As one of the largest and oldest residential developers in New Zealand, Universal Homes designs and builds high-quality, competitively priced, and in-demand homes in well-connected, popular locations. Our development team comes with a wealth of capability in residential construction management and boasts over six decades of on-the-job knowledge. This depth of experience ensures we have a meticulous approach to quality control, and an acute awareness of the importance of delivering on time and on budget for our clients.
We back the quality and workmanship of our homes, so that you can buy with confidence and enjoy all the benefits of a brand-new Universal Home. Our highly experienced team would love to help you into your first home and will be with you each step of the way to support you, through to move in and beyond.
Trusted since 1959
At Universal Homes our straightforward and simple buying process has been one of our hallmarks for generations. We do what we say we will do and we deliver what we promise, as we have across 53 locations, building over 22,000 homes since 1959.
Choose an industry leader
Backed by three generations of proven, trusted service and experience, we understand the changing landscape of New Zealand home purchasing. We craft quality, architecturally designed homes at varying price points and typologies to suit the needs of all Kiwis, including apartments, terrace houses, and freestanding homes.
Committed to quality
Our unique strengths include a team of expert and approachable New Home Consultants, excellent customer service, and ongoing post-purchase support. Our longevity in the industry, continual dedication to design and construction innovation, and above all our commitment to quality, ensures effortless contemporary living for you.
The benefits of owning a Universal home
Life is busy, and time is precious. Here at Universal Homes, our team believes your home should be a unique spot for you, and a joy to live in. With this philosophy in mind, every Universal Home has been designed to ensure effortless contemporary living. The benefits of owning one of our brand-new homes are numerous! Here are just a few:
Peace of mind
Buying a Universal home means you have peace of mind given our long history in this sector, and know you are going to get the house you signed up for. We don’t sell our homes until construction is underway. Unlike some other developers, our developments do not rely on selling 60% of the development before we begin construction, and we are not franchised. Our size and long-standing in the industry also means we generally don’t have supply issues.
A simple purchase process
We make home buying hassle-free, with our simple purchase process. Forget about builders’ reports, frustrating auctions, or multi-offer situations. Just have your home loan pre-approved, choose your new home with our expert team, and pay a low, refundable initial deposit to hold the house. We operate on a first-come basis, and once your initial deposit is paid the home is removed from the market whilst you complete due diligence. There’s plenty of time to complete your due diligence before the purchase goes unconditional and the remainder of the deposit is due. There are no hidden costs or progress payments during the build; just the balance to be paid at settlement before you move in.
Fixed price guarantee
All Universal homes are costed by the time you purchase, ensuring transparency of process so that you know where you stand when you choose to buy. As a volume builder, we build large volumes of homes at once so we can pass on our quality new homes at optimal value to you.
Designed for life
Architecturally designed and stylishly finished, our homes feature extra-high ceilings, plenty of natural light, and smart open-plan layouts that maximise the spacious feeling and liveable space for you to enjoy.
That brand new feeling
Enjoy all the perks of a brand-new home – from freshly painted walls through to the latest in fixtures and fittings, brand new appliances, stylish interior colour schemes, and innovative materials.
Perfect for low-maintenance living, our use of quality materials translates into meaningful day-to-day lifestyle benefits for you to enjoy, with a lock-up-and-leave lifestyle on offer, so that you can say goodbye to DIY and have more time to do the things you love.
Own the new
Come home to a well-designed, expertly crafted, smart and secure quality house with lasting functionality, durability, and comfort. We pride ourselves on always using the highest quality and latest building materials, future-focused technology, and innovative designs, so you can sit back, relax and soak up all that your neighbourhood has to offer.
Superior environmental build certification
Each Universal Home is built above and beyond the New Zealand Building Code, with some of our homes in select locations additionally achieving an impressive Homestar 6 Environmental Build certification. This superior built quality ensures a warmer, dryer, more energy-efficient home for you and your family, helping to reduce your power and water costs, and achieve superior thermal performance during the winter months.
Our quality homes feature energy-efficient and sustainable solutions, where clients can do their bit to help the planet and reap the cost-saving rewards. This includes individual water tanks, low-flow water fixtures, and the utilisation of non-potable water.
Our unique maintenance promise
Each Universal Home comes with our 12-month defects maintenance promise. This means that should any defects arise after you move in for the year following your settlement date, our aftercare service will get it sorted for you. We are continually committed to satisfying our new home buyer’s needs. You can trust Universal Homes to make it right on the rare occurrence that there’s an issue.
10-year Master Build Guarantee
Additionally, our homes come with a 10-year Master Build Guarantee (please note certain types of apartments may not be covered by a Master Build Guarantee). The Master Build Guarantee starts from the time construction begins. Should you decide to sell your Universal home in the future, you can organise to transfer the remaining balance of the Master Build Guarantee to the new owner. Many of the products we use in our new homes also have their own individual warranty periods and guarantees from the manufacturer. We advise our clients to check these, register products if relevant, and ensure that maintenance is carried out in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.