“It’s a great way to sell your home and move forward”

Selling a property that has been in the family for decades is not an easy decision to make. Leaving behind so many memories and moving somewhere new, especially if you have suffered a bereavement, can be a daunting and difficult prospect.

For Tom, who sadly lost his wife 10 years ago, making the decision to sell his beloved family home was not easy, and he took a long time to come round to the idea.  “My late wife and I bought our Menai-Bridge property 45 years ago; it was our first home together. The house sat on a generous plot with fantastic views, it was close to the beach and had all the space we needed. There where good schools nearby, local shops and the train station wasn’t too far away, so it ticked all the boxed for us and were very lucky to find it.”

Moving forward

Not ready to leave the family home, Tom lived on his own for 10 years following the death of his wife. “I wanted to stay in the property for as long as I could, it had lots of wonderful memories that I didn’t want to leave behind. We’d brought our children up in the house, had great neighbours and I loved the area. But, when the property needed more ongoing maintenance due to its age and the garden was getting too much for me to stay on top of, I felt the time had come to make a move to somewhere that suited my life as it was now and be a bit more manageable,” explained Tom.

Staying local

Not wanting to leave the area he knew and loved, Tom began the search for a new property that was local and low maintenance. “I found a lovely McCarthy Stone apartment at a retirement community in Llandudno. My late wife and I used to visit there, so I was familiar with the town and all that it had to offer,” said Tom, “I still wanted to stay by the coast, and the 2-bed large apartment I found had fantastic sea views from the balcony and a wonderful outlook of the Great Orm.”

Putting the wheels in motion

With his dream apartment found, Tom needed to sell his Menai-Bridge property to make the move. “I hadn’t put my home on the market when I found the Llandudno apartment, so when the team at McCarthy Stone discussed their Part-Exchange service with Spring, I was keen to progress as it suited me and my circumstances perfectly,” explained Tom. “Using Spring’s Part-Exchange service was very straightforward, and I didn’t incur any problems along the way, it all went very smoothly.”

Leaving the memories

With his sale all guaranteed with Spring and a completion date in the diary, Tom was able to start the process of packing up his home and all the precious memories it held. “I mostly spoke with Hannah at Spring, who was very understanding and helpful, plus she kept me up to date on how things were moving long. I had a lot of contact with the McCarthy Stone team throughout my sale, the team was also very professional, caring and understanding of my situation on how hard it was for me leaving my property after such a long time,” said Tom.

…I surprised myself

Now all moved in and happily settled in his Llandudno home, Tom is enjoying this new chapter of his life. “I have surprised myself at how quickly I’ve been able to adjust to my new surroundings. I thought it would be much harder to settle in, but I felt at home within a few days and now completely at ease with this new way of life,” said Tom. “I’m so glad I made the move, even though it was a very difficult decision having to say goodbye to the home I’d shared with my wife for so many years. The move was made a lot easier using Spring Part-Exchange; it was a professional, efficient, and friendly service. The additional support and understanding from both teams was very much appreciated and helped turn a difficult move into a very positive experience for me.

“I’ve already recommended Spring Part-Exchange to another potential seller, and if your circumstances suit, it’s a great way to sell your home and move forward. I always like to give feedback to companies who provide good or outstanding service, as is the case for Spring and McCarthy Stone here, and I offer my sincere thanks for such a positive outcome and experience.”