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OCTOBER 2019

Property NEWS

Get cosy Warm up your home using colour PAGE 4

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Prepare your home for autumn

How to enjoy firework celebrations - safely

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Spooktacular things to do with the kids

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Editor’s letter Welcome to the October issue! The clocks are set to change this month which can only mean one thing – the colder weather is on its way! But fear not; inside this issue is lots of advice to help ensure your property doesn’t fall foul of the cold weather. Now is the time to focus on preparing your home and garden against the elements. Doing so will ensure you don’t get any nasty surprises, such as burst pipes, or the death of your favourite garden plants you’ve lovingly tended to over the summer.

Prepare your property for colder weather Autumn is here; the leaves are falling and it’s getting colder. Here are some handy tips for preparing your home for the colder months

And as the dark nights draw in, it’s also time to start planning for the seasonal events coming up on the calendar; Halloween and Bonfire night! To get you inspired, inside we feature a winter-warming recipe, perfect for either event. And if you’re looking for something frightfully good to do to celebrate Halloween, our travel pages feature enough spooky events around the country to help you plan spooktacular fun! We hope you enjoy reading this issue and we look forward to sharing more property-related and lifestyle articles with you next time. Enjoy! Linda McKeown Editor

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By turning your central heating back on now, you will be made aware of any issues with your heating before the cold weather really hits


You can lose as much as 30% of heating through seals and gaps in your loft

Boilers and radiators With the changeable weather over the summer, you will have probably turned your boiler on earlier than normal, only to turn it back off again with the warmer weather returning in September. If, however, you haven’t turned it on again, now is the time. By turning your central heating back on now, you will be made aware of any issues with your heating before the cold weather really hits. It may be wise to get your boiler professionally serviced to check for any problems that may appear further down the line. An engineer will identify problems with your thermostat that you may not be aware of. Your radiators may have had a build-up of sludge over the summer months – an engineer will flush through the dirty water and replace it with clean water ready for the harsher winter months; helping to ensure you never have to go without heating.

Draughts The last thing you need is pesky draughts letting cold air in and hot air out. You can check for draughts yourself using a lit candle around door frames and window frames. When

there is a draught, the flame will blow towards you. You can then either fix the draught yourself using hardware from a store or by calling in the professionals. You can lose as much as 30% of heating through seals and gaps in your loft. Check under the insulation for cut-outs, pipes, wires etc, and seal them from the inside. If you have a log burner or multifuel burner, remember to close the flue after use, (when the fireplace has cooled) to avoid heat escaping.

Create a cosy ambience Even sealed windows can allow heat to escape. By using good quality curtains, you can better insulate your windows. Close them at nighttime and when you’re not at home to conserve heat. With the nights getting darker, light up your windows with some warm fairy lights to create a cosy ambience. If you feel cold, you will be cold; trick your mind and make your home as cosy as possible! If you don’t have a real fireplace, light some scented candles. Choose autumnal scents such as wild pumpkin, cinnamon or cookies to create a cosy atmosphere in your

home. Spoil yourself with some fleecy blankets to wrap up in during the evenings. This will stop you from fiddling with the thermostat and making your house too warm.

Re-arrange the furniture Move your sofa, and any other furniture, away from the radiator; your sofa absorbs heat from the radiator which stops it from circulating around the room. The same goes for big TV units, dressers etc: try to keep your radiators unblocked by furniture so they can release heat just as they should. In bedrooms, long curtains can have the same effect. If possible, tuck the curtains behind the radiator and move beds away from radiators too. Waking up with your arm on a scalding radiator isn’t an enjoyable experience for anyone! If you have a conservatory clean it too and make it winter-ready; if you have vinyl flooring, invest in a thick shaggy rug. A conservatory can get cold even with a heating system installed, so opt for a plug-in heater too!

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Be inspired by

autumn’ s new colour trends

We love

Ha n d ma d Wo o l Y a r e Ch u n k n Bl a y M n k et e ri n o Y e llo w

The bedroom

Ochre is a beautiful mustard yellow that is taking the high-street by storm, and it’s perfect for brightening up a room while adding a cosy feel of autumn too. Either opt for block colour or items featuring it as hints of colour. There are a whole host of ways of incorporating ochre into your bedroom, but we can’t resist a lovely, chunky, throw to snuggle up to help survive the colder nights coming our way! Handmade Chunky Merino Wool Yarn Blanket Yellow Handmade from Merino wool, The Handmade Chunky Wool Yarn Blanket is incredibly soft and luxurious. The intricate craftsmanship gives the blanket a beautiful look and lush texture. Throw it at the end of your bed to add warmth to your bedroom. £44.95 www.tastitch.com

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Top pick Ideal Home Papillion Contour Fabric Accent Chair

The living room If you’re feeling brave and want to add colour to your living room, then opt for a colourful piece of furniture, such as a signature sofa or chair.

Ideal Home Papillion Contour Fabric Accent Chair Inspired by the classic mid-century contour chairs, Papillion features decorative button detail and soft rounded edges in pastel pink. The beautifully shaped leg section is wrapped in a naturally toned wood-effect that creates an eye-catching contrast against the felt-effect fabric above them. £219 www.very.co.uk


Think of autumn and warm tones of reds, browns and yellows come to mind. Celebrate the season by adding the latest trends to your home

Key colour trends for the home are shades of yellow, rustic reds, dusky pinks and geometric colourways

Great value

On trend ni ng i D d re e t ls o h M a rg a ret U p li a & C o. C h a i r Op h e

The dining room

Now’s the time to be bold with your colour choices for the home. Nothing is out of bounds, so try the likes of burnt reds with navy. Experiment and you’ll be surprised! And when it comes to your dining room, it’s no different. Update your entertaining and dining space to make an impact. Margaret Upholstered Dining Chair Ophelia & Co. These chairs will add a comfortable, sophisticated feel for a formal or casual dining room. Honey finished legs made from hardwood offer modern simplicity and a rich tone to complement the seat of the chair. And at a price that won’t break the bank either! £183.99 – set of 4 www.wayfair.co.uk

Bo n e ood s W ric a n dle t e m Ge o wit h H

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The Kids’ room

There’s no need to let the kids miss out on the latest trends this autumn. Give their room an uplift with fun, geometric furniture that’s practical as well as fashionable! From shelving units, funky cushions and rugs, there is plenty of inspiration out there. Why not try some geometric themed storage boxes? Geometric Wooden Box with Handles Bring adorable design to your home with this decorative wooden storage crate from Happy Little Folks. Perfect for a children’s room, it’s ideal for holding little bits and pieces. Each box has been carefully hand-painted with the bold geometric shapes having been created by using nontoxic, water-based paint and sealed with non-toxic varnish. Simply choose your colour scheme and off you go! £28 By Happy Little Folks www.notonthehighsstreet.com

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How best to prepare your garden for the colder months We are currently grasping onto the last ounces of sunny weather, and now your garden will need some attention and preparation for autumn and winter With the hottest day ever recorded in the UK having just passed us by (38.7 degrees Celsius in Cambridge on 25th July this year), your garden will have had its work cut out this summer, and is likely now feeling rather dried-out and exhausted. With the colder months just around the corner, here are our top tips as to how best to prepare your garden for the cooler times ahead.

Put away garden furniture Your outside furniture will have done you proud throughout the summer months, but now you need to ensure it doesn’t become needlessly wet, rusty, and perhaps even frozen in parts. Pack away any chairs and tables, as well as the barbeque if it’s a movable one, to prevent them from becoming victims to the elements throughout the winter season. A dedicated storage space or a garage would be ideal places to store them.

Protect your low-growing plants from wet weather by covering them with a sheet of glass or a cloche, and surrounding them with a slightly elevated layer of gravel or grit

The final cut of the grass It’s advised that any good gardener should keep their lawn generally well-maintained throughout the winter months, keeping it tidy and well-looked after. Late October or early November is generally the ideal time to give your lawn its final trim before winter hits. However, if you live in a particularly mild area you may be able to get away with cutting your grass in December.

Rotting plants Rotting and dying plants and other vegetation in your garden don’t only look untidy, they can also spread disease to other, healthier, plants in the surrounding area. Pests and fungi are also likely with old plants and could incur further problems for your garden. Insects feeding on your crops throughout the summer may lay eggs on the stalks and leaves, so removing any finished plants prevents pests from getting a head start come springtime. It’s also useful to note that burying old plants in your garden adds organic matter to your soil, which improves soil tilth and overall health.

Regenerate your compost A rich heap of compost can go a long way, and can be used to top up garden beds, amend deficient soils, and fertilize lawns. If you’re making way for another batch of compost and cleaning out the previous load, it’s likely to be insulated against winter’s chill, meaning microbes fester for longer into the winter. To prevent the microbes from festering further, compile your autumn compost heap with plenty of autumn leaves, straw or sawdust, layered with kitchen scraps and other active, green matter.

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Prepare the soil Autumn is a great time to add in new additions to the soil, such as manure, compost, kelp and rock phosphate. It’s often best to wait until your soil dries out before deciding to work it and add in extra nutrients: doing so in autumn means you won’t need to do as much in spring. Once you’ve added your additions, cover the bed of soil with sheets of plastic or other coverings to help prevent winter rains from washing the nutrients below the active root zone. The soil should be ready to be uncovered in dry spring, ready to work its magic.

Protect vulnerable plants from frost You can protect your low-growing plants from wet weather by covering them with a sheet of glass or a cloche, and surrounding them with a slightly elevated layer of gravel or grit, to ensure swift drainage of any potential rainwater. Some outdoor containers are frost-proof, and it’s advised you use these to prevent them cracking.

Plant cover crops Late summer or early autumn is an ideal time of the year to sow crops like rye, vetch and clover because, as well as adding nutrients, such crops as these help prevent soil erosion, break up compacted areas, and increase levels of organic matter in garden beds. Also, one way to increase the levels of available nitrogen for garden vegetables is to plant legumes in your garden, such as clover or field peas. Although some cover crops are hardier than others, it tends to be a general rule of thumb to plant cover crops around one month before your first killing-frost.

Late October to early November is generally the ideal time to give your lawn its final trim before winter hits

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A guide to

staying safe

on Bonfire night

Bonfire night can be one of the most exciting nights of the year and for very good reason. It’s a night filled with pretty firework displays, traditional bonfire treats and cosy hot drinks. However, it’s important to stay safe Whether you’re attending a firework display or celebrating at home, it’s important to remember that there are certain things you should and should not do.

You should: • • • • • •

build your bonfire far away from your home stand far enough away from fireworks and the bonfire make sure an adult checks the bonfire for hidden animals have a bucket of water nearby for emergencies keep your beloved pets inside during the celebrations remember to wrap up warm

You should never: • return to a firework after it’s been lit • let off fireworks after 11pm, (or midnight on the 5 Nov), as it’s illegal • build a bonfire near to any trees, fences or your home • leave before ensuring the fire and surroundings are put out • pour petrol or paraffin on the fire

According to the RSPCA 45 percent of dogs show signs of fear when they hear a firework set off

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Firework safety

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Bonfire night stats

Firework displays can be great for the whole family. They can also be very dangerous, so here are a few tips on how to stay safe: • Only adults should; set up firework displays, light fireworks and safely dispose of them • You should only buy fireworks which show the CE mark • Read and follow the instructions • Use a taper to light the fireworks • Have a bucket of water at hand • Use a board or other non-flammable rigid surface for flat-bottomed fireworks • Stand at a safe distance whilst fireworks are going off

4, 436 people used the NHS A&E services for firework related injuries in 2017/2018 Around half of all firework injuries happen to children under the age of 16 (gov.uk) Over the past five years over 350 preschool children have been hospitalised due to firework injuries (UK fire service)

Tips to help keep your pets safe Fun with sparklers • Find somewhere safe and open • Make sure you wear gloves when handling sparklers • Sparklers shouldn’t be given to children under the age of five • Hold the sparkler away from your face and body • Never touch the end of the sparkler • Once it’s no longer burning, put it in a bucket of water

Bonfire night can be a very scary night for your furry friends. According to the RSPCA, 45 percent of dogs show signs of fear when they hear a firework set off. So, to help, we’ve put together a few useful tips to keep them safe and happy. • If you have a dog, make sure you walk them in daylight hours before the fireworks start • Close all your windows and curtains, to help muffle the sound • Put the telly or radio on to provide distraction • Create some hiding spaces around the house and if they do hide under furniture, leave them there • Make sure your pet is microchipped in case they escape • For small animals, partly cover their cages with blankets: this will help with soundproofing

Spooktacular soup! If you’re planning on carving pumpkins this Halloween, make the most of the whole pumpkin! There are plenty of recipes out there to try, but we love this soup which uses both the flesh and seeds Pumpkin & lentil soup

Serves 4 Kcals per serving: 233 Suitable for vegetarians and gluten free

Ingredients • • • • • • • • •

1 tbsp olive oil, plus 1 tsp 2 onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped approx 800g chopped pumpkin flesh, plus the seeds 100g split red lentils ½ small pack thyme, leaves picked, plus extra to serve 1l hot vegetable stock pinch of salt and sugar 50g crème fraiche, plus extra to serve

Method 1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the onions until softened and

starting to turn golden. Stir in the garlic, pumpkin flesh, lentils and thyme, then pour in the hot stock. Season, cover and simmer for 20-25 mins until the lentils and vegetables are tender. 2. Meanwhile, wash the pumpkin seeds. Remove any flesh still clinging to them, then dry using kitchen paper. Heat the 1 tsp oil in a non-stick pan and fry the seeds until they start to jump and pop. Stir frequently but cover the pan in between to keep them in it. When the seeds look toasted, add a sprinkling of salt and a pinch of sugar. Stir well. 3. Whizz the cooked pumpkin mixture with a hand blender or in a food processor until smooth, then add the crème fraiche and whizz again. Taste for seasoning. 4. Serve with a spoonful of crème fraiche, a few thyme leaves and the toasted seeds scattered on top.

This recipe, and more, can be found at www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/creamy-pumpkin-lentil-soup

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O T E TI M GET COSY! cold Don’t let the oors. keep you ind gainst Snuggle up a in soft the elements and chunky knits ories. stylish access faves… Here are our

2-Piece Squirrel Print Hat & Mittens Set With this cute crocheted hat and matching mittens, they’ll be ready for splashing through all the puddles! Featuring ribbed cuffs, for a snuggly mitten fit. Embellished hat features a fun pom pom and squirrel motif. £14 www.marksandspencer.com

Girls grey padded belted longline coat Featuring zip pockets and detachable faux fur trim, this padded and belted long-sleeve coat is ideal for any fashion-conscious girl. Made from 100% polyester fabric. £50 www.riverisland.com

Monsoon Space Stripe Novelty Gloves Simply fun at their fingertips! These novelty gloves feature space-themed appliqués – perfect for any space-loving child. Available for ages 3 - 13 years. £12 www.very.co.uk

Boys’ Tech Parka Made from a shower-resistant material, this parka features a zip-through front, pockets for stashing essentials and a faux-fur lined hood to help protect against the elements. Available in bright blue, navy and red colourways. £55 - £61 www.johnlewis.com


Barbour® Leather Black Utility Gloves Invest in these 100% leather gloves to keep your hands warm and protected against the cold. £60 www.next.co.uk

Accessorize Devonshire Check Blanket Scarf In a classic check, this Devonshire blanket scarf by Accessorize is sure to lift your winter looks with tones of pink and yellow. 100% acrylic. L190 x W70 cm. £20 www.very.co.uk

Chilton Short Padded Wellies Don’t let the rain dampen your mood, or your style! These mid-height wellies from Joules are super stylish and have been finished with a faux fur collar for warmth. An anti-slip sole gives extra grip for those frosty mornings. £49.95 www.joules.com

Accessorize Nude Chunky Cable Poncho Ponchos are still on trend for the colder months, and this chunky knit poncho, made from 100% acrylic, is a must-have to help defend against the cold. £32 www.next.co.uk

SD-3 Parka Jacket Dress your man in style while keeping him cosy. With removable faux fur trim, a zip and toggle button fastening, five outer pockets, one inner pocket and ribbed cuffs, what more could he want in a jacket! £90.99 www.superdry. com

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Shrieks

ahead! Grab your broomsticks, it’s Halloween! Here’s how to keep your little coven spellbound and the not-so-little monsters in your life cackling at some of Britain’s top haunts

Apparently, we have the Celts to thank for Halloween and its creepy traditions. According to some scholars, the last day of October marked the end of the Celtic calendar and was the day they chose to honour their dead. Unfortunately, the Celts also felt this was the time when the barrier between worlds became wafer thin, allowing spirits to cross over and mingle with the living in order to destroy their recently gathered crops. So, to prepare themselves for this medieval fright night, the Celts across Britain and Europe

disguised themselves as ghosts and ghouls to wander unopposed, further arming themselves with lanterns carved from large seasonal vegetables and lighting bonfires. Sound familiar?

– the night before All Saints Day, which is November 1 – and, with the Church starting to restrict Pagan practises, Irish settlers heading to America took their traditions with them.

Of course, the well-to-do were far too important to indulge with such supernatural superstitions, so the poor offered to pray for their dead as well – in return for a small cake or, if you like, a treat. Conversely, in Irish mythology the Pooka (think Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) would also be around to play pranks. Of course, you can’t miss the trick.

And that’s how a festival dedicated to death snowballed into the multi-million-pound fun night we know and love today.

The name Halloween originates from the mid-1700s and is derived from the Scottish All Hallows’ Eve

BOLSOVER CASTLE

Warwick Castle WARWICK From October 19 until November 3, the castle becomes a dead cert for those looking for bloodcurdling tales. With a choice of scare levels – Plucky Pumpkins, Daring Dukes and Brave Knights – you can meet a host of bizarre characters, wondrous witches and even the crew of the Paranormal Encounters TV show as they try to discover why the ghosts of Warwick cannot leave. Further details: warwick-castle.com

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Given such a macabre backstory, it’s really no surprise the best places to get spooked at Halloween are Britain’s mythladen stately homes and castles. We feature five which we are sure will help raise the chill factor.

DERBYSHIRE

It’s really no surprise the best places to get spooked at Halloween are Britain’s mythladen stately homes and castles

Said to be one of the country’s most haunted castles – which encouraged staff to keep a special ‘ghost book’ to record the eerie experiences of visitors! You may even bump into the ghost of Sir Charles, said to wander the corridors of his former home, or catch the distinct whiff of horses coming from the empty riding school. Further details: english-heritage.org.uk and search for Bolsover Castle


The name Halloween originates from the mid-1700s and is derived from the Scottish All Hallows’ Eve – the night before All Saints Day

oxford Castle

OXFORD Visitors to Oxford Castle, another of Britain’s most haunted buildings, will be met by a host of Halloween-themed fun; from Bill Spectre’s ghost trails and midnight ghost tours of the castle, to the jailbreak escape room puzzle game, as well as Trick or Treat evenings, pumpkin carvings and ghost hunts for families and children.

Whitby Abbey

Further details: oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk/events/ event/ghostfest/

NORTH YORKSHIRE

Fancy exploring the darker side of history among bright lights? No better place than an illuminated tour of the ruins which inspired Dracula, Bram Stoker’s classic horror story where you can meet witches and witchfinders. Further details: english-heritage.org.uk and search for Whitby Abbey

Other events Added to the above, the London Dungeon is promising something terrifyingly spectacular in their Halloween show (thedungeons. com) while younger thrillseekers will love Brick or Treat, the spooktacular sleepover event at LEGOLAND Windsor (legolandholidays.co.uk). And just to prove ghostly goings-on aren’t confined to dry land, the skeleton crew of a ghostly pirate ship has moved into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard bringing with them Halloween crafts, face painting, a deathly disco, kids trail and lots of competitions (historicdockyard.co.uk).

margam CASTLE SOUTH WALES

Margam Castle in Port Talbot can be a chilling location at the best of times and is said to be the home of the nasty and angry spirit of a gamekeeper who really throws his weight around! The castle has seen a lot of paranormal activity so their after-dark Halloween Ghost Hunt should be a ghoulish experience. Further details: eeventbrite.co.uk/e/halloweenat-margam-castle-ghosthunt-south-wales Of course, if you prefer your Halloween to be more home-based there are several things to keep the youngsters occupied before they go Trick or Treating. The English Heritage website (English-heritage.org.uk) carries helpful guides to making creepy lanterns and masks, as well as proposing a change to the modern trend of carving pumpkins by reverting to the more traditional turnips.

No self-respecting party would be complete without apple bobbing, another game which can be traced back to the Celts, who tied apples to trees to encourage the sun god to return the following year. Then it’s off for the much-loved house-to-house procession where clusters of Grim Reapers, zombies, Captain Jack Sparrows, ghosts, skeletons and even Hulks knock on doors and demand: ‘Trick or Treat?’ Whatever would the Celts have made of it all?

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The EFL Championship: How are the promotion favourites doing so far? Promotion from the EFL Championship is the most lucrative prize in world football; worth around £170 million because of the enormous TV rights package on offer!

Last years’ promoted teams, Norwich City, Aston Villa and Sheffield United are already feeling the harsh realities of life in the Premier League. But, with masses of money paid out in transfer fees and player contracts upon promotion, they will hope to duplicate the success of teams such as Burnley, Bournemouth and Wolves in the long run. Two teams win promotion automatically every year, with a play-off for the final spot from the teams positioned third to sixth. It’s a long hard slog with 46 games in the league, (and cup games on top,) and the Championship always throws up some surprises along the way. Before the busy winter period, here is our handy guide to how the promotion favourites are faring so far.

Leeds United Promotion from the EFL Championship is the most lucrative prize in world football

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Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds were last years’ play off final losers; despite sitting at the top of the table for most of the season the players tired and they lost their way. Losing first-teamer Pontus Jansson and top-scorer Kemar Roofe, and without the funds to replace them, they have looked to youngsters on loan from the Premier League this season. With another preseason under his belt and described as the ‘best manager in the world’ by Guardiola, expect them not to

tire this year. They steamrollered over Swansea, only to lose in the 90th minute, so they will hope Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa bed in and make an impact as they don’t want the same problems as last season, when they lacked the cutting edge in attack.

Cardiff City Swansea City may be flying high at the start of the season, but expect this to be a temporary surge, much like a 100:1 outsider out front in the Grand National. They will fade, but expect Welsh rivals, Cardiff City, to hold steady throughout the season. Neil Warnock is an old hand at getting teams promoted, holding the record with 8 promotions in his management career. Cardiff have a solid squad of players, ready to rotate over the busier periods; when other teams drop off. Don’t be surprised when they’re, at least, in the play-off spots come the turn of the new year. And with Will Vaulks catapult throws, expect some last-minute goals ruining everyone else’s party.

Fulham Fulham spent big last year to avoid relegation from the Premier League. Caretaker manager Scott Parker did enough at the end of last season to get the job full time. They have a large squad of players, most with Premier League experience who will itch to get back to the top-flight. Like Leeds, they have dipped into the Premier League loan market, bringing in the experience of Harry Arter and the exciting Ivan Cavaleiro from Wolves, and kept hold of star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. Expect Mitrovic and Cavaleiro to be pushing each other in their own personal goalscoring competition to the end of the season and don’t be surprised if Mitrovic reaches the magical thirty.


THE

perks

OF

RENTING

Between 2007 and 2017, the number of people renting in the UK increased by 63% A record number of people now rent their home as opposed to buying; with a large selection choosing to rent even though they could afford to buy. Renting has a huge number of perks and, with owning a home not as much of a priority for younger generations, this will continue to rise. The largest group of private renters are those aged 25-34. However,

there has also been an increase in renting for 45-54-year-olds. With new measures introduced earlier in the year, tenants have never been better protected. The increase in private renters isn’t necessarily because buying a house is out of their budget, many rent instead of buying due to career, family and the huge number of benefits that come from renting.

SO, WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST BENEFITS OF RENTING? The world moves faster than ever before. On average, Millennials switch jobs more often than older generations; with 60% always open to new opportunities. The job market has changed with people rarely staying in one job throughout their life. Many now want the flexibility to move to new areas to pursue their career. Renting is the perfect choice for those that do, as there is no need to put your house on the market, await viewings, negotiate offers and then wait for conveyancing. Leaving a rental property entails handing in your notice, cleaning and then moving! QUICK PROCESS

Many rent instead of buying due to career, family and the huge number of benefits that come from renting

Moving into a rental property is quicker than buying a property too. When you rent, you calculate how much you can afford using your salary, go on some viewings and then confirm to us, the agent, that you like the property. After this, you can put down a deposit and wait for the reference checks to complete, which usually takes a week. Once referencing is complete, you will confirm your

move-in date, pay your deposit and usually your first month’s rent, and pick up your keys. In theory, with the process running smoothly, you could view a house on a weekend and move in the next weekend! NO REPAIR BILLS If you own your home and the boiler breaks, or the oven stops working, you will need to pay a professional to replace or fix the item and do the work. In a rental property, report these problems and the landlord will get them fixed quickly at no cost to yourself, (as long as you didn’t cause the damage). This is the same for smoke alarms, Carbon Monoxide alarms and any other problems that happen during your tenancy. INSPECTIONS HELP YOU KEEP ON TOP OF THE CLEANING That dreaded word every tenant fears: ‘inspection’. However, this is the perfect opportunity to remind you to do a deep clean every sixmonths. When you own your home, you have no-one coming around to check on the condition of the property, which can lead to laziness in the upkeep of your home.

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Meet our team Bow Office

Robert Burgess

Senior Property Consultant Robert recently joined the Butler and Stag team. However, he isn’t new to the property industry or the Directors, who he knows well and has worked alongside in previous years. Being a lifelong resident of East London and with 14 years’ experience in the London property market, ensures that Rob can use his inside knowledge of the local area to sell the perfect property to his clients. Rob has a keen interest in cars, travel, and his best bud Coco the Boxer dog, who can always be seen walking with him around the parks of east London. 

Aidan Kitchen Property Consultant

Aidan joined Butler & Stag back in March 2017, coming from a background in digital marketing which helped him quickly transfer his client service skills. With the whitest teeth in the company, Aidan did consider a career in modelling but was swiftly told he had the perfect face for radio and decided to focus his energy on becoming the best estate agent in East London instead.Based at the Roman Road office in Bow, Aidan loves his food and will often be found trying out the various food stalls and deli’s on Roman Road Market.

Lily Ward

Property Consultant

Michael Woolley Director

Michael set up Butler & Stag with best mate Neil Leahy back in 2012 and they now have three offices, with plans to continue their expansion. Michael loves his sport and was once fairly handy at football, rugby and cricket, whilst he also passed out for the Marines many moons ago. Based at the Roman Road office in the East End, this is an area Michael has great affinity with, having worked in the East End and City fringe markets throughout his career in agency. He is currently a member of the East End Trades Guild and works closely with the Roman Road Trust. Anything East End related, Michael is your man!

Lily joined Butler & Stag back in March 2017 as a property manager for the Roman Road office.  Lily has excelled in her role and become a valued member of the team, most recently dabbling in the selling and letting of properties, to which she has taken like a duck to water. So much so, Lily will be assuming her role as a fully-fledged property consultant in the coming months. Away from the office Lily is an East London girl through and through and will often be found gallivanting around Shoreditch on a Saturday night.

Casey Monaghan Property Manager

Casey was made in ‘East London’, she lives in E4, previously worked in E17 and now works, lives and breathes in our E3 Bow office. Casey brings her vibrant personality and customer care knowledge to the very front of our office utilizing the skills she has acquired as a Sales Negotiator in E17 and moreover her previous International Compliance experience. She now embodies those skills and further adds substantial value to the office as our Property Manager/Office Co-Ordinator.

Amy Mack

Property Manager Amy was born and raised in Essex, but started her career in property working in Hertfordshire. Always having a big ambition to work in London, Amy now manages the Shoreditch rental portfolio. Working in the vibrant Shoreditch area, is definitely compatible with her enthusiastic nature and her partiality for a cocktail or two!

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Situated within this striking Grade II listed building which dates back to the 19th century is this two bedroom residence.

Tredegar Road, Bow, E3 £500,000

Set within one of East London’s historical conservation areas is this spacious two bedroom, two bathroom apartment - Spanning 800 sq/ft, the apartment provides generous living accommodation throughout.

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Mile End Place, Mile End, E1 ÂŁ700,000

Hidden away off Mile End Road within this gem of a cul-de-sac is this charming two bedroom, end of terrace freehold cottage.

Bevan Court, Tredegar Road, Bow E3 ÂŁ425,000

A larger than average and well-presented two bedroom third floor apartment with offstreet parking, set within this popular purpose built development on Tredegar Road.

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Palmers Road, Bow, E2 £475,000

A beautifully presented and very well cared for apartment set on the 11th floor of this popular modern development with views across Regent’s Canal. Full width balcony and allocated underground parking.

Cardigan Road , Bow, E3 GUIDE PRICE OF £400,000 - £425,000

Brook House, 3 Fletcher Street, E1 £550,000

This striking modern development occupies a corner position of Cardigan Road and Guglielmo Marconi Mews which is located parallel to the historic Roman Road market (one of the oldest trading street markets in the country).

Smart and well-presented two bedroom first floor apartment, set within this video-intercom secure development in Shadwell.

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Meet our team

Sam Smith

Shoreditch Office

Property Consultant Sam started his career at Butler and Stag after leaving Tottenham Hotspur Football Club where he played as a youth from age 7 to 18. Starting his career with Butler and Stag as a Property Consultant has lead him to achieve well in both sales and lettings with his competitive edge within the industry.

Lewis Hughes Property Consultant

Lewis started his career with Butler and Stag in the Summer of 2018. Lewis loves his boxing which he competed at National Level as well as his cooking which he compares himself to Gordan Ramsey. An Essex boy with family originating from East London. If you need any assistance whether Sales or Lettings Lewis is the right Man to speak to.

Nick Karamanlis Office Partner

Nick is a branch partner who has been involved in thousands of sales and lets in the East end and City fringe market since switching careers back in 2005. Due to a bad experience when buying he believed early on that the process should be more transparent and customer focused.

Lydia Hellen Office Coordinator

Lydia recently the joined our Theydon Bois office as an administrator. She has a friendly and out-going personality and is quickly gaining experience within our fast growing company. Following in the footsteps of her successful property developer dad, Lydia has a keen interest in the industry and strong ambitions to progress. With a largely PR and hospitality focused background and she is already showing excellent customer services attributes. A local girl, Lydia was born and raised in Chingford. Away from the office she enjoys socialising with her large group of friends, spending time with her family and keeping fit.

He is a huge family man with two very “spirited” young boys who keep him busy. He loves his skiing and football; both playing (on the rare occasions he’s not injured) and watching his boys play for their local teams.

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Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 GUIDE PRICE OF £575,000 - £600,000

A larger than average two bedroom garden conversion arranged over the lower ground floor of this wonderful four storey Victorian house.

Sir George’s Residence 4 Gunthorpe Street Spitalfields London E1

Crossway Dalston London N16

£650,000

£500,000 A stunning first floor one bedroom apartment set within this beautifully maintained gated period townhouse conversion set off the beaten track just seconds from Aldgate East.

A newly-built three bedroom freehold house finished to a high specification contemporary standard, nestled between Stoke Newington and Dalston.

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Poole Street, Hackney, N1 £750,000

Set over 1,000 sq. ft. on the fifth floor of this canal-side converted film studio is this generously proportioned two bedroom apartment with private balcony.

Verdigris Apartments 31 Old Bethnal Green Shoreditch London E2

Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch, EC2A

£2,200 PCM

£425,000

Measuring over 880 sq. ft. is this one bedroom authentic loft conversion set in the heart of Shoreditch, just yards from Old Street Station. Available furnished.

A beautifully presented one bedroom apartment set on the fourth floor of this popular modern development, situated just moments from Columbia Road Flower Market.

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Tony Game

Meet our team Theydon Office

Office Manager

Raised in Loughton and living in Buckhurst Hill, Tony’s has an intimate knowledge of West Essex which proves to be an invaluable asset when selling properties within the area. A respected and well-known figure within the local property industry, Tony has years of experience running residential sales departments. Tony’s clients respect his hardworking approach and honest opinion.

Sarah Chumbley Property Manager

Sarah enjoys multiple roles within the company. They include administration, Property Management and viewings. She has proved invaluable in the success of our newest office. Sarah offers five star customer service and regularly receives excellent reviews. Away from the office, Sarah is a real home bird and enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.

Chris Marsh

Assistant Office Manager

Chris is a proven member of the Butler & Stag team and is respected for his calming approach to property sales. Chris’s expertise includes negotiating, valuing and sales progression. Chris has quickly climbed the ladder and is now the Assistant Office Manager. Outside of work, Chris is a serious golfer which led him to having a crack at becoming pro ten years ago.

Bradley Gale

Neil Leahy Director

Neil is the co-owner of Butler & Stag, along with lifetime friend Michael Woolley. A resident of Theydon Bois where we opened our third office in 2017, Neil is extremely passionate about the area and saw a gap in the market to introduce our award services. Under Neil’s supervision, the office has seen accelerated growth and we are now recognised market leaders; it is equally impressive that this has taken just twelve months to achieve. Butler & Stag are also regularly commended for our fund raising initiatives raising tens of thousands of pounds for worthy local causes yearly. Away from the office Neil is a family man, he has a son and a daughter and enjoys spending time with them, along with his wife Claire. Neil also coaches his son’s football team at Buckhurst Hill FC and has overseen the transition of many of their players to professional academies.

Senior Property Consultant

Bradley began his career within the property industry in 2013 for a highly regarded company. It was there where he developed a passion for all things property. Following a stint with a central London agent, Bradley embarked on his travels exploring Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania. He joined Butler & Stag in 2019 and has been an instant success. Bradley’s other passion is Music.

Max Harding

Senior Property Consultant

Max began his career within the industry in 2016. Max obtained a quick grasp of estate agency and became a top performing consultant, winning many awards. During this time, he became the youngest valuer in the companies history. After two years, an opportunity arose to work in Dubai which was too good to turn down. Max joined us in 2019 and we are delighted to have him on board.

Joanna Robertson

Senior Property Consultant

Jo joined Butler & Stag in 2019 after working as a Lettings Manager in Dunmow. Jo believes her key qualities are compassion, focus and her ability to make sure the clients experience is perfect. Jo is a proud member of ARLA and has been a driving force in growing the lettings department. Away from the office Jo enjoys spending time with her partner and taking Reg her French bulldog for walks.

Megan Harris Office Co-Ordinator

Megan joined Butler & Stag as an Office Co-Ordinator and is proving to be the backbone of the team. Her bubbly personality and ‘can do’ attitude have been appreciated by our client base. Megan has been working within the industry for two years and is keen to learn. Megan is a local girl from Buckhurst Hill and away from the office she loves relaxing weekends and cosy nights in with family and friends.

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Bury Road, Sewardstonebury, London E4 £2,300,000

A simply stunning and individually designed, detached house spanning over 3898 sq feet/ 362 square metres, enviably positioned in the sought after location of Sewardstonebury, North Chingford.

Copped Hall Estate, Epping, CM16

School Lane, High Laver, CM5

£1,000,000

£1,600,000 Situated in a wonderfully private and secure setting within the widely regarded Copped Hall Estate, is this beautifully presented Edwardian family home set in over an acre of mature grounds with a range of useful outbuildings.

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A simply stunning four bedroom Grade II Listed detached farmhouse-style property dating back to 1640, located on the outskirts of the rural location of High Laver.


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Elizabeth Drive, Theydon Bois CM16 £850,000

An exceptional and imposing three bedroom detached house located in the heart of the village within walking distance of the local shops, restaurants, two pubs and the central line tube station.

Manor Road, Chigwell, IG7

Harlow Tye, Harlow CM17

£5,500 PCM

£2,795 PCM

7 bedroom beautifully presented three storey house located in the sought after Manor Road area of Chigwell, offering spacious and modern accommodation throughout.

The stunning property is full of character and charm offering spacious living accommodation throughout with beautifully presented gardens.

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Dont just take our word for it ...

I received an excellent service from Butler & Stag

They were knowledgeable, they were responsive and they were very professional. My experience of interactions with Butler & Stag has been really positive, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone else. Mr A Rutter / Vendor

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Butler & Stag were fabulous from start to finish

The level of service from Bulter & Stag I thought was absolutely superb. Ms S Davidek / Buyer

I recieved top quality products that have helped with my property Very good brochures which were high gloss and looked very professional, and the photography was excellent. Mr T Doyle / Vendor

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The quality of the photos was good

the description was very comprehensive. Overall I thought it was a very compelling offering. Mrs C Goldman / Vendor

We really really appreciated the fact that Butler & Stag conducted most of the viewings themselves

so it didn’t mean we had to be there all the time. So we could, in effect, continue with our lives as much as possible and Butler & Stag took that stress away from us. Mr and Mrs Shepherd / Vendors

They were also very prompt at responding

and very relaxed and real when we spoke to them about situations or the kind of feedback we were getting. Ms Y Feussner / Landlord

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