The key to your dream home

    On September 24 some of the UK’s top property developers will be at the first Times New Homes Portfolio show. This event, at One Warwick Park, focuses on our area’s most impressive contemporary builds. Here our Supplements’ Editor Eileen Leahy reveals who will be exhibiting and what you’ll need to succeed in securing your desired dwelling


    It’s a well-known fact that buying a house can be incredibly stressful but the Times aims to take all that strain away with its New Homes exhibition which will feature a wealth of successful developers gathering together in the sumptuous surroundings of One Warwick Park next Saturday, September 24.

    Exhibitors will be on hand to talk to prospective buyers about their latest developments and will also be able to offer plenty of additional advice for anyone looking for a stylish, new contemporary home in and around Tunbridge Wells.

    So whether you’re after a luxurious detached property which boasts a generous sized kitchen, fantastic outdoor space and close proximity to the area’s excellent schools or you want a well-appointed apartment which has all the latest technological innovations, private parking and convenient rail and road links, you’ll find it at the Times New Homes Portfolio Show.

    As well as having the opportunity to look at some of the industy’s finest new developments, visitors will also be able to pick up plenty of tips and information on every aspect of buying a home. From sourcing the right legal advice for your situation to discovering the most ecologically sound home options and flexible finance plans, all of this will be available to you under one roof.

    The event, which runs from 10am to 4pm, is free to attend and will feature an impressive array of developers, agents and experts who will happily guide you to finding your next new home – whether it’s your first or somewhere you want to retire to.

    There will also be plenty of inspiration for your dream décor too thanks to Teasel Fabrics & Interiors exclusive stand at the show.

    From beautifully crafted furniture arrangements to colour schemes, upholstery ideas and curtain styles, their experienced team will offer you some great ideas for creating the most stylish of homes. If you want to make a grand statement, or simply have a small space that needs to impress, Teasel can help. It also offers a free of charge design visit and a professional measuring and fitting service.

    But before you start looking at fabric swatches and paint colours it’s time to find your desired dwelling. Over the few pages below I profile some of the development companies who will be present at the Times New Homes Portfolio Show and reveal the benefits of buying a new property, large or small, in or around our sought after town. Look out for all the top tips too so you’re sure to make the right move for you…

    Grand designs on luxury living

    Times New Homes Portfolio Show – Property Developer Profiles

    Grand designs on luxury living

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    10AM – 4PM at One Warwick Park Hotel

    To register for your free tickets simply email with your name and the number of tickets required

    The Benefits of Buying a Brand New Home:
    1. You get a guarantee. These are usually the Buildmark by the National House Building Council (NHBC) which is a ten year warranty and protection scheme. However there are other companies who provide similar deals they include Premier Guarantee and LABC Warranty.
    2. Utility bills are cheaper. New homes are constructed using greener building methods and boast energy efficient appliances and are mostly triple glazed all of which means they’re cheaper to run than many older properties.
    3. Safety is standard. Due to the rigorous constructions rules that must be met there is a raft of securities that are included in the price of your new apartment, town house or detached property. These include window and door locks, alarms, security lighting and fire safety.
    4. You’ll save money. Because all the cosmetic finishes have been done for you – including the colour of your front door and kitchen – you won’t have to spend a fortune on decorating or DIY when you move in.
    5. No chain equals a big gain. Unlike older properties you won’t have to get caught up in the stress of a long chain which is reliant on others buying and selling their properties which could jeopardise your home.
    6. Help is at hand. There are lots of financial schemes in place for new build homes such as the Government’s Help to Buy and Starter Homes one which aides first-time buyers in England to get on the property ladder.
    7. You can design your own home. If you buy off-plan, i.e. before a building has been completed some developers give you the option to decide upon décor, layout and functionality of the overall space.
    8. Finished to perfection. Included in most new build contracts is a ‘snagging’ list. This means that all the paintwork, woodwork, fixtures and fittings have to be checked by the construction company before you say you are totally happy with it. So if a crack appears in the plasterwork or a kitchen cupboard isn’t closing properly you can get it fixed.