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'Is there room to extend if we want?': 3 questions to help you choose the new build that's right for you

Here’s what to ask yourself before taking the plunge.

Glenveagh Homes' Proby Place in Blackrock, Co Dublin.
Glenveagh Homes' Proby Place in Blackrock, Co Dublin.
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WHEN YOU BUY a new build, you already know that a lot of advantages will be part and package of the price you pay, be it great insulation or a brand new fitted kitchen, or both.

It’s easy then, to find yourself ready to sign on the dotted line before you’ve done your research properly. All of the obvious extras aside, it’s important that you approach your potential purchase with a number of questions, ensuring it suits your lifestyle for many years to come. 

Caroline Foran of GAFF Interiors is well versed in helping new homeowners make their new place feel like home. Each week in our series, My New Place, she’ll be working through some of the biggest decisions you’ll tackle on the house hunting and buying journey.

To begin, choosing the home that’s right for you. Start with these three questions and you’ll be one step closer to figuring it out…

1. Will I be able to get to work on time?

Working full time? Consider the commute you’ll have to embark on each day. Perhaps with this home, you’ll be going against the traffic getting to and from work, which is an added bonus.

There are other lifestyle questions to ask yourself at this point too. Are you a dog owner in need of local parks? Do you have kids (or plan to) where these kinds of amenities will be important? Living outside the city centre but close to smaller towns can be very appealing to families. Also consider the nearby school options. If being in the city centre isn’t your priority, you have the luxury of considering new builds further afield and getting more bang for your buck while you’re at it. 

download (2) Glenveagh Homes' Cluain Adain in Navan, Co Meath.

2. Is there any potential to extend later – and will we even need to?

The need for a home transformation isn’t as pressing as it might be with an older home; generously sized kitchens are one of the common benefits of a new build. But there are other reasons you may wish to extend later on – like adding an extra bedroom for example.

New builds will always make the maximum use of every square metre available, which can sometimes limit garden space for future extensions. If you have extending in mind, take a good look (and a measuring tape) out the back first.

And consider other options too: perhaps there is attic space into which you can convert in time? Or are you happy to opt for the three bed now and move on at a later stage?

3. What will the resale value be?

You may find yourself selling on your new build at some point. And even if you go into it thinking of it as your ‘forever home’, it’s still smart to consider whether or not it will hold its value. While market trends and the economy may be outside of your control, you can give thought to how established the area is, how much development is happening nearby (meaning it will likely become more sought after with time), as well as the proximity to nearby amenities. 

Glenveagh Homes understands that buying a home is possibly the biggest decision you will ever make in your life – but we want to make it your easiest. That’s why we produce high-quality homes in great areas at competitive prices. Click here to learn more and discover the Glenveagh home that’s right for you.

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