Leading housebuilder Barratt Homes is encouraging property seekers to consider the benefits of buying off-plan at its development in Cambridge, Franklin Gardens.

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With a range of two, three and four bedroom homes available to reserve, the leading developer is highlighting the benefits that buying early in the construction process provides.

Annette Hurst, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Eastern Counties, said: “By reserving a property when work has just begun, you will be given the opportunity to personalise your home by selecting your fixtures and fittings, all of which will be in place before you move in.”

To help buyers looking to reap the benefits of purchasing a home off-plan, Annette has put together her five top tips on how to get the most out of the process.

1. Get in early

As the saying goes, ‘the early bird catches the worm’ and this is certainly true with buying a brand new home.

Annette commented: “Purchasers who get in early will be able to ensure that they secure their pick of the homes available.”

2. Do your homework

Make sure you study the plans carefully and use the knowledge of the onsite Sales Adviser to help you. Check the dimensions to make sure your existing furniture is appropriate. Your Sales Adviser will invite you to visit your home at key points to ensure everything is going to plan.

3. Make your house a home

One of the major advantages to buying off-plan is the ability to choose some of your own fixtures, fittings and finishes before you move in.

Annette continued: “The range of extras includes aspects such as kitchen units and flooring, which gives you the chance to really personalise your home. What’s more, it will all be professionally fitted before you move in.”

4. Bide your time

Whoever said you can’t buy time? Once you’ve bought off-plan and paid the reservation fee, use your time wisely to ensure everything is in place for your move; arrange your mortgage, book the removal van and inform people of your new address to save you a job once you’ve moved in.

5. Think ahead

Try to imagine what the area will be like when it’s finished. Will there be any more phases to the development or are there any new amenities planned in the local vicinity? Continued investment is a good indication that an area is on the up, and that your property is therefore likely to experience capital growth.

Annette added: “We understand that buying off-plan is to some extent a leap of faith, and many purchasers may find it hard to envisage what the home will be like once completed.

“We’re here to reassure homebuyers that, as a five star housebuilder, our properties are built to a high standard and we will keep you informed of the progress of your home every step of the way.

“Our Sales Advisers offer extensive plans and drawings for all new homes to help you visualise the finished product, and every property comes with a 10-year structural warranty, which gives you added peace of mind.

“We encourage you to book an appointment to talk to our experienced Sales Advisers at Franklin Gardens about the options available to you because, right now, buying off-plan is certainly a good one.”

Located in the busy city of Cambridge, Franklin Gardens offers fantastic access to a variety of high street and independent shops, whilst being close to the beautiful countryside and useful commuter links. For more information about any nearby developments, call the Barratt Homes sales team on 033 3355 8488 or visit the website at Barratt Homes in Cambridgeshire.