New homes Aberdeenshire: The advantages and considerations

Whether you’re a growing family ready for a fresh start in a brand new property or fed up dealing with the hidden issues found in older properties, new build homes are an attractive choice for a variety of reasons. 

In this blog post, we delve into the advantages and considerations of buying a new build home in Aberdeenshire. From the ability to put your own stamp on the property to lower utility costs, new build properties come with a range of benefits.

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The advantages of buying a new build home in Aberdeenshire 

Ability to put your own stamp on the property

Shiny, new and untouched, new build homes take away the hassle and time associated with renovating and present a perfect blank canvas for decorating. Whether you love a bright and bold colour palette or prefer keeping your space minimalist and neutral, new build homes give you the opportunity to let your creativity run free. 

Energy efficiency

As building regulations become more stringent and focused towards energy efficiency, new build homes must now meet or exceed these standards. Therefore thanks to the design, building methods, materials and technology used, homeowners can expect to save much more on energy costs in comparison to older builds.

Improved insulation and better quality building materials have helped to reduce the heat transfer between the inside and outside of buildings, reducing the reliance upon costly heat and cooling systems. In addition, features such as double-glazed windows, LED lighting and energy-efficient boilers all contribute to the ability to save money on utility costs compared to older build homes.

Opportunity to personalise the specifications of the home

Depending on the stage at which you decide to buy, many builders and developers will offer the opportunity to customise the elements throughout your new home, such as the bathroom tiles, kitchen worktops, light fixtures and more. This presents a rare opportunity to create your home to your exact requirements. 

At Chapelton, many of our talented homebuilders offer buyers the opportunity to personalise parts of their homes. For instance, if you’re looking to start completely from scratch, Snowdrop Developments accommodates bespoke self builds, giving you full control over the design and layout of your new home, from the initial planning stage right through to building completion. 

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Warranty is another key advantage that comes with buying a new build property, as many home builders in Aberdeenshire – such as AJC Homes, Stephens and Snowdrop Developments – now include the National House Building Council (NHBC) Buildmark Warranty. 

This means that if any snagging issues arise with your property within the first two years of moving, then it is the responsibility of the builder to rectify these issues. NHBC also offers a 10-year warranty which covers structural and weatherproofing issues, giving you further peace of mind. 

Top tip: Don’t be afraid to ask about the warranties offered by developers as this could turn out to be the deciding factor between whether or not you decide to buy the property. 

No complex seller chain

Traditional property chains typically involve multiple buyers and sellers, while the chain associated with buying a newly built home is much more simplistic. With a new build, you don’t need to worry about competing with various buyers as you can purchase the property directly from the builder or developer – dissolving any stresses or worries surrounding the buying process

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The considerations of buying a new build home in Aberdeenshire 

It’s important that you put careful thought and consideration into the decision to buy a new home, as it’s likely to be the largest financial investment you make. In order to help guide you through the process, we’ve shared a couple of key points to consider when purchasing a new build home in Aberdeenshire. 


Before you begin the search for your dream home, you need to consider how much you can afford to spend. The first step is to get in touch with a mortgage advisor who will help evaluate your affordability. Once you have a rough idea of how much you’re able to borrow, you can then begin the search. Remember to take into account any other hidden costs that may come up along the way such as stamp duty and solicitor fees.

At Chapelton, we recommend David Butler, who has access to a comprehensive range of lenders and will advise the best option specifically for your financial situation. 

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Location is likely to play a large role in your purchase decision, therefore, you should spend time considering the pros and cons of your preferred location or development. For example, if you’re looking to settle down and start a family, then having local schools, shops and activity centres nearby may be a priority for you. 

Designed to accommodate all stages of life, Chapelton has been thoughtfully planned out to appeal to a variety of buyers, from young couples looking to purchase their first home to retirees searching for an idyllic place to relax and retire. 

Offers or incentives

When doing your research into developers in the local Aberdeenshire area, you should take into consideration any offers or incentives that the homebuilder may offer. For example, this could include anything from contributions towards your deposit or stamp duty to guaranteed buyer and ‘help to buy’ schemes. It’s always worth asking or looking into these options when selecting a homebuilder, as you may be able to benefit from some impressive savings. 

Interested in finding your dream new build home in Aberdeenshire?

At Chapelton, we have a wide selection of new build homes available to suit all styles, needs and budgets. Our passionate homebuilders – AJC Homes, Snowdrop Development, Brio Retirement Living, Places for People and Stephen – have all worked together to create a combination of exceptional homes. From small two bedroom apartments to bespoke five bedroom family homes, you’re guaranteed to find something that fits your lifestyle. 

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