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Property December 2018


New Year’s resolution:

live a healthier lifestyle

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Inside this issue SPOTY awards

2019 interior design trends

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Mini breaks that won’t break the bank

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elcome to the December issue. Christmas is well and truly on its way. And if you have already written your Christmas cards, wrapped the presents and organised your feast for the day – well done! However, if thoughts are already wandering to the New Year and what it will bring, then this issue is brimming with ideas and inspiration to help kick start 2019. With the start of a new year comes New Year resolutions – whether it be hopes and aspirations for health, wealth or your home, now is the ideal time to take note of what matters most. Inside we give guidance on fitness, wellbeing and health, as well as giving tips and advice on how we can help you make a fresh start when marketing your property with us.

New Year With thoughts of the New Year starting to creep in, now is the time to think about making that fresh start by marketing your property with us

And if you feel the need to escape somewhere to concentrate on those resolutions, then take a peek at our mini break ideas inside that won’t break the bank. As ever, there is plenty inside to keep you reading and give inspiration to ensure you have the best start to the new year.

All of us here would like to wish you all the best for the festive season and we look forward to being of service to you tin 2019 and beyond. Linda McKeown Editor


The New Year always signals the start of new year resolutions which reflect your hopes and aspirations for the year ahead. And there is no reason why you shouldn’t include your property move within those aspirations for 2019. If your hopes and dreams are related to making a house move, then fear not; we’re on hand to guide you through and make those dreams a reality!

As one of the leading independent estate agents in your area, we are proud of our track record of selling homes. Our innovative approach to marketing, together with our unrivalled customer care, makes us the right choice to market your property and guide you through the moving process.

As one of the leading independent estate agents in your area, we are proud of our track record of selling homes

Whether you’re a firsttime mover, or you’re looking to make a move into your ‘forever’ dream home, when you choose to market your property with us, you can be guaranteed that we’ll do our best to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. As an experienced estate agent in your area, we understand that when you choose to sell your home, you want to know that it will stand out from the crowd – and we are proud to be able to offer you a unique service – which isn’t available from anyone else in the areas we cover.

We endeavour to sell your home for the best price, in the shortest possible time, providing you an outstanding service, with a personal and friendly approach

Exclusivity for you Marketing So how do we do it? Marketing plays a huge role in the promotion of your property which is why we make the most of what’s available to get your property seen by as many potential buyers as possible. Your property will be advertised on all the major online property portals, our website and social media sites, as well as traditional placement in our prominent window display. This will ensure that your property gets seen by as many people as possible – helping you to clinch that sale.

Exclusively to us in our area, your property will also receive its very own FREE microsite showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and a property brochure. Sharing your personalised website with family and friends across the social networks widens the audience for your property, helping you to find the right buyer as well as increasing the chances of a quicker sale. Not only that, our qualified database of home buyers will also be notified of your property coming to market on their dedicated search websites where they can book viewings and offer feedback.

Quite simply we endeavour to sell your home for the best price, in the shortest possible time, providing you an outstanding service, with a personal and friendly approach. So, if you want to find out more about our exclusive services, then please feel free to pop in or give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help. We look forward to hearing from you soon about the marketing of your property and hope that you’ll choose us to help make your dreams for 2019 become a reality.


New Year’s resolution:

We all know that physical exercise, no matter your age, is good for you but do you know how good? Besides the obvious, regular exercise can help to reduce the risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. According to the NHS, just 20 minutes of exercise a day is enough to stay healthy.

live a healthier lifestyle We have all been guilty of slipping into an unhealthy lifestyle, especially as dark nights creep in, temperatures plummet and the sofa beckons. The new year, however, brings new opportunities and the chance to make even the smallest of changes which can result in a much healthier way of life.

There are many changes you can make to your day to day routine, most of which are very simple, yet effective, in helping you to become more active: such as walking up and down the stairs instead of taking the lift and even walking short distances – such as to the local shop or school.

In addition, there are countless other ways to get active that will match your age group or ability. There are many alternative psychical activities that do not involve having to take out an expensive gym membership or dig out your old running shoes. Swimming is a fantastic all-rounder; most local pools are open all year and swimming offers gentle but effective exercise which can be done at your own pace. This is especially good for those wanting to lose weight or who are suffering from arthritis. If you can’t swim, it’s never too late to learn! Many local swimming pools offer helpful classes that match your ability, including aqua exercise classes which offer aerobic exercise in the water. Yoga and Pilates, favoured regularly by celebrities, are extremely successful fitness programs. Pilates is a series of exercises, which work to strengthen all the major muscle groups while improving flexibility, strength and balance. Yoga focuses on breathing and meditation. Both of which help to improve muscular and postural strength but also stress management and relaxation.

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of exercise a day is enough to stay healthy says the NHS

Uplift your mood Another benefit to getting active, is the improvement it can bring to your mood. Need an emotional lift and to blow off some steam? Then physical excise is the answer to combating the January blues. It may also help to improve your energy levels, helping to boost your endurance and strengthen your muscles. You might also find that regularly exercising, whether that be a brisk walk or a gym class, can help to promote a better night’s sleep. If you’re struggling to get to sleep or even stay asleep, then physical activity can help with both. However, it’s worth noting that you shouldn’t exercise too close to bed time, as you may find that you are too energised to sleep!

The future of fitness 2018 saw a rise in fitness technology with devices which you can wear to monitor your heart rate, calories burned, and number of steps taken. Pole exercise (for those with the strength and balance) was also a very ‘celebrity friendly’ exercise regime but what does the future hold for 2019? It would appear the new year is bringing in fitness trends relying on DNA testing which can interpret the type of exercise you need to do dependent on whether you have the fat gene. A slightly more physical option would be death metal yoga designed to relieve stress and provide you with a work out at the same time. Forget your ideas of traditional calming yoga, this relies on your ability to head-bang, kick, punch and play air guitar (sounds fun!).

Take count of your habits However, even with regular excise there are many habits that can de-rail our hard work; including excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. The quickest way to see results is of course to give them up or cut down. Giving up smoking for instance, can help to improve your health and energy levels – and if you have decided that this is the year to start a family, your fertility. Within just nine months of giving up smoking, your lung capacity can increase by up to 10% and your blood circulation will also improve which can help you exercise more effectively too.

Should you be more ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ than ‘Motorhead’ then the flotation tank is set to make a come-back. It’s a form of sensory deprivation which has been proven to have calming benefits when used following intense exercise. ‘Alone time’ has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce blood lactate levels. When combined with the benefits of physical exercise this can improve body awareness, stability and reaction times.

Whatever resolution you make to be fit and healthy in 2019 – enjoy it!

However, if you decide that gentle is not for you and you want to feel the burn, many local gyms will offer fitness programs tailored to your needs with exercise classes and a personal trainer who will design and supervise a programme for you. This can be an expensive option and needs commitment on your part, however it will consider your current levels of fitness and will not push you beyond these limits.

Most gyms will also have Jacuzzis and hot tubs so the relaxation following a strenuous exercise session may have its own benefits!


Declutter your home for good… Your house can sometimes feel like it’s been turned upside down during Christmas, thanks to decorations, presents and guests. That’s why now is a better time than ever to declutter your home before you settle down for the holidays.


The new year sees a fresh start and people set themselves new goals or resolutions for the new year ahead. The saying ‘a clear space, a clear mind’ couldn’t be more appropriate coming into the new year! If you want a new change in your life, then a clear and tidy house will be your first step on the way. If, like a magpie, you love to collect things, it’s shocking when suddenly out of nowhere, you have cupboards bursting with unused items. The Christmas period and the new year is the best time to face the music and declutter your home for good.

Tips on decluttering Firstly, it’s vital that you declutter with a plan. It’s not a good idea to suddenly launch into a whirlwind of sorting and emptying cupboards; you’ll only end up with a messy floor covered in piles of stuff, and you won’t be able to find your way out of the room! Instead of getting yourself into a spin, take some time to write out a solid plan. Think about which parts of your home you want to declutter. It’s not just your living room, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom that might need a look. Spare bedrooms and studies can sometimes find themselves used as a ‘dumping ground’ when they could be used for something more practical than storage. Think of all those secret messy places such as the junk drawer, the linen cupboard, toy boxes and even the garage or loft. For each room you have established needs decluttering, set yourself a target. Maybe you have received half a dozen cheese knife sets from Christmases gone by, or your wardrobe is piled high with clothes you bought in the sale but haven’t worn since. It will be satisfying every time you tick things off your list, and you will be more organised too. When decluttering, many people don’t know what to do with the goods that they’ve found throughout the house. A good idea is to sort everything into piles for where it will be going. There are a few things you can do with your unwanted goods and sorting them into piles will help you to organise clutter. Donate items that still serve a purpose, but that you never touch. If you don’t want it, someone else might. Give your old belongings to a charity shop, it’s a bonus to be able to help people at the same time. The charity shop is also a great place for donating any unwanted Christmas presents you may receive this year, rather than leaving them to gather dust!

For items that are too good to give away, why not sell them? Selling your unwanted goods is easier than ever thanks to websites such as eBay, Gumtree, Facebook and Shpock, as well as car boot sales. There are loads of collectors who are willing to pay a lot of money for certain magazines, vinyl’s, LPs, antiques etc – you may well be sitting on a small fortune! For any items to be thrown away, put them directly into a bin bag, making sure to recycle waste wherever you can. Don’t worry if you have any items which you are not sure about, or you feel sentiment towards. Put these in a big box put to one side and come back to them in a few months’ time with a clear head. If you find yourself undecided, ask yourself the same questions: ‘When did I last use this?’, ‘Will I use it again?’ and don’t feel guilt for giving something away! It’s important that you don’t give yourself unrealistic targets, it’s unlikely you will declutter your house top to bottom in one day. Set yourself daily goals of which rooms and cupboards you’d like to declutter. By setting small and achievable goals, you’ll be able to see progress and keep up your positivity.

When you have decluttered Congratulations, you have managed to transform your home into a clear and clutter-free relaxing space! It’s important that your home remains clutter-free for good, and it is easier than you think. Adopting the ‘1-in 1-out’ philosophy is a great start. If you buy a new pair of jeans, think about donating one of your original pairs to charity. Doing this for everything new thing you buy will help prevent a build-up of clutter again. Storage boxes, poufs and wicker baskets are great for storage whilst also adding some life into a room. Folders are useful to organise important documents and bills; you can label them into different categories so everything is easy to find. If you find yourself with a sudden urge to buy something you’ve seen online or in a shop window, instead of impulse buying, write a monthly ‘wish-list’ and wait until payday before deciding to buy it. During this time, you may have decided that you don’t actually need it.

If you want a new change in your life, then a clear and tidy house will be your first step on your way.


Home insurance

If you don’t have home insurance, however, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau states that your lender is permitted to purchase insurance and charge you for the cost. It’s best to consider the possibility though, that the policy the lender obtains may be more expensive than what you can purchase on your own – and may even offer limited coverage too. So, it’s usually best to look around for an insurance policy yourself.

What it is, why you need it, and finding the right policy for you

Finding the right policy

Everyone wants a secure home, and the purpose of home insurance is exactly that – to make life more secure and financially stable Like all types of insurance, home insurance is just another way of attempting to make your life more secure. And – let’s face it – everyone wants to feel secure in their home. Considering your home is one of your most valuable possessions, which houses many – if not all – of your possessions, as well as cherished memories and comforts, it’s entirely logical that finding a suitable home insurance policy is an extremely sensible thing to do.

There are types of home insurance: buildings insurance, contents insurance, and combined buildings and contents insurance

Home insurance is a type of insurance product which protects your property and the belongings in it. The policy can include various personal insurance protections, such as losses occurring to one’s home, its contents, and loss of other personal possessions of the homeowner. It can also involve liability insurance for accidents that may happen within the policy territory, and it may pay for costs if someone sues the homeowner.

In certain cases, it may actually be required for a homeowner to take out a home-owners insurance policy. The mortgage lender, before funding your mortgage or refinancing, may ask you to provide proof that your home is insured. This is because the lender wants to protect their financial investment should, for example, the property becomes damaged or destroyed by a fire or other threats.


Finding the right policy for you is vital – one which suits your needs and your budget. One of the first things you should do is make sure you pick the right kind of home insurance policy for you. There are three main types of home insurance: buildings insurance, contents insurance, and combined buildings and contents insurance. three main Buildings insurance covers the cost of repairing damage to a property’s structure. This could include walls, windows and the roof, as well as permanent fixtures and fittings such as baths, toilets and fitted kitchens. Contents insurance covers the cost of replacing your belongings in your home if they are damaged, destroyed or stolen. Generally speaking, your ‘contents’ are defined as the items that you would take with you if you moved home. There are a range of websites to use which help in narrowing down your criteria, what kind of insurance policy you want, and how to work within your budget effectively. There are a host of price comparison websites to use too, which will specifically compare various policies in detail, to help you to find the right deal for your needs.

BBC announce new format for SPOTY 2018 In a shock twist, the BBC Sports Personality nominees will be announced live on the show, as opposed to the weeks leading up to the event Traditionally, the much-anticipated 12-person shortlist of SPOTY nominees is revealed prior to the live show; however, viewers will only find out who to vote for on the night. Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan and Clare Balding will present this year’s show – now in its 65th year – at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on Sunday 16th December. The public will also vote on the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year, as well as the Lifetime Achievement, Team of the Year and Coach of the Year awards. The nominations for the Helen Rollason award, which recognises an outstanding achievement in the face of adversity, are already open. The BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year has been renamed World

Sport Star of the Year and votes can be cast from those living outside the UK for the first time. Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater said: “BBC Sports Personality of the Year is a much-loved BBC show that is constantly evolving. Announcing the much-anticipated shortlist at the start of the show will add even another layer of excitement to what is set to be a thrilling night for everyone.” 2018 has been a memorable year for UK sport which could mean one of the most competitive SPOTY’s in recent years. After missing out last year, heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua will hope to be in the running after adding another world title to his collection, when he beat Joseph Parker in March and Alexander Povetkin in September. Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship at the Mexico Grand Prix in October, while Dina Asher-Smith’s triple gold medal success at the

European Championships in Berlin this summer could see her among the favourites. Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas’, World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane and Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold could also be contention. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year show will take place in front of a live audience and broadcast live on BBC One from 7pm on Sunday 16th December.

The public will also vote on the Greatest Sporting Moment of the Year, as well as the Lifetime Achievement, Team of the Year and Coach of the Year awards



KITCHENS Kitchens are the hub of the home, with cottage style and country farmhouse styles being the most popular over the last couple of years. However, dark units are currently the most searched kitchen updates online now with black and navy-blue colours at the top of the list. Contrast these dark coloured units with white work surfaces and light-coloured walls and tiles to give your kitchen a great, modern look. Pendant lighting will also be popular in kitchens for 2019. Gold or silver light fittings with the pendant lights hanging down above your counters and islands will make your kitchen look lovely and modern. They are sleek in design and look beautiful on a budget – so you don’t have to break the bank to get the look!


With 2019 fast approaching, you may already be thinking about updating your home to give it a fresh look for the new year. Here we’ve put together a list of interior ideas, room by room, to keep you up to date over the next 12 months It can be hard to find things that we love but looking at the most recent and up-to-date trends is a great way to gather inspiration and ideas.

LOUNGES This season’s interior has increasing popularity of something called ‘scallops and scales’. This includes scallop effect chairs and sofas that give the room an ‘under the ocean’ feel. Pair these with different colours to give your lounge that fresh look with new colours, brightening up the room. These furniture styles are also brilliant for hallways, sitting rooms and snugs in your home. On the opposite scale to the colours and unusual shapes, is the Mid-Century modern lounge furniture with block colours, low slung lines and natural wood, which is heavily influenced by the 1950’s. There are plenty of places to look, such as Wayfair, ( for furniture in this style.



BEDROOMS A minimalist bedroom design not only gives you a calming environment to sleep in, it’s also a cosy and popular trend for 2019. Your new bedroom should be decluttered and freshened up with neutral colours and simple décor. Natural materials are a great use of colour – still giving you the minimal design and comfort that you need in your bedroom. This also links in with the Mid-Century modern look, with wooden and woven furniture giving a consistent look across the home. Match your bed with your wardrobe, dresser and bedside cabinets in dark wooden colours and opt for nude, grey and stone coloured bedding, cushions and even pictures to go on the walls. However, it’s key not to go overboard with the number of pictures as well as keeping the number of knickknacks and additional pieces to a minimum. Storage-wise, choose something that matches and is easy to keep compact in a corner out of the way, so you have somewhere to keep everything that you don’t always need to hand. For dressing areas and make-up tables, you can buy wall-mounted mirrors with storage cabinets behind them which take up virtually no space, allowing you to keep within the minimalist look.



Softy sandy tones and light grey tones are predicted to be in this year for a dining room environment, creating a lovely homely space for the family to get together at mealtimes. Contrast these light, neutral tones with bright coloured chairs around the dining table to give you that splash of colour within a calm coloured room, ready for dining. Small details work well within a dining room; try an unusual chandelier and a centre piece to give a beautiful finish to the table décor.

BATHROOMS As well as the scallop chairs that give you an ‘under the ocean’ feel for lounges and hallways, scaleshaped tiles in the bathroom are a massive trend coming in 2019. Mermaids and mermaid patterns seem to be everywhere; they have become a big part of popular culture so it’s not surprising that interior designers and home stores are gathering inspiration from them too! In addition, an ‘under the ocean’ look is a great way to go for your bathroom. Pair these tiles with matching rose gold towel rails, taps and shower heads to really transform the look of your bathroom. Contrasting colours, bright furniture and minimal bedrooms are definitely things to look out for this year. You can get inspiration from websites such as Pinterest and Instagram, and you will find that beautiful 2019 interior look that suits your home exactly as you want it.


Mini Break’s

’ THAT WONT BREAK THE BANK The hustle and bustle of Christmas can leave you feeling the need to get away and just relax. So why not plan ahead and brighten up the beginning of 2019 by booking a mini break on a budget? If you want to go to away on a budget, especially after the price tag that often comes with the Christmas celebrations, there are some great ways to save money – whether it be a family break or if it’s just the two of you. A mini break somewhere new, or somewhere that you already love to visit, is something we all love to do and can be an exciting thing to look forward to once the new year sets in.



for families A cheap getaway that is often popular for families is camping. At this time of year, it is far too cold to be sleeping in tents in a field. However, something that doesn’t cost much more than camping but suits the weather this time of year much better, is glamping. Most glamping sites have pods, yurts and huts that contain heating and lots of comfort – so you won’t be thinking about being cold during the night! These types of accommodation include cosy nights in and if the bad weather comes, then you can still enjoy having an outdoor experience, without worrying about the elements affecting your time away. Another thing all families can enjoy, is a visit to a caravan park for a long weekend. Hire a static caravan for a couple of nights and you’ll benefit from on-site activities and convenience stores, so you don’t have to spend your weekend travelling around to keep the children entertained. Perfect for a budget break. These parks are often self-

catering, so you can choose to do a normal food shop before you travel to keep your expenses down. A couple of the most popular caravan parks are Haven at or Parkdean Resorts over at www. Head to their websites to see the latest deals. These two particular sites often have night time entertainment included in the price too, so the whole family can enjoy their time away! There are also plenty of family friendly hotels around the UK – and abroad if you prefer to travel further afield. Booking your break as a package can save money, and you can get last minute deals to include your flights and transfers. Family friendly cottages around the UK are also another thing to look at. You can hire these out for a few nights and, because they are usually self-catering, you have everything you need there. Check online at or www. to find the perfect venue for you.


for couples If you are wanting to go away as a couple without children around, there are lots of ‘adult only’ places you can visit. Warner Leisure Hotels ( are purely for adults and their hotels have a large variety of things to do. This includes archery and croquet; things that you wouldn’t necessarily do on a regular basis. The hotels are usually set within large stately homes that are no longer used and are surrounded by beautiful grounds, so it makes for a peaceful getaway. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to go to places like this. There are plenty of different packages to choose from when you go, such as a drinks inclusive break where you get drink served at your table with dinner and in the bar, anytime from 6pm until midnight. There are also Spa breaks and Bowls breaks available and you can choose the type of package you book dependant on what you are looking for within your budget. Places like also have budget homes, cottages and apartments that you can rent, again self-catering. It’s a great way to

discover new cities and places around the UK that you wouldn’t usually go to, and they have plenty of smaller places available, such as individual rooms within shared common spaces that don’t cost the earth. They also have places to rent out at low prices abroad. Getting a last-minute deal abroad can save you money if you decide you want to head somewhere outside of the UK. Also, bear in mind that to go overseas it can be worth going into a travel agent with a budget and the kind of things you are looking to do, and they will be able to let you know what they can do for you within these criteria. There are plenty of ways that you can save money on a mini break, whether that means booking packages, going to self-catering accommodation for a long weekend or renting a room in the city for a few days. Finding something perfect for you as a family or a couple to give you that getaway you need, is something you can look forward to celebrating in the new year.


Healthy breakfasts to kick-start your day!


The NHS advises that you get into the habit of eating a morning meal to help boost energy – the healthy way!

According to research from Catering Equipment specialists, Nesbits, people who eat breakfast are at a significant reduced risk of heart attack and stroke, perform better, are more alert throughout the day, and are less likely to be overweight. So it’s no wonder that the NHS advises you have a hearty, healthy breakfast to help kick-start your day. “Breakfast habits are becoming more fragmented,” says Anita Winther, a leading analyst in the Food & Drink sector.

“Busy lifestyles are seeing people skip this important meal, eat it on the go or graze their way through the morning, fuelling demand for convenient products that can be eaten quickly and easily.”

‘Apple pie’ porridge

If you’re finding it difficult to find time to include breakfast on the menu, here are two simple, yet filling, recipes to get you started.

Pinch of cinnamon

MAKES 1 BOWL | 10 MINS PREP & 5 MINS COOK Each portion contains 315kcal 50g porridge oats 200ml semi-skimmed milk 1 medium dessert apple, diced Throw all the ingredients into a saucepan. Heat and stir until boiling, then lower the heat and simmer gently for five minutes, stirring often. Spoon the porridge into a serving bowl and add a sprinkle of cinnamon.

‘Grab and go’ breakfast bar MAKES 6 | 15 MINS PREP & 25 MINS COOK Each bar contains 300kcal 150g jumbo oats 2 very ripe medium bananas 60g melted butter 60g cherries 60g cranberries 40g sunflower seeds 40g pumpkin seeds Preheat the oven to 200C (fan 180C, gas mark 6). Mix the oats, cherries, cranberries and seeds together in a bowl. Pour in the melted butter and mix in thoroughly to make sure the oats are well coated. On a separate plate, mash the bananas into a pulp with a fork, then add to the oat mixture and mix well. Spread the mixture into a 30x20cm tin and bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Once cooked, transfer to a wire rack to cool; then cut into 6 bars.

These recipes can be found at : *pictures for illustration purposes only


Your legal responsibilities as a landlord Here we outline some of the most important legal responsibilities that you, as a landlord, must remember to ensure a smooth process for you and your tenants Regulations and laws are, paramount, especially when it comes to property. And for a landlord, there are approximately 150 of them to be aware of. Many of these laws are down to common sense, but some are more complex and even less recognised than others. Obeying them can mean the difference between a court case, and a harmonious relationship you have with your tenant, so make sure that you, as a landlord, are up to speed with the ins and outs of your legal responsibilities.

Gas safety checks Any gas-related appliances in the property provided by a landlord must be checked once a year, to ensure everything is running safely. The check itself, which might involve the safe installation and maintenance of said appliances, must be carried out by a gas fitter or engineer registered on the Gas Safety Register. Furthermore, a copy of the gas safety checks certificates must be given to the tenant before they move in (and upon subsequent checks), and the checks must have been carried out within the 12 months before the new tenant begins their tenancy. As a landlord, you should keep records of the certificates for a minimum of two years. If you fail to do any of the above, you may lose your right to let.

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms If a property is occupied by tenants, as a landlord you must ensure that a smoke alarm is fitted on each and every floor of the property on which there is a room used wholly or partly as living accommodation. There should also be a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where a solid fuel is burnt (such as wood, coal or biomass). On the first day of any given tenancy, checks must be made by you, the landlord to ensure that each alarm is working properly.


Energy performance certificates (EPCs) must be in place before you can legally let out your property to a tenant. A copy of the certificate must be given to any tenant who moves in to the property. If you do not provide

your new tenant with one, you will not be able to let out the property to them. Furthermore, landlords of properties with an EPC rating of F or G may not be able to rent out their properties due to the low energy performance.

Rent Smart Wales

All landlords in Wales are now legally required to register themselves under the Rent Smart Wales scheme, which is an organisation which processes landlord registrations and grants licences to landlords and agents who need to comply with the Housing (Wales) Act 2014. Failure to comply with this new legislation is an offence, so it’s vitally important that all landlords in Wales familiarise themselves with this legislation.

Talk to us!

If you’re an existing landlord or are looking to let your property, then why not pop in for a chat to see what we can do for you. When you choose to let your property through us, we Know that you are looking for a quality tenant, excellent communication and outstanding property management to follow. So, exclusively to us in our area, your property will receive its very own FREE microsite showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and property brochures. Sharing your personalised websites with family and friends across the social networks widens the audience to find the right tenant for your property – increasing the chances of a quicker rental.

Exclusively to us in our area, your property will receive its very own FREE microsite showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and property brochures 15



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Heol Wen, Rhiwbina


An imposing four bedroom detached family home set in an enviable Rhiwbina address, within walking distance of the village and all of the amenities it has to offer, as well as benefitting from being in catchment for the highly renowned Rhiwbina Primary School and Whitchurch High School. EPC= D



A handsome Victorian villa situated on prestigious Cathedral Road, a tree-lined street in the affluent suburb of Pontcanna. Currently used as a B&B with 14 bedrooms and accommodation over three levels. The property consists of many partitioned rooms, however the vast array of original features still remain. EPC= E



A two double bedroom first floor flat located in Castle Court, a traditional Edwardian building in the heart of Cardiff City Centre, just a short walk from central train station. The flat has many traditional features including Herringbone style parquet flooring and sash windows. The accommodation comprises an entrance hallway, a living room, kitchen, two double bedrooms, a W/C, a bathroom and a balcony. EPC= D

Fields Park Road, Pontcanna



Fairleigh Mews, Pontcanna

Branksome House, Cardiff City Centre

Offering a share of freehold - A rarely available and beautifully presented ground floor flat located in this cul-de-sac, park side development at the edge of Llandaff Fields, boasting exceptional views towards Llandaff Cathedral. EPC= C

A stunning and tastefully upgraded four bedroom Victorian home in a highly sought after street in affluent Pontcanna. This generous terrace home has accommodation over three floors and boasts a fabulous standard throughout, enjoying an open plan living room, an open plan kitchen/family room with bi-fold doors and a high specification Sigma 3 kitchen. EPC= D

Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135

Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Heath - 029 2062 0202 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115

Lettings - 029 2078 0230

Campbell Drive, Cardiff Bay


A unique three bedroom duplex flat for sale in Cardiff Bay boasting panoramic views of Cardiff Bay and the River Taff, views as far reaching as the Somerset coastline. The accommodation occupies two levels and includes a large living room with views of Cardiff Bay, a fitted kitchen, three bedrooms, a bathroom and an en-suite/ dressing area to the master bedroom. Externally there is allocated parking. EPC= C

Bloom Street, Pontcanna


An exceptionally well presented home in a sought after and rarely available street in the affluent suburb of Pontcanna. The property comprises an entrance hallway with traditional floor tiling, an open plan living/dining room, a farmhouse style kitchen, two double bedrooms and a bathroom. The property further benefits from sash windows, cental heating, an enclosed rear garden and an exceptional standard throughout. EPC= E

Park View, Cardiff City Centre


A beautifully presented fifth floor apartment with spectacular far reaching views of Cardiff and as far as Caerphilly Mountain. Park View is a luxury development in the heart of Cardiff City Centre, close to Cardiff Centre’s attractions. Offering residents secure allocated parking, a friendly and helpful daily concierge service, next door to Laguna Health Spa and an exclusive food service from Park Plaza Hotel. EPC= C

Century Court, Cardiff City Centre


A second floor flat ideally located on the edge of Cardiff City Centre and boasting great views of Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and the River Taff. This one bedroom flat offers an exceptional investment opportunity and the accommodation comprises an entrance hallway, living room, a double bedroom, fitted kitchen and a bathroom. Externally there is allocated parking and visitor parking. EPC= C

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Showhome Now Open Prices starting from £359,995 A beautiful new Charles Church development consisting of an impressive collection of 4 and 5 bedroom detached homes, in the sought after location of Old St. Mellons, Cardiff. With easy access to M4 J30, the Pentwyn link road and the A48 Eastern Avenue, this is the perfect place to call home.

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Off Bridge Road, Old St. Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 6UZ Prices start from just £359,995 Open Thursday to Monday, 11am - 6pm 02920 104 015



Imagery is for illustration purposes only. External elevations including treatments, materials, window positions and sizes are subject to change at any time. *For full terms and conditions of all schemes featured visit Offers are available for a limited period only, subject to status. This offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Only available on selected plots. This offer may not be available in conjunction with any other purchase assistance scheme, offer or promotion. Full details available on request. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE OR ANY DEBT SECURED ON IT. Internal photographs may show upgraded items which are available at an extra cost. Please ask for details. Additional items may be available at extra cost. Please ask for details. Details correct at time of going to press.



A stunning Edwardian family home located on arguably the most sought after road in Whitchurch. This property boasts of many original features throughout and must be viewed to be fully appreciated. Offering five good size bedrooms, three receptions with open plan kitchen/dining room, utility/ conservatory, bathroom, shower room and two cloakrooms. There is also further opportunity to extend up into the attic (STPP). EPC= D

Heol Don, Whitchurch


A traditional bay fronted family home situated on one of the most popular roads in Whitchurch village. This spacious property is in need of refurbishment. The property is ideally situated for easy access to all amenities including: Whitchurch village with its array of shops, restaurants, schools and Llandaff North train station. The accommodation offers four bedrooms, four reception rooms, kitchen, cloakroom, bathroom and WC. EPC= F

St Margarets Road, Whitchurch


A spacious traditional semi detached family home located in the highly sought after village of Whitchurch. The property is ideally situated for easy walking distance to a range of amenities including: both primary and secondary schools, shops, restaurants and leisure facilities. The M4 and A470 is also close at hand. The property is being sold with no onward chain EPC= G

Tyn Y Parc Road, Whitchurch


Charming end of terrace property with no onward chain and located within easy walking distance of Whitchurch village. We highly recommend viewing this property at your earliest convenience! This is a great starter home, downsize or buy to let property and so we would expect this to sell quickly. The accommodation comprises: porch, hall, lounge, dining room, kitchen, lobby, downstairs WC/ utility room and upstairs are two double bedrooms and a spacious shower room. EPC= E

Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115

Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Heath - 029 2062 0202

Lettings - 029 2078 0230

Manor Rise, Whitchurch


Detached Bungalow situated on a very sought after road in Whitchurch village. The property is within walking distance to all village amenities and public transport links. Immaculately presented throughout and internal viewings come highly recommended to appreciate. The accommodation includes an inviting living space which overlooks the garden, kitchen/dining room, three good size double Bedrooms, utility cupboard and a spacious modern bathroom. EPC= D

Heol Y Forlan, Whitchurch


A lovely double bay fronted traditional family home, which has been greatly improved throughout to offer good size accommodation with original features and is conveniently located in the desirable Village of Whitchurch. The property has been extended to include a modern high gloss kitchen/diner, with under floor heating and integrated appliances, also has the added benefit of a loft room with Velux windows and central heating, an ideal study or playroom. EPC= E

Heol Cattwg, Whitchurch


Detached Bungalow located in the village of Whitchurch. This is a fantastic location for those looking to be within easy reach of village amenities and yet find a quieter spot. The property is versatile, light and offers a good size plot with ample off road parking and a well tended Garden. Porch, hall, lounge which is open to a dining area and in turn a Kitchen. There is a good size conservatory and a very useful utility room. EPC= E

Golwg Y Faenor, Caerwent


Luxurious, executive detached family home close to Wentwood Forest! This property offers space, versatility with well proportioned rooms, a generous plot and flexible style accommodation. Truly stunning features to enjoy within this home, E.G full height windows in the principle rooms allow the resident to take in the wonderful scenic views of the countryside. The ground floor has underfloor heating, there are double electric gates to driveway and double garage. EPC= B



Placed along a row of unique detached properties this extended property is both impressive and spacious. Much improved throughout this beautiful home is set back from the road with an attractive outlook. Briefly comprising: entrance hall, cloakroom, lounge, home office, kitchen/dining room, utility room and orangery. Upstairs includes five bedrooms, two en suites and a family bathroom. Outside are goodsize gardens, driveway and integral garage. EPC=D

Fisher Hill Way, Radyr


End terrace town house with light and modern kitchen/breakfast room, lounge, four bedrooms, the master with en-suite and family bathroom. The front offers off street parking for at least two vehicles. The property is within a mile of the village and close to the train station and bus routes. The development offers a playground and is close to Radyr Woods linking up to the Taff Trail. EPC=C

Lansdowne Gardens, Canton


Larger style mid-link town house. Briefly comprises: entrance hall, home office/play room, cloakroom, utility room and a kitchen/diner with doors to a south facing rear garden. The first floor includes a lounge and master bedroom with en-suite. The second floor boasts three bedrooms, one with en suite and a bathroom. Further benefiting from Upvc double glazing and gas central heating along with a half garage and driveway. EPC=C

Waungron Road, Llandaff


The property is currently configured to offer: entrance hall, two lounges, two bedrooms, two kitchens, two shower rooms and a conservatory. However, it could be laid out as a three bedroom property with two lounges if one of the kitchens were to be removed, there is also a converted garage. The entire rear garden belongs as sole use to the property. EPC=D

Llandaff - 029 2055 5198

Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Heath - 029 2062 0202

Lettings - 029 2078 0230

St Fagans Drive


A detached residence set on a generous plot offering a private and sizeable accommodation in a semi-rural location. Includes entrance hall, cloakroom, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, lounge, sitting room and dining room. Upstairs has six bedrooms, en suite to master along with family bathroom and an en-suite serving two further bedrooms, double garage and driveway. The wrap around gardens have been landscaped to be enjoyed year round. EPC=C

Reardon Smith Court, Fairwater


Modern townhouse with integral garage. The property is beautifully presented and offers flexible accommodation and a driveway. The accommodation comprises of entrance hall, shower room, bedroom/ sitting room and utility room to the ground floor, lounge and a kitchen/diner on the first floor, and two bedrooms, one en-suite and a bathroom on the second floor. This house really needs to be viewed internally. EPC=C

Heol Isaf, Radyr


An impressive detached residence with open plan living extension that takes centre stage. Presented to a high standard, provides potential to form a large fifth bedroom and en suite in the loft with planning granted. The property includes a lounge, dining room, utility room, cloakroom and kitchen/breakfast/family room. Four bedrooms, master en suite and family bathroom. Outside are front and rear gardens with driveway and garage. EPC=D

Everswell Road, Fairwater


A tastefully presented semi-detached house on this popular street in Fairwater. Placed close to Fairwater shops this excellent home will certainly prove popular. Briefly comprising: entrance hall, large lounge, dining room and modern kitchen. Upstairs are three bedrooms and family bathroom. EPC=E

Eco Homes

Welcome to the 2nd phase of this award winning development...

LivEco’s standard of eco housing is unique to the area and boasts a wide selection of features that provide residents with both a superior standard of living and most importantly lower fuel bills. These homes benefit from a private terrace or balcony and communal gardens which are managed by a gardener. BLP Allianz 10 year full structural warranty included Luxury Living - intelligently designed homes with health, space and wellbeing built in Lower Fuel Bills - Super-insulation, air source heat pumps and latest energy saving appliances Heath And Wellbeing - Each home has a private air filtration system giving a healthy living environment Landscape Design - Greens and gardens have been thoughtfully designed by a landscape architect Home Design - Considerations have been made without compromise for ceiling heights, room sizes and storage Internal Design - Bathrooms, kitchens, lighting and sun pipes are all of a luxury standard

Secure by Design - Designed with extra secure doors and windows, safe and secure at home Lifetime Homes - Intelligent planning with zero kerbs and wider doors giving thought to the future Electric Car Deal - An incentive to purchase a new electric car and charging points on site make it easier to travel cleaner and cheaper

If you would like to find out more or have any questions about this exciting new development please contact sole agent 02920 555198 1

02920 228135 1

Lettings - 029 2078 0230 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Heath - 029 2062 0202 Penhill Close, Llandaff


**A SUPERB ONE BEDROOM FURNISHED APARTMENT located on Penhill Close in Llandaff. This property is presented in superb condition throughout and comprises open plan lounge and modern bespoke kitchen. Additionally there is a double bedroom with Velux window, large storage cupboard with washing machine, and a brand new bathroom. Externally there is parking available, and close proximity to the cafe culture of Pontcanna. Available at £725pcm* (admin fees apply). Strictly Professional Couple or Single Only. No Pets. EPC= E.

Llantrisant Rise, Llandaff


A four bedroom detached house located in a sought after location, which has been upgraded to a high specification. Downstairs the property comprises two reception rooms, WC and open plan kitchen/ lounge area with doors to the rear garden, while upstairs are four bedrooms (one en suite) plus a bathroom with separate shower. Externally there is a rear garden, garage and off road parking. The house is positioned close to the railway station, shops and good M4 links via the A48. EPC= D

Baldwin Close, Llandaff


A superb three bedroom house located in Danescourt. This property has been refurbished to a high standard with new kitchen, bathroom, carpets and repainted throughout. The property comprises lounge and kitchen to the ground floor, while upstairs are three double bedrooms and a brand new bathroom. Externally there is a rear garden, driveway to the front and close proximity to Danescourt Railway Station and Llandaff Village. Available from the 1st November at £850pcm* (admin fees apply). Strictly Professionals Only. No Pets. EPC= D.

Penhill Close, Llandaff


A superb two bedroom furnished apartment located in Llandaff. The property has been upgraded throughout and comprises two double bedrooms, lounge, brand new kitchen complete with washer dryer and fridge freezer, and family bathroom. Externally there are communal gardens and parking, plus the property is ideally located close to local transport links and the popular shops, restaurants and cafes in Pontcanna. Available for immediate occupation (subject to referencing) at £800pcm* (admin fees apply). Professionals Only. No Pets. EPC= D.

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Meet The Team

Nigel John | Managing Director, MARLA & NAEA Nigel took ownership of Hern & Crabtree many years ago from Ann Dawe. Nigel re-branded and revitalised this historic estate agency helping it become one of the most recognised and established agents in Cardiff.

Rhodri Humphreys | Area Manager Rhodri is a knowledgeable and hardworking estate agent who oversees the Hern & Crabtree network. Rhodri has worked in the Cardiff and Vale area for his entire career and also specialises in land and new homes.

Llandaff Michael Baillie | Director & Branch Manager Mike is an enthusiastic, positive and experienced Estate Agent that has a real passion for property. Mike’s close focus on customer service has been a key to his and his team’s success over the years.

Denise Dobson | Administrator and Sales Negotiator Denise is upbeat, and cheery with a wealth of experience behind her, highly organised and keeps her cool even at the busiest of times. Denise is mainly office based and is often the voice at the end of the phone, so much that one of our clients is convinced she never leaves!

Heath - 029 2062 0202 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115

Jan Street | Sales Progression Manager Jan has a sparkling personality, is extremely caring and hardworking. Jan looks after our clients post-sale, her wealth of experience combined with her superb communication between all parties ensures a smooth transaction. Jan’s efforts don’t go unnoticed and receives glowing reviews.

Lance Robertson | Lettings Manager Lance is exceptionally knowledgeable in his field with over 10 years of experience in lettings. He’s friendly, approachable, a pleasure for landlords and tenants alike should they need any help. Whether it be professional advice on letting your property, or legal compliance, Lance is on hand to give clear and concise guidance.

Jo Shears | Senior Sales Negotiator Jo is a passionate and caring estate agent and can light up any room with her warmth, humour and positivity. Jo is another big character in the company and a firm favourite with our clients.

Owen Llewellyn | Senior Sales Negotiator Owen is an exuberant and attentive estate agent who is a big character at Hern & Crabtree. Owen is an accomplished and highly talented negotiator and valuer with 7 years agency experience.

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Pontcanna Ben Shorrocks | Branch Manager Ben is a very honest and trustworthy Estate Agent who takes pride in delivering a high quality service to be proud of. Ben is highly experienced, knowledgeable and reliable and works hard to ensure that he will be your estate agent for life.

Harry Watson-James | Sales Negotiator Harry is the life and soul of the office in Pontcanna, forever with a grin on his face, you can’t help but be happy when in his company. He’s a motivated and very determined individual who relishes helping others search for their next home.

Whitchurch Anna O’Mahoney | Branch Manager Anna is a talented and caring Estate Agent who was born to sell property. Anna started her career in estate agency in 2001 as a Saturday worker whilst still in college and has vast experience. She is patient, dedicated and very hard working.

Heath Stephanie Byrne | Senior Sales Negotiator Stephanie is a competitive yet caring Estate Agent who excels in her role in the Heath Office. She is renowned for the number of appointments she generates and as a result of her tenacity and talent the reviews her clients give her are only ever five out of five!

Anthony Poole | Branch Manager Anthony is a passionate and dedicated Estate Agent who doesn’t know when to go home! He works long hours and his hard work and dedication to his clients is matched with a skill set and approach that gives customers the peace of mind that they are in caring and trusted hands.

Heath - 029 2062 0202 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115

Thomas Lloyd | Sales Negotiator* Thomas is an incredibly likable, professional negotiator who is always in high spirits and eager to help. Thomas’ first language is Welsh and is able to provide a Welsh Language Service to our customers. This has proved to be so popular that we are now trialling a Welsh Language Service that is available to our vendors, subject to availability. Thomas is a real asset to Hern & Crabtree and we are very excited to grow our Language Service around him.


*If you are a seller that would prefer to speak in the Welsh language, please request this when booking your free market appraisal.

Annamarie Winks | Negotiator Annamarie has over 27 years experience and recently joined the Whitchurch branch. Having worked all over Cardiff, Penarth and the Vale of Glamorgan, she is a familiar face and an expert in property. Annamarie brings passion and dedication and is very kind and hardworking with stacks of humour.

Annie Munro | Senior Negotiator Annie is a genuine and caring estate agents and a favourite with her clients who come back to her time after time. Annie has been an estate agent for over 19 years and is always smiling.

Amy McDonough | Sales Negotiator Amy has been an Estate Agent for over 17 years and brings a wealth of experience in all property matters. Her enthusiasm and passion for the industry is second to none and she is very popular with both clients and staff alike.

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