Housebuilder Redrow has launched ‘online reservation’, which gives buyers the opportunity to complete the reservation of their new home online.
The service is accessed via Redrow’s online members area.
Dave Bexon, group sales and marketing director at Redrow, said: “We’re very excited to be announcing the latest innovation of My Redrow, and delighted to be the first housebuilder to offer our customers the opportunity to fully, legally complete the reservation of a new home online.
“We’re confident it will significantly enhance our customers’ home buying experience.
“Purchasing a property is an important milestone for any buyer and can take time. We know everyone’s time is precious and we understand the need for customers reserving a new hometo be able to read detailed documents at their own pace and when it’s most convenient for them.
“The sales teams are still on hand to answer any questions or guide the buyer through the process if required but we’re finding that most customers are enjoying the freedom and the clear step-by-step guide the new service provides.”
Redrow’s online reservation has already been rolled out across a number of the housebuilder’s developments in Lancashire, the South Midlands, South East and Southern Counties.
The latest Redrow figures show that 90% of customers chose to reserve their property in their own time and in the comfort of their chosen surroundings, whether that’s relaxing at home or taking advantage of the convenience of accessing their personal account on the move.
More than 30% of buyers completed the reservation when the sales centres are closed.
The user-friendly design guides the buyer at their own pace through each step, from the consumer code and warranty information through a series of pre-reservation legal declarations, including plans and drawings, for their chosen plot.
Previously, this would have been discussed during a three-hour meeting with the Redrow sales team. Buyers now have more time to consider the documentation at their leisure and consult Redrow’s sales team and/or their legal adviser if they wish.
My Redrow is an online members’ area, designed and developed in-house by Redrow to provide support to buyers from their initial search to moving into their new Redrow home.
As well as operating as a platform to reserve a home, it also allows members to see the build progress of their home, access and store important documents, and style their homes from an extensive range of choices and optional extras or upgrades.
Barbara Richmond, group finance director at Redrow, added: “Since My Redrow launched in 2013, we’ve invested heavily to deliver the best possible digital experience for our customers.
“As we all become increasingly digital focused, consumers’ property searching and buying habits are evolving as well, particularly amongst millennial and Generation Z buyers.
“We’ve ensured My Redrow is as comprehensive as possible and provides an excellent service from the very beginning to the end of the buying process.”
Online reservation will be available to My Redrow members on the majority of Redrow’s latest developments by the end of June 2019.