It’s been a difficult year for most, and moving house in this time needs to be as stress-free as possible, especially with three young children in tow.

A stress-free move is exactly what CALA Homes offered Beau Steele when she moved into Audley Chase, thanks to its part exchange service.

Initially living in Copford, just 20 minutes from the historic village of Earls Colne where Audley Chase resides, Beau’s husband Ben was keen to move for a number of years and was looking for specific requirements for their next home.

Beau comments: “Originally, we were looking at older properties with more space and wanted a good school area. We were 15 minutes from the A12 and didn’t want to be going any further than that.

“We weren’t in a rush and had no pressure to move as we were waiting for the right home. But then the CALA Homes part exchange service at Audley Chase was presented to us, which completely changed our perspective, for the better, on what we were looking for.”

Having twins Ophelia and Etolié, aged two, and 12-year-old son Lucas, both Ben and Beau’s focus was about making the move as unsettling and seamless as possible, and ensuring that their next house was spacious enough for the whole family.

Beau, aged 43, continues: “We had a four bedroom home but wanted a five bed, which would have been far more practical for the kids. I was a little anxious initially about moving house and the whole part exchange service; it’s something I’ve never done before and wasn’t even considering when we started looking.

“But when we found out more about the service, it removed all the additional hassle and stress. It straightaway eliminated the chain and made it a relatively uncomplicated process for us, which I was delighted about.”

Meeting with the CALA Homes team at Earls Colne, Beau, who works in the criminal justice system, was completely put at ease from the outset and knew she’d made the right decision. Buying their five bedroom house just before lockdown, they moved in during July and were thrilled at the finish of the newly-built home.

“Moving into a house that was already fully designed and decorated was such a huge relief and absolutely fantastic. It’s a beautiful home which the kids love. Space is what we were after and it’s exactly what we now have at Audley Chase. Our garden in particular is far more open than at our previous home.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the CALA team. The end-to-end management has been exceptional. Looking back, having started the part exchange process quite anxious, I now can’t believe how easy it was. All of the people involved were as friendly, personable and in touch as much as possible, removing all of the negotiation. Nothing was too much of an ask, despite the pandemic looming over us all.”

With CALA’s part exchange service, there is no need to go through the process of selling an existing property on the open market. The housebuilder acts as a cash buyer, saving on estate agents fees and providing peace of mind that a purchaser’s sale will complete ready for them to move into their new CALA home. With no estate agents’ fees incurred, the service can also save thousands of pounds on the overall cost of the move.

If you’re looking to make that move early next year, CALA is urging house hunters to act now and get a step ahead of others buyers by making a reservation and to also consider using part exchange if it is right for them.

Earls Colne combines a village lifestyle with easy access to Colchester and Braintree. There are good schools locally, including private schools, and a selection of the country’s foremost grammar schools can be found in Colchester and Chelmsford. The location offers easy access to the A120 and A12 and commuters can take advantage of Marks Tey, Kelvedon and Braintree train stations which all provide direct train links to London Liverpool Street in under an hour.

Prices start from £344,950. To find out more, call 01787 388086. Social distancing measures have been put in place for safety and house hunters should wear a face covering when visiting the sales office, open daily from 10.30am to 5pm, and view the stunning showhomes for themselves.


This article was originally published on CALA’s previous website on 21st October 2020.

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