It was a fresh start for us both, our first home together and we love it. Claire found it all quite overwhelming and burst into tears of happiness.We’d split the £10,000 incentive between the deposit and our choice of new carpet and lino throughout the house. And CHAP also let us pick the worktops, cupboards and handles in the kitchen – all at no extra charge.
It’s so nice for everything to look new. The house is well-built with a decent-sized back garden, fully fenced-in for our sprocker Ronnie.
There are still two teenagers living with us, so it’s good that we have a bit of space. The walk-in shower as well as a bath in the main bathroom is a real bonus, although we tend to stick to the luxury of our own en-suite.
One of the things we love about living at Crest of Lochter is it’s so peaceful and quiet. But despite the glorious rural location, the connectivity is good. The efficient router is installed out of the way under the stairs, and there are no issues - despite various Xbox and Playstations in the house giving it a good work-out.
And it’s also really close to Inverurie. You walk across the bridge over the river and you’re there in less than 10 minutes.
We’re so happy with our new home and Christine, the sales advisor at CHAP, was wonderful from start to finish. She was really helpful and not at all pushy.
Our advice would be to talk to CHAP Homes. Don’t just look at the website and presume your dream home is out of reach, give them a call.
When we came to view our property, we knew instantly that it was the home for us. It was a surprisingly spacious design with lots of modern touches - we got everything on our search list. We really liked the kitchen-dining set up, that was something that was really important to us.
The modern touches were a great bonus, like the NEFF appliances in the kitchen, and we liked the sound of the air source heat pump which will help energy bills in the long run. With built-in fibre optic, the guaranteed fast internet speed is perfect for home working.
The deposit match allowed us stretch our budget to get the house that we really wanted. There were properties on the open market that were around the same price but when you factored in the incentive, it became a no brainer for us.
Once we paid our deposit, we were in constant communication with the sales team and could arrange visits to our home to choose our kitchen and bathrooms and really get it how we wanted it.
We changed the layout slightly, took away a wardrobe in one of the rooms, added a wall beside stairs and the team at CHAP allowed us to do that.
It was like a blank canvas. We could start from scratch and put our stamp on our new home.
Don’t discount buying a new build, they’re a lot more spacious than they used to be and
when you consider the incentives, you may get more for your money.
The Harry Potter cupboard under the stairs is great and I’m a little bit in love with my new pantry. With two kids, you accumulate a lot of stuff and it’s brilliant to have two cupboards in the vestibule. The utility room is the perfect size for all the washing and appliances and it means everything isn’t right there on show.
It’s a real warm and welcoming home that looks beautiful, and we can enjoy having family over. And it’s also energy efficient. The house heats up really quickly: you flick the switch and it’s toasty in 10 minutes.
Before we made any commitment, Caroline, the sales advisor at CHAP, asked us along to a street party that was being held. It was a brilliant way to meet the neighbours, who were helpful and friendly from the minute we met. And now we’re moved in and part of the group chat, you’re never short of someone to take in the bins, or help out in bad weather.
Our new home is close to the city but far enough out to be able to enjoy the beautiful countryside and parks with the children.
Buying our CHAP home was a really good deal for us. We took up the £10,000 payment towards our deposit which really helped us. And now we have a lovely family home in a great community.
The development sits in between Hazlehead and Countesswells Woods, so it’s perfect for runs and walks. It’s just brilliant for Bailey - and us. We’re so close to the city but it feels like we’re living in the countryside.
Moving to a new build was never in our plan but the option to build off plan and customise design to our needs was quite attractive.
Being able to move sockets, choose tiling and arrange the finer details allowed us to create a made-to-measure home.
The best thing about it was we could choose our own layout and design of our kitchen and bathrooms. We could choose things like tiles and handles, which was quite important to us. All the customisable options and things to choose from were just brilliant.
One of the other good points of coming in earlier with CHAP and designing off plan was that we could customise the garden around us. Having a garden was one of the biggest things for us and it was ready for when we moved and use straight away.
The aftersales service has been excellent as well. The CHAP team are always on hand and really happy to come in and help if there is anything we need help with.
There’s a great community spirit here in the development. We’re friendly with our neighbours and we’re planning to have a neighbourhood get-together on our street. Our home and the wider development is a great environment to live in.