5 Top Tips for First Time Buyers!

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Buying your first home is a huge decision and can seem a daunting prospect. At Peter Ward Homes, we have helped thousands of buyers take the first step onto the property ladder. To help First Time Buyers, we have come up with 5 top tips to help get you started on looking for your new home.

1.  Do your research!

As a First time buyers you need to know as much as you can about the market. Research the area where you are considering buying. What are the facilities like? What about transport links? Check on line or visit the area to get a real idea of what it might be like to live there.

2. Financial support 

Calculate the likely ongoing costs of all things such as heating, lighting, stamp duty etc. before finalising the maximum price you will pay for your first home. Get as much advice as possible on how much you can borrow, what deposit you will need and how much to allow for all the costs. It is best to take this step before you start viewing to ensure you are looking at appropriately priced properties.

3.  Selection 

Know what you are looking for – whether it’s a 2, 3 or 4 bed. Work out what kind of property you need. Who are you catering for? What area do you want to be in? Knowing what you want will make it easier when it comes to looking for your property.

4. Get family/friend advice 

Speak to people who have already been through this process as they will be able to give you advice and guidance. They may point out issues that you may not have considered.

5. Visit a number of show homes 

Make sure to have a good look round a number of potential properties and list the pros and cons of the ones you see. Don’t be swayed by the design of the kitchen etc. the position of the property is the first thing to focus on as it is the one thing that can’t be changed. Also consider the size and layout.

 

Exclusive first look at The Manor show home!

The new show home at The Manor is 4 bed detached home, the Hertford.

The new show home at The Manor is 4 bed detached home, the Hertford.

Have you ever found yourself thinking there’s no place like home? Evenings in front of the TV with your loved ones, long, relaxing bubble baths, sounds like heaven right? Award winning house builder Peter Ward Homes is all about comfort and contentment when it comes to designing houses and tick off all the requirements needed to fulfil the perfect family home.

To add to the excitement of the Open Weekend at The Manor  in Gilberdyke on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April , a new show home will be up and running for buyers to get a real insight into a Peter Ward Home. The house up for show is the Hertford, a four bedroomed detached house with integral garage, perfect for large and expanding families or those looking to move up or down the property ladder.

Our show houses are designed to help buyers really visualise living in one of our homes. It’s not until you actually get a taste of what we offer, that you realise a Peter Ward home is a home for life.

The Hertford is just one of many Peter Ward homes that is designed for spacious living. With a generous lounge and expansive kitchen/day room, there is plenty of room for nights in with the whole family. As well as this the kitchen includes the stylish bi-folding doors, a feature designed to bring the outside inside.

In addition to the tour of the show home, Peter Ward Homes is giving buyers the chance to own up to £1500 worth of extra’s under the company’s new Personal Touches scheme. (Available on selected plots only) As well as this anybody reserving a plot, or doing so before the 31st August 2015, will get a free stylish lighting package worth up to £1600. And it doesn’t end there, one lucky individual could be the new owner of a 64GB iPad Air in a free prize draw.

So if you’re looking to purchase a new house, come along to the Open Weekend in April from 10am-5pm where the on site sales team and independent financial advisor will be on hand to help you secure your perfect family home.

 

 

 

 

An Open Weekend Bursting with Offers…

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Open Weekend at Habrough Fields in Immingham and The Manor in Gilberdyke on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April.

Dreaming of a new home in 2015? You’re in luck. To help turn that dream into reality, house builder Peter Ward Homes is holding an Open Weekend on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th April at Habrough Fields in Immingham and The Manor in Gilberdyke.

Over the past few years, the housing market has gone from strength to strength with continuous support from Government schemes such as Help to Buy and the reduced stamp duty rates. Peter Ward Homes are set on helping guide buyers through the process of finding and purchasing their new home as best they can, as it is clear there has never been a more appropriate time to buy a new home.

To give buyers a real insight into a Peter Ward Home, both sites each have their own show home available for viewing at the Open Weekend.Four bedroomed detached house, The Sandridge is the current show home at Habrough Fields and is perfect for couples with expanding families or are looking for that extra bit of room. Those visiting The Manor will get an exclusive first look at the new show home, The Hertford, a four bed detached home. This is a perfect choice for those looking for a practical family home in a rural location. Both show homes offer spacious living and come with bi-folding doors, a new feature for Peter Ward Homes, designed to bring the outside inside.

Managing Director, Peter Ward shared his thoughts on the upcoming event: “Our Open Weekends are designed to give buyers as much guidance as possible when purchasing a new home. We want to help people with any worries they may have. Our onsite sales representatives will be around from 10am-5pm as well as an independent financial adviser, to help you with any money queries you may have. This includes full information on the schemes available, such as Help to Buy and the new Help to Buy ISA. It isn’t until you speak to our advisors, that you realise there are many different ways to purchase your perfect home.”

The last time the Open Weekend took place at Habrough Fields, a dozen of buyers reserved homes with most of them following through with a sale. This was an almighty achievement which led to the decision to once again hold an Open Weekend at not one but two sites across North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire. The number of people going to this weekend is expected to be doubled at both sites.

Peter Ward Homes are also giving buyers the chance to create their own style of home with a number of packages and vouchers. Selected plots will qualify for items from the Personal Touches scheme including a range of appliances and electronics such as an LG 50” Full HD LED TV, a family iPad package and an LG brushed steel still standing Fridge Freezer. As well as this anybody reserving a plot, or doing so before the 31st August will receive a voucher for free interior lighting worth up to £1600. Buyers can also select Kitchen and Bathroom tiles from an extensive range. And it doesn’t end there; one lucky individual could be the new owner of a 64 GB iPad air in a free prize draw that can be entered on site or on the Peter Ward Homes Facebook page.

Whether you are a first time buyer, looking to move up or down the property ladder or wanting to expand your family, Peter Ward Homes offers a range of house types to fit various lifestyles. With a mixture of two, three, four and five bedroomed homes there really is something for everyone. So don’t miss out on the chance of finding that perfect family home with a variety of extras to make it your very own and make a date in your diary to visit Habrough Fields in Immingham and The Manor in Gilberdyke.

If you want to find out more before you visit us in April, you can view all the house types available at Habrough fields and The Manor as well as the various schemes and incentives available by visiting www.peterwardhomes.co.uk

How to keep your home warm this winter!

454971487For those of you who have been unlucky (or lucky) enough to have been hit by the snow these past few weeks, you may be in desperate need of keeping out the cold. We have come up with 10 top tips that will help keep you and your Peter Ward Home warm!

1. Put up curtains

A set of heavy curtains can block out drafts of air. You don’t have to have them shut all the time as the sun shining through the window will warm up the room.

2. Close and seal all doors 

A closed door makes that room another barrier between you and the cold outdoors. It also stops air from circulating as much, which reduces heat loss. So if you are one for leaving doors open around the house, try closing them and see how the rooms will become warmer. You may also want to check around the door frame and under the door. Maybe invest in a door sweep or just simply place a towel there to block any draft.

3. Put down a rug 

If you have laminate or tiled flooring, try covering it with a rugs. Rugs and carpets help prevent heat loss through the floor so when you walk across it your feet will generally feel warmer.

4. Cook

A spot of cooking is a good way to not only warm up your stomach but your Kitchen too. The oven will help to dry the air and heat the room.

5. Drink warm liquids

A nice cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate will really raise your core temperature. What better way to relax and stay warm!

6. Electric blanket

An electric blanket can keep you very warm and comfortable in the night and it is more economical that an inefficient and expensive old wall heater.

7. Hot water bottle 

A hot water bottle is the ideal winter accessory to snuggle on the sofa and is at a very affordable price.

8. Dress warmly

A onesie or fluffy dressing gown may come in very handy during the winter time. Dressing in layers with warm socks and slippers combined with a hot drink, will not only give you a great amount of warmth but is the perfect way to wind down after a long working day.

9. Exercise

Moving around produces body heat so there is more to staying active than great health benefits.The more active you are, the better your blood circulation will be. This means that warm blood gets to your fingers and toes, keeping them warm.

10. Light candles

Candles not only look and smell nice but are a cheap way to keep your home all toasty this winter.