New Homes

Selling land and new homes What to know

Having had the experience of dealing with some of the area’s most exciting new homes and developments, we have unparrelled knowledge of how to achieve that best possible price within timescales to suit you. Carman Friend Estate Agents provide specialist advice on the potential of a site, however large or small.

As part of our service we offer guidance on projected sales values, report on the local market and offer solutions to establish the full potential of a project. Importantly, within our service we offer advice on specification and fittings to help you target the right market and audience of buyers.

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We are involved in some of the area’s most exciting new build projects and would be delighted to discuss in detail the preliminary prices, timescale, design and market strategies of your up and coming project!

Buying a new home

Chester’s new homes sector has seen strong performance in recent years which makes a new-build property a sensible choice for both investors and owner-occupiers. As well as the immediate aesthetic advantages, a new property also offers a range of practical benefits.

With recent government incentives, new homes are more popular than ever before and offer many advantages to purchasers including reduced energy costs, up to date levels of specification and insulation, ease of maintenance as well as the NHBC guarantee (or similar). With Carman Friend Estate Agents, you will be able to take advantage of our specialist knowledge… pick our brain!

New homes are designed for 21st century living, with practical layouts often incorporating kitchen/diners, en suite bathrooms, double glazing, excellent insulation and the use of large areas of glazing to maximise natural light.

Advantages of buying a new home

Here we explore just a handful of the many great reasons why you should buy a new build home:


New-build properties are likely to be covered by a 10 year NHBC warranty (or similar) offering protection against builder defects and structural problems. This certainly gives piece of mind!

Help to Buy Scheme

With a Help to Buy: Equity Loan the Government lends you up to 20% of the cost of your newly built home, so you’ll only need a 5% cash deposit and a 75% mortgage to make up the rest. You won’t be charged loan fees on the 20% loan for the first five years of owning your home.

Less Maintenance

Being brand new, your new home should not need modernising, updating, refurbishing or redecorating for several years to come. Most new homes are fitted with upvc double glazing, fascias and soffit boards, requiring only cleaning as maintenance.

Environmentally Friendly

A new home will be more energy efficient, with a modern heating system and higher levels of insulation. New homes built today can use up to 50% less energy than homes built in the early 1980’s. The energy efficiency of new homes continues to improve with stricter regulations.


There are normally a variety of home styles to choose from on a development. Subject to the stage of construction, buyers can usually choose fixtures and fittings from the builder’s range; typically this is confined to kitchen units and wall tiling. Some developers offer other choices or options at an additional cost. Most new homes are decorated in ‘neutral’ colours giving purchasers a blank canvas to work from.


Modern homes are built to the latest safety standards using fire-resistant materials and linked smoke alarms. Certain rooms are required to have accessible opening windows, large enough to allow escape in the event of a fire.

First use

Everything is clean and unused and new! No greasy kitchen units. No tobacco stained decorations. No scratched or damaged fixtures and fittings. You also do not have to live with the previous occupant’s taste or DIY disasters!


New homes are generally to a higher specification. Most new homes come with a fitted kitchen with oven, hob and extractor hood as standard. Most new homes also have built-in or fitted wardrobes in the principal bedrooms – uncommon in older style properties.

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