Experience The Berkeley Difference

At Berkeley, quality takes precedence, from choosing the right location and style of home, to the construction processes we practice, the materials we use and the specification we put into our homes.

Berkeley, Eastern Counties, Landing Page, Buying New        Berkeley, Eastern Counties, Landing Page, Buying Old

Benefits of buying new from Berkeley

Considerations of buying old

  • Low maintenance required, no need to renovate, saving time and money and leaving weekends free.
  • An older property, for example Victorian, wouldn't necessarily provide modern living such as en suite bathrooms and larger livings spaces.
  • Hassle free sales process from exchange of contracts through to completion.
  • Complex chain of sale leading to uncertainty and delays.
  • Reservation secure with as little as £2,000* with no further third party viewings.
  • Investing in surveys costing up to £2,000.
  • Berkeley Homes peace of mind 2 year warranty with dedicated Customer Service teams on hand 24 hours a day to manage enquiries quickly and effectively.
  • No warranties available.
  • NHBC 10 year warranty.
  • Redecoration to make it your new home.
  • Personalised choices available selected by our interior designer (subject to stage of construction).
  • Free time and additional investment required to personalise your home.
  • Exceptional standards of design and quality.
  • Older homes likely to be less energy efficient, costing more money in utilities and construction.
  • Internal layouts designed to meet modern living standards.
  • Lack of knowledge of historical works carried out on the property in terms of updating plumbing, wiring and heating.
  • Designer kitchens and bathrooms with stylish fittings and appliances.
  • Fire and security alarms may not be fitted or meet regulations.
  • Choice of flooring throughout as standard (subject to stage of construction).
  • Used appliances require maintenance and repair and can cause leaks and damage to the property.
  • Energy efficient homes providing low environment impact with design features such as dual-flush WCs, recycling bins and energy efficient white goods.
  • The house has been lived in and nothing is brand new.
  • Variety of product and house designs available.
  • Potential for rotten decay in older properties.
  • Security and peace of mind with smoke detectors fitted and multipoint door locking systems.
  • Carefully considered developments with beautiful landscaping.
  • Everything is brand new from an industry leading and trusted developer.

* Reservation fees may vary depending on the value of the property. Please ask our Sales Consultants for further details.

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What you may pay for buying a second hand property:

  • Location
  • Fully fitted kitchen: £15,000 - £20,000
  • Energy efficiency
  • Fully fitted bathroom: £5,000
  • Size and space
  • Professional carpet cleaning: £250
  • Maintenance-free / No DIY
  • Re-paint walls and ceilings throughout: £2,500
  • Kitchen
  • Install smoke alarms, security locks, burglar alarm and security lighting: £1,000
  • Garden
  • Super-efficient new boiler: £3,200
  • It's new
  • Extra insulation to improve energy rating: £500+
  • Quality of home
  • Higher heating bills because of high ceilings etc: £400 per annum
  • Cosy and warm
  • Design and layout / look & feel
  • TOTAL: Approximately £32,500 plus £400 per annum
Survey of over 1000 new home owners conducted by NHBC after 9 months in their new homeThese figures are approximate and should be used as a rough estimate only

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