After weeks spent in their homes during lockdown, people are discovering the benefits of buying a brand new house.

Local housebuilder Jones Homes has seen sustained interest in the new homes at its Roseacre Gardens and Hesketh Reach developments in Rufford, as well as its St Peter’s Park development in Mawdesley, and is expecting this to continue as lockdown restrictions ease.

Sales Director Carol Barlow says that spending so much time at home has given people the chance to see what works – and what doesn’t – in their existing home and to plan a move somewhere to suit their lifestyle better.

Carol said: “Looking at new-build homes means people can browse a variety of house types within the same neighbourhood to find one which meets their needs, whether that’s a dedicated space to work from home or a bigger kitchen for family meals.

“Detailed plans and Show Home videos online mean that buyers can get a good sense of the homes on offer from the comfort of their own living rooms.

“And in an uncertain world, buying a new-build home without an onward chain offers movers the chance to plan ahead with more certainty.

“Of course, new-build homes have always offered distinct advantages over older properties – they’re cheaper to heat and warmer in the winter, and everything is brand new and can be finished to the customer’s own personal requirements, so there are no repairs or DIY jobs to tackle.

“The availability of the Help to Buy scheme with new homes also means that people wanting to move on or up the ladder can do so much sooner than they might have thought.”

The Help to Buy scheme is available on new-build homes up to the value of £600,000 and means buyers only need a five per cent deposit and a 75 per cent mortgage. The remaining 20 per cent is provided in the form of a Government-backed equity loan, which is interest free for the first five years.

Carol said: “This scheme has been incredibly helpful to both first first-time buyers and those looking to move to a bigger home to suit their changing needs. The rules will be changing in April 2021, when the scheme will be exclusively for first-time buyers.

“I would encourage anyone wanting to find out more about the new homes on offer at any of the developments  to get in touch and see how we can help make moving possible.”

There’s a range of 3,4 and 5 bedroom homes currently available across the developments in Rufford and Mawdesley, with prices starting from £279,995.

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