Churchill Re­tire­ment Liv­ing Cus­tomers choose an eas­ier way to move

MR AND MRS PALMER found the ‘Home Ex­change Ser­vice’ suited them per­fectly when they moved from their Bas­ingstoke home to a new Churchill Re­tire­ment Liv­ing apart­ment in Hamp­shire.

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Sell­ing a house and buy­ing a new home is a stress­ful pro­ce­dure at any time of life. For those of re­tire­ment age, who may have been out of the prop­erty mar­ket for some years, it can be rather more of a shock to the sys­tem. Un­der­stand­ing this, Churchill Re­tire­ment Liv­ing has de­vised a num­ber of ser­vices to help make the move as smooth and has­sle free as pos­si­ble. One of th­ese, called ‘Home Ex­change’, was an op­tion which Richard and Bar­bara Palmer were happy to take up when they down­sized and pur­chased a new one bed­room apart­ment at Churchill Re­tire­ment Liv­ing’s An­drews Lodge, in Lyming­ton. Early re­tire­ment for Richard and Bar­bara Palmer led to a com­plete re-think of their lifestyle. The cou­ple had been liv­ing in a bun­ga­low in Bas­ingstoke for 14 years but were be­gin­ning to find the up­keep of the house and gar­den more of a chore than a plea­sure. With their four chil­dren grown up the Palmers were free to go where they chose – and they picked the coastal mar­ket town of Lyming­ton. They love Lyming­ton for its ca­sual, friendly at­mos­phere and prox­im­ity to the lovely New For­est coun­try­side, and viewed two Churchill Re­tire­ment Liv­ing de­vel­op­ments in the area be­fore de­cid­ing on An­drews Lodge. Through Churchill Re­tire­ment Liv­ing’s ‘Home Ex­change Ser­vice’, Richard and Bar­bara elected to use the ser­vices of Quick Move Prop­er­ties who pur­chased their bun­ga­low in Bas­ingstoke af­ter three val­u­a­tions and a sur­vey. “This was very use­ful in re­mov­ing the anx­i­ety of sell­ing the prop­erty with­out the busi­ness of chas­ing the agents to se­cure the sale,” said Richard. “This re­ally ap­pealed to my wife as she did not want the has­sle of hav­ing the nec­es­sary view­ings.” This ser­vice also of­fers fi­nan­cial help by elim­i­nat­ing es­tate agents fees – a very wel­come sav­ing in the ex­pen­sive mov­ing process. An­other ser­vice pro­vided by Churchill Re­tire­ment Liv­ing was the ‘Mov­ing made Easy’ pro­vi­sion for the pack­ing, re­moval and de­liv­ery of all house­hold goods. With this ser­vice, the Com­pany looks af­ter the whole mov­ing process from book­ing the re­moval com­pany right through to un­pack­ing your pos­ses­sions in­clud­ing frag­ile items as re­quired. The Cus­tomer does not need to pack any­thing, get any quotes, worry about any costs or panic over the re­moval date. Ev­ery­thing is taken care of by Churchill Re­tire­ment Liv­ing. How­ever Richard Palmer, an ex army man, says, “We are well used to pack­ing and did 80% of the pack­ing our­selves.” The Com­pany also rec­om­mended a lo­cal so­lic­i­tor in Lyming­ton which the Palmers found ex­tremely use­ful. The Palmers were in their new home in a sur­pris­ingly fast seven weeks from first de­cid­ing to pur­chase, with a sale achieved sat­is­fac­to­rily on their old home. “We were gen­uinely amazed at how quickly it all hap­pened,” says Richard. He de­scribes the apart­ment as “spa­cious and com­fort­able, with a fully equipped kitchen. We chose the apart­ment es­pe­cially for its view over the gar­dens and the play­ing fields,” he says. Churchill Re­tire­ment Liv­ing de­vel­op­ments can be found in care­fully se­lected lo­ca­tions in the UK, all of which of­fer the very best of lo­cal ameni­ties and shop­ping, to­gether with in­de­pen­dence, se­cu­rity and 24-hour sup­port and help when re­quired. This as­pect is one that the Palmers ap­pre­ci­ate, al­though, as Richard says with some amuse­ment, “I think the fam­ily worry more about our se­cu­rity than we do! But it is nice to know we can go on hol­i­day, close the door and be as­sured that ev­ery­thing will be looked af­ter. There’s a good so­cial life here too, a friendly group of sim­i­lar age peo­ple with cof­fee morn­ings and games af­ter­noons.” For more in­for­ma­tion on Churchill Re­tire­ment Liv­ing please visit www.churchill­re­tire­ment.co.uk or al­ter­na­tively call 0800 458 1839.

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