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Leon & Linzi Pilkington

Hawthorn Grange, Seaton

“We would definitely recommend Story Homes to friends or family that are looking to move home”

A family from Seaton have purchased their perfect Story home thanks to the housebuilder’s Part Exchange scheme.

Leon and Linzi Pilkington recently moved into their new home at Hawthorn Grange in Seaton, along with their two daughters Evie (14) and Isla (9). After the family began to outgrow their previous three-bedroom home, Linzi and Leon knew that they wanted a new build home that could be moved into straight away rather than an older property requiring renovation works.

Leon, a Vehicle Technician and Linzi, an Operations Manager opted for a four-bedroom detached ‘Boston’ house type. Discussing the family’s favourite features of the home, Linzi said: The large modern kitchen / dining area with the bi-fold doors, as well as the separate utility room, was a huge selling point to us. The second shower in the family bathroom is ideal for a busy family like ours and the high specification is fantastic – many of the fixtures and fittings that come as standard would be an extra cost with other developers.”

Leon continued: “Externally, the property has great kerb appeal; it is much more aesthetically pleasing than the usual shoe box new builds and we have had so many comments about how lovely our house looks. Our plot is absolutely perfect – we are so lucky to have the most amazing views from the front of the property overlooking the Lake District fells and St Bees Head.”

The family, who have lived in Seaton for 16 years, originally decided on a ‘Wellington’ house type, however Linzi explained: “Having visited the Boston show home at the Aspen Grange development in Carlisle, we decided this house type was much more suited to our needs as a family. Both show homes at the development were presented immaculately and in a way that felt homely; we could actually picture ourselves living there. It certainly cemented our decision to buy a Boston when we saw the quality and specification of the show home.”

The Pilkington family opted to use Story Homes’ Part Exchange scheme to buy their new property. Leon explained: “The Part Exchange scheme meant that we had a guaranteed offer / buyer, and we were able to stay in our current home until the new one was ready. Plus, we had all weekend to move out before we had to hand in our keys. The whole process was completely stress free – had we not been offered the Part Exchange, there is no way we could have proceeded with the move.”

Hayley Blair, Head of Sales at Story Homes, said: “With our Part Exchange scheme, Story Homes purchases a customer’s property for up to 100 per cent of its market value, effectively acting as a cash buyer for the house. A major advantage of the scheme is that you don’t get caught up in a chain with the possibility of losing your buyer or have to worry about any last minute hitches; so with no estate agent fees and no chain, this scheme takes away the stress of a house move. We wish the Pilkington family all the best of luck in their beautiful new home.”

Linzi concluded: “We are more than happy with the service we received from everyone at Story Homes. From the initial reservation, right through to completion and handover, the Sales Executive  Julie kept us up to date with the progress throughout. The Assistant Site Manager, Wayne, and the rest of the site team were also always on hand if needed. We would definitely recommend Story Homes to friends or family that are looking to move home; we absolutely love our new forever home and couldn’t be happier with it.”

For more information about Hawthorn Grange please contact Sales Executive Samantha Denham on 07773 030806 or email Hawthorn.Grange@storyhomes.co.uk. The show home and marketing suite is open Thursday to Monday, 10.30am to 4.30pm.



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