Two plus two: Couple friends that move together, stay together

Be Inspired: Franchi, Mike, Will and Sarah at Rivers Edge

Will and Sarah Jukes and Francesca and Mike Garrity, have been renting next door to each other for one year. Now, both couples are making the move to buy their own homes and by chance they’ve reserved two plots right next to each other at our Rivers Edge development in Warrington.

School teachers Francesca and Mike (both 32) previously lived in a rental property by homebuilder Countryside and had lived next door to neighbours Will (28) and Sarah (27).

A series of fortunate events

Having already registered their interest for Countryside’s Rivers Edge development in Warrington, Mike and Francesca reserved their new home as soon as properties hit the market and shared the good news with Will and Sarah.

Following the recommendation from their neighbours, Will and Sarah visited the Rivers Edge showhome the following day and also reserved a new home in the development, only to realise that it was the plot next door!

A little bit of luck

Francesca said: “As soon as we found out Countryside was building the Rivers Edge development, we registered our interest. We love the location and proximity to the water. It’s so close to the centre of Warrington, but it still feels rural being surrounded by trees.”

Will continues: “We bumped into Francesca and Mike on our drive after they’d been to reserve their home and they told us all about the development. We were already impressed with the quality and features of our Countryside rental, so we decided to view the showhome and we were sold.

“We couldn’t believe it when we came home and realised we’d bought the house next door to Francesca and Mike!mIt’s been great to go through the process at the same time as one another, especially being first time buyers. We’ve been able to give each other a helping hand, as well as sharing and recommending suppliers.”

Pure determination

Will said: “Instead of looking at ways to tighten our belt, we looked at ways we could earn extra cash. We were definitely surprised with how much more you can bring in by doing extra work on the side.

Lockdown changed our spending habits as we were used to staying at home, so when restrictions ended, we kept up these habits and this really helped us save.”

Francesca adds: “We started by looking at any outgoings that were potentially unnecessary, prioritising what’s important and what is a luxury. My advice for anyone saving would be to start by setting aside the maximum amount each week that is comfortable and not put too much pressure on yourself, these things take time.”