Winter-proof your property for cosy nights and cheaper bills

Monday, 12th November 2018, 6:12 pm
Updated Monday, 12th November 2018, 6:14 pm

With the arrival of darker nights and frosty mornings, there’s still plenty to celebrate when before the festive season kicks in – like snuggling up in a new home and saving money on bills!

If you are looking to hibernate in a brand new place of your own this autumn, Linden Homes West Yorkshire can help you get settled before any real cold snap bites.

And a brand new home at this time of year will almost certainly result in savings when it comes to utility bills - thanks to economic boilers, insulation and double-glazing.

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However, a new property - built to current energy-saving standards and regulations could dramatically reduce the costs compared to an older counterpart.

Some eco-advantages and savings tips if you are moving before winter bites:

According to latest Home Builders Federation data, on average new homes built in England and Wales are 65 per cent more energy efficient than a Victorian house of the same style. Double-glazing, insulation and efficient boilers are among the elements that contribute to this energy efficiency, which ultimately create savings in the pocket.The majority of new homes have thermostat controlled heating - turning down your room thermostat by just one degree can save around £75 a year, says the Energy Saving Trust.Figures from the Energy Savings Trust show a fully draught- proof home could save around £20 a year. Don’t forget to keep doors closed in rooms you are using to keep the heat in.Boilers account for around 55 per cent of what is spent on energy bills in a year. Your new home will have a new super energy efficient one.Where possible make sure appliances are A rated or higher for energy performance and that toilets feature a dual flush to help conserve water usage.

To help curb the cost of moving to a new home across the region even further, buyers can also benefits from a series of incentives, whatever their reason for moving:

Help to Buy – customers require a minimum five per cent deposit. The government will lend you up to 20 per cent of the value of your property through an equity loan, which can be repaid at any time, or on the sale of your home. Buyers will only need to secure up to a 75 per cent mortgage from a bank or building society. The maximum home purchase is £600,000.

Part exchange - Linden Homes will arrange for at least three independent valuations of your existing home and will make you an offer based on their suggestions. Once you agree the offer, and subject to satisfactory surveys, Linden Homes becomes your buyer, freeing you up to put in a reservation on your new home. After that, it's a case of setting a moving-in date, boxing up your things, and basking in the relief of a quick chain-free move to the home of your dreams. You can stay in your existing home until your new one is ready.