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Property NEWS

July 2019

Prepare for BBQ season Page 8

Inside this issue Get your property picture perfect

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Creative decorations for your home

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Tips on how to be ‘festival ready’

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MAKE YOUR Editor’s Letter Welcome to the July issue. The year is flying by quickly, with thoughts for many now turning to the annual summer holiday and relaxing weekends to be spent in the garden, enjoying the sunshine! In this issue we look at how to get your garden BBQ ready – and give you some recipes to try out too.




When it comes to heading off on your holidays, ensure you travel in style with our favourite picks of luggage which will ensure they stand out on the carousel! And while you’re off relaxing on your welldeserved holiday, you can be safe in the knowledge that we will be working away to ensure that the sale of your home goes smoothly. Also, inside this issue, we take a look at the role good photography plays when it comes to marketing your property – so read our top tips of how you can ensure your property is captured in the best possible way.

Simple native flowers… such as lavender, buddleia and sedums all produce plenty of nectar, ensuring a buzzing, populated garden of bees

Your garden, when at its best, is a natural wonder to behold and, if the right preparations are made, a home for wildlife

Enjoy reading and we’ll see you next time. Linda McKeown Editor


Look after the birds – all year round Agricultural changes to the environment have meant that the number of wild birds in our beautiful world is diminishing, a fact which highlights just how important it is to care for and help our feathered friends. You may be surprised at the types of food you are able to feed birds – which will be sure to keep them coming back for more.

Cheese: avoid soft or mouldy cheeses; only use hard cheeses, cutting it down into small, bite-size chunks.

Eggs: cooked eggs are a great source of nutrients for birds, while the shell itself can also be a brilliant source of calcium and helps aid digestion.

Pasta and rice: both contain plenty of great carbohydrates for birds but wash thoroughly beforehand to get rid of any oils and salt.

Vegetables: mix with sunflower seeds for the perfect bird treat!

Meat: meat, such as beef fat, would be an ideal feast for birds, but make sure it’s in small digestible chunks. Plenty of protein on offer here! A selection of other great leftover food to use would be cereal (with little to no sugar content), pet food, and baked goods (such as bread, cakes and biscuits). All of these, if you’re putting them into your bird feeder, should be soaked with water beforehand to make it easier for birds to digest.

Protecting our beloved bees We need bees to survive. Bees pollinate, helping plants to grow, breed and produce food. They do so by transferring pollen between flowering plants, thus keeping the cycle of life turning. Many plants we depend on for our food rely on pollination. Therefore, looking after our bees and helping them do their all-important work is one of the best things we can do for nature. Some simple actions could help tremendously.

The right flowers: simple native flowers (rather

than other, more elaborate flowers), such as lavender, buddleia and sedums all produce plenty of nectar, ensuring a buzzing, populated garden of bees.

Other great features to add to your garden Growing a range of trees, shrubs and climbers will provide food and shelter for certain

wildlife. Larger plants, particularly trees, support more wildlife by offering food in the form of flowers, fruit and seeds, and provide cover and nesting sites for garden animals. Some smaller trees and shrubs that are particularly good for blossom and berries include rowan, crab apple, elder, blackthorn and hawthorn. Fruit trees attract and support a range of wildlife, whilst also supplying you with a useful crop. One of the most effective, promising ways to bring wildlife to your very own garden is a pond. The size doesn’t matter too much – even a container holding enough water where various wildlife can swim, drink and rest is beneficial. Allow water plants to grow and colonise to help encourage the presence of wildlife; and try to ensure the pond has a sloping base to help amphibians get in and out easily and enjoy the shallower waters. Steep or sloped ground and rocky areas are another way to attract wildlife to your garden. If planted well, rock gardens and gravel beds can bring in wildlife such as mason bees. With a rock garden, a pond and a meadow, your garden will soon look like the bee’s knees! Creating a meadow isn’t particularly complicated and it can add so much charm and wildlife to your plot. A meadow consists of a mixture of grasses and wildflowers, so all you need are the right seeds and a bit of time!

Leave the weeds alone: although weeds are generally considered the villains of any garden, wild-growing dandelions can be considered a free food and a beneficial weed, rather than a nuisance, offering bees a brilliant source of sustenance. Quench bees’ thirst: a water feature, such as a

water basin, is a perfect way to feed bees (as long as there are some floating objects in the water, such as corks, so the bees don’t drown). Sprinkling your meadow with wildflower seeds could also produce the likes of poppies, nigella and corn marigolds. Meadows are great for insects, and mowing paths through the meadows invites plenty of exploration.

Fruit trees attract and support a range of wildlife, whilst also supplying you with a useful crop



picture perfect

Here are some simple tips to get your property ready for those all-important viewings

When it comes to marketing your property, the first thing buyers look at are the photos. Good photos of your property can have a huge impact on the number of viewings you receive. The more viewings you have, the more chance you have of getting an offer. So, get your property picture perfect before we take the photos. Here’s how… Tidy up the living areas and bedrooms A potential buyer wants to look at your property and see if they can imagine themselves living there. If they, however, cannot look past the clutter they may lose interest in what could otherwise be their perfect property. Ask us to come around at a suitable time, for example; when

the kids are at school and after you have had time to clean up after them, before we take the photos.

property. No viewing means no chance of an offer. Remove the pet food bowls and keep ‘Spot’ off the bed during photos.

Do the washing up Similar to tidying up the living areas, no-one wants to see what you had for dinner last night when they are looking at your property online. Do the washing up in the morning and put the washing up away; this will make your kitchen look larger with more working surface area.

Open the curtains When we are at your property, open the windows and let in the natural light. This will result in better photos. Avoid having photos taken at night as they will make the property look dull and dark, which are two words no-one ever mentions when discussing what they want from their new property.

Keep pets out of the picture We understand that you love ‘Spot’, but your potential buyer may not be an animal person: and the fact that a pet has lived in the house may be enough for them not to view your

Make the beds No-one wants to see your underwear on Rightmove; pick up any clothes, books or toys off the bedroom floors and make the beds. It is amazing

Other hints & tips n Clean windows - grubby and smeared windows can impact the natural light coming into your house. n Remove personal photos you don’t want pictures of your wedding on property portals, but an edited photo with a blur effect is even worse, taking the viewer’s attention away from your property. n Don’t leave your car on your drive - similar to wedding photos, you don’t want to advertise your license plate number. Plus, a car on the drive hinders the viewer’s ability to visualise the size of the drive. n Take down posters and stickers remove posters and photos from the walls to avoid distracting your potential buyers. n Turn off your TV - Piers Morgan in the background of any photo will be a massive turn off for many!

When it comes to marketing your property, the first thing buyers look at are the photos

what these little bits of cleaning will do when you see the photos of your property online. Keep any furry friends off the beds and out of the way during photos too.

after themselves, but on the day of the photos try to put away as many toys as possible, get the floors clear and wash off any marks on the walls. Make their beds as well and remove the overflowing rubbish bins.

Clean the bathroom Get your bathroom sparkling clean before we come around; but remember to put away the cleaning products as a mop bucket in the shower cubicle or bleach bottle by the bath ruin the vision that your potential buyer is creating in their mind. Scrub the dried toothpaste from the sink and dust and polish any windows. The kids' bedrooms We understand how children are, and how little they enjoy cleaning up

Cut the grass and tidy the garden A garden is an extension of the home, and people want to imagine themselves out there on a sunny day. If it is overgrown in photos, you are making it harder for people to visualise themselves living there. Cut the grass, sweep any patios, trim back the hedges and pick up any toys – children’s or animals! If it is raining on the day, ask us to come around for external shots on a sunnier day.

Remember, our aim is to help you make the most of your property. However, there is only so much we can do for you if your property isn’t photo ready, and it isn’t an exaggeration to say that doing these simple jobs could help you receive higher offers and sell quicker.

For a free no-obligation valuation, talk to one of our friendly and helpful team today.


Get back to basics

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creative Don’t want to spend much on buying new things for your home? Here are some creative ideas on how to make beautiful and individual decorations for your home. The kids can get involved too!

Pottery painting Whatever the weather, children can enjoy pottery painting – and it can be fun for adults too. There is a great range of different styles and techniques you can learn, and you can make these personal and unique to you – or make them as a gift. Pottery painting cafes are very popular for creating your own masterpiece and meeting new people, so keep an eye out for what’s going on in the community.

Make your own photo frames Photo frames are a great addition to any room, and displaying photos is great to personalise your home and remind you of the special moments in your life. However, they can be expensive, so why not make your own! To make a picture frame you’ll need to assemble a cardboard mat, four wood and metal sides creating the outline of your frame, and the glass or plexiglass front used to protect the picture. You can also personalise the frame with decorative elements.

If you think that making your own from scratch is too fiddly, then you could buy a plain photo frame and personalise it how you’d like. Stickon tape is a cheap and quick way to add a personal touch to the frame, and kids would enjoy repainting frames or sticking crafts on such as shells, flowers, sequins or buttons.

A day at the beach is fun for all the family, and doing crafts with shells you collected can extend the experience

Paint plant pots This is something which will be great for summer days in the garden. Turn plain plant pots into a piece of art with the help of the kids. Whether you choose a solid colour or a pattern, repainted plant pots will help add a touch of personalisation to your garden. For the best results ensure pots are well brushed down of any dirt or dust so you have a nice smooth surface for painting on.


Fake Flowers Spruce up your home by creating your own flower arrangement from artificial flowers to give your home a spring-feel all year round. Why not buy a plain vase and decorate it with lights, paint or a ribbon too? As well as being low maintenance, arranging artificial flowers and decorating the vase can provide hours of entertainment for kids.

Shells from the beach

Sewing - blankets, throws, cushions, bunting Sewing is a great hobby to get involved with, and there are a range of sewing kits for all skill levels. Whether you sew by hand or with a machine, cushion covers are relatively easy to make. All you need to do is cut and measure the fabric to fit the size of the cushion and sew the sides of the fabric together inside out. The easiest technique to use is the envelope back cover where one side of the fabric overlaps, which creates a flap where you can insert the cushion, with no fastening required. You could even sew blankets and throws in a similar style to the cushions so everything on your sofa or bed match perfectly! Children will enjoy choosing their own fabrics, whether it's their favourite colour, a superhero or one covered in animals. There’s so much you can do with these, including folding and sewing the fabric into triangles to create bunting to go in their bedroom or playroom.

A day at the beach is fun for all the family, and doing crafts with shells you collected can extend the experience. If you have collected your own shells, here are some fun and creative crafts to make with them! Putting them in a pretty jar is probably the easiest thing you could do, but it can have a big impact and make a nice ornament in the home.

Candles The sight, sound and smell of a candle can lift any room, and making your own candles is a lot easier than you may think! The beauty of making your own candles is that you choose your own smells and decorate it how you’d like. You can buy simple candle making kits and fragrance oils which will spread a lovely aroma. Setting your candles in Mason jars, or something similar which can withstand the heat, will make your homemade candles look even more decorative.

Glue seashells to a mirror or photo frame to add some beachy personality to a room. You could even paint the shells before fixing them to a photo frame with a nice family photo for keepsake. If your kids want to go back to school and show their friends what they did in their summer holidays, you can turn the shells into jewellery, or a keyring for them to attach to their school bag. A big shell could even be used as a candle holder or a soap dish!

Spruce up your home by creating your own flower arrangement from artificial flowers to give your home a spring-feel all year round

Paintings This might take some time and practice depending on how experienced or confident you are with a paint brush! Whether you want to paint a canvas or frame a painting on card, creating your own piece of art and displaying this on your wall is a cheap but effective way to add some character to a room – and can be a good conversation starter too!





Nothing says summer quite like the sight and smell of a sweet, smoky barbecue sizzling in your garden. Now is a great time for a big clean of your grill and to get your garden ready for BBQ parties in the sun!


Give your BBQ a good clean Whether you’re cooking on gas or charcoal, it’s important that your grill is clean and wiped down before you start cooking. Take off the grates and scrub them down; there are plenty of products on the market specially made for BBQ grates. If you have a charcoal BBQ which has been stored inside the garage or shed over the winter, wipe down the inside to get rid of any dust or insects. Also wipe the exterior of the BBQ and your tools. When you’ve finished cleaning your BBQ, rub your tools and the grates in olive oil to help prevent rusting.


Create/clean up dedicated BBQ area If you have spare space in your garden, or would like to cook away from guests, try building a dedicated BBQ area! Whether it is raised decking, a small area of paving or some decorative gravel, you can find the perfect spot even in the smallest of gardens. Pick somewhere which enjoys a little shade and provides easy access for transporting food. You can install your brick BBQ or even build your own outdoor kitchen, equipped with a grill, sink and that all important drinks fridge! If your garden has a great view, whether it’s countryside, a local landmark or the seaside, raise the BBQ area so the cook gets the best seat in the house.

And if your BBQ area has been deserted during the winter, pick out any weeds and wash down the decking or patio with a jet washer to bring it back to life.

Clean down/buy new patio furniture Once you’ve cleaned down your patio or laid some new decking, now is the time to kit it out with some furniture! There are tons of different styles and designs for garden furniture, all suitable for a range of budgets and garden types. Rattan and weaved furniture are a popular choice, as are wooden tables. There are even dining sets with a fire pit built into the middle; perfect for keeping warm and toasting marshmallows.

Now is a great time for a big clean… to get your garden ready for BBQ parties in the sun!

Sticky Chicken Wings Succulent meat with sticky glaze, these messy wings are perfect finger food for a warm summer’s day, or can be cooked indoors if the weather isn’t on your side. Serve with creamy blue cheese ‘slaw made from mayonnaise and gorgonzola cheese. Ingredients: 8 large chicken wings 2 tbsp honey 3 tbsp dark brown sugar 3 tbsp tomato ketchup 4 tbsp soy sauce 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1-2 tsp sundried tomato paste Pinch of dried chilli flakes

SIZZLING BBQ RECIPES! If your garden furniture has been sat on the patio or stored inside since last summer, give it a wash down. If you have wooden furniture, use ‘wood cleaner’, then finish off with wood sealer to preserve its colour. For weaved or iron furniture, you can use warm water and soap to wash it down, followed by a rinse with the hose.

Add lighting Now that you’ve got your garden all set up, add lighting so you can entertain guests after the sun goes down. Solar lights are environmentally friendly and cheap to run. Lighting up a fire pit or a chiminea will keep your guests warm whilst you sit back, relax and drink into the early hours.

2. T  o make the blue cheese slaw, mix together creme fraiche, gorgonzola cheese, juice of a lemon and mix in some shredded vegetables. Season to taste and leave to chill for up to five hours. 3. If cooking the wings on a charcoal bbq, once the coal is white hot, cook the wings over direct heat for around 6-8 minutes on each side, then give them around 1 minute of indirect heat, turning them and brushing with the marinade to give them a sticky outside.

Make the most of your summer with our BBQ recipe ideas, including tender sticky chicken wings and grilled halloumi burgers – served with some great sides. Ideal for entertaining meat lovers and vegetarians!

Halloumi Burgers Slices of grilled, charred halloumi in a sweet brioche, served with your choice of salad. Perfect for both veggies and the whole family. Ingredients: 250g block of Halloumi, cut into 8 thick slices 1 tbsp olive oil 4 brioche buns 4 tbsp hummus 1 large ripe tomato, thinly sliced 4 Butterhead lettuce leaves 4 tbsp tomato salsa * Images for illustrative purposes only

1. Mix the marinade ingredients into a bowl and toss in the chicken wings, making sure they are all generously coated. Cover and chill for an hour, or overnight if you have time.

1. When the charcoal has stopped flaming and is glowing white hot, brush the halloumi slices with olive oil on both sides and grill for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden. 2. S  plit open the buns and slightly toast on the grill (without burning them!) and spread the hummus on the bottom halves. Add some tomato then the halloumi, then finish with the lettuce and the salsa with the top half of the bun. 3. S  erve with skewered barbecued veg, rice, potato salad or barbecued corn on the cob with butter.



If you’re heading off on your travels this summer, take a peek at these fun and funky travel cases!

Gruffalo Trunki Children’s Ride-On Suitcase

Now this is just perfect for the kids! Ideal for keeping them entertained, its multi-functional strap allows parents to tow tired children on their luggage or conveniently carry over the shoulder. Lightweight and durable. £44.99

Myleene Klass 4-Wheel Hawaiian Leaf Suitcase - Large Give your travel a taste of the tropics with this 4-Wheel Hawaiian Leaf Large Suitcase by Myleene Klass. Strong yet lightweight, its polycarbonate case keeps your valuables well protected. With height adjustable handle and external zip locking security.

Batman Scootcase

This Batman scooter, suitcase combo may seem a bit pricey, but you do get a suitcase and a scooter all rolled into one! £70



Monogram Personalised Suitcase by KOKO BLOSSOM Mickey 4 Wheel Cabin Case

Heading off to Disney this summer? Then why not pay homage to Mickey with this light cabin case which incorporates elastic fastening tapes plus a small pocket in one compartment, and a zipper net separator in the other.

Stand out from the crowd with this black monogram personalised suitcase featuring your initials. Available in three sizes; cabin, medium and large.



And don’t forget your accessories! We love this quirky tag and passport holder... Bando The Getaway I’m Outta Here! luggage tag Upgrade your suitcase to first class with this Getaway luggage tag with super cool ‘I’m Outta Here!’ design.

Women’s Gold Champagne Hearts Cabin Case


We love the heart details of this sturdy cabin case from Next. Single expander provides an additional 25% extra space for your personal belongings. Packing capacity: 34 litres. £70

All prices correct at time of going to print

Fat Face Leather Stripe Passport Holder The Ultimate Travel Bag

Made from lightweight and durable materials, this travel bag is waterproof and has many multi-purpose pockets and compartments hidden inside. It can be completely rolled out flat ready for you to put your suit or dress safely inside for wrinkle-free journeys. £70

Stay organised whilst trotting the globe with this leather passport holder. Cotton lined and featuring card slots to keep all your essentials in one place. £16




If you have failed miserably, yet again, to secure Glastonbury tickets and need some alternative options, then look no further. Here we’ve compiled a few of our favourites which take place throughout July and August

Reading and LeEds If you are after a bit of variety then Reading & Leeds will be just up your street. Noted for promoting new and upcoming artists, side by side with more well-known acts, this well-established festival won’t disappoint. This year’s lineup is jam-packed with talent; from the likes of The Foo Fighters, Post Malone, The 1975 and Bastille. Spread over three days and at two different locations, Reading and Leeds are not to be missed. There are multiple stages, all promoting the best of each genre of music, along with an


alternative stage featuring the likes of Josh Widdicombe and Russel Kane. With so much to see, it’s probably best to plan ahead; after all, you can’t be in two places at once! Both festivals run from the 23 25 August, with both day tickets and weekend passes available.

BOOMTOWN Boomtown festival takes place over four days from the 7 - 11 August in Winchester. It is an independent festival showcasing the very best of underground and global music, including reggae, folk, jazz, drum and bass and

hip-hop. The lineup for this year includes big names such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chase & Status and The Streets. This unique festival promises to catapult you into a different world, with its innovative set designs, street recreations and theatrical performers. With such a diverse lineup, it’s no surprise that day tickets aren’t available for purchase – only weekend tickets are on sale. There are several accommodation options on site, from pitching a tent to booking a wagon, or staying in their rustic Teepees! This festival is most definitely one for the bucket list.




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Latitude festival Set in the beautiful surroundings of Henham Park, Suffolk is Latitude Festival. Running from 18 - 21 July this popular festival serves up iconic and fresh new artists, with headline acts to include the likes of George Ezra, Snow Patrol and Lana Del Rey, along with huge names in comedy such as Jason Manford and Frank Skinner. There are also several unique areas such as; the Theatre arena, which offers diverse performances for all tastes and the Listening post, brand new for Latitude 2019, which is a stage dedicated to the creative art form that is podcasts, and The Speakeasy, which offers awardwinning writers, poets and authors all under one roof. Voted ‘Best Family Festival’ at the UK festival awards 2018, Latitude

has an abundance of familyfriendly activities available, such as, the kids’ area, which serves as an entire festival in itself. Very much centred around kids, you will find everything from pond dipping to star gazing.

Spread over three days and at two different locations, Reading and Leeds are not to be missed

If you are staying for the weekend, Latitude offers an array of affordable and more boutique accommodation. From standard camping to more luxurious cabins,

there is something for everyone and every pocket.

Larmer Tree festival Quite possibly the friendliest of all the UK festivals, this weekend event – running from the 18 - 21 July – offers three days of music, comedy and eccentric activities, catering for the whole family. This small but long-standing festival prides itself on clean, family friendly fun. So much so, they were awarded the UK Festival award for ‘Best Family Festival’ in 2015. Larmer Tree’s lineup offers a diverse range of artists: their headline acts include the likes of Kate Tempest, The Cat Empire and Jack Savoretti. This small festival offers much more however, with comedy shows, theatre, poetry and talks, workshops and a whole heap more.





This year’s Tour de France will be taking place throughout July; but will Britain keep hold of the Yellow Jersey for another year? On the 6th July, 126 riders from all over the world will compete in the world’s largest sporting event – cycling over 2000 miles in 23 days hoping to win one of the famous coloured Jerseys, in front of over 12 million spectators.

This year’s race will be the 106th edition of the Tour de France since Henri Desgrange created the event as a marketing scheme for his newspaper back in 1903

The Grand Depart will be from Brussels this year, for only the second time in its history, before finishing in Paris, at the Champs-Elysees on the 21st July. There are 21 stages in total, with two rest days, taking in famous French cities and towns such as Reims, Nancy, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse. There are four Jerseys up for grabs, worn by the leaders in different categories throughout the race. Here is a breakdown of each individual Jersey.

THE YELLOW JERSEY The Yellow Jersey is world-famous, having been worn by some of the most successful riders from the past 100 years. It is given to the rider with the lowest overall time at the end of each stage after bonuses and penalties have been added or subtracted. The rider who wears the Jersey after the last stage in Paris is the overall winner of the Tour de France.

THE GREEN JERSEY The Green Jersey is the second most prestigious jersey. It is awarded to the leader in the points category at the end of each stage. A rider wins points for high finishes and winning intermediate sprints, which is why it is also known as the ‘Sprinter’s Competition’. Most points are scored on the flat stages of the race.


THE POLKA DOT JERSEY The Polka Dot Jersey, otherwise known as the King of the Mountains, is worn by the leader of the mountains classification. Points are awarded to the first riders to reach the summit of designated hills and mountains during each stage.

THE WHITE JERSEY Similar to the Yellow Jersey, the White Jersey is awarded to the rider with the lowest overall time at the end of each stage; however, the rider must be under 25 to win the honour of wearing the White Jersey for the next stage. The Favourites THE FAVOURITES Geraint Thomas was last year’s winner and will start this year’s race with the Yellow Jersey. He was the first Welshman to ever win the Tour de France and continues the British domination of the competition since 2012 when Sir Bradley Wiggins won Britain’s first ever Tour de France. Since 2012 Britain have only lost once, in 2014. With Chris Froome, the champion from 2013, 15, 16 and 17, ruled out of the race after his horror crash during a practice ride in June, Nairo Quintana is now the favourite to win; the Colombian rides for Movistar, but Froome’s teammate Geraint Thomas will fancy his chances again this year. This year’s race will be the 106th edition of the Tour de France since Henri Desgrange created the event as a marketing scheme for his newspaper back in 1903.

HMO Laws AND Guidelines 2019 A House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) is a fantastic investment for any property investor, offering over 2x the rental income of a standard let. However, there are laws and guidelines you will need to adhere to

HMO’s are popular with investors as they offer double the rent for the same property you could rent to a single household. For example, a family may pay £800pcm for a three-bedroom property, however, if the rooms are of the legal size, you could put three individual tenants in each paying £500pcm, totalling £1500pcm in total. But beware: HMO’s are strictly regulated by the government, so it is best to get advice before moving into HMO property investment. The government defines an HMO as being a property that is rented out by at least three people who aren’t from one household but share facilities such as the bathroom and kitchen. They are commonly called house shares. However, there are other rules to determine whether the property is an HMO. A property is considered a large HMO if at least five tenants live in the property and share the toilet, bathroom and the kitchen. If you have a property you are considering turning into an HMO, there are government guidelines you must follow. The most important guideline is the bedroom size, with each room offering a certain amount of space depending on the age and the number of people. For example, a room must be 6.51 m2 for an adult, 10.22 m2 for two adults and 4.46 m2 for a child under ten years of age. If you have a large HMO and are based in England and Wales, you must have a license. For a standard HMO, you will need to check with your local council if

you need one. You will need a separate license for each individual HMO you own, and the licenses are valid for a maximum of five years. There are other conditions you must follow if you are the owner of an HMO; you must ensure that the manager of the house, whether that is you or an agent, is considered being ‘fit and proper’ and has no criminal record or breach of landlord laws or code of practice. You must also send the council an updated gas certificate every year, install and maintain smoke alarms and provide safety certificates for all electrical appliances when requested.

If you have a property you are considering turning into an HMO, there are government guidelines you must follow

There are further conditions that may be specific to you or your property which come from the local council – these can range from improving the condition of the facilities through to attaching warning stickers to glass doors. Your local council will let you know when you apply. HMO investment can be daunting and time-consuming, but with the right advice, it can offer higher returns on your property investment. For more information, talk to one of our letting’s team today.


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Cheriton Drive, Thornhill

Guide £450,000

An imposing and beautifully presented six-bedroom detached modern family home, that benefits from being greatly extended and improved by the current owners. Well-placed on a generous plot in a sought after and desirable area of Thornhill situated in a quiet cul-de-sac, this property offers good access to local amenities and transport links to A470 and M4.

Heath - 029 2062 0202

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

Lettings - 029 2078 0230

Lon-Y-Dial, Cardiff

Guide £475,000

Heol Iscoed, Cardiff

Guide £480,000

A detached family home situated in the heart of Rhiwbina village and set on a spacious and attractive plot in this highly soughtafter suburb overlooking Rhiwbina Tennis Club and benefiting from the highly acclaimed Rhiwbina primary school just around the corner.

An impressive and striking detached family home located on one of Rhiwbina’s most favoured residential roads and ideally located for all the amenities of the village and surrounding areas. Externally the property boasts beautifully landscaped wrap-around gardens to the front and sides along with a detached garage and driveway offering off road parking.

King George V Drive East, Cardiff Guide £500,000

Mill Road, Llanishen

A Detached three-bedroom bungalow situated on a prestigious, rarely available and highly sought-after Heath address with views over Heath Park. Also offering good access to local amenities and transport links as well as the University Hospital of Wales and City Centre, with links to the A48 and M4 motorway also close by.

An impressive and sizable family home full of grandeur and character, well positioned on the highly-sought-after Mill Road, this highly-desirable property offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire a substantial and individually designed five bedroom detached residence between both Lisvane & Llanishen villages benefitting from access to local pubs, shops and amenities. EPC=E

Guide £865,000



A desirable two-bedroom first floor flat with original floor and wall tiling in the hallway, located in the heart of Canton. The flat, situated in this traditional Victorian property has bay windows to both the front and rear and has been renovated and decorated throughout. 50% Share of Freehold. EPC=D

Glamorgan St, Canton


A beautifully presented two-bedroom home for sale in Canton. Accommodation comprises an entrance hallway, dining room, living room, kitchen and utility space. The first floor has two bedrooms, a bathroom and a converted loft room. Externally there is a large enclosed garden with a large potting shed. EPC=F

The Tramshed, Grangetown


A luxury warehouse style loft apartment located just a few minutes from Cardiff City Centre and Central Train Station. This characterful loft apartment has many unique features, including the large half moon window, exposed brick wall, exposed steels and mezzanine bedroom. No Chain. EPC=D

Altolusso, City Centre


A three bedroom 18th floor flat with panoramic city centre and sea views, located in Altolusso, a popular development of residential flats offering a concierge service, parking and storage facilities. No Chain. EPC=C

Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135

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

Lettings - 029 2078 0230

Coldstream Terrace


A rarely available, large Victorian Villa situated on the banks of the River Taff just minutes from Cardiff City Centre. In need of internal renovation, the accommodation includes three reception rooms, a kitchen and a basement. Outside there is a large garden and exceptional views of the River Taff and as far as Cardiff Castle. EPC=E

Wyndham Crescent, Pontcanna


An exceptional and rarely available four bedroom home for sale in this quiet cul-de-sac, just a short walk from Thompson’s Park. This Victorian home has been renovated and boasts modern fittings and original features. Externally there is a well maintained garden. EPC=D

Cathedral Road, Pontcanna


A mews style house located at the rear of this exceptional Victorian Villa, which offers secure allocated parking and a garden. The property itself is an independent dwelling with an open plan kitchen and living room with dining space and access to the garden. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and two ensuites. Externally there is a garden, secure allocated parking and communal bike storage. EPC=C

Cardiff Bay, Empire Way


An exceptional first floor apartment situated at Cardiff Pointe, an exciting new development in the heart of Cardiff’s Sports Village. The apartment comprises, two double bedrooms, the master with an ensuite, a separate bathroom and an open plan living space including a fitted kitchen with appliances built in. Externally there is a balcony and allocated parking. EPC= B


Save up to £10,000

on selected properties at River Walk, St. Edeyrn’s Village

a charming selection of 4 and 5 bed executive homes River Walk is our new collection of impressive four and five bedroom homes at St. Edeyrn’s Village in Old St Mellons. Located on the outskirts of Cardiff, it’s ideally placed to enjoy the city as well as nearby bustling towns and beautiful surrounding countryside. • • • • •

Choice of spacious 4 and 5 bedroom homes Sought-after semi-rural location Convenient leisure facilities and shopping close by Excellent transport links via the M4 and A48 Brand new primary school within the village

River Walk offers a range of spacious family homes, so whether you’re looking to take your next step up the ladder, or need more space for a growing family, this development is bound to have what you’re after.

Reserve before 24th March 2019 with this advert and get free flooring.*

River Walk

St. Edeyrn’s Village, Old St Mellons Cardiff, CF3 6YA Call our on-site sales executive on: 02920 104 015 Showhome open Thursday to Monday 11am-6pm


*Schemes and offers mentioned are available on selected plots, subject to status, specific terms and conditions will apply. Please see or contact the development for more information. A professional legal adviser is required to carry out the legal formalities of buying the home and to represent your interests. Charles Church can provide you with a list of recommended solicitors and/or financial advisers as necessary. Charles Church cannot advise you on a mortgage. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE, YOUR EQUITY LOAN OR OTHER DEBT SECURED ON IT. Imagery is for illustration purposes only. External elevations including treatments, materials, window positions and sizes are subject to change at any time. Details correct at time of going to press.



Melingriffith Drive, Whitchurch



Bishops Road, Whitchurch

Large family home situated on one of the most sought after roads in Whitchurch village. Offering easy access to all amenities by foot, it’s clear to see why this road is incredibly popular with families or for those looking to secure a more convenient location. The property retains a lot of original features throughout, which have been well maintained. It has the original design to the larger than average garden, again keeping all of the charm and elegance of the era. EPC=D

A substantially extended and well finished property occupying a corner plot near the Taff Trail in Whitchurch. This chain free house has two reception rooms, a beautifully fitted kitchen and a conservatory that opens to the garden. The first floor has four bedrooms, a superb refitted principal bathroom and a luxury en-suite shower room. A lawned garden fronts the property whilst the enclosed landscaped rear garden provides a wonderful space for sitting in the sun and dining outside. EPC=C

Warren Evans Court, Whitchurch Guide £170,000

Heol Dowlais, Efail Isaf



This light and spacious duplex apartment is situated in a central Whitchurch village location. For those looking to be within easy walking distance to all amenities. Three bedroom duplex apartment is larger than expected and so we highly recommend an internal viewing to appreciate. With accommodation comprising: Hall, a modern Kitchen, lounge/dining room, landing with access to a good size loft, three good size bedrooms and a modern shower room. EPC=C

An immaculate and modernised detached bungalow situated in the sought after village of Efail Isaf. Offering versatile, light and spacious accommodation, this excellent property is able to offer potentially three double bedrooms if so desired. There are beautiful front and rear gardens with a large patio sitting area too which benefits from the late afternoon sun. EPC=C

Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115

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

Lettings - 029 2078 0230

Manor Way, Whitchurch

Guide £350,000

A larger than average and beautifully presented double bay fronted semi detached property, with a good size garden situated in Whitchurch. Offering both light and spacious accommodation which has been modernised throughout. The property offers a good size hall, lounge with wood block flooring, dining room opening out to a lean to and a modern kitchen. Upstairs are three good size bedrooms with a guest en suite and a modern bathroom. EPC=D


Guide £200,000

A traditional mid terraced house well placed within easy walking distance to Whitchurch Village. This chain free property has two reception rooms, a fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and an upstairs bathroom. The property does require some upgrading although it already benefits from gas central heating and a rear garden with sunny aspect and parking at the rear. EPC=D

Bishops Close, Whitchurch

Guide £340,000


Heol Cattwg, Whitchurch

Glandwr Place, Whitchurch

A beautifully presented 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. EPC=E

An immaculate, spacious four bedroom family home situated in the centre of Whitchurch village. Offering generous living accommodation, good parking and a superb garden, this is a perfect home for growing families looking in competitive school catchment areas. EPC=D



Michaelston Road, St Fagans



Peterston Super Ely

A substantial, detached house with quadruple garage, a total of circa 15.3 acres including a circa 1.2 acre paddock with stable block, situated in an idyllic location. This hidden gem is located within the village of Peterston-Super-Ely, a well regarded village in the Vale of Glamorgan, notable for its community, junior school and excellent road links. EPC=C

The Cathedral Green, Llandaff


An elegant first floor apartment placed in Llandaff village just overlooking the historic Llandaff Cathedral. Transformed by the current owner to an excellent high specification finish and views of the Cathedral can be seen from the lounge and master bedroom. Off street parking and a single garage. EPC=D

An impressive detached residence placed towards the end of this select location in the historic village set within approximately 1/4 acre of grounds. Includes contemporary kitchen, lounge with wood stove and two further reception rooms, utility room and a large games room, four double bedrooms, en suite shower and family bathroom, the gardens have been meticulously landscaped.

Lansdowne Gardens, Canton


Tucked away close to Sanatorium Park is this stylishly presented detached home. Within a stone’s throw of Ysgol Treganna Primary School this property is certainly popular amongst families. The property includes lounge, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, three bedrooms, master to en-suite and family bathroom. There is a good size south facing garden and garden. EPC=C

Llandaff - 029 2055 5198

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

Lettings - 029 2078 0230

Denison Way, St Fagans

OIEO £265.000

This detached four bedroom house offers a light and spacious accommodation with a south facing rear garden. Placed in this popular location this family home includes lounge, sitting room, kitchen/dining room and conservatory. Upstairs has four bedrooms and family bathroom. Outside is a south aspect rear garden and off street parking. EPC=B

Llandaff, Cardiff


A beautiful period semi-detached house on a wide plot nestled next to the sought after Insole Court. Retaining period features and offering a light and spacious home, this property offers excellent potential. With stained glass windows, parquet flooring, picture rails and fireplaces there is plenty of character to admire in this home. EPC = D

Windsor Avenue, Radyr


A luxury ground floor garden maisonette modernised and refurbished by the current owners! Two/three bedroom residence offering versatile living accommodation and also benefits from a landscaped private garden, off street parking and a garage. Close to a bus route and is placed in close proximity to local shops, cafés and amenities. EPC=D

Buckley Close, Danescourt


Bi-fold doors connect the rear garden from the open plan living space with plenty of natural light from the large glass doors and sky light windows. This stylish yet homely property has been completely transformed by the current owners and includes open plan kitchen/ diner/sitting area. Further benefits from front and rear gardens, off street parking and a garage.

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Welcome to the 3rd phase of this award winning development...

Hern & Crabtree are please to offer a range of two to four bedroom Eco homes in the 3rd phase of this award winning development. If you would like to find out more or have any questions about this exciting new development please contact us today: Llandaff Office

02920 555198

Pontcanna Office

02920 228135

Lettings - 029 2078 0230 Llandaff - 029 2055 5198 Whitchurch - 029 2062 3115 Pontcanna - 029 2022 8135 Heath - 029 2062 0202 £795pcm

Riversdale, Llandaff



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Schooner Way, Atlantic Wharf

**PART FURNISHED APARTMENT**Hern & Crabtree present this third floor modern two double bedroom apartment is located in Atlantic Wharf providing good access to the City Centre. The property comprises of two double bedrooms, lounge with a juliet balcony and views over the Wharf, kitchen with separate dining area and bathroom. Externally there is allocated parking for one vehicle. Available for immediate occupation at £795pcm* (admin fees apply). Professionals only please. Non smokers only, no pets allowed. Minimum 12 month tenancy agreement. EPC=C.


Lower Cathedral Road, Grangetown





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Beaufort Square, Pengham Green

**NEWLY REFURBISHED TWO BEDROOM HOUSE IN LLANDAFF** Hern & Crabtree are delighted to present this two bedroom refurbished end terrace house located in a quite residentil part of Llandaff. This property comes unfurnished and comprises lounge, modern kitchen complete with white goods plus space for table and chairs, and access to rear garden. Upstairs are two bedrooms and a family bathroom. Available for immediate occupation (subject to referencing) at £750pcm* (admin fees apply). Strictly Professional Single or Couple Only. No Pets. EPC=D

**TWO BEDROOM GROUND FLOOR APARTMENT** Hern & Crabtree present this two bedroom ground floor apartment located in Pengham Green. This property can be provided furnished or unfurnished and comprises double bedroom, smaller second bedroom, family bathroom and open plan lounge and kitchen complete with white goods. Externally there are two allocated parking spaces and close proximity to local transport links into the City Centre. Available at £695pcm* (admin fees apply). Strictly Professional Couple or Single Only. No Pets. EPC=C.

** FOUR BEDROOM MID TERRACE HOUSE** Hern & Crabtree present this four bedroom mid terrace house located in Riverside. The property comes unfurnished and has been upgraded throughout and therefore is presented in excellent condition. The house briefly comprises open plan lounge and kitchen to the ground floor. To the first floor are four good sized bedrooms, and a newly refurbished shower room. Externally there is a courtyard garden to the front, and on street parking (permits). Available at £950pcm* (admin fees apply) from the 15th June 2019. Strictly Professionals in full time employment only. No Pets. EPC Rating D.

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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.

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!

Jan Street | Sales Progression Manager Jan has a sparkling personality, is extremely caring and hardworking. Jan looks after our clients postsale, 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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 hard-working with stacks of humour.

Thomas Lloyd | Senior Negotiator* Thomas is an incredibly likeable, 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.

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.

Marc Rees | Senior Property Coordinator For our tenants in our Managed properties, Marc is the face of Hern & Crabtree. Handling all the maintenance enquiries, Marc is an exceptionally hard working member of the team, who you can trust will get things done for you.

Contact us today for your FREE market appraisal

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

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