A Staffordshire family have been able to buy their dream Bovis Home thanks to a special purchasing scheme which gives house hunters the opportunity to get their foot on the property ladder.
Helen and Gavin Harrington-Jones were keen to buy their first home, but as a family of five that grows to seven at the weekend, saving a deposit for a house which would suit their needs seemed impossible. Until, that is, they discovered the Home Reach scheme at Bovis Homes’ Sancerre Grange location in Eccleshall.
“For the property size we were looking for, we would have been saving up for ages,” says Helen, an HR business partner. “When looking for houses all we could find were three-bedroom homes, but we really needed something bigger. While looking online one day, I discovered a house perfect for us – it was a four-bed available through Home Reach and was just what we were looking for!”
In partnership with housing provider, heylo, Bovis Homes offers the Home Reach scheme at a variety of its locations on a selected range of properties. Purchasers can part-buy part-rent their new home, with the option to increase their level of ownership at any time.
“We had a look around Sancerre Grange and had a chat with the sales advisors to find out more about the homes and the scheme - it was exactly what we were looking for,” says Helen. “The Home Reach scheme was perfect. It’s at our time of life that you need a home with lots of space – but it can be hard to financially afford it.”
Helen and Gavin, who is a postman, reserved the four-bedroom Canterbury, which was the ideal home for them and their children Lexie (11), Lizzie (9), Ellis (4), as well as Noah (12) and Meghan (20), who often visit at weekends.
“The whole process was so simple, and the team were great,” says Helen. “Rachael in the sales centre was fantastic at accommodating us when we visited with the kids to show them around our new home.”
Moving from their rented three-bedroom house six miles away in Stone, the family soon settled into their new house.
“It’s our dream home,” says Helen. “There are enough bedrooms for all the kids and space for friends when they come to stay. When Noah and Megan visit they can have their own space. There is even a downstairs study which means I have a place to go when I work from home.”
“We’re really enjoying living in Eccleshall, it’s a lovely town. We’re within walking distance of the kids’ new schools and there are lots of shops and local amenities. We love it here!”