Online reservation made buying our home simple and stress-free
When Shahbaaz Ahmed and wife Nicola decided to swap their money-pit property for maintenance-free modern living, they managed to secure their ideal home at the touch of a button!
The pharmacist couple reserved their new four-bedroom detached Cambridge home at Oak Leigh Gardens in Barrow, near Clitheroe, from the comfort of their own home in only an hour using our recently launched online service.
“It made the whole process quick, simple and stress-free,” says Shahbaaz, 29. “I’m very much a ‘now man’, I do everything at a fast pace, and Redrow kept up with me every step of the way.
“In fact, everything from Redrow has been absolutely phenomenal. Now we can’t wait to spend Christmas in our lovely new home, and just relax and enjoy it.”
A first for the industry, our online reservation option is an additional service provided through the homebuilder’s award-winning members’ area, My Redrow. Buyers could already make specification choices and select additional upgrades to personalise their brand-new home once they’d reserved, but now they can legally complete the reservation online at their own convenience – even when the sales office is closed.
Shahbaaz and Nicola, 26, had been living in Mellor, between Preston and Blackburn, for the last three-and-a-half years having bought an older property which they embraced as a ‘project’.
But it became clear that the work which needed doing was far greater than the pair had ever imagined – and much more costly.
“After three years we realised that the costs were spiralling out of control and we either had to commit to ploughing more money in or taking out any equity to put into a new home. It made far more sense to do the latter.”
After looking at a number of new developments the couple, who met at university, found the perfect location with Oak Leigh Gardens.
Shahbaaz says: “It’s just outside Whalley, which is where many of my relatives stay when they come over, it’s handy for the A59 Preston Road and the M6 and M65 which is perfect for both of us for work – Nicola works in Rawtenstall and I work in Todmorden – and, though it won’t be for a while, if and when we do start a family it’s in the catchment area for a really good primary and grammar school.”
Shahbaaz and Nicola considered a number of four-bedroom family house styles from us before opting for the Cambridge, which offers a great balance between entertaining and family space, and private spaces. Downstairs offers a large kitchen/dining/family area that extends across the full width of the home at the rear, as well as an elegant separate lounge, utility and cloakroom. Upstairs are four generously-sized bedrooms, the master of which has en-suite, and a family bathroom.
“Others were great but I liked the Cambridge because it had a separate garage which I could use as a workshop or convert later to a home gym,” says Shahbaaz. “We both loved the family room, which is massive, along with the master bedroom which is also such a great size.
“We went online to buy because it seemed easier, and all the reservation documents were there so I could download them and we could check details if we were unsure of anything. While the sales consultants were lovely, reserving online took away the pressure you inevitably feel when you’re arranging these things with people in front of you; and we could discuss between ourselves and make any upgrades we wanted – like adding extra sockets, an induction hob and microwave, integral frost-free freezer, dishwasher and tiling.
“In fact, having them all listed by room within My Redrow with the cost meant that we added some we might not have had when we realised how little they would add.”
At Oak Leigh Gardens there are currently four-bedroom detached homes available from £324,995 and Redrow can help with a range of incentives to help smooth the move to a brand-new home.
To find out more about the homes or help available see www.redrow.co.uk/oakleigh, call 01254 865167 or visit the development and view the fully furnished show homes which are usually open daily from 10am to 5.30pm.