“Volumes for 2020 are expected to be slightly lower and we will be targeting a slighter lower sales rate as we focus on capturing value,” it said.
First-half profits will also be flat due to cost inflation, lower selling prices and the 'investment in quality and business improvement'.
The end of the ‘help-to-buy’ scheme is manageable, it said.
“We remain supportive of government plans to introduce an independent ombudsman service to the new build sector to provide impartial rulings on unresolved customer issues and to help raise standards in the wider industry,” it added.
Generally, confidence has improved in the housing market since the election with the current total order book value worth £2.6bn, or 17% ahead of last year.
Cost pressures should also ease in the second half and the builder sees margins recovering to 21-22%.
AJ Bell's Russ Mould said the margin target implies tight control of the purse strings but also a reduction in volumes to better capture value.
"Any cost-cutting needs to be balanced against the need to maintain build quality – an issue which has tripped up a number of Taylor Wimpey’s rivals," he commented.
In the year to 31 December, revenue rose 5% to £4.3bn while profit before tax rose 3% to £674mln.
Cash in the bank dropped 14% to £546mln, while the total dividend was hiked 18% to 7.64p.
Shares dropped 4% to 211.1p on Wednesday morning.
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