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Property September 2019

NEWS

Plan ahead

for some winter sun Page 12

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Create the perfect home office

Social media – Keeping children safe

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Light up your home with these top picks

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Editor’s Letter Welcome to the September issue!

Decorating your home on a budget

If you’re like us, you may be wondering just where the summer has gone! The kids are back at school, the nights are already drawing in, and we’re already well on our way towards the backend of 2019. But fear not! There’s plenty inside this issue to help take your mind off the pending arrival of autumn; from decorating your home on a budget (so you can save those pennies for, dare we say, Christmas), to creating the perfect home office, and top tips on keeping the kids safe on social media. Inside we also give inspiration on lighting up your home – whether it be with quirky lampshades or practical lights. But if you’re not quite ready to resign yourself to the fact that summer is all but a distant memory, then grab yourself a last-minute getaway! We give a run-down of the best places to visit. As ever, we hope you enjoy reading and we look forward to sharing more articles with you next time. Linda McKeown Editor

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Freecycle sites If you really feel that upcycling is not for you, but want to keep your budget to a minimum, scour online sites which offer a range of items, such as storage, tables and chairs, for free! Sites such as www.freecycle.org/browse/UK are great and work on the premise that having taken advantage of your freebie, that you do the same for something that you no longer require. Membership is free, and everything posted must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages. The Freecycle Network® is made up of 5,000+ groups with over 9 million members across the globe. It’s a nonprofit movement of people who give – and get – items for free in their own towns, which helps keep good stuff out of landfills. And if you do have a creative streak, freecycle sites are ideal if you’re on the hunt for something to transform and give a new lease of life to!

Upcycle If you’re on a budget or just can’t quite get rid of furniture, simply because you want to create a new look – upcycling could be the answer. You can find so much inspiration on the likes of Pinterest, which show how easy it can be to change a tired and dated piece of furniture into something new. For example, sanding down a pine chest of drawers and then painting it to your new colour scheme is relatively easy and cheap to do. Add some new handles, and they will be transformed. There is so much information out there on the internet to guide you through, step by step. So, get searching and release your creativity!


Freecycle sites are ideal if you’re on the hunt for something to transform and give a new lease of life to

Do it yourself Commonly known as DIY! If you want to help keep costs down further and you’re handy with a hammer, then carrying out home improvements yourself could be the answer.

Charity shop Second hand doesn’t have to mean settling for second best. Sometimes the best finds can be discovered in a charity shop! Hunt out where to find charity shops in your area that have household items on offer, such as British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research. Not only could you find the perfect item for your home, you’ll be supporting a great cause along the way!

Remember though: always consult the professionals when it comes to knocking down walls, installing plumbing or new electrics. Statistics compiled by NHS Digital show that during 12 months from March 2017, 4,831 admissions to NHS hospitals in England were made as a result of injuries from drills and other power tools, while from the same period, 6,489 admissions were made from falls from a ladder!

Auctions Always consult the professionals when it comes to knocking down walls, installing plumbing or new electrics

Online auctions, like eBay, have become increasingly popular for grabbing a bargain. Search for items available in your area to avoid large postage charges for heavier items. Alternatively, why not attend a locally held auction to help give you inspiration? Be aware of any commission that you may need to pay to the auction house on any winning bids. Some great bargains are to be had if you’re willing to look and wait for the right pieces to come along – and at the right price!

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With growing numbers of people regularly working from home, it’s important to get the environment just right for doing so

Choose the right space With 40% of Brits now working from home each week, it’s clear to see why: with the benefits from doing so ranging from saving money on the commute, to being in for deliveries and the school run.

perfect environment so that your productivity isn’t impacted. An uncomfortable and incorrectly positioned chair can lead to repeated shuffling to get comfortable, leading to distraction and a lack of desire to lock yourself away in your office and get the job done!

But what should you consider when converting a room into a home office? Choosing the right space is the first important decision to make. It’s not just about fitting into any space; you will, after all be spending most of your working day in there!

The same ethos applies to your desk. Work out how much space you need. Is it just a laptop you need the space for, or will you be using it to organise paperwork? Whatever your needs, ensure you have a desk that is up for the job.

If you’re able, choose a room that has some natural light coming in and that will be big enough to accommodate a desk, chair and storage – depending on your needs, of course.

Kit it out

Create the perfect environment As you will be spending a good deal of time working in your chosen room, it’s vital that you create the

OK, so you know what you need: now time to kit out your office. With the boom of internet shopping, you no longer need to rely on a trip to Ikea to get the office furniture you need. It’s always a good starting point but why not try the likes of www.wayfair.co.uk, www.officefurnitureonline.co.uk or www.ryman.co.uk to name but a few.

Again, work out what you need before you buy so you don’t end up buying more than needed (or you can actually fit in the room!).

Get connected If your broadband speed isn’t up to scratch it can be frustrating. Employers are likely to call you back into the office if your speed can’t handle the work you need to do. Alternatively, if you use Skype for business, a poor broadband speed could seriously hinder any meetings you have planned, with your call falling out and poor quality pictures for meetings. Slow broadband speed is a big turn off. Luckily rural countryside areas are finally catching up with inner-city speeds. Comparison websites such as Uswitch and Compare the Market will show you the best deals and estimated speeds in your area in minutes.

40% of Brits now work from home each week with the benefits from doing so ranging from saving money on the commute, to being in for deliveries and the school run”


It’s vital that you create the perfect environment so that your productivity isn’t impacted

Not only do you need a fast broadband speed, but you also want one that is consistently good from morning to evening.

Storage delights Keep it tidy and keep it simple! There are plenty of storage solutions out there for your home office space. And if floor space is limited, utilise wall space instead with bookcases or wall storage.

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top picks! Rutland Wooden Large Wall Mounted Shelving Unit In White Ideal for any home office – and available in oak too. £69.95 // www.furnitureinfashion.net Arran Fabric Swivel Chair - Grey A modern take on the classic tub chair combining both style and versatility £133.20 // www.officefurnitureonline.co.uk Corona Grey 5 Tier Narrow Shelving Unit Offering a combination of quality and style for your home office. Approx. Dimensions Barker Desk (mm) H 1670 W 470 A quirky desk D 350 with inbuilt £119.99 // storage cubes! www.ryman.co.uk £166.99 // www.wayfair. 5 co.uk


Keep your kids

Our children are growing up with technology as the norm and not just a treat, but how can you keep them safe online? 6

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With Smartphones being as powerful as some laptops, everything you can do on a tablet is now accessible on a smartphone


If your child has a smartphone, set up parental controls so they cannot order any apps you don’t want them to have

In this technological age, where kids are surrounded by tablets, smartphones and YouTube, it is hard to know what is safe and what isn’t for your children. Most children already have a favourite YouTuber, play Fortnite or ROBLOX online with their friends and can surf through the web faster than most of their parents.

Smartphones

Here are some top tips for staying savvy and keeping your kids’ safe online.

If your child has a smartphone, set up parental controls so they cannot order any apps you don’t want them to have, and to stop them accidentally ordering from any in-game pop-ups.

Social media and YouTube

Social media is full of scare stories such as MOMO, (which turned out to be an elaborate hoax) which spread like wildfire through school playgrounds. This doesn’t make it any less scary for your children as their wild imaginations push things to the limit. The problem with social media is that fake news stories, like MOMO, get shared and go viral. Even if your child isn’t on social media, they will then find out about something viral through YouTubers and YouTube. There is a YouTube kids app with parental controls which can help limit what your child is watching. However, if you let your child watch YouTube, you can turn off the search settings, so they only watch videos pre-approved by you. Alternatively, remove YouTube altogether and set up a child’s profile for Netflix.

Computer consoles

With the release of Fortnite, the gaming world changed overnight. Suddenly, regardless of what console your child has, they can play online against their friends and strangers in a huge openworld environment. This brings up its own problems; strangers talking to your kids during the game, excessive time spent playing games etc. However, with Nintendo Switch’s capability to set parental controls and the ability to set play time limits, this is no longer a problem. Both the Xbox One and PS4 also have child safety settings. These range from content settings for YouTube and other apps, to a password to power-up the console. The beauty of this is that your child can’t get up in the middle of the night and turn on their console without a password.

The age you give your child a smartphone is up to you as the parent. Some parents give them out at an early age because their child gets the bus to school, others because they’re tired of getting theirs taken off them every evening! With Smartphones being as powerful as some laptops, everything you can do on a tablet is now accessible on a smartphone.

With technology constantly changing, it is time to accept that not giving your children technology could hold them back in their school, and later in their careers. However, as with everything, there are some simple fixes to help keep your child safe while online.

Strangers online

As children, and long before technology, we were warned about the dangers of talking to strangers when we were out playing. The same applies to your children online now. As parents it’s good to talk to your child at an early age about what to do if a stranger tries to talk to them online. You want your child to have the confidence to come to you if someone does try talking to them: • Tell your child not to respond: If your child responds to the stranger then that person has the chance to manipulate or talk to your child and convince them not to tell you about them. • Explain that they haven’t done anything wrong: If your child is worried about getting disciplined, they are more likely NOT to tell you if a stranger does try to talk to them; so, make sure they know that you won’t be angry. • Try to get a username: If your child understands the reasons for your concern, they may be able to get the username of the stranger. Using this username, you can then report the stranger to authorities. • Remove the specific game or app: Unfortunately, some games and apps are more accessible for people trying to contact your child. Simply remove these games and apps from your child’s console, tablet or smartphone. And tell your child the truth: don’t make up a story that the app or game no longer works as this will more than likely make them want to play it without your knowledge.

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KEEPING AN EYE ON YO U R C H I L D ’ S EYESIGHT

In the modern age of technology, caring for your child’s eyesight has never been so pertinent With kids and teens age 8 to 18 spending an average of more than seven hours a day looking at screens, it’s recommended that parents should limit screen time for kids to a maximum of just two hours per day. For younger children, age 3 and 4, the World Health Organization says that this should fall to just one hour a day. In fact, a 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 8 to 18-year-old children devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to entertainment media – every day. That equates to more than 53 hours per week! With children constantly growing, their eyes are prone to long-term damage, which is why it’s key that their eyesight is taken care of from an early age.

School time

Children can have an eyesight test at any age. However, most will have their eyes examined when they first start school. The great thing is, that they don’t need to be able to read. There are many ways in which your child’s eyes can be tested when they can’t yet read or understand letters of the alphabet – mainly by using images. If your child's vision is not checked at school, simply take them to your local opticians for an eye examination – it’s free!

Screen time

A potentially harmful light source for children is BlueViolet light, which comes from a plethora of sources such as sunlight, fluorescent and LED lights and screens, flat screen TVS, computers and smartphones. And just why isn’t it good for our eyes? Quite simply, our eyes are not equipped to filter out this light – and a child’s eyes are even more vulnerable. Too much screen time can result in eyestrain – symptoms can include burning, itchy, or tired eyes, headaches, fatigue and blurred vision.

Children may not always realise they have a problem with their vision, so it’s important that they have regular checks

Spotting a problem

Children may not always realise they have a problem with their vision, so it’s important that they have regular checks so that any potential issues can be flagged up and treated accordingly. Signs to look out for include: • eyes not pointing in the same direction • complaining of headaches or eye strain • problems reading i.e. holding books close to their face to read • problems with hand-eye co-ordination • being unusually clumsy • regularly rubbing their eyes • sitting too close to the TV If you have any concerns about your child's vision, visit your GP or go to an optician.

Did you know? Free NHS sight tests are available for children under 16 and for young people under 19 in full-time education. Just pop to your local optician to make an appointment.


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Light up

YOUR HOME Whether you’re after a modern, cosy or quirky feel to a room, choosing the right light source is vital for achieving the desired look you want

Monkey Table Lamp This quirky table lamp base features a monkey holding a light bulb. Ideal for adding a retro style to any room in your home. £57.99 www.wayfair.co.uk

Pluto Floor Lamp The Pluto floor lamp by Swoon has a minimalistic yet mesmerising design that brings a hint of geometric charm to your room. £129 www.very.co.uk

Lucide Oris 4 Light Bar Ceiling Pendant We think that this hanging light would be ideal for any dining room. Robust and sturdy, it’s also adjustable in height, so you can choose at what height it hangs below the ceiling. £205.99 www.lighting-direct.co.uk

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Next Isla Ombre Easy Fit Pendant 100% glass, this smoke-plated crackle-effect pendant is ideal for those wanting to make a quick replacement of an existing pendant light. £25 www.next.co.uk

Chicago Floor Lamp Bring vintage Hollywood to your home with this studio set inspired floor lamp. The diffuser reflects the light back into the shade, creating a warm, illuminating effect. Perfect!

Mini Gaston in Brass Meet the pint-sized version of Loaf’s everpopular Gaston lamp. With a vintage brass finish and pewter details, we think this ‘mini’ light might be one of our favourites!

£199 www.made.com

£75 https://loaf.com

Mirrored Glass Pentagon Ceiling Light Made from mirrored glass, light shines through the distressed accents in the glass to create a warm, glowing effect when switched on, while it appears as a multi-faceted mirror when switched off. £195 www.johnlewis.com

Elements Harley Ochre Table Lamp This Elements table lamp is presented with a stylish tripod base and completed with an Ochre interlocking shade design – perfect for adding a focal point to any room. £32 www.dunelm.com

Antique Silver Palm Leaf Table Lamp Simply stunning! Made from iron with an antiqued silver leaf finish, this fabulous Palm Leaf Table Lamp is very on trend and casts amazing shadows when lit! £195 www.oliveandsage.co.uk

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Catch some sun

this winter! With the summer holidays already a distant memory, it’s time to get excited about some winter sun. We look at the best places to go

Fly a little further to get the sunshine you crave in the winter months, and you won’t be disappointed. There are some great destinations to pick from – whether you are looking for a classic beach-style holiday or something a bit more luxurious; there is something to suit all budgets.

The Canary Islands The number one winter sun destination! This group of seven islands has something for everyone, and with temperatures around 20c throughout the winter months and a flight time of under five hours, it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. The most well-known islands are Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife. If you want a large resort with masses to keep the family busy, then look no further than Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria. It is a resort which has something for everyone, whether you are looking for lavish meals out, family fun at a theme park, buggy racing on the dunes, a day at the beach or dolphin and whale spotting on the sea, plus much more. The beach stretches for miles and there is a wide range of accommodation on offer from simple self-catering apartments through to an allinclusive 5* boutique hotel. Try the Papas Arrugadas, the local dish of wrinkly salted potatoes with Mojo sauce.

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Check before you travel Some of our suggested destinations are further afield than you may usually travel during the summer holidays. Always check if a VISA is required. You can check on the gov.uk website for all travel requirements for certain countries. It will also include up-to-date information regarding weather warnings and extra travel advice.

Madeira

Mexico

Florida

Madeira is an archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean to the southwest of Portugal. 400 miles north of the Canary Islands, this stunning island is where the Portuguese global football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was born.

A longer flight than the Canary Islands or Madeira, but well worth it. At around 12 hours flight time, Mexico is a great choice for couples and families with older children. It is well known and loved for its hospitable people, love of spicy foods and its cultural history.

No winter sunshine holiday list would be complete without the US state of Florida. Famous for its amusement parks including the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, the state of Florida is one of the most visited holiday destinations in the world! With so much to see and do, you will need longer than a week here. The Walt Disney World Resort alone has four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses and thirty-six hotels to choose from!

The capital, Funchal, is located on the south coast of the island and is a haven for culture seekers. With an average high temperature of 21c in December, this beautiful island is a great place to soak up some sunshine and culture over the winter. Madeira is a mountainous island with stunning flora and fauna with high volcanic peaks, making it perfect for hiking and walking. On the northern slopes of Madeira Island, the valleys contain native forests which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fancy something relaxing after exploring? Why not sunbathe on one of the stunning beaches and take in the culture and local food in the evening. Explore the North of the island with its natural parks, waterfalls and wild horses.

Whether you are looking to go on an adventure in the southern jungles or want to explore the snow-capped volcanoes in its northern deserts, Mexico won’t leave you disappointed. With its long coastline and crystalclear sea, take some time out soaking up the rays on one of Mexico’s many beaches. Explore some of its history and culture with a visit to Chichen Itza, the famous Mayan site that is now one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The capital, Mexico City, is known for its ancient canals, art and culture as much as for the sumptuous smells and tastes of its street food. Avoid travelling in September as this is Mexico’s hurricane season.

Florida is also home to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center where the Apollo flights were launched. The Florida Reef is also the only living coral barrier reef in the United States and has a plethora of stunning marine life which you can visit at one of the National Parks. For sport, Florida offers a great chance to see one of the USA’s main sports firsthand: Florida has three NFL teams, two NBA teams and two MLB teams. Pre-book your tickets online to avoid queues during the busy season.

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Champions Preview League 2019/20

The usual heavyweights from across the continent such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and PSG will hope to stop the resurgence of English teams this year

Can Europe’s heavyweight’s stop the dominance of English teams in the Champions League? Last season, English teams ruled with the first all-English final for over a decade ending with Liverpool winning their sixth Champions League title. Let's have a look at five clubs we believe could go the whole way this year:

Manchester City

Juventus

Quite possibly one of the greatest teams ever created, Pep Guardiola’s Citizens will hope to claim the elusive trophy they crave so much. The addition of Rodri from Atletico Madrid and an upgrade in full back in Cancelo could be the final pieces of the puzzle. A settled team full of world-class talent, with a substitutes bench that would make the first-eleven at most other clubs, will this be the year Guardiola gets his tactics right in Europe?

The Bianconeri haven't lifted the Champions League since the 1995/96 season, when a trio of Gianluca Vialli, Del Piero and Fabrizio Ravanelli shot them to glory. With Ronaldo defying his years and an influx of genuinely world-class players in Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Matthijs de Ligt arriving this summer, will Maurizio Sarri be able to rebuild his reputation after his troubled time at Stamford Bridge last season?

Paris Saint-Germain

Atletico Madrid

Atletico may have lost three of their most well-loved players in Griezmann, Rodri and Godin, however, they have spent the money wisely; securing the talent of Joao Felix, in attack, from Benfica for £113,000,000 and Kieran Trippier, in defence, for £20,000,000 plus five other players who will join the likes of Saul, Morata, Diego Costa and last year's big signing, Thomas Lemar, in Madrid. With Barcelona and Real Madrid rebuilding their squads, this could be the year Diego Simeone's men take advantage in Europe and at home.

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Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund may have only won the Champions League once in their history, however, last year they were only two points from winning the Bundesliga and have spent more wisely over the summer than their biggest rivals, Bayern Munich. Snapping up two of the hottest players in Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt, securing the services of their old captain, Hummels, and keeping hold of Jadon Sancho, shows a manager with a plan. With perfectionist Lucien Favre at the helm, this could be the year they add a second Champions League title to their shelf.

After a quiet summer compared to their usual spending sprees, is PSG turning into a settled team? Arguably one of the most talented teams in Europe on paper, Thomas Tuchel has struggled to get the consistency required to turn PSG into genuine Champions League contenders. With Neymar angling for a move back to Spain, it falls on the young shoulders of Kylian Mbappe and the ageing Edinson Cavani to lead them to glory. Backed up by an old-school, no-nonsense, central midfielder in Ander Herrera, this could be their year


B e n e f i t s of using a letting agent to look after your rental property

If you have a buy-to-let property or are looking to invest in one, you will want a letting agent to do all the hard work for you when it comes to letting it! A buy-to-let property is a great way to invest your hard-earned money. Property investment has never been more popular and with a rise in people renting and the actual cost of renting going up, creating a property portfolio is a great stream of passive income. But, once you have exchanged and completed on the property and invested money and time in the standard of the accommodation, where and how do you find a suitable tenant who will look after your property?

A buy-to-let property is a great way to invest your hard-earned money

Looking after your property throughout a tenancy. Once a tenant is in the property, do you want them calling you for any maintenance issues? Throughout the tenancy, we can be the port-of-call for any maintenance problems that may arise and we will take care of property inspections and report back with our findings. We can also take care of the end-oftenancy inspection and report back the condition of the property. We will always make sure that you, as the landlord, and the tenant receive the highest possible service. There can be a murky area in private renting without a letting agent, however, if you use a reputable letting agent such as us, we aim to make the process clear and simple – creating a win-win for you and the tenant, just the way it should be! Owning a buy-to-let property and managing it yourself can be time-consuming, however with an established and trusted letting agent, like us, on your side we can do all the hard work (for a small fee) while you simply collect on your investment.

We will find you the right tenant for your property. Some tenants feel uneasy about renting with no estate agent involved: an estate agent gives the tenant that extra security they feel they need when renting a property, especially if they have a family and children in the property. A reliable and professional letting agent, like us, can take a lot of the hassle out of finding suitable tenants and marketing your property. We will offer you professional photos, marketing on property portals and a ready-made database of prospective tenants for your property. As an established letting agent, we will take care of everything for you from the EPC, through to viewings, gathering feedback and taking care of the referencing process. We will also make sure you are keeping within the law, especially after recent changes. Our lettings team will also ensure that the deposit is securely and legally kept in an official government-backed tenancy deposit scheme and that all the paperwork is safe and secure covering both you as the landlord and the tenant.

For more information about buying a rental property, through to managing it and everything in-between, please talk to one of our friendly team in the office today

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Heath Terrace, London Road £139,000

**GREAT LOCATION ON OUTSKIRTS OF KESSINGLAND VILLAGE** very well maintained 3 bedroom cottage with new fitted carpets, excellent decorations, re-fitted kitchen and bathroom, upvc double glazing, gas radiator heating, delightful gardens with potential parking, must be viewed. E/R D.

Catchpole Close, Kessingland OIEO £145,000

**READY TO MOVE IN 2 BEDROOM TOWN HOUSE** popular coastal village location, spacious through lounge with patio doors, modern fitted kitchen, 2 good size bedrooms and bathroom, gas radiator heating, upvc double glazing, private gardens, garage. E/R C.

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Laxfield Way, Pakefield £195,000

**ATTRACTIVELY APPOINTED SEMI DETACHED BUNGALOW IN SOUGHT AFTER PAKEFIELD** cul-desac position, good size rear garden, well proportioned rooms, off road parking and garage, gas central heated and sealed unit double glazed, a viewing is recommended. E/R C.

London Road, Kessingland £197,500

**ATTRACTIVE SEMI DETACHED FAMILY HOME** coastal village location, extended kitchen/diner, loft conversion providing bedroom with en suite, spacious through lounge, large mature gardens, brick and tile garage with ample parking. E/R C.

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Stubbs Wood, Gunton

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£215,000

**PRETTY GEORGIAN STYLE SEMI DETACHED BUNGALOW* in desirable location, ready to move in condition, spacious lounge, 2 bedrooms, modern fitted kitchen, large upvc conservatory, delightful gardens backing onto woodland, brick garage. E/R C.

The Maltings, Beccles £230,000

**SUPERB MALTINGS COMPLEX ADJACENT TO MARINA AND QUAY** with private mooring, modern style open plan living with vaulted ceilings and exposed timbers, 2 double bedrooms and spacious shower room, garage and communal gardens, must be viewed, walking distance of Beccles town centre, E/R D.

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Westwood Avenue, Oulton Broad £250,000

**WONDERFUL EXTENDED 4 BEDROOM FAMILY HOME** with very well fitted kitchen, spacious through lounge/diner, fantastic sun room, well fitted family shower room, cloakroom, delightful gardens with summer house and covered loggia. Must be viewed to appreciate. E/R D.

Victoria Road, Oulton Broad Guide Price £265,000

**FANTASTIC POTENTIAL FOR THIS OLDER STYLE DETACHED RESIDENCE** requires extensive updating but could make a large family home with annex potential, 3 reception rooms, utility, cellar, study, 4 bedrooms, shower room, good size plot, large front drive providing ample parking, additional side drive to garage. E/R E.

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Blinco Road, Oulton Broad £287,500

**STUNNING DETACHED HOUSE WITH LARGE FRONT AND REAR EXTENSIONS** great size lounge with patio doors, well fitted kitchen, dining area, re-fitted cloakroom, re-fitted family bathroom, contemporary decorations, south west facing rear gardens, brick garage with remote door, must be viewed.

Harrington Avenue, Gunton Guide Price £295,000

**UNUSUALLY SPACIOUS BUNGALOW, DEFYING ITS OUTWARD APPEARANCE** popular Gunton location, rear extension with superb master suite, en suite shower room, re-fitted bathroom, lounge with superb log burner, generous size oak fitted kitchen/diner including appliances, upvc double glazing, gas radiator heating, immaculate condition, desirable location. E/R D.

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Orchard Close, Blundeston £295,000

**EXCEPTIONAL 4 BEDROOM FAMILY HOME WITH DOUBLE STOREY EXTENSION** superb lounge/ diner with bifold doors, re-fitted Chippendale kitchen, bedroom 4/second sitting room, master bedroom with dressing area and en suite, superb family bathroom with stand alone bath, new double glazing, central heating and re-wired, everything has been done and must be viewed. EPC: C

Corton Road, Lowestoft £320,000

**ELEGANT PERIOD PROPERTY BEING IN HIGHLY DESIRABLE LOCATION** close to North beach, generous size reception rooms, large conservatory, downstairs cloakroom and utility, 3 good size bedrooms, re-fitted bathroom with shower, double glazing, gas radiator heating, delightful West facing gardens. E/R D.

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Uplands Close, Carlton Colville

Pennygate, Oulton Broad

**SUPERB DETACHED RESIDENCE WITH COUNTRY LANE FEEL** utterly stunning kitchen/family room extension, black and white high gloss contrasting kitchen, fully fitted, extended entrance porch, double garage, immaculate decor with quality fitted carpets and floor coverings, must be viewed.

**SUPERB ECO FRIENDLY PROPERTY** this unusually LARGE chalet bungalow has been considerably EXTENDED to the ground floor and has a VERY SPACIOUS loft conversion, overall the property has 4 bedrooms, LARGE Lounge, dining room, pleasant gardens and GARAGE, situated in a quiet cul de sac, a parade of shops are nearby. E/R/ D.

Blackheath Road, Wenhaston

Monarch Way, Carlton Colville

£350,000

Guide Price £350,000

**ATTRACTIVE RECENTLY CONSTRUCTED COTTAGE STYLE HOUSE** Great village location. particularly spacious lounge with french doors, oak kitchen/diner with vaulted ceiling, study, oil radiator heating, upvc double glazing. Must be viewed. Predicted EPC rating B.

**LARGER STYLE 4 BED PROPERTY WITH DOUBLE GARAGE** ready to move in condition, located on edge of popular development, benefiting from upvc conservatory, separate dining room, spacious kitchen/breakfast room, utility and cloakroom, immaculate condition, must be viewed.

Guide Price £330,000

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Marsh Lane, North Cove

Corton Long Lane, Lowestoft

**DESIRABLE SEMI RURAL VILLAGE LOCATION** detached 3 bedroom house with ground floor extensions, bags of potential to further extend and alter, 3 reception rooms, upvc double glazing, gas radiator heating, large delightful gardens, garage and car port. E/R D.

**SUPERB 5 BEDROOM COUNTRY RESIDENCE** beautiful farmland views, particularly spacious accommodation, 4/5 bedrooms, en suite shower, great opportunity to update, extend and improve, double adjoining garage, large gardens, must be viewed.

Cotmer Road, Oulton Broad

Gunton Cliff, Lowestoft

**LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION - FABULOUS DETACHED RESIDENCE IN SOUGHT AFTER AREA** set in idyllic gardens providing that wonderful space for all the family to enjoy. many period features, 4 generous size reception rooms, spacious kitchen/diner, 5 good size bedrooms, a box room and a large family bathroom. Potential for a building plot in garden STPP.

**WONDERFUL SEA VIEWS FROM THIS OUTSTANDING HOME WHICH IS BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED WITH NO EXPENSE SPARED**, 36’ lounge/diner, kitchen/breakfast room, good size brick/ upvc conservatory, re-fitted cloakroom, utility, bedroom 4/study, master bedroom with en suite, re-fitted family bathroom, upvc double glazing, gas radiator heating, garage with remote doors, large car port, remote gates, delightful gardens. E/R C.

Guide Price £385,000

£475,000

£485,000

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£530,000


Meet our team... Rory Robertson

FNAEA MARLA DIRECTOR AND CO-FOUNDER

I live and breathe property, my business philosophies are to keep it simple and provide professional and honest advice. I am passionate about getting the best result for my clients ensuring that my team provide the highest quality customer service from start to finish. My Staff, are in my opinion, the most qualified in the area and have proved themselves to be indispensable. I know that clients are in very capable hands when dealing with them, they have all built up excellent relationships over the years with our local Solicitors, Surveyors and other Property Professionals. There are many pitfalls throughout the selling, buying and letting process and believe me, my staff have seen them all! In my limited spare time away from the office, I enjoy hacking my way around the golf course and spending time with my wife and family.

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David Murphy

FNAEA OFFICE MANAGER

A dedicated and motivated estate agency professional, David’s entire working life has been in the property industry and his career spans some 40 years. Having worked for other local Agents across Norfolk and Suffolk, Hardimans feel very lucky that he chose to join us in 1999 as our Office Manager. He has an immense wealth of knowledge in property values having worked in Great Yarmouth, Beccles and Lowestoft areas and has gained extensive experience operating in a wide range of differing housing markets over the years. David’s way to relax is by walking his dog Louis through the Norfolk countryside finishing off with pint of ale at his local.

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Maggie Godfrey

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MNAEA SALES NEGOTIATOR

Maggie has been selling houses since 1985 and has a friendly ‘can do’ attitude. She is also one of our founder members and has gained priceless experience over the years. She is passionate about customer service and always goes that extra mile to help her clients achieve their home moving plans. She understands what her clients are looking for and ensures that they are the first to know when new properties come onto the market. She loves the fast pace of selling houses and feels a great sense of achievement on completion day when she hands over the keys. Out of work, Maggie likes nothing better than escaping on foreign holidays with her husband.

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Denise Bjorck

FNAEA SALES NEGOTIATOR

Denise started her career in estate agency in 1979 as an “Office Junior” and hasn’t looked back since. She is one of Hardimans founder members and is proud to have been part of our success story. Denise is dedicated to giving a top class service to her clients. She enjoys speaking with our vendors and applicants and thinks it is important to listen to their needs and work with them to achieve their goals. Her attention to detail and customer care ensures strong results. Over the years, she has built good working relationships with the local Solicitors and speaks to them regularly to monitor ongoing sales. Denise loves playing practical jokes on us and her singing in the office is legendary but for all the wrong reasons!

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Lisa Saunders

SALES NEGOTIATOR

Having grown up in Lowestoft, Lisa knows the area extremely well which has benefited her hugely in her work. She has been part of the Team since 1997. Her friendly and approachable personality resonates well with both buyers and sellers alike. Her role here involves all aspects of the sales process from arranging viewings, finding the buyer and seeing the sale all the way through to completion. She is a perfectionist and finds her job very rewarding and thrives on giving excellent customer care. One of Lisa’s hobbies away from the office is running and she is always looking forward to the next race.

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Jane Jackson

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SECRETARY/PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Jane has been an integral part of the Team since 1996. She runs the engine room! She is in charge of all of our marketing material. She oversees the preparation of our sales brochures, does all of our typing, arranges our Energy Performance Certificates/Floorplans, manages all of our IT needs and gives great support to the Sales Team. Jane has a wacky sense of humour and can be relied upon to lift our spirits when needed.

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Dawn Mailley

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ARLA LETTINGS MANAGER

Dawn joined Hardimans in 2011 to further expand and develop our Lettings Department. She has been a Member of ARLA since 1998 and has gained a wealth of expertise in the rental industry. Dawn has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of letting property, including your legal responsibilities as a Landlord. She is happy to advise you when looking for a buy to let investment, including what to buy and where. In short, she gives our Landlords the highest level of customer service and advice and since she has worked at Hardimans, our Lettings Department has gone from strength to strength. Dawn enjoys going to the Gym and dancing and also loves spending time with her family.

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Matt Easton

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LETTINGS ADMINISTRATOR

Matt is responsible for arranging and booking property viewings, referencing prospective tenants to ensure they qualify to rent and providing landlords with pre-vetted applications so they can make informed decisions about who to let their most important asset too. He also arranges move ins and helps resolve maintenance issues quickly for tenants and landlords. In addition, Matt carries out administrative tasks such as answering telephone calls, responding to emails and dealing with face-to-face enquiries. Matt’s interests out of work include playing football and going to the Gym.

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IN HOUSE MORTGAGE BROKER

Jonathan is the newest member of our team. His mortgage and financial experience means he can offer a complete suite of advice and services to his clients, including mortgage advice, protection and insurance. The ‘total package’ of customer care is what Jonathan particularly likes where he is taking away the pressure and worry from his clients by looking after all aspects including liaison with solicitors, estate agents, surveyors etc. Jonathan plays football in his spare time and can also play a few tunes on the bass guitar!

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RIGHT FIRST TIME FINANCIAL SERVICES Right First Time Financial Services is a company designed from the ground up to simplify your mortgage and protection needs. Our aim is to take what can be a challenging and complicated time and make it an understandable and enjoyable process by removing the stress whilst offering clear and unbiased advice.

MEET YOUR BROKER

JONATHAN SNELL

Jonathan has many years of experience in the Mortgage & Protection industry. If you would like more information or to arrange an appointment, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Right First Time Financial Services Ltd is an appointed representative of Openwork Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority Your home/property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on a mortgage or any other debt secured on it.


Celebrating 25 Successful Years! We were clear from the outset that we wanted Hardimans to be customer focused, building to provide a reliable, trustworthy service where we go that extra mile to make sure our clients transactions run smoothly. We were also clear that we would act with honesty and integrity, giving vendors and landlords alike an honest appraisal of what their property is worth and not go down the route of overpricing to gain instructions. Those principles hold true to this day and as a result a lot of our business comes from returning clientele and referrals.

With the increase of internet agents in recent times, Hardimans feel strongly that the High Street agents will always prevail as we can offer excellent customer service and a more personal touch with our local knowledge and an established local presence with our town centre office location. Simply picking up the phone and talking to a client makes all the difference. We treat everyone the same so that all of our clients feel special. There is a fine balance between agency internet work and good old fashioned values of picking up the phone and talking directly with the client. Our strength lies in the flexibility and ability to adapt to both approaches. We have always been a proactive agent and are always looking for innovative ideas and we are now delighted to be introducing the very latest social media marketing tools.

come and speak to our friendly and experienced team today‌ Uniquely, our strength is in our work ethic and ethos which makes us a formidable force within the industry. We boast unrivalled local knowledge to help you with your property transaction. Our proactive dedicated sales and lettings teams are committed to offering exceptional and unbeatable customer service to all of our vendors, purchasers, landlords and tenants. We pride ourselves on our personal and professional approach. Over the last 25 years, our team have built a strong reputation in helping our clients with either their sale, let or search for a new home by making it as exciting and stress free as possible .

New for 2019

Over the last 25 years, we have constantly evolved combining the very latest marketing tools with traditional estate agency and customer values

Brand new for 2019, we are proud to offer every client, new industry-leading technology including their very own FREE personalised property website, which is an exclusive service that no other agent offers in this area. Each property website will include its very own video tour and can be shared with family and friends on social media. Your property could also feature in our new exclusive monthly magazine which will be shared across our extensive database containing a wide range of contacts and home seekers.


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Market your property with us and we will give you the right tools to keep you moving forward and maximise your property exposure; including a FREE personal property website to share with friends and family.

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