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Countryside buyers Olivia and James

When young buyers, James and Olivia, were ready to buy their first home together, one thing stood in their way - the sale of James’ apartment. But, thanks to our Assisted Move scheme, we were able to make it happen.

“We sold our home in just one day”

James commented: “We didn’t know anything about Assisted Move but the Countryside team explained how it all worked. They helped to sell my apartment, paid the estate agent fees, and let us put our reservation down while we waited. It was perfect. 

“We were told it could take a few weeks - already a quick turnaround - but we never dreamed it would sell in one day!”

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That was 18 months ago and now the couple are settled in their new home with their one-year-old daughter Millie. They’ve been kind enough to share their highlights with us along the way and most recently, they’ve been in touch to tell us how amazed they are to find their energy bills are staying surprisingly low - at a time when friends and family are worried about rising costs.

“Energy efficiency was a really important factor when we were choosing our first home.” Olivia told us. 

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“It’s been a massive plus to keep energy bills low”

James continues: “I came from an apartment with my brother and when moving into a three bedroom house, I was really worried that my bills would go up massively and that it would not be as affordable.

“I was pleasantly surprised when looking at the bills and it actually wasn’t that much different to living in the apartment, considering this is probably three or four times the size of it.

“It’s been a massive plus to keep energy bills low and it’s allowed us to be able to spend more on the house and stuff for Minnie as well.”

“Our bills are actually probably less”

Olivia adds: “It’s been nice to hear from other friends and family that our bills are actually probably less than other people are paying at the minute.

“We’ve felt quite secure and quite happy with the way our bills have been going, which is quite unusual compared to what other people have been feeling and the stresses that they have,” says James.

Energy Saving Features

Over the past few months, interest in the energy efficiency of our Countryside homes has been growing at a noticeable pace and an increasing number of buyers are finding that new build homes can help combat rising energy bills. To find out how you could be saving £100s on your bills, check out our new Greener By Design guide.