Husband and wife Steve Job and Dr Catherine Scott, had no intention of moving from their Stoke-on-Trent home...until they saw the new Bovis Homes development at Uplands Mill in Biddulph.
For the couple, who had bought their Berry Hill home from new seven years ago, Uplands Mill was an ideal location. At the time their property wasn't on the market, but to ensure they didn't lose out on the plot they really wanted, they used the Bovis Homes' Home Exchange scheme.
Steve said: "Biddulph is Catherine's home town and is where her family still live. We found Stoke quite urban and when we saw the Uplands Mill development we knew it would be a great location for us and after that it all happened quite quickly.
"Our house wasn't up for sale as we'd had no plans to move, but rather than endure a lengthy and stressful process of trying to sell our house and risk missing out on the plot we really liked, we used Bovis Homes' Home Exchange scheme and it took all that worry away."
The couple's Stoke house was independently valued by two local estate agents, a price was agreed and Bovis Homes bought the property from them.
Steve said: "We were very happy with the price Bovis offered and using Home Exchange meant we could reserve the new house we wanted. There was no fear of being let down at the last minute by a private buyer and losing both our sale and our new home. It worked perfectly.
"By reserving early we also watched our new house being built and had time to choose the specific kitchen and tiles we wanted, so were very involved which was great. It all went really smoothly, Home Exchange definitely took the worry out of buying and selling."
The couple are delighted with the light and space at their new, four bedroom Fleming home - and with the integrated kitchen with its split level double oven and separate hob, a fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine - that all came with it.
Their new Uplands Mill location also makes Steve's daily commute to Birmingham quicker and easier. Instead of spending half an hour in rush hour traffic to Stoke train station, Steve, who works in the insurance industry, now has a pleasant eight minute drive through stunning moorland scenery to Congleton train station just over the border in Cheshire.
Steve said: "Biddulph is a small, semi-rural town and there's lovely scenery, views and generally a lot less town hustle and bustle. Catherine grew up here and as I'm from Birmingham I really enjoy the more rural environment - plus my morning journey to the train station now takes a fraction of the time and I get to enjoy the lovely scenery!"