Bought the house in York, got the job in Leeds
Business graduate Danielle Wallington wasn’t happy just buying a house from Redrow Homes – she decided she wanted to work for them too.
The 24-year-old, who has just bought a three-bedroom townhouse at Lancaster Mews in York, thought the sales consultant she bought from was having such a good time, she wanted to join him.
Danielle said: “James, the consultant that my partner Sam and I bought our home from, seemed to be enjoying his job so much, I decided I wanted to work for Redrow too.
“Like the travel firm Thomson, who I worked for previously, Redrow is very customer focused, with its welcome parties and home previews, which I really like. I loved my old job but it was time for a change and so I thought I would see what Redrow had to offer.”
Searching the company’s careers website Danielle discovered there was a role available as a sales consultant at Woodlands; she applied and was successful.
“The job is everything I wanted it to be, and more,” Danielle said. “Every day as I drive towards the development I just think what a lovely place to live it is.
“The Woodlands is in an idyllic location, a beautiful rural area. There is a range of new residents from couples to families; and as it develops, with more homes built and more people moving in, it is becoming a wonderful little community.”
Danielle, who studied business management and HR, believes her own experience with Redrow will help her guide other people on their journey through the home -buying process.
“I have total empathy with customers,” she said. “One week I was on one side of the desk and the next week, the other. I know first-hand what people are going through – the anticipation, excitement and, occasionally, the frustration because you are so desperate to move in.
“Plus, I have bought the My Redrow extras to add finishing touches and personalise our home, I used the panel solicitors for my conveyancing and I used the recommended financial advisors to arrange my mortgage, so I can share what I have learned with Redrow customers.”
Danielle and Sam, who is a joiner at the University of York, moved into their new Redrow ‘Porchester Grand’ three-bedroom townhouse at Lancaster Mews at the end of May.
Two months later the couple are thrilled at being first-time home owners: “I couldn’t wait to move in. During the build-up just the thought of going to bed and waking up to breakfast in our own brand new home was so exciting and it’s turned out to be every bit as wonderful as we had anticipated… except, perhaps, having to get home and make your own dinner!” laughed Danielle. “But we are loving it.
“There are no boxes now, I made sure we unpacked those as soon as possible. We’re now thinking about the pictures we want to put up and those last little touches, the personal things, that will slowly make it our home.
“We are taking time to enjoy it – and it is absolutely the house we wanted. We like the way the lounge leads out onto the back garden through patio doors, which has been especially good with the summer sunshine we have been having. We have a west-facing garden so we have been able to really lap it up.
“We love the kitchen at the front of the property, the space we have got… we just love the overall design.
“And now, knowing what’s in store for them, I can get even more excited for customers as they prepare to move in to their new Redrow homes in Horsforth,” Danielle added.
Woodlands is a collection of 125 executive new homes on the site of the old Riverside Mills, off Low Hall Road, on the edge of Horsforth. Part of Redrow’s wider Horsforth Vale development, it is close to the River Aire, the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and open countryside, with large numbers of protected trees and public footpaths linking it with the river.
There are currently four and five-bedroom homes available from £329,950, all from Redrow’s Heritage Collection, with a stone finish, some render and slate grey roof tiles to blend in with existing properties in the area.
For more information go to www.redrow.co.uk/woodlands, call 0113 318 1107 or visit the sales centre which is usually open daily from 10am to 5.30pm.
And if like Danielle you’re tempted to explore a career with Redrow visit their dedicated website: www.redrowcareers.co.uk.