House movers have told of their relief at finally being able to move into their dream homes just hours after the coronavirus lockdown was lifted.
Two couples are among the first property owners to finally get the keys to luxury apartments in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, after building work was brought to a halt by the restrictions brought in to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Jan and Penny Gillett and Philip Adcock and wife Jennifer Hendriksz were among tens of thousands of Britons whose plans were thrown into disarray when the Government ordered no one to move house and all non-essential work to cease.
Jan and Penny Gillett were finally able to move into their new home at Blenheim House in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, hours after the coronavirus lockdown was lifted
Philip Adcock and his wife Jennifer Hendriksz also moved into the same building as the Gilletts after they got their hands on the keys this week
Ms Hendriksz, an IT project manager. told MailOnline: ‘It’s such a relief to be finally moving in.’
While builders were allowed to continue working, contractors faced huge difficulties in getting supplies and had to alter the work practices to maintain social distancing.
But now these owners – who have had all their possessions in storage for eight weeks – have been able to take hold of the keys and walk into their new homes for first time today.
Ms Hendriksz , 34, said: ‘We were supposed to move at the end of March. Everything was going according to plan until the lockdown kicked in.
The young couple and their dog Freddy were supposed to move into their new home in March but the coronavirus lockdown meant their plans were disrupted
Freddy appeared pleased with his new home when the couple were finally able to get inside and take their possessions out of storage
‘The developer could not get the supplies they needed to finish off the build, like carpets and kitchen appliances, which meant the apartment was uninhabitable.
‘Obviously we couldn’t move into a property that does not have a working kitchen or bathroom.
‘The whole supply chain dried up. And the lockdown restrictions meant we weren’t allowed to move anyway.
‘We were supposed to be in the short-term let for two or three months but it has ended being five months.
‘We only have our clothes with us. All our furniture has been put in storage. We have our own space but it’s not the same as being in your own home.
‘But with the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday that some restrictions were going to be ease the developer was able to get the last things they needed.
‘The property was signed off by the building control inspector on Wednesday so now we can finally pick up the keys.’
She added: ‘We know a lot of other people have had it worse than us.
Developer Lloyd Lewis handed over the keys to their new £700,000 two-bedroom apartment today
Jan Gillett said he and his wife Penny were relieved to finally be moving into their new home located in the centre of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
‘We’ve both been able to keep working from home and our dog Freddy has loved it that we have been here all the time, but it’s still such a relief to be able to finally move in.’
Jennifer and husband Philip, an executive at Jaguar Land Rover, paid £700,000 for their two-bedroom apartment in the centre of Leamington Spa.
New owner Jan Gillett says after all the drama he and his wife Penny are never moving again.
‘It’s such a relief to be finally moving, it’s been a very long saga,’ Jan, 73, a retired management consultant told MailOnline.
‘We wanted to down-size from our four-storey Regency house and this development was ideal.
‘We moved out of our house in November last year and into a short-term let which was going to take us until the end of March when we were supposed to move in.
‘But like a lot of building projects it overran because of the lockdown.
‘So we had to move in the dead of night to find another short-term let.
‘Now we are finally going to get the keys. For us the relief at being finally being able to move in comes in spades.
‘I’ve kept a bottle of champagne to drink when we move into our flat. Maybe that will be tonight.
‘The stress of moving house undermines you. It’s terrific we’ve made it.
‘We are definitely not going to move again. They are going to have take us out in a box!
Philip Adcock and his wife Hendriksz were finally able to stand on their balcony after the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday meant some restrictions were eased and the developer was able to get the last things they needed
Property developer Lloyd Lewis said the purchasers at Blenheim House, pictured, were able to move into their new homes within hours of government easing the lockdown
Jan and Penny Gillett paid £700,000 for their two-bedroom apartment.
The development, Blenheim House, is in the centre of historic Leamington Spa with views of the town’s ornamental Victorian park, Jephson Gardens.
Property developer Lloyd Lewis said the purchasers were able to move into their new homes within hours of government easing the lockdown.
Mr Lewis, director of Housestyle Countrywide, told MailOnline: ‘It’s been a very difficult situation and I would like to thank all our contractors, suppliers and staff who have worked so hard to bring this iconic project to completion.
‘Although our purchasers are very keen to move into their new homes, they have been incredibly understanding and supportive of our predicament.
‘We are delighted that they will be some of the first people to move since the lock down eased and we hope they will enjoy living in their new homes.’