Lockdown savings equals family home for couple in Lancashire
With lockdown preventing them from going on their usual holidays abroad and nights out with friends, Leyland couple Lynsey and James were able to save for a house deposit faster than planned.
After renting homes together for 16 years, the first time buyers decided it was time to set aside funds for a house of their own and, when the country went into lockdown back in March, Lynsey and James had the perfect opportunity to save even more than usual.
“In previous years, we’d always put holidays, days out and new cars first rather than saving up for a house deposit. I think partly because we knew we’d have to save such a large sum of money when we’d rather use it on doing things as a family,” says 37-year-old Lynsey.
“We were incredibly lucky during lockdown in that James continued to work as normal as a tree surgeon and I was furloughed from my job as an administrator, and because days out and holidays were cancelled, we put money we would have spent on them into our house savings pot.”
When they had saved enough for a deposit, the couple, who have two sons living at home and one away at university, decided they wanted to find a home Leyland, where Lynsey had lived all her life.
“Leyland has some great schools and Worden Gardens really stood out to us because it’s close to a number of schools for the boys, said Lynsey. “We also loved the rural feel that the development has too whilst being close to everything we need like shops and family.”
The couple settled on a four-bedroom detached Marlow and it was the character of the home paired with its high ceilings and separate utility room off the kitchen that were real selling points.
“In our previous home there was only space for a washer inside and the dryer was kept in a shed outside. James comes home from work muddy sometimes and with three boys’ worth of washing to do, it’s so handy having a room I can do it all in that I can shut the door on too!”
After initially visiting the development and seeing the plans for the Marlow, the couple reserved their home online via My Redrow, the members’ area of our website.
“The fact that we could not only reserve our home online but also see updates and have all our paperwork in one place through My Redrow made the whole process so easy. It just took away the need for us to physically go to the development to complete it all, something that was so useful during lockdown in particular.”
The couple were the second customers to move into their home at Worden Gardens, where they say there is already a lovely community feel.
Worden Gardens will eventually feature more than 200 homes from our award-winning Heritage Collection.
Currently available at Worden Gardens is a detached four-bedroom Stratford starting from£289,995 and a four-bedroom detached Cambridge from £341,995.