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New homes ‘finding favour over home improvements’

"Homebuyers are now looking at the bigger picture when conducting their search, forward planning to ensure that the maintenance and ongoing running costs of their new home are as low as possible," said David Bexon, managing director of www.smartnewhomes.com.

He noted that people are increasingly conscious of the amount of energy they use in their homes, which is also where newbuilds come into their own.

Energy Performance Certificates help people understand the environmental credentials of their new home, the research found, with many also interested in how the savings can equate to hard cash in their pockets.

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