Moving during lockdown: Nurses safely settle in their dream home

Belmont Place buyers Mat and Bart

An NHS nursing couple from Manchester have overcome the odds of lockdown and moved safely into their new four-bedroom detached home at Countryside’s Belmont Place in Hindley Green, Wigan. 

Mat (27), who has bought his dream home with partner Bart (30), has had a rollercoaster couple of months having been fast-tracked through his final year of nursing training to become at Theatre nurse at Salford Royal during Covid-19, while his partner Bart continues his role as an ICU community nurse. Mat believes being settled in their new home has helped them cope during the crisis, but they weren’t always sure it would be possible.

Mat explained: “We completed in late March but thought moving would be impossible until after lockdown. We then discovered a new removals system where contact with anyone else is removed. A container is dropped off, left for us to fill and lock up and it’s then picked up and dropped outside the new home - ideal for social distancing and completely safe.” 

After selling their flat in Manchester city centre, the pair found the perfect location for their outdoor lifestyle and careers. Mat added: “Belmont Place is in a beautiful location and we’re close to several major hospitals. We already love the community here too. We moved in during lockdown so haven’t been able to meet with our neighbours properly but everyone has been incredibly welcoming - we see each other weekly during #ClapForCarers and there are already plans to have a neighbourly bbq when all this is over! I think that’s what’s lovely about moving to a new build - everyone is in the same boat and you’re building a new neighbourhood together.”

Mat explained why they chose a new build with Countryside: “After deciding to leave the city centre for a greener place to call home we looked at lots of different developers and Countryside simply provides so much more as standard. From quality fixtures to the skylight windows in the bedroom and dining area. We can’t wait to invite friends over when restrictions ease as the living space is perfect for entertaining!”

Matt added: “Our move has been such a positive experience. After a year of change and upheaval, Countryside has still managed to make 2020 special for us and thanks to a safe moving process we’re enjoying our new home already. We love it here.”

Gordon Innes, Managing Director, Partnerships Manchester and Cheshire East, Countryside said: “While some of the government’s stricter lockdown rules have now been eased, it’s essential that social distancing measures are maintained, which looks set to continue for some time. As the situation continues to evolve, we’ll be working closely with our customers to ensure they can buy and move into their new homes safely as Mat and Bart have done.

“We’re delighted that Mat and Bart have found their dream home with us here at Belmont Place and that moving in safely during lockdown has brought some joy and normality in a stressful time. We wish them all the best in their lovely new home.”