Moving into a Hyde home, close to family and friends, has given Sam and his young family the opportunity to put down roots in a safe and welcoming community.
Twenty-three-year-old Sam, his partner Nina and their daughter Maisy moved into their new home in Chichester in February 2019, after spending a year in a private rented flat in Tangmere.
Bathroom and kitchen design consultant Sam, who grew up in a social housing home in Chichester, explains that the couple struggled to make ends meet because of the “extortionate” rent.
“Nina and I both work but most of our salaries was going on rent and bills,” he says. “So, when we got the call from Hyde that a house had come up in Chichester, near where I grew up, we were really happy.
“The rent on our new home is much more affordable. It’s about half of what we were paying to the private landlord, which means we have more money to spend on other things. It’s made life much easier and that’s particularly important now, as we are expecting our second child in December.”
But more importantly, Sam says their new home gives the family some much-needed security and stability.
“With Hyde, we know we will always have a roof over our heads. When you live in private rented accommodation, there is always a chance that you could be kicked out, should you get into financial difficulties.
“However, we know Hyde will work with us to solve any money problems – they wouldn’t want us on the streets – they work for their customers, not themselves. Hyde have been very supportive throughout, sorting out issues very quickly – I’ve got nothing negative at all to say about being one of their customers.”
Because Sam grew up in the area, he and Nina also have a strong local support network, with family and friends close by.
“I know the area inside out,” Sam says. “It’s a fantastic place and quite a few people from my childhood still live here; my brother is just two minutes away. It’s really important to have family around and knowing there’s always someone to help. It’s great to feel part of the community.
“It’s a lovely location, that I’m very familiar with. It’s a safe area. I’m sure I won’t be worried when Maisy is older, and wants to go out to play with her friends, because there will be people we know to keep an eye on her. Everyone is so nice here.”
And while Sam admits to being quite anxious when picking up the keys – “we knew there was lots to do” – he says decorating and refurbishing the house has been the best bit about having their own place.
“It’s about making a house your home. We really love it here and are really proud of what we have done so far. One of the first things we did was to decorate Maisy’s bedroom – it’s amazing for her to have her own room. We also spent three months sorting out the garden that was quite overgrown, which will make a great play area for Maisy next summer.”
Next up is the bathroom, Sam says. “Because of my job, I can get a good price on a new bathroom. I’ve always fancied a whirlpool bath and we have the space, so we’ll see!”
He adds that he and Nina are not looking to buy a house anytime soon.
“We’ve seen how hard and stressful it is for young couples and families to buy their first home. If our family grows further, then we would be happy to stay with Hyde, who we’re sure would help us find a bigger place to live.
“Moving into our Hyde home is one of the best things that’s ever happened.”