MOVING house ranks among life's most stressful experiences and while young homebuyers' anxieties may be mixed with excitement, the older we get the more daunting the process can become.
As well as the wrench of leaving a house that may have been home for many years, downsizers often face difficult decisions about which items to keep and which to give away to family or charity.
Exeter-based Blue Cedar Homes, specialist builders of houses for people over 55, has recognised the specific concerns faced by older homebuyers and have linked-up with a company providing professional moving-in services to help make the experience stress-free and even enjoyable.
MoveMaker founder Jane Ewer has worked within the house building industry for 30 years, and this has given her a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of the moving process.
As part of the Blue Cedar Homes' moving-in package, Jane provides each new homeowner with a full home demonstration service, guiding them through the basic workings of their new kitchen appliances, heating system, alarm system and various workings of their new home.
They are also given advice on practical matters such as the refuse collection and general duties of the estate manager.
On moving-in day Jane will meet the new homeowner handing over the keys, meeting the removal company and ensuring that the final stage of the move runs smoothly.
Jane said: "My job is to ensure that everything runs smoothly and that the new house becomes a home as quickly as possible."
Patricia Hubbard was introduced to her new home by Jane when she moved to Blue Cedar' award-winning Cedar Gardens development in Taunton in July after selling her property in West Bagborough on the Quantock Hills.
She said: "Cedar Gardens has given me everything I need and I am highly delighted with my new home which looks out on to beautiful landscaped gardens and even has a private rear garden where I am replanting some of the fruit bushes and plants I brought with me.
"I am a short walk from the centre of Taunton with all of its shops and facilities but when I close my front door I can't hear any traffic and I look straight out onto the garden and beautiful trees.
"Best of all I feel I am being looked after. Jane Ewer spent a long time with me, demonstrating how to use all the equipment and controls and generally looking after me."
Blue Cedar Homes managing director Nick Hole said: "We work hard to understand the needs and anxieties of the older homebuyer; finding solutions for them wherever possible to ensure their house move is as happy and comfortable as it can be. We are delighted to have received such positive and complimentary feedback from our purchasers regarding Jane Ewer and MoveMaker"
Blue Cedar Homes are currently building their second development in Budleigh Salterton – which has been named Wildflowers and will offer four purpose-built homes and a refurbished arts and crafts detached house, exclusively for people over the age of 55.
It is conveniently located in a peaceful position just off the East Budleigh Road within easy reach of all local amenities and Budleigh beach. The firm's first Budleigh Salterton development was Westfield Gardens close to the town's vibrant High Street.
Further information on Wildflowers is available from the selling agents Palmers Whitton & Laing in Budleigh Salterton 01395 445 600, or for more information on all Blue Cedar Homes developments please visit www.bluecedarhomes.co.uk