Bolton at Home launches 'speed dating' service for houses
9:59am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS looking to fall in love with their perfect home are taking advantage of a “revolutionary” new matchmaking service.
Bolton at Home has taken inspiration from the dating world — and has launched a series of “speed housing” events.
The organisation held its latest speed housing event, originally started by the company HomeSwapper, at The Hope Centre, in Johnson Fold, last week.
The event allows residents unhappy with the size of their current home to discuss potential house swaps with Bolton at Home representatives.
Ian Morton, aged 35, moving options officer at Bolton at Home, said: “I think this service is a bit of a revolution.
“You hear about there being a shortage of affordable housing, so this is a solution to that.
“People who want to move house can come along and talk to each other about swapping houses and we look to facilitate this exchange.”
HomeSwapper’s services help 25,000 tenants each year find the right home for their needs.
People who attend Bolton at Home’s speed housing events can register for free at HomeSwapper and give their thoughts on the service.
So far, feedback from the borough’s tenants has been positive.
Mr Morton said: “It’s great to see so many people have had success with this scheme and to see how much it helps them.”
One of the tenants to attend Thursday’s event was Tracy Higginson, aged 42, of Carr Road, Horwich.
She said: “It’s a good idea — I’ve been looking for months to get a new property. There’s more information available to people and they’re able to make a more informed choice.”
Future speed housing events in the borough are on Tuesday, October 15, at Tonge Moor UCAN, Tonge Moor Road, and Thursday, October 17, at New Bury Residents Association, in George Street, Farnworth.
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