We moved into our dream home during lockdown! Whilst 2020 hasn’t been the year any of us anticipated, new homeowners in Kingswood Parks are living the dream.

Sarah Hara and Nathan Otley 1Beal Homes has been busy helping buyers move into their new homes, despite the challenges associated with Covid-19.

The family-owned business helped three couples move into their new homes at its Kings Vale development within just eight days of each other, several weeks into lockdown.

The successful moves challenged false perceptions that people couldn’t complete a property purchase during lockdown and that the housing market had been put on hold.

Beal supported paramedics Sarah Hara and Nathan Otley to move into their four bedroom home back in April, more than three weeks after the UK was placed under lockdown. The couple, who previously lived with their parents, hired a self-drive van to transport their furniture, enabling them to adhere to social distancing rules.

They benefited from the government’s Help to Buy equity loan scheme for newly-built homes and Beal’s own discount scheme for NHS workers.

Sarah said: “We were worried we wouldn’t be able to move because of the lockdown and concerned about the arrangements for moving our furniture in, but we got everything sorted with our solicitor and it all went ahead, with Beal’s support.

“The Beal team has been lovely and kept us informed throughout. Everyone is facing challenges in the current climate and fair play to Beal for doing their best to help people through the moving process.

“The whole experience of buying our first home has not been as stressful as it could have been, even with the lockdown. We’re so pleased we’ve been able to move in.”

As part of the “Helping you make your move” support package, Beal has been flexible on contract exchange dates as well as offering part exchange and providing assistance through its Smooth Move scheme, which makes it as easy as possible for buyers to sell their existing home and move into their new Beal property.

Guidance is available on how customers can benefit from Help to Buy and Beal’s exclusive Launch Pad scheme, which helps first-time buyers take their first step on the property ladder.

First-time buyers Rebecca Barber and Chris Jaques also moved into their three bedroom home in April, transporting their belongings in their cars.

The couple, who are both secondary school teachers and also moved from living with their parents, used the Launch Pad initiative, which meant they were given £5,000 to spend on extras to make their home their own.

Rebecca said: “We’d accepted our move might not happen because of the lockdown period and we were surprised when Beal said it could go ahead.

“They’ve done so well under the current circumstances. They continued to give us weekly updates, which was so reassuring for us.

“They stuck to social distancing rules, made everything really clear and gave us space to do our inspection four days before we moved in. They didn’t rush us and waited outside. Beal had our best interests at heart all the way through and it was so easy.”

Maria Stephenson moved into her new three bedroom home at Kings Vale with her partner in April as well, again moving their own furniture and belongings. The couple benefited from the Help to Buy scheme and Beal recommended an independent mortgage advisor.

The couple also moved their own belongings and Maria said: “We were worried we may have to start the house buying process all over again, but I expressed my anxieties to Beal and they have been really good, in constant contact and handled everything for us.

“What Beal have done for us is outstanding and we wouldn’t have moved in without their help. Even during lockdown, Beal staff rang us while they were working from home to see how we were and supported us all the way. Beal have gone the extra mile and have been so helpful.”

Beal is committed to doing all it can to help to overcome challenges due to the Covid-19 crisis and launched a package of support and reassurance for people completing on their properties during lockdown, as well as for house hunters searching for a new home.

Sue Waudby, Sales and Marketing Director for Beal, which has developments in Hull, East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, said: “Congratulations to these couples and all the other buyers who we helped to complete their moves despite the unprecedented conditions faced at the time.

“We always do all we can to support customers during the buying process, through to their moving day and beyond. That commitment really came to the fore when buyers faced unprecedented challenges and uncertainties during the coronavirus crisis.

“Because of Covid-19 we’ve changed how we operate in various ways to ensure the safety of our customers and staff – for example, all visits to our developments and show homes are now by appointment only. But the exceptional quality of service we offer and our commitment to provide every buyer with a uniquely personal design service are unchanged.

“The lockdown has led us all to re-evaluate what we need and want from our home, whether it’s an extra bedroom to create a home office, a bigger garden to enjoy outdoor space, or a larger kitchen to entertain family and friends.

“We have always prided ourselves on providing a great range of properties, to fit all budgets, all of them with the highest standards of design and build quality, and the opportunity for every buyer to make their home perfect for their tastes and lifestyle.

“In fact, there’s never been a better time than now to buy a new home, with no Stamp Duty to be paid on homes up to £500,000 bought before 31st March 2021. If you’re looking to move, we’ll have the home you’re looking for – get in touch!”

House hunters can call Beal’s dedicated sales hotline on 07376 884128, e-mail info@beal-homes.co.uk or visit www.beal-homes.co.uk For full details of Beal’s unique support package, visit www.beal-homes.co.uk/blog/were-here-to-help-you-make-your-move


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