Taylor Wimpey Options and extras // How much they cost

By Carrie Rose | Wednesday, 28 December 2016 12 comments
So, as someone that has just bought my own Taylor Wimpey house (yes thats right yippeee) I was searching everywhere for information on optional extras, the choices you get as 'standard' or on top, and of course how much is it going to cost me.

I couldn't find this information anywhere, therefore after my options meeting, I made a few notes and took a few pictures to be able to show you what I bought and how much it cost me! I hope this post helps you in some way!

First of all, I want to say that please don't take my word for it. Prices change and vary apparently across the different developments. Different developments have different incentives, so I am simply talking about my experience of buying a Gosford property - 3 bed semi-detached and the extras/incentives I was given.

The Beginning of my Taylor Wimpey journey

So, I rocked up to one of the Taylor Wimpey developments as it was half way being built. Apparently this was a good move as I have heard when they first start building, house prices are at their highest due to demand!

credit source: https://www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/

Once sitting down and having a chat with the sales manager, she listed 5 'Gosford' properties (the house in my price range and 3 bed) that had been released by the project developers and therefore up for sale. They were still building the rest so don't release them to potential buyers until certain dates. All of these 5 properties were the exact house I wanted, however one small downfall they had north facing gardens and received very little sun light. This was a priority for me - sad I know, but I really did see how important it was when living in my previous property with no sunlight.

However, I thought i'd go and meet the developers and have a look round anyway. When I met him, I told him my thoughts on the north facing garden and he shared with me the whole plan for the rest of the development. He shown me all of the other 'Gosford' properties he will be building, when they plan on being finished, and which ones had the best plots/south facing garden.

Well, this was extremely nice of him and something I would recommend you ask to see. Because initially they aren't supposed to show you this. At the end of the day, they want you to buy one thats already been released! However, I was happy to wait for the perfect one!

Well, he pointed out that if I waited just another 3 months I could have what he recommends to be the best Gosford 3 bed property on his development. Not only did it have a South Facing garden, but it also had a bigger garden area as it sits on a corner and a double drive along the side of the house. This is something that not all Gosford houses have, therefore for the same price I knew it was something to go for. Immediately, I put down my £500 deposit and reserved that plot!

Credit source: https://www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/ 

Note: When it comes to reserving the plot you have to put down a £500 or £1000 deposit immediately. For those buying through help to buy (like me) it is £500 and for the rest, it is £1000. You do however, get this back once you have completed the buying process.

Credit source: https://www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/ 

MY Taylor Wimpey Incentives

credit source: https://www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/find-your-home/england/south-yorkshire/auckley/westlands 

When it comes to Taylor Wimpey incentives, I have heard of so many different stories. From free carpets, to top of the range kitchens and even free blinds fitted throughout. However, I am here to share my experience and what I was offered.

So, as a standard Taylor Wimpey offer their customers (or me anyway) a standard kitchen which comes with an oven, hob and extractor fan, fridge/freezer, dish washer and washing machine, carpets or standard flooring throughout, tiles half way up the bathroom, fencing and turf in the garden, and small things such as a light at the front door. However, recently they have changed their approach.

Many house buyers already had their kitchen appliances or want to have their bathroom done privately so Taylor Wimpey have now priced all of the standard incentives up and provide you with a  voucher of that value to spend it however you like.

I was given a £4500 voucher to spend on my kitchen appliances, floorings throughout, tiles, and upgrades on doors, handles or taps maybe. After a bit of debating on a personal issue, they actually upped this to £5000 for me which gave me an extra £500 to spend.

Having carpets, a fully fitted kitchen, and tiling in my bathroom certainly is a great incentive when buying a new build as we all know how costly this can get!

How much are Taylor Wimpey extras? 

Of course, I don't have a full list and breakdown of all of the costs for Taylor Wimpey extras. However, I do have a list of the extras I chose for my Gosford house and how much they cost me. 

Taylor Wimpey carpet choices:

Taylor Wimpey carpet prices aren't cheap so often people go elsewhere. I however was happy with the standard/less pricey options which you can find here...

I chose the last carpet which is called Stone and had this fitted up the stairs, on the landing, and in all 3 bedrooms. 

Stone carpet price breakdown:

  • As a standard you have to pay £98 to have your doors to be adjusted for the carpets - £98
  • Stairs and landing in the stone carpet - £238
  • Bedroom 1 - £256
  • Bedroom 2 - £199
  • Bedroom 3 - £154
As you can see, I decided to go with the last carpet in the whole of upstairs (other than the bathrooms and en-suite of course). It went well with the white walls and of course isn't too light to show up every mark.

Taylor Wimpey wooden flooring/vinyl choices:

When it came to my downstairs flooring options, such as my living room and hallway - most people choose to have the same carpet. However, I am a huge lover of wooden floor with thick rugs. Wooden floors again at Taylor Wimpey are very price, therefore in the end I decided go for a wooden floor effect vinyl to go throughout the whole of my downstairs.

This included in my hallway (as you enter), in the living room, downstairs toilet and upstairs bathroom/ensuite and through to the kitchen. Having consistent flooring throughout makes it appear bigger and more spacious! This is the flooring I chose...

This is called Noma Nature!

Wooden floor effect vinyl breakdown:

  • Hallway and cupboard - £97.00
  • Downstairs toilet  - £55.00
  • Lounge - £300
  • Kitchen - £632
  • Bathroom 1 - £74.00
  • Ensuite - £87.00

Taylor Wimpey Kitchen Appliances costs:

I absolutely love the ALL white kitchen look with all of the appliances built in. When pricing this up I was extremely nervous because I knew it weren't going to be cheap and will probably push me over my £5000 voucher. However, you'll be surprised to hear it didn't. I had money left off! 

I chose (unsurprisingly) the white gloss cupboard doors which come as standard FREE options. You can of course pay to upgrade the doors and the handles but as you can see they're beautiful as they are. The doors are called Woodbury White with White Carcass.

And to match, I chose a basic white top called Alpine White. Again FREE of charge but you can pay to upgrade.

There were plenty of beautiful free standard choices including a wood effect one too. This is the same cupboard and worktops in this picture. 

The cost of my Taylor Wimpey kitchen appliance extras: 

  • White gloss cupboard doors - FREE
  • White alpine worktops - FREE
  • Single oven - FREE
  • Electric hob with the flat built in hobs to the surface -  £91.00 ( I paid tis to upgrade from a standard gas hob - easier to clean and looks more modern)
  • Fridge/Freezer - £482
  • Dishwasher - £420
  • Washing Machine - £450 
And then SHOCK you have to pay extra to have them built in/integrated. 

The cost for integrated appliances: 

  • Making the dishwasher integrated - £90
  • Making the fridge/freezer integrated  - £230
  • Making the washing machine integrated - £90
Upgrading the kitchen to a soft close doors - £241

Taylor Wimpey Bathroom tiles costs: 

Tiles half way up in my main bathroom and just above the sink and around the shower in the en-suite came free as charge. This is apparently standard across all developments but of course it depends on what tiles you chose. 

I went for the grey tiles at the bottom! They have a slight textured affect and gloss look. 

And they look great with the white and random house plants

My Taylor Wimpey optional upgrades:

So, on top of all of this - I decided to upgrade on my internal doors into my living room and kitchen as it is something I spotted when looking round the show homes. I upgraded to full glass internal doors as it lets in so much light and makes your home appear much brighter.

These cost me £235 each which is very steep in my eyes but worth it.

I also upgraded the radiator in my en-suite to a heated towel rail. These are much nicer appearance wise and cost just £68 each

And lastly, in the kitchen you don't get spotlights as standard. This is something I really wanted and knew wouldn't be easy to do myself once I had moved in. Therefore paid an extra £272 for them to add them in for me.

The total amount of my options and upgrades came to £5112. Of course, takeaway the £5000 voucher I was given my Taylor Wimpey - this leaves just £112 to pay. I don't think I did too bad do you?

I am guessing that you have read this post because you are too buying a Taylor Wimpey house and wondering about the options prices. I hope this post has helped and of course you can ask me any questions or follow me on Instagram at CarrieRosePR. You will be able to see my pictures and find inspiration too!

Alternatively, get inspiration by going to my home section on this blog! 
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  1. Hey Carrie I'm looking to buy anTW home in the next 12 months and yes I did find this article really helpful thank you! I'm looking to purchase through Help to Buy as well, did that make any difference to how TW dealt with you?

  2. Hi Carrie I am buying with TW too, did you get much snagging and if so did they respond well to your requests to fix. TW were on the TV last week as there have been a lot of complaints about the quality of workmanship. Are you able to put up a sky dish? Thank you for taking the time to write this article it has been a great help. I am buying through easy mover where they pay your estate agent fees so I don't think there will be any other I ins entices available.

  3. This is such a great post for people who are looking to buy a new built house with TW! Thanks for sharing - it is really helpful for us.
    Can you put the £500 deposit down before they release it? We really want a Crofton G house near where we live now and the sales lady told us two more are due to be released in Aug/Sep time and she didn't sound keen and dodge the question when we asked about putting down the deposit :(

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  6. Scott Newnham1 May 2018 at 12:09

    Fantastic, so helpful. My partner and I are about to reserve a TW and I am soooooo excited! Especially about picking out the extra bits and the upgrades. I wonder if curtain rods/poles come as fitted and if not can you have them added? Less work I have to do after moving in the better!

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  11. Crazy how much they gave you as a voucher. Our development is very popular so we only got given £1000, and from what I've read, it isn't going to go very far!

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