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There are many experienced new build companies in Elgin and we can help you find ones recommended by your neighbours.

Finding new build professionals couldn’t be easier, just pick one of the following options:

  1. Search our website for new build contractors in Elgin and get in touch with them directly.

  2. Use our handy request a quote feature. Instead of spending hours looking for new build companies in your area, give us the details of your job. We’ll then pass these on to three local tradespeople who’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible.

What is classed as a new build?

Getting on the property ladder is harder than ever but you do have options available. One of these is to buy a new build property.

So, what is classed as a new build? This term covers any home that hasn't already been lived in. You can either buy a new build from a developer or build a property yourself.

What are the advantages of a new build?

Aside from being a clean and fresh space to move into, new builds have a range of advantages over other properties. Of course there are also a few drawbacks to choosing a new build home. Below we’ve summarised the pros and cons of new builds:

Pros

  • Reduced energy bills: New build homes are more energy efficient than older properties meaning lower energy bills.

  • Warranty: Many new build homes come with a warranty from the property developer in case something goes wrong.

  • Greater control: Whether you’re building your new home from scratch or from a property developer, you may be able to influence the design of the property.

  • Less maintenance: Generally, new build homes need little maintenance.

  • No chain: As a first time buyer moving into a new build home, there’ll be no chain and associated delays.

Cons

  • Home defects: Unfortunately, many new build homes have defects that need to be fixed.

  • Room size: It’s quite common to have smaller rooms in a new build home than you would in an older property.

  • Hold ups: If you buy your home before construction is completed, there may be delays. This could affect your mortgage agreement.

  • Noise: If you buy a new build home before construction is finished on surrounding properties, you may have to put up with a lot of noise at first.

Are new builds better than old builds?

This really depends on what you’re looking for. Older homes tend to have bigger rooms and less delays during the buying process. However, new builds are more energy efficient, have no chain and you may have greater control over the design of the property.

How long do UK new builds take to build?

Building a home is not a quick, straightforward process. That’s why the time needed to build a new property can be quite long. The build time also depends on the size of your new home, the layout, the location, the type of property and how many tradespeople are working on it. New build construction can take up to a year.

How to get planning permission for a new build

If your new home is being built by a property developer, you won’t need to worry about getting planning permission yourself. However, if you’re building your own home from scratch, this is an important stage in the process.

In order to get planning permission you’ll need to submit an application to your local authority. This will include everything from the design of your new home to any disturbance to your neighbours and whether any trees need to be removed. Your local authority will then make a judgement. The process takes an average of 8 weeks.

How can I budget for a new build house?

One of the most important things to consider when building your own home is your budget. What’s more, often big projects run over budget so it’s worth saving more than you think you’ll need.

When planning your budget, consider the following:

  • Cost of the land

  • Cost of any surveys

  • Cost of utilities

  • Cost of legal fees

  • Cost of designs

  • Cost of planning permission

  • Cost of materials

  • Cost of labour

  • Cost of a structural engineer

  • Cost of insurance

To learn more about budgeting for a new build house, please see our house building cost guide.

How much does a new build house cost?

It’s difficult to say exactly how much a new build costs as the price will vary from property to property. If you’re buying from a developer, the price will be clear up front. However if you plan to build a house yourself, you’ll need to consider the following factors:

  • How big will your new home be?

  • What will the layout of your home be?

  • What type of materials will you use?

  • How much labour will you do yourself?

  • What’s the condition of the land where you’re building?

New build cost

To help you plan your budget, let’s look at a few example new build costs. Below we’ve covered average costs for 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes:

  • 3 bedroom new build cost: £126k - £300k

  • 4 bedroom new build cost: £196k - £500k

  • 5 bedroom new build cost: £280k - £600k

Another way of calculating the cost of your home is to look at the average new build cost per m2. Depending on your plans, the average new build cost per m2 is £1,800.

Looking for further information and prices? Check out our house building cost guide.

What is involved in new build construction?

New build construction will usually follow the below process:

  1. Buying the land

  2. Preparing the land

  3. Foundations

  4. Superstructure

  5. Roof

  6. Utility installation

  7. Drainage

  8. Ceiling, staircase and walls

  9. Flooring

  10. Connecting utilities

  11. Decoration

You can discover more about this process in our house building cost guide.

What to look for in new build contractors:

Remember, it could take a year to build your new home so it’s important to hire the best contractors for your project. You’ll be seeing these professionals regularly so ensure you choose tradespeople you can trust.

Once you’ve spoken to a contractor, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I feel comfortable around this worker?

  • Are they willing to answer all my questions?

  • Do they have the right experience and qualifications?

  • Do they have positive reviews on Checkatrade?

  • Can I see examples of their past jobs?

  • Are they happy to explain the process to me?

  • Is their quote competitive?

If you answer yes to most of these questions, you can be sure you’re hiring the right contractor for your job.

Want to speak to new build companies in Elgin?

If you’re planning to build a new home, you'll need to find a range of trustworthy professionals to do the work. Luckily, we can help you find the right contractors for your job. Our members pass a variety of checks to ensure they have the right qualities and experience needed.

One way of finding new build contractors in Elgin is to use our free search feature. Type in your postcode and we’ll show you a variety of professionals who are waiting for your call.

Or, try our request a quote feature. This is the perfect option for busy people and we’ll do the hard work for you. Just fill in the information about your project and we’ll pass your details on to three new build companies in Elgin. They’ll then contact you directly with a quote. It couldn't be easier!