Dream Devon move for sea-loving couple

Posted 7 December 2016 by Ben Salisbury

David and Lilian Ward have moved to their dream Devon coastal property after selling their home in Leicestershire using Bovis Homes part exchange scheme

After leaving the Royal Navy, Lilian and Kevin Ward knew they wanted to move closer to the coast – and when they saw Bovis Homes’ Marine Drive location in Teignmouth, they knew they had found the perfect home.

After many years spent dreaming oft living by the sea, Lilian and Kevin were finally able to sell up their home in Leicestershire and move to Devon. Both now retired, their two sons had moved out and so the timing was ideal. Once they had made the decision to move, the couple put their house on the market, but after months of struggling to sell, they came across Bovis Homes’ special part exchange scheme.

Lillian says: “The advantages to us included a guaranteed purchaser, a reasonable financial offer on our property, additional incentives and a choice of fixtures and fittings. We visited the show home at Marine Drive, ‘The Beaufort’, when it was just a shell, and although it was a rainy, dismal day and it was nowhere near finished, we could immediately feel the ‘wow’ factor. We immediately put the wheels into motion with the sales advisor, David, who couldn’t have been more helpful.”

In just four weeks, the Wards’ Leicestershire house was marketed and sold using the Home Exchange scheme. Bovis Homes arranged for at least two local estate agents to value the house and covered the costly estate agent’s fees. An added benefit of this scheme is that the Wards could stay in their existing house until their new home was ready.

David recommended local solicitors, who turned out to be the most competitive once the couple had researched other firms.

Kevin explains: “The conveyancing firm had completed on several other Home Exchange properties and were experts in the process. We felt like everything was in control throughout.”

The three-storey Beaufort home has five bedrooms and impressive sea views across the Teign estuary. The house has an open-plan kitchen and dining area with bi-fold doors to a balcony and French doors leading out into the rear garden. The separate sitting room includes a wood burner and a second balcony with bi-fold doors. Two bedrooms have en-suites and fitted wardrobes and there is a separate utility and double garage.

“David provided us with weekly progress reports and photos of our plot and offered us excellent customer service throughout the whole experience,” says Kevin. “From start to finish he has been fantastic and still keeps in touch now.

“He was able to help us with our choice of kitchen cabinets, tiles, carpets and any changes to the standard specification, and we are very pleased with our selections now that we have moved in. David’s attention to detail is exceptional and he went out of his way to answer our many queries,” said Lilian.

Situated on the outskirts of Teignmouth, Marine Drive is only minutes away from the town centre and the seafront, so the Wards can enjoy their new life by the coast.

To find out more about Marine Drive and the Home Exchange scheme, visit www.bovishomes.co.uk

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