroughs and districts. If you’ve decided to buy in London, you’ll have lots of different types of properties to consider, from Victorian terraces to modern penthouses.

This article explores some of the many advantages to making your new London home a new-build.

The benefits of buying a new-build home

New-build homes are packed full of modern features – and you’ll often have a chance to personalise them to your specific needs.

Here are 10 great benefits that come with buying new.



1. Energy-efficiency


Given the cost of energy and other pressures on the UK economy, we’re all currently keen to minimise costs. Growing realisation about the scale of the climate crisis also means many of us are taking steps to live more sustainably. As such, getting an energy-efficient home has become a top priority. Recent research reveals that brand-new homes are up to 65% more energy- efficient and could currently save you over £2,750 per year compared to an updated Victorian equivalent.

At Barratt London, we design our homes to high modern standards, featuring highly-efficient insulation and enhanced double-glazing which allows the heat in and keeps the cold out.

2. Building more sustainably


From the foundations to the loft insulation. As well as allowing homeowners to live more sustainably, Barratt London new-build homes are constructed to high standards with sustainability considered across the supply chain.
We believe in creating sustainable homes and communities that are kinder to the environment. As such, our sustainability strategy focuses on:

  • Reducing the amount of waste on sites
  • Using timber from sustainable sources
  • Using more recycled materials
  • Creating sustainable supply chains

We’re constantly improving our practices and innovating our processes, so you can rest easy knowing we’re a sustainable choice. You can find out more about our commitment to sustainability here.



3. Vibrant new-build green spaces and communities

We now understand that green spaces are vital to good health and mental wellbeing. As such, we build developments with green space in mind and construct our homes and communities in a way that takes into account the many plants, birds and other wildlife in the area.

Enjoying where you live and having access to green space can also help bring communities together, so we make sure that a good portion of the land on our developments is ringfenced for gardens and landscaped communal areas.

Finally, community and wellbeing go hand in hand, so we often include useful amenities on-site such as cafes, shops, and gyms.

4. Warranties for peace of mind


When you buy an older home, it’s good to know its history, and what it might need in the future. So, if it’s due a new roof or the boiler needs an upgrade, you can budget for that. With a new-build home, that kind of thing is taken care of. You just need to look out for quality builders who focus on craftsmanship.

A great thing to look out for is the 10-year NHBC Buildmark warranty – it tells you that the new-build home you’re buying has been inspected by a reputable institution, and it guarantees you’re covered if anything happens, for real peace of mind. New-build warranties aren’t a legal requirement, but most reputable developers recognise the need for secure and attractive warranties. It’s also worth bearing in mind that most homebuyers will rely on a mortgage to secure the home they want. And most mortgage lenders won’t even consider providing finance unless proper warranty cover is in place.

All Barratt London homes come with a 10-year NHBC Buildmark warranty that includes a 10-year structural warranty and a 2-year fixtures and fittings warranty.



5. A future-proofed investment

If you decide to sell in the future, having a recently built home ready to move into and full of the latest energy-efficient features could increase the appeal. And with the minimum band for Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) rising to a grade 'C' in 2025, you’ll be glad to know our energy-efficient features are both cost-effective and future-proof.

We are building in residential areas as well as in neighbourhoods that are undergoing extensive regeneration and are ripe for investment. Our developments are carefully chosen for their excellent transport links and investment credentials, and many will be tenant-ready. See our latest developments here .

6. Designed for modern life

Brand-new homes are made for how people live today, and at Barratt London, we pride ourselves on creating flexible spaces built with smart, modern living in mind. Our open-plan spaces and multi-functional rooms allow life and light to flow freely throughout the home while maximising the available space. There’s room for wardrobes, smart storage solutions and en-suite bathrooms, and furniture sizes are also factored into all our designs. So you can rest easy knowing that the rooms will have plenty of space for beds and accompanying furnishings.

Depending on when you buy, there may be personalisation options available, traditional to contemporary, offering you a great opportunity to add a personal touch in your new home. You may also be able to choose your preference for a range of features, from wall tiles to wardrobes and carpets.

7. Great new-build schemes and offers to help you move


Whether you’re a first-time buyer or existing homeowner, when buying a new-build home, you can benefit from a range of schemes that will help make your move easier than ever before. That kind of support is not generally available when buying second-hand.

Schemes like Deposit Unlock will help you buy a new home with just a 5% deposit – whether you’re a first-time buyer or an existing homeowner. And our Movemaker scheme can help you upgrade to a new-build more easily, as we’ll help arrange your sale and we’ll pay the estate agent fees.

If you’re considering buying new, but aren’t sure if you can afford it, it’s worth exploring our Barratt London offers to see if we can help you get moving.



8. A streamlined process

Buying and selling homes usually involves a chain of buyers and sellers. It can hold up or even destroy a purchase. In fact, house buying is seen as the 7th most stressful life event. But with a brand-new home, you’re at the end of the chain. Plus, once you've found a development you're interested in, you can speak to one of our Barratt London Sales Advisers – they will be happy to help you through the process.

9. Less maintenance, less stress

Thanks to the simpler process mentioned above, when buying a brand-new home, you can relax a little more knowing that everything is taken care of.

What’s more, once you do move in, you shouldn’t need to plan extensive home renovations or sort maintenance issues. By contrast, people who move into an older Victorian home may need to replace a boiler or wish to knock down walls and create a more open-plan space. Our brand-new homes are already designed to prioritise space, light, and modern living.

10. Properties to suit everyone

Purchasing a new-build home in London comes with a lot of positives, and you’ll also find the process of buying a brand-new home can be simpler and more cost efficient too. If you’re keen to start your search for a beautiful new-build property in London, we’d be happy to help. At Barratt London, we’re dedicated to building high-quality, energy-efficient homes. That’s why over 90% of homeowners would recommend us. 1

1 'We’, ‘our’, ‘us’ refers to the Barratt Developments PLC Group brands including Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Barratt London.


At Barratt London, we make sure that buying a brand-new home is as simple as possible. Our customer experience team will be beside you every step of the way, and we can also recommend independent financial, mortgage and legal advice to help make your dream of owning a brand-new London property come true.