New-build homes have become even more popular with house buyers since the lockdown, according to Jones Homes.
The housebuilder has reported a surge of interest from potential purchasers after reopening its sales centres in the county, with convenience and flexible home working spaces among the reasons why more people are looking to buy new.
Research from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) suggests upgrading a three-bedroom semi-detached home to meet the standards of a new home could cost up to £45,000.
This includes more than £7,000 for a new kitchen, almost £4,500 for heating and more than £6,000 for doors and windows, even before decorating or flooring are taken into account.
Carol Barlow, Sales and Marketing Director for Jones Homes Lancashire, said: “When the cost of upgrading an older home is calculated, buying a new home is often a more affordable option and it is certainly less stressful.
“Since we reopened our sales offices after lockdown, we have found that new homes have become even more sought after. People want to be the first person to live in their home. Modern layouts, energy efficiency, brand new appliances and flexible home office space are high on our customers’ wish lists.
“We are committed to highlighting how our developments contribute to the local economy. Our new homes across Lancashire and Cumbria have generated millions of pounds of investment in local services and infrastructure. They also support local jobs and our sub-contractors, who are often small businesses.
“Buying a new home makes financial sense and makes a positive contribution to the area where you live. When balanced against the cost, time and stress of renovating, the decision is an easy one to take.”
There’s a selection of four-bedroom houses currently available to reserve at Stonecross Meadows, with prices starting from £464,995. For more information or to book an appointment, see jones-homes.co.uk.