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The property & lifestyle magazine brought to you by FISKS / Issue 108

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Winter Selling Keeping Warm On A Budget UK Winter Holiday Ideas This Month’s Properties


A guide to successfully selling your property in the chilly months.


Budget-friendly tips to keep your home toasty all winter.


Unforgettable family holidays in the uk.

Welcome to our

magazine As the Christmas season fast approaches, it’s essential to bear in mind that the property market typically experiences a slowdown during this festive time. People naturally shift their focus towards upcoming celebrations and holiday preparations. However, it’s crucial to recognise that there are still eager buyers and sellers seeking to make significant property decisions before the year concludes. For those contemplating whether to list their property for sale now, my advice is simple: seize the moment. Whether it’s the holiday season or not, when individuals are determined to move, they’re motivated to do so regardless of the time of year. Don’t underestimate the potential for a successful transactions during this period - the right buyer or seller may be just around the corner, ready to make a life-changing decision.

John Pring FNAEA(Honoured) & MARLA | Director

WINTER SELLING A guide to successfully selling your property in the chilly months.

Selling a property during the winter months can present unique challenges, as the cold weather and holiday festivities often deter potential buyers. However, with the right strategies and a touch of creativity, you can turn the winter season into a prime opportunity to sell your property. In this guide, we’ll explore effective ways to make your property stand out and appeal to prospective buyers during the winter months. CURB APPEAL IN THE SNOW One of the challenges when selling during the winter is the impact of snow on curb appeal. Keep pathways clear and ensure your property is well-lit to create a welcoming atmosphere. Consider adding seasonal decorations like a wreath on the door or tasteful outdoor lighting to showcase your property’s charm. WARM AND COSY INTERIORS Emphasise the warmth and cosiness of your home’s interior. Use soft throws, plush cushions, and warm colour schemes to create a welcoming atmosphere. Consider staging your property with seasonal decor that complements the overall design, making potential buyers feel right at home. HIGHLIGHT WINTER-READY FEATURES Showcase features of your property that are especially beneficial during winter. If you have a fireplace, keep it lit during viewings to create a cosy ambiance. Highlight energy-efficient features - e.g. a well-insulated home, efficient heating system, or programmable thermostats to appeal to buyers looking for a cost-effective winter. PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY In many locations, winter landscapes can be picturesque, offering a unique backdrop for your property. Make sure your chosen estate agent knows how to capture the charm of your home surrounded by a blanket of snow. High-quality images can entice potential buyers all year-round. FLEXIBLE VIEWING SCHEDULE Winter schedules can be hectic, with holidays and bad weather affecting plans. Be flexible with your viewing schedule to accommodate potential buyers. Consider hosting open houses during weekends and evenings to give working individuals ample opportunity to visit.overall design, making potential buyers feel right at home.

PRE-SALE INSPECTION AND REPAIRS Winter can highlight potential issues like drafty windows or a faulty heating system. Conduct a pre-sale inspection to identify and address any problems before listing your property. Proactive maintenance not only enhances the appeal of your home but also provides assurance to potential buyers. PROVIDE WINTER-SPECIFIC INFORMATION Create a package that includes information about the property’s performance during winter. Include details about utility costs and any winter-specific activities in the neighbourhood. This information can set your property apart and make it more attractive to buyers. SET A COMPETITIVE PRICE Winter can be a buyer’s market, so it’s crucial to price your property competitively. Research the local market and take your estate agent’s advice on board. A wellpriced property is more likely to attract serious buyers.

Meet the team...

John Pring Director

Tayla McKinnon Office Administrator

Leanne Wright Administration Manager


Ian Carey Sales Manager

Harriet Plampton Sales & Lettings Consultant

Penny Ash Property Manager

Nicola Rattenberry Director’s P.A.

Albie Poole Property Consultant

Tina Webster Management Accountant

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KEEPING WARM ON A BUDGET Budget-friendly tips to keep your home toasty all winter.

As winter sets in and temperatures drop, the quest for a warm and cosy home becomes a top priority. However, the fear of skyrocketing heating bills can make it challenging to strike the right balance between comfort and cost. Fear not - with a bit of creativity and strategic planning, you can keep your home warm on a budget. In this guide, we’ll explore effective ways to make your living space a haven of warmth without breaking the bank. SEAL THE LEAKS Before turning up the heat, ensure your home is properly sealed to prevent warm air from escaping and cold air from creeping in. Check for drafts around windows and doors, and use weather stripping or caulk to seal any gaps. This simple step can significantly reduce heating costs and make your home feel cosier. UTILISE CURTAINS AND DRAPES Curtains and drapes aren’t just for decoration - they also play a crucial role in insulating your home. Keep them closed during the night to trap heat inside and open them during the day to let sunlight naturally warm your space. Choose thicker, thermal curtains for better insulation. LEVERAGE THE POWER OF RUGS Cold floors can make your entire home feel chilly. Add warmth and insulation by placing rugs on hardwood or tiled floors. Rugs act as a barrier, preventing heat from escaping through the floor and providing a comfortable surface for your feet. OPTIMISE YOUR HEATING SYSTEM If you’re on a budget, it’s essential to ensure that your heating system is working efficiently. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning filters and checking for leaks, can improve its performance and reduce energy consumption. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat to regulate temperatures based on your schedule. EMBRACE THE POWER OF LAYERS Dress your home in layers to retain warmth. Use throw blankets on sofas and beds, add extra cushions, and layer your windows with thermal curtains. Layering not only enhances the cosy aesthetic of your home but also provides additional insulation.

HARNESS THE SUN’S ENERGY Take advantage of free solar heat by strategically placing furniture near southfacing windows. The sun’s rays can naturally warm your home, reducing the need for additional heating during daylight hours. This eco-friendly approach can have a positive impact on both your comfort and your wallet. INVEST IN SPACE HEATERS While central heating systems are effective, they can be costly to run continuously. Consider using energy-efficient space heaters in specific rooms that need an extra boost of warmth. Remember to turn them off when leaving the room to maximise energy savings. DIY DRAFT STOPPERS Draft stoppers are a simple and cost-effective way to keep cold air out. They’re often cheap to buy, but if you want them for free, try creating your own by filling old socks or fabric tubes with rice or dried beans and placing them at the base of doors and windows. This DIY solution can make a significant difference in maintaining a cosy indoor environment.

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Our Ethos & Values

methods that you are comfortable with, such as high street shop locations with

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portals such as Rightmove, leaflet drops, floor plans, boards and branded cars.

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These marketing tools have been tried

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and tested for many years, but with the

for the benefit of our clients, whilst

ongoing digital revolution we have also

maintaining the professionalism and

embraced change. These new marketing

customer service associated with our

methods come in the form of a digital


property lifestyle magazine that’s produced in house and emailed to over eight thousand people a month, targeted social media campaigns across all the major platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, 4k video tours of your property for our successful YouTube channel, enhanced portal marketing, and from a customer service point of view, we have vendor log-ins so you can see viewers feedback and offers on your home at any time.


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UK WINTER HOLIDAY IDEAS Unforgettable family holidays in the uk.

As winter blankets the United Kingdom in a magical layer of frost and snow, families are presented with the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories together. From charming Christmas markets to thrilling winter activities, the UK offers a plethora of options for a delightful family holiday. In this guide, we’ll explore a variety of winter wonderland experiences that cater to all ages and interests. CHRISTMAS MARKETS EXTRAVAGANZA The UK is renowned for its enchanting Christmas markets, and exploring these festive hubs can be a magical experience for families. Cities like London, Manchester, Edinburgh, and, of course, Essex, transform into winter wonderlands, featuring twinkling lights, festive stalls, and a medley of seasonal treats. Children can meet Santa, indulge in holiday snacks, and browse through unique handmade gifts. FROSTY ADVENTURES IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS For families seeking an adventurous winter escape, the Scottish Highlands provide a stunning backdrop for outdoor activities. From snowshoeing and ice climbing to traditional winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, the Highlands offer a plethora of options for active families. The breathtaking landscapes covered in snow create a picturesque setting for a winter retreat. HISTORICAL WONDERS AT WARWICK CASTLE Warwick Castle, with its rich history and medieval charm, transforms into a winter wonderland during the festive season. The castle grounds are adorned with twinkling lights, and families can enjoy a variety of holiday-themed activities, including ice skating, exploring the castle’s enchanting interiors, and attending live shows that bring history to life.

FAIRY-TALE MAGIC IN THE COTSWOLDS The Cotswolds, with its charming villages and rolling hills, takes on a magical quality during the winter months. Families can explore quaint market towns, enjoy festive events, and take leisurely walks through picturesque landscapes. Some villages host Christmas fairs and light displays, adding an extra dose of holiday cheer. COASTAL RETREATS IN CORNWALL While some families dream of a white winter, others may prefer a milder coastal escape. Cornwall, with its stunning beaches and mild winter climate, offers a unique family holiday experience. Take scenic walks along the coastal paths, explore charming fishing villages, and indulge in delicious seafood at local eateries. ENCHANTING LIGHT DISPLAYS AT KEW GARDENS Kew Gardens in London transforms into a twinkling wonderland during the festive season. The gardens are adorned with captivating light displays, creating a magical atmosphere for families to explore. Children can participate in interactive displays, visit Santa’s grotto, and revel in the enchanting beauty of illuminated landscapes. MAGICAL MOMENTS AT LAPLAND UK For the ultimate winter family experience, consider a visit to Lapland UK. Located in Berkshire, this immersive attraction recreates the enchanting world of Father Christmas. Families can meet Santa, take part in festive workshops, and enjoy a range of winter-themed activities, creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.


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