Buying off-plan is becoming an increasingly immersive and innovative experience, as more people than ever before are willing to purchase a home that hasn’t been built yet, says Anna Fairman of Savills Residential Development Sales in Bath.
As a new show home at Hope House is unveiled, Anna explains why buying off-plan may be a smart move.
“Historically, British buyers don’t like purchasing property they haven’t seen,” Anna comments. “Unlike a second hand purchase, where a buyer can walk around and touch and feel their prospective home, an off-plan sale relies on the vision to see something which won’t appear from the ground for months or years to come.”
But, buyers have so much more to go on than they might think. “Buyers can expect high quality computer generated images, along with floor plans and even 3D models. All this, alongside projected rental yields and detailed local knowledge, come together to build a clear picture of a scheme and help them to make decisions that are well-informed and timely.”
Show apartments are of increasing importance to illustrate the quality of materials, room layouts and ceiling heights, bringing a floor plan to life. Anna is marketing Hope House – a prestigious scheme of houses and apartments set in the grounds of the former Royal High Junior School on Lansdown Road in Bath – which offers an exceptional show apartment.
“Acorn invested in an interior designer, who has dressed the space beautifully to create a fabulous sense of what can be achieved within the architecture of the Grade II Listed former school house. Now attention has been turned to the creation of a new show home, this time in the new build element of the scheme, which we are excited to unveil.”
Krissy Satherley was so impressed with what she saw at Hope House that she decided to reserve an apartment on the scheme before the foundations had even been dug. She explains:
“My first view of Hope House was through the CGI images. They gave a great idea of the overall look and feel of the apartments and I could easily see how the space would work for me. Going on site and seeing the show apartment was all about experience. I got a real feel for the wider scheme, and the interior design was really inspiring.”
There are certain advantages to buying into a development off-plan. If you buy early enough in the build programme you can choose your ideal plot – and you may have the opportunity to personalise your home by selecting kitchen units and colour schemes for your floorings and bathroom tiles.
“Getting in early was fantastic as there was so much choice. I considered quite a few of the apartments before deciding on mine, and because it is still being built I’ve been able to make changes to the specification, such as the height of the cupboards. It already feels like my own before I’ve even set foot in the door – which means I can look forward to decorating and simply enjoying living in such beautiful surroundings,” Krissy explains.
“My parents built their own home a few years ago, so I had first-hand experience of the design and build process – meaning I wasn’t afraid to take the plunge. You need to have an open mind and a bit of imagination but it is well worth it.”
The brand new show home at Hope House is now open and available to view by appointment. Contact Anna Fairman on +44 (0) 1225 474 591 for more information.