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Working from home: An office for you … and one for me

Couple chose to upsize to get the space for two home workstations

With more than 40% of office workers continuing to work from home, it’s no wonder that buyers are seeking more flexible homes. For one couple, Amanda Moseley (43) and her husband Ralph (53), upsizing into a new home involved doubling their office space to incorporate flexi-working. The couple decided to part-exchange their three-bedroom home in Oare, just outside Faversham in Kent, and upsized into a four-bedroom detached home at David Wilson Homes’ Perry Court development a few miles down the road in the town in May.

Amanda and Ralph had been looking to move for four years, but struggled to find a home that ticked all of their boxes – in particular, they needed to find a home within walking distance from Faversham Station, as they both used to commute to work via the train. After finding out about Perry Court and the straightforward Part Exchange scheme, Amanda and Ralph were able to buy their new home in February.

Amanda, who works as a teacher in Medway, says: “We were drawn to Faversham years ago thanks to its train links, but ended up buying a three-bedroom home in Oare as it suited us better at the time. However, it was just becoming really inconvenient to drive to the station for work and put extra strain on our commute, so we started looking for options closer to the station. Perry Court is in the perfect location for us as we are now just a 15-minute walk from the station.

“We decided to use the par-exchange scheme as we were guaranteed a fair price for our home, and it removed the stress of trying to sell ourselves. David Wilson Homes took care of everything, and we received our asking price which we were really pleased about.”

Through the part-exchange scheme, David Wilson Homes buys your property for a fair price based on two independent valuations. For Amanda and Ralph, this took the stress of selling away from them so they could focus on moving into their new home at Perry Court – a move that has benefitted the couple as they adapted to working from home.

Amanda adds: “As both myself and Ralph work in education, we have always needed an office space at home – but with increased demands from work, we wanted to maximise our opportunities, and decided that we wanted to upsize to allow us both to have a separate office at home. It’s worked out rather well, given that we have both been working from home since March!”

Natalie Perry, sales and marketing director for David Wilson Homes Kent, comments: “We have seen demand for homes with office space increase significantly over the past six months, as buyers prioritise additional rooms to accommodate ‘the new normal’ or working from home. For buyers like Amanda and Ralph, ‘his and hers’ office spaces ensure that they have individual rooms to work comfortably in that they can close at the end of the working day.”

Alongside ample space for two offices, Perry Court ticked a number of other boxes for Amanda and Ralph. “We have a really good-sized garden, which was already turfed with a patio – this was a big selling point for us,” Amanda says. “We were also really drawn to the modern facilities available, such as water softeners – which has been particularly useful for working from home.”

Amanda adds: “There are also lots of different house designs and colours throughout the development, which is really appealing as it gives the development character. The streets are nice and wide, meaning that the homes are spaced out – we think this is a really thoughtful design, as it considers real living.”

And it’s not just the new homes that were an attraction for the couple. “There are other facilities planned for Perry Court, such as a new supermarket, other shops, a hotel, and care home, alongside orchards and allotments,” Amanda adds. “The development is doing a lot to build a new community, and support local people – when we moved in, we received a hamper with lots of items in from local Brogdale Farm, for example.”

Perry Court is set on the outskirts of the historic market town of Faversham. The development provides easy access to walking and cycle routes, and includes play areas, allotments and an on-site orchard. Meanwhile, the town centre offers a collection of vintage shops, traditional cafes, restaurants and pubs. There are also regular markets in the high street that offer a range of products, from antiques to locally made arts and craft, alongside locally produced foods such as fruit and vegetables.

The development is a mile from Faversham Rail Station, which offers direct trains to London Victoria in 71 minutes during peak times, plus connections to Canterbury. Perry Court is well served by road links too, with the nearby A2 and M2 providing direct routes either to the M25, or south to Canterbury and Dover.

There are currently a range of three- and four-bedroom houses for sale at Perry Court, with prices starting from £349,995. Many of the new homes have been designed with home working in mind, with designated studies either upstairs or downstairs, or flexible bedroom spaces. The current Help to Buy scheme is available on selected new homes, with part-exchange options also on offer.

To find out more about Perry Court or David Wilson Homes, visit www.dwh.co.uk or call 0333 355 8503.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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