New Build Homes and weighing up the cost

Now onto the next part of our home buying journey and I’m going to take it slightly further back before we talk about choices.

Before we bought our new build we had weighed up our options a lot. We knew we could afford the house but it then came down to whether we would be able to afford carpets/flooring as not all new build companies throw this in as part of the deal.

In our last house it had laminate flooring in the lounge and dining area. This was perfect for life with a baby, especially the weaning stage when all you had to do was wipe it up quickly. We knew this was something we might want in the kitchen area of the home and started to research our options to see how much it was going to set us back.

We came across Flooring365 who offer a range of flooring including laminate, vinyl, parquet and wood. My eyes were first drawn to the parquet which looked incredible and I knew it would be the one for me if we went down this route.

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Flooring365 offer the option to order a sample of their products so it’s a great way to try before you buy in a way and see what it would look like in that room. This is the perfect service as with most newbuild, you will have a choices appointment where you go and select the tiles you would like, the kitchen colours etc. It’s not an easy decision to make and the sales office advised us that usually people come back 3-4 times before making a decision as they really don’t want to get it wrong.

I knew that hard flooring in the kitchen was the obvious choice and spent many an hour pouring over websites to find good deals and ones that I really loved.

When browsing their site, I also noticed they had a live chat feature which was great for asking questions about the flooring types and really finding out how much it was going to set us back. As someone who prefers to use a live chat function over phoning a company, this was a real positive.

When it came to the choices appointment later on in our purchase, we went twice to the sales office to look at all the flooring options they had, kitchen choices and tiles. We also took photos of some of the choice we liked so we could really compare at home and held flooring samples against kitchen colours so we knew we were choosing the right ones.

Now that we are in the home and have been for 3 weeks now, I absolutely adore all our choices and would not change a thing. In my next post I will be sharing some images from our choices and what it actually looks like in real life.

Laura x

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Our New Build Journey

Now we have been in our house for 15 days, I thought I’d start sharing the whole new build purchase process with you and also some truths about it all. It’s only right to start from the beginning so here goes…

Right at the beginning of this process (November 2018) we had ummed and ahhhd about whether we wanted to move and with 2 new build developments on our doorstep, had also spent many an hour looking at the show homes. Finally we concluded that we were in fact interested in one and started scoping out the perfect style of house.

Originally we had looked at a David Wilson Bradgate which was a gorgeous 4 bed detached house. We then discovered that Avant homes (the other development in our village) had a similar house in the Pendlebury. We were in a tricky situation as we were able to look round an almost finished Bradgate however there were no Pendlebury’s we could view without travelling over an hour away.

We went with our gut feeling about the houses and based on what Avant offered vs David Wilson and eventually settled on the Pendlebury.

Avant Pendlebury: photo credit

After initially spending a week discussing things with the bank and also having valuations done on our existing house as we wanted to part exchange, we eventually reserved the plot we wanted 7 days later. The reason we chose the plot was because it had a lovely big garden and was also directly across from the park in the centre of the development. The development itself only has around 120 houses compared to the David Wilson one across the road with over 200. This was part of the reason we chose Avant because we didn’t want to be in such a huge development.

At the time of us reserving the house, it was only in the very early stages of build so had a couple of rows of bricks if that. It was really hard to picture the house above from just a site with a few bricks but we couldn’t wait to see the build take shape and eventually be in.

We were set the expectation that it would be completed somewhere between March to May 2019 and we completed on 28th June, so in the grand scheme of things only a minor delay relay. I have heard stories of people being delayed 9 months before so you can imagine what went through my mind when they started to advise it would be delayed.

I would say until the house properly began looking like a house, it felt like it took forever and then things suddenly started to happen however it took from 15th November (ish) to 5th March to get to roof stage below.

I won’t share anymore at this point in regards to the home buying journey as it would be super long but my next post will be all about choices inside the house so hopefully you will be excited to read that one.

Laura x

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Taking Control of Your Family’s Health

Quite often, it can feel like we have no control over our own and our family’s health, meaning every member of the family is at the mercy of germs, microbes and other airborne agents. Do you care about your health, body, mind and spirit and those of your family? It’s time to pay attention to the wellness trend.

Wellness is about living healthy and making sure you’ve got the strength to enjoy the things you love the most. For your family to achieve its health goals, you all need to make long-term commitments and practice healthy behaviours.

It’s not possible to prevent all injuries or illnesses that could happen, but you can make certain choices in order to protect your whole family’s health.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep should be a top priority for all members of your family. Adults need, on average, seven to eight hour’s of sleep, while children need differing amounts depending on their age.

If you’re not enjoying enough sleep, it increases the risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer and depression. For your kids, it’s going to make them irritable and unable to concentrate. If family members aren’t getting enough sleep, any other healthy lifestyle choices you make will lose their effectiveness.

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Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Regular health check-ups are important for preventing disease and detecting problems early. Making sure you all have regular check-ups at the doctor are one of the simplest ways to take control of your family’s health.

The NHS offers regular health checks that are designed to look for risk factors and early signs of diseases, the most common of which are heart disease or cancer. Regular eye and dental checks should also be undertaken for all members of the family.

Protect Your Skin

Sun exposure and sunburn is linked to skin cancer, so it’s important to limit your time in the sun. You might not think it’s an issue living in the UK; after all, the sun doesn’t shine too often. Nevertheless, even on overcast days, the suns UV rays can be harmful.

Try to wear protective clothing, hats and sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Polarised sunglasses will protect your eyes from the damaging and harmful rays of the sun. Regularly check family members for signs of skin cancer and visit your GP if you’re worried about anyone in your family.

Improve the Family Lifestyle

If you want to take control of your family’s health, the best way to do it is to choose a healthy lifestyle. That means eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Both of these will help keep everyone’s weight, blood sugar level, blood pressure and cholesterol level within a healthy range.

Aim to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean or low-fat protein sources. Limit the amount of added sugars, sodium and trans-fats. As a family, you should be getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days per week, plus muscle-strengthening activities twice a week.

To ensure your family’s health is protected, taking supplements, such as those offered by swanson.co.uk, is a great way to keep check of the vitamin and minerals everyone is receiving per day. Ginger & Turmeric capsules, for example, are ideal for helping muscles, joints, bones and stomach issues.

Your health and the health of everyone in your family is important. Taking control of it can mean the difference between prevention and treatment.  

Laura x

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