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Property May 20198

NEWS

Exploring the beautiful South of France Page 12

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Handy tips to help with your move

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Transform your walls with wallpaper

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Security options for your home

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Editor’s Letter Welcome to the May issue. Summer is just around the corner and, generally considered to be the busiest time of the year for gardeners, preparing your garden for the warmer months is vital. So take a look inside to find out what you should be focusing on to get your garden summer ready! Moving inside the home, if you’re thinking of updating your décor, we feature some of our favourite wallpaper trends that are sure to liven up your walls. Also, inside this issue are our handy tips to help you with your move. Any move to a new home can be a stressful experience, but this is especially true when you are moving to a new area too. Take a look inside to see what you can do to make the transition smoother. As ever, there is plenty inside this issue to keep you reading; from security tips to keep your home secure, to our travel guide to the South of France. Until next time. Linda McKeown Editor

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best garden HOW

TO PREPARE YOUR

THIS SUMMER

Summer is just around the corner and, generally considered to be the busiest time of the year for gardeners, preparing your garden for the warmer months is vital if you want to get the most out of it and make it shine!


Prepare the patio, outside furniture, flower beds and borders During winter, there probably wouldn’t have been much opportunity to sit outside or dine alfresco. So, at the very least, your patio or decking areas may need a sweep to eliminate loose leaves and foliage that may have gathered around your garden. If you have any outside furniture, it would also be wise to tidy them up, especially if they had been moved into a more secluded spot during the colder months. Another step in the right direction would be to give any paving stones a blast with a pressure washer to lift up any dirt or moss.

Make the most of water butts One of the most economical things you can do as a gardener is to install a water butt. Water butts collect large quantities of rainwater, which you can then use to water your lawn, plants and flowers, instead of using tap water. Ensure your water butt collects rainwater as much as possible in advance of the summertime because if there’s ever any likelihood of no rain for long spells at a time, it will be during the summer season! As well as water butts being essential for environmentally friendly gardening, rainfall also happens to be the best type of water for plants. This is because tap water is often slightly alkaline. When positioning your water butt, it’s best to place it underneath a downpipe, to ensure as much rainwater gets collected as possible.

Clean and sharpen your tools Your gardening tools should be the backbone of your gardening duties. Without them, you’re as defenceless as a garden enduring a summer’s heat with no rain for weeks on end! Just like a garden needs rain, love and attention, you, the gardener, need your tools. And you need them fully functional and able to do their job effectively. Give your tools a thorough clean and sharpening to maintain their quality, especially since the most important season of the year for your garden is just around the corner! As well as helping you to avoid replacing them in the future, maintaining your tools can help prevent the spread of disease too. Dirty secateurs, for example, are notorious for introducing bacteria and fungi to fresh pruning wounds.

Clear away any dead leaves and rubbish from your flower beds and borders which have gathered over the previous months too. Tidy up your borders by trimming the edges and turn your soil to cultivate it and help plants thrive.

Eliminate weeds and pests Now, this is where your newly-cleaned and sharpened garden tools come into play! Weeding is one of those garden jobs which few gardeners relish. However, the results of doing so are plentiful, and it’s an essential part of maintaining your garden to a healthy and attractive standard (particularly those which grow from the cracks in between paving slabs, therefore ruining the appearance of your patio area). Getting the weeding done before summer is crucial if you want to prevent weeds from stealing the nutrients from the soil that your plants sorely require. Another requirement for any good garden is to make sure it’s free of pests, particularly since flower beds are all too often the victim of their detrimental trespassing! A good tip if you want to be environmentally friendly is to cover your flower beds with crushed egg shells, rather than using toxic pesticides. Doing so will help repel pests such as slugs, who love flower beds.

Best summerflowering bulbs to plant now

Oriental lilies. There are numerous varieties available of this extravagant flower, with a broad range of colours and heights to choose from. Note that the blossoms will become heavy once developed, so they will need extra support.

Crocosmia. These tend to reach approximately three feet in height, and their sword-like foliage becomes bright green. Stalks of arching flowers extend above the leaves in the middle of summer, and the most common flower colours are red, orange, and yellow, depending on the variety.

Asiatic Lilies. Unlike their Oriental cousins mentioned above, Asiatic lilies bloom sooner, are fragrance-free, and are brighter coloured. Their flowers are not typically as large as Oriental lilies and their stems are sturdier, so they don’t require 3 extra support.


TO A NEW AREA ...

Moving to a new house can be a stressful experience, especially when you are moving to a new area too. We’ve put together a few handy tips to help with your move

Get to know the area Relocating to a new area can be daunting, but if the move is well planned out in advance, the process can be much easier. Before moving to your new home, if possible, it’s a good idea to spend some time exploring and getting to know the local area. Spend as much time as you can driving around local villages and towns. Prepare a checklist of your essential facilities and then objectively look at what each place has to offer in terms of local amenities and find out what, if any, local clubs and organisations you can join. This is a great way to make new friends and really get to know your new surroundings.

If the move is well planned out in advance, the process can be much easier”

Also, spend time talking to those already living in your chosen location. Finding out from the locals where the best parks, pubs, and even the best take-aways are, can save you a lot of time researching and help you feel more at home. If you are already a member of any national organisations, they will be able to put you in touch with similar groups in the new area and you will soon find others with the same interests. If moving due to employment, it is advisable to investigate the best commuter routes to and from work. Find out how long your daily journey will take and run tests around the same time you will be making the trip, as the same journey could take a lot longer at busier times of the day. Speaking to local residents could also give you information about alternative routes.

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If moving with children, find out where the best schools and nurseries are located and what school catchment area your new home falls in. You can find the Ofsted reports for possible schools, nurseries, and childminders, on the local government website. Organise a visit and taster days to potential schools, so that both you and the kids feel more prepared before the move.

unnecessary gifts and causing your guests expense, ask that they instead bring a card listing their three favourite things about the area. A fun way to make friends and to find out a little more about the place you now live! Try and stick to the same routine as much as you possibly can, especially if you have children. Keeping to the same routine will help to make the transition go a little smoother and disrupt your normal day to day life a little less.

Get out and about Once the unpacking has been done, the house has been organised and you have introduced yourself to the neighbours, get out and about.

Settling into your new home Once you’ve taken the big leap and moved, it might take a little time to adjust to your new life and surroundings. However, there are many ways to make settling into your new home a little easier. If moving with children, it might be a good idea to sort out their rooms as soon as possible. Having familiar things around them will help them to settle into their new rooms better. Unpack their favourite books and toys first to help distract them whilst the rest of the boxes are being unpacked. It is a good idea to ensure that these things are either put into the removal van last, so they will be taken off first, or are put in the car with them. Host a housewarming party to get to know your new neighbours and other residents on your street! You could also invite new work colleagues and parents you’ve met on the school playground. People often feel obligated to bring something along, so instead of accepting

Explore the surrounding villages and towns, visit your local pub, nearest parks and play areas; this will help you (and your children if you have them) become much more familiar with the area. Get involved with the local community too. Why not join local groups or activities, such as gym classes, book clubs or drama groups. You could also join the neighbourhood watch. The school your children attend might have groups or organisations you can get involved with, such as the PTA and after school clubs. Any group or organisation you can get involved with will massively help to integrate yourself into your new area.

If moving with children, find out where the best schools and nurseries are located and what school catchment area your new home falls in

But no matter how far the move is, it is always important to get out there and really embrace everything that your new surroundings have to offer. This might take a little while but be patient; you will start to feel at home in no time.

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Ipanema Heritage Wallpaper Go for a touch of the exotic with this line drawn design featuring toucans and lush, tropical foliage. £35 www.johnlewis.com

Apex Geometric Trellis Wallpaper Add a spectacular shine to your home with this funky geometric design in metallic silver with a stone background. Perfect to make a bold statement in your home. £7.99 www.worldofwallpaper.com

Lundby Wallpaper, Citrine Be inspired by the natural forests of Scandinavia with this simple, yet graphic, wallpaper. £25 www.johnlewis.com

WALLtoWALL Forget about simply painting those walls – add an instant splash of colour and design using wallpaper. Here we feature some of our favourite finds…

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All prices correct at time of going to print


Safari Kids Map Mural Wallpaper This sweet pastel toned world map is perfect for your little one’s nursery or bedroom, featuring illustrated animals from all over the world in a cute and educational style. £36 www.muralswallpaper.co.uk

This on trend wallpaper has a matt finish and multicoloured rainbow print design which repeats every 53cm.

Arthouse Scandi Triangle Wallpaper - Yellow A pretty geometric design of repeating triangle and diamond shapes in pale pastel colours.

£11.20 www.dunelm.com

£12.99 www.very.co.uk

Boutique Alice Duck egg blue Leaf Metallic effect Wallpaper Ideal for use in bedrooms, hallways and living areas, this beautiful wallpaper can be wiped clean with a damp cloth to remove marks caused by everyday life. Perfect!

Paste The Wall Hexagonal 3D Wallpaper Next’s Paste-The-Wall wallpaper uses a special backing paper, so the paper does not expand or contract when wet. You can simply paste the wall, and hang the paper dry! We just love this design. £20 www.next.co.uk

Dunelm Rainbow Print Design White, Red, Pink and Blue Over The Wallpaper

£18 www.diy.com

Urban Walls Ripped Poster Wallpaper Hundreds of ripped posters come together to create this edgy wallpaper featuring bright hues and bold texts. £18 www.next.co.uk


Protect Your Home Your home is the most expensive thing you will ever own, so it makes sense to look after it and keep it secure. Here are our top security tips. Between January and December 2018 there were 380,517 reported burglaries in the UK*. The impact of burglary is severe; taking 8 months* for the average person to feel secure again in their own home, and even then, less than half ever feel completely secure.

Security cameras are inexpensive and easy to install, with wireless and wired options available

For 1 in 10 people*, it can be a reason to move home. The trauma can be especially severe for children and can be carried on into adulthood. Almost 40 per cent of adults, whose homes were broken into when they were younger, are still bothered by their experience*

So, what can you do to secure your home? Outside Burglars don’t arrive with their own tools, they prefer to use tools they pick up from unlocked sheds, garages or side passages. Keep your sheds and garages locked, and if you have a side passage, deadbolt and padlock it. You can stop would-be thieves from getting close to your garage or shed by installing motion activated lights. Once installed, these lights will turn on when they detect movement, stopping would-be burglars in their tracks. You can pick up single battery powered units for about £20 each or solar powered units for approx. £30 each. Security cameras are inexpensive and easy to install, with wireless and wired options available. The wireless options are popular but remember to check the battery regularly. As with TV’s, the higher the resolution the better the picture quality, so you will want something 1080p or above to get crystal clear images. You will also want to ensure that the camera has a good night-vision mode, offering 100ft of vision or more.

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Your home is the most expensive thing you will ever own, so it makes sense to look after it and keep it secure

Other top tips for keeping your home safe: »»

Keep your keyholes clear from dust; burglars can tell you don’t use your deadlock if it’s full of dust and debris.

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Don’t leave your keys in your door; burglars can poke through the keyhole, knock them down and use tools to pick them up from the floor through a letter-box.

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Save posting your holiday snaps to social media for when you are home; burglars monitoring social media can tell when a home has been left alone and it will make yours a target.

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Close windows in the evening and when you leave the house; open windows are an easy chance for an opportunist burglar.

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Change the locks. It may sound crazy but how do you know no one else has a set of your keys; what about the previous owner?

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Ask someone to remove the post and put your bins out while you are away, to give the impression of someone being home.

A car on your driveway will deter any potential burglars, as will appliances on timer switches. When you’re on holiday, why not ask your neighbour to park on your drive to deter burglars. You can set timer switches to come on at set certain times of the day. Lights are standard but won’t necessarily deter a burglar as much as if a TV or radio is on. Setting a timer to turn your TV or radio on when you’re out is a smart idea and is simple to set up using the built-in sleep timers found in the main menu of most smart TV’s. Still leaving your keys under the front doormat? Burglars know the most common places where people leave their keys. Get an outdoor key lock-box mounted in a secure location, with a four-digit pin that only you and trusted friends or family know; or leave a spare key with your neighbours. This key will come in handy if you are away, as a letter-box full of post will be a sure sign to a burglar that you’re not in. Inside If a burglar gets past your outdoor security, don’t let him get past your alarm system. Window and door sensors are musthaves to complete your home security. They are simple, yet effective. A switch and a magnet attach to the window frame and the pane of glass. If the window stays closed, the circuit is complete; when the window or door is opened, the circuit breaks which signals the control panel, triggering the alarm. Most sets offer different modes, including; chime, silent and alarm mode and can send notifications to your smart device. To complete your home security, you can now get smart systems which allow you to control your security from your phone. These systems connect to your Wi-Fi and, through an app, you can customise what happens when a window is broken, or motion is detected. Entry-level systems include door and window sensors, a motion detector and a hub. These systems are available as full set-ups or separate components which you can add on to build a bespoke system.

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Thanks to its array of transport links across the country and nearby towns, Nice is a great place to be if you want to explore the wider area

Ooh la la ! With the annual Cannes Film Festival just around the corner, we’ve explored the beauty of a holiday in the glorious South of France

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The South of France is an easy choice when deciding your next holiday destination. With a selection of different resorts and cities, the only hard decision you’ll have to make, is where in the South of France you want to go. Home to a region of rich culture, sun, sea, fine wine and food, the South of France can host your perfect getaway!

Cannes Famed for its annual film festival and glamourous celebrity lifestyle, Cannes is the superstar of the French Riviera. Its dazzling promenade, golden sandy beaches and year-round Mediterranean climate create the perfect backdrop for a wonderful holiday. The famous Film Festival might take place each May, but Cannes is bustling all year long. The city, placed on France’s sparkling Riviera, has many fascinating cultural attractions as well as some great places where you can relax, indulge and watch how the other half live. The Old Port of Cannes is an interesting mix of traditional charm and immense wealth. It’s a great place to watch huge yachts arrive into town while having a drink in one of the bars that line the water’s edge. Like many of the towns in this region, Cannes is steeped in culture and history where you can enjoy museums, castles and churches.

Nice The grand city of Nice is where everyone thinks of when they think of the South of France. It is a grand city of long esplanades and spacious squares, it’s also the fifth largest city in France so you won’t be struggling to find things to do. Nice is home to a perfect beach life, a stunning medieval old town and some delicious French food! If you are looking for a relaxed holiday in the South of France, Nice is where you need to be! Thanks to its array of transport links across the country and nearby towns, Nice is a great place if you want to explore the wider area, or even enjoy a day trip to Monaco.

Avignon Places like Avignon in the South of France are evidence that there’s much more than just beaches and film festivals in the South of France. Avignon is packed with history and fascinating architecture, making it an ideal destination for sightseeing. Pont d’Avignon is a UNESCO World Heritage site, whilst the Palais des Papes, art museums and gorgeous town squares are also popular places to visit

in this city. The River Rhone is one of the focal points of Avignon, and it has played a big part in the city’s history. There are companies who offer lunchtime and dinnertime cruises across the Rhone, letting you enjoy some fantastic views of the famous landmarks of Avignon. Avignon was also home to Van Gogh, so art lovers can enjoy learning about the history of the famous artist.

Marseille Marseille is the undiscovered jewel in the crown of France’s Mediterranean coastline. The rocky hills of Provence look down onto the ancient port and the thousands of boats docked in its clear blue waters. Thanks to the new Eurostar South of France service, which launched a few years ago, you can get from London to Marseille in just a few hours. Marseille is a city that is changing fast but has still retained that edge that makes it stand out from the rest of the towns along the French Riviera. It’s also a great base for exploring the azure blue Calanques, so why not hop on the train and make a holiday out of this great city. France’s second city has all you could ask for; beautiful beaches, ancient buildings, thriving artists and a diverse and dynamic nightlife.

Things to do in the South of France For food and wine lovers, a trip to a local vineyard is a must. Many vineyards offer tours of their vines followed by wine-tasting and a delicious lunch with French cuisine. A day trip to Monaco should also be on your list of things to do, whether you are travelling by boat, car or train, you can enjoy the stunning port with its array of high-end yachts. There are also lots of golf courses and local shops where you can stock up on gourmet cheese; however, the South of France can also accommodate kids too. Thanks to its beautiful Mediterranean climate and fantastic French countryside, the whole family can enjoy serious adventures. There are plenty of cycle hire firms around the area, as well as Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum where you can get up close and personal with baby sharks. Placed near Montagnac is The Meze Dinosaur Museum which features scale replicas of the Jurassic creatures. However, to top it all off, amongst the underground hiking, baby shark stroking, hot-air balloon rides, wine tasting and delicious food, there is nothing better than a day at the beach. The South of France offers a fantastic range of beaches to enjoy, with pristine white beaches and crystal clear water, all under a blue sky with lots of sunshine.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Cricket fans across the world are looking forward to this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup which starts at the end of May and runs until July

As the hosts, England are one of the favourites to win the trophy this year

The ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) takes place every four years, featuring ten teams and is the culmination of a global qualification process that runs over a five to six year period. The top eight teams in the ICC one-day rankings at the given date qualify automatically. The final two teams come from the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier which takes place in the year prior to the Cricket World Cup. This year’s tournament runs from 30th May until the 14th July and will be joint hosted by England and Wales for only the second time in its history. The first two competitions were hosted by England back in 1975 and 1979. The first game of the tournament will take place at The Oval between England and South Africa, and the other venues include Trent Bridge in Nottingham, the Cardiff Stadium, Old Trafford in Manchester, The

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Rose Bowl in Southampton and Lords in London. After a disappointing World Cup four years ago, England’s limitedover side have been working towards 2019’s competition in the hope of winning their first ever World Cup. With the Ashes taking place later in the year, England are hoping May will kick-start a successful year for the Cricket team. The 2015 World Cup saw England crash out at the group stages after Bangladesh claimed a stunning 15run win. It was the third time in five World Cups England had gone out of the group stage. As the hosts, England are one of the favourites to win the trophy this year and they are also Number 1 in the ICC ODI Rankings. There will be pressure on this England side, but with the backing of their home crowd, they feel they can go all the way.

After a successful ODI series against the West Indies, Adil Rashid may prove to be a key factor in an England side filled with an arsenal of batting talent including Eoin Morgan, Jos Butler, Joe Root and Ben Stokes. The leg-spinner, Adil Rashid, was the highest wicket-taker against the West Indies for both sides, and many people will be hoping he will be crucial for his national side this year. India are second in the ODI Rankings and feature a great bowling line-up with the likes of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, as well as batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. New Zealand, South Africa and Australia all follow in the rankings and they will be competing in what looks to be an exciting summer of cricket across England and Wales.


The Homes

(Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018 What is it and how does it affect you?

Karen Buck’s Homes Act 2018 is an Act to amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985. It received Royal Assent on the 20th December 2018. But what does it actually mean? The new Act requires that any property let by a landlord (private or social) is fit for human habitation when a tenancy is granted and remains so for its duration. It extends to England and Wales, but its practical changes are only for England, as Wales has its own fitness-for-humanhabitation consultation.

or disrepair that has been caused by the tenants’ behaviour. A landlord is not obliged to rebuild a destroyed building or carry out works which are the responsibility of a superior landlord, or to maintain or repair anything which the tenant is entitled to remove from the property.

When does it come into force?

Can a landlord or third party inspect the property?

The Act came into force on the 20th March 2019, three months after being enacted and applies to new tenancies of less than seven years, including renewals of existing tenancies. Okay, so what does ‘fit for human habitation’ mean? A property NOT fit for human habitation is a property with a serious defect in one of the following areas: repair, stability, damp, internal arrangement, natural lighting, ventilation, water supply, drainage, facilities for cooking and the disposal of wastewater. But what if I haven’t been told about any defects? The landlord’s liability to the tenant will not start until the landlord has had notice of the defect, and the landlord has had a reasonable amount of time to rectify the unfitness. What if the tenant has caused the defect? The Act covers landlords too. It will not make them responsible for any damage

Yes, landlords will be able to get expert evidence from a surveyor if needed and, if notified that the property is unfit, will still have a reasonable period to put right the defects. What could happen if a landlord is found guilty? Landlords may be brought before the court, where a landlord may be ordered to carry out works, and damages awarded to the tenant. The court could make a finding of unfitness on simple non-expert advice, such as a lack of heating. For responsible landlords, there should be nothing to worry about. However, it is yet to be seen if, like PPI claims, there will be an increase in cases against all landlords. Tenants will be able to claim legal aid and conditional ‘no win no fee’ agreements and as there is no definite guideline for when a court interprets a hazard to exist – and whether it is so defective that the property is unfit – it is a case of waiting to see if there is an increase in future cases.

The Act… applies to new tenancies of less than seven years, including renewals of existing tenancies

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Meet the team WALTON ON THAMES

Steve Turner Director Steve has worked as an estate agent in the local area since 1990. Steve also grew up in Walton and Hersham and attended Rydens School, therefore not only has great property knowledge, but he knows the local area inside out too.

Peter Brown Director Peter began his career in property as a negotiator in 1994 and worked for two local estate agents before opening HTB in 2003. Peter now lives in Effingham with his wife, two daughters and Baxter the labradoodle!

Linda Gyton Property Manager

Austin Hewett Negotiator

Linda grew up in Walton on Thames. From school Linda worked in banking before moving out of the area where she not only worked for a local letting agent but also built up her own portfolio of property. With over 10 years’ experience in property management, Linda has now returned to Walton and we are delighted she has joined the team at HTB. As a mum of two Linda leads a very busy life, however she still finds time to visit the gym and regularly swims before work! Keeping with the HTB tradition, Linda loves dogs and has a lovely Labrador, Maisy.

Austin is the newest member to the HTB family and joined early 2019 at the Walton on Thames branch. Austin has already learnt a great deal about the local property market and is enjoying working within both the sales and lettings teams. He is a bubbly character and is a hard worker who enjoys meeting new people and is building solid relationships with many of our clients. Previously, Austin was studying Carpentry at Brooklands College but, with most of his family already in the estate agency business, the move to HTB felt like a natural step.

Charlotte Dover Property Manager

Monique Alexander Negotiator

Charlotte is a big asset to us and joined the team in 2013 as Property Manager. Prior to this, Charlotte worked within the Repossession Department for an established Asset Management company. Originally from Buckinghamshire, Charlotte moved to Surrey and studied locally at Rydens School, Brooklands College and attended the University of Surrey, where she studied Business and Marketing. Charlotte lives locally with her boyfriend and their Bulldog puppy, ‘Frank’.

Monique recently joined the Harmes Turner Brown team as a negotiator. She grew up in West London, living there most of her life until 2013, when she moved to Walton–On–Thames in search of a better quality of life for her young family. Until recently, Monique worked in London commuting by train and bicycle 5 days a week. Her children are now both at Ashley school and since giving up her full time London job has become a beekeeper at school and a part-time member of the HTB Team.

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Harmes Turner Brown Garrick Close, Walton on Thames £1,075,000 Freehold

Garrick Close is a tree lined cul-de-sac, within approx 1/4 mile of Walton on Thames station and close to local shops. This family home has been extended to include a drawing room with feature fireplace, ground floor bedroom with en-suite shower room, ‘L’ shape open plan kitchen/living/dining space with bi-folding doors to the enormous rear garden. Upstairs has three further double bedrooms and a modern four piece bathroom. Externally the rear garden measures approximately 180ft in length with a timber built summer house.

Bowes Road, Walton on Thames £1,175,000 Freehold

Substantial five bedroom family home located within one of Walton’s prime residential roads within a short walk of Walton on Thames mainline station and town centre. This property has been skilfully extended on both floors and includes a bay fronted through lounge and family room with feature fireplace and open plan kitchen/dining room. Upstairs there is the master bedroom with ensuite, four further double bedrooms, family bathroom and shower room. Externally the rear garden is mainly laid to lawn and there is a large drive.

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Rydens Road, Walton on Thames £675,000 Freehold

Detached chalet bungalow which is beautifully presented and skilfully extended. Located within the popular Rydens area, only a short walk from Hersham mainline station. Externally there is a private drive and sunny rear garden which is mainly laid to lawn. The accommodation briefly includes bay fronted living room, separate family room, a kitchen/ breakfast room and two bedrooms, one of which includes a recently refitted ‘Jack & Jill’ bathroom. Upstairs the loft has been converted to provide two double bedrooms and a shower room.

Franklyn Road, Walton on Thames £575,000 Freehold

Extended four bedroom family home which has been renovated to a particularly high standard. The immaculate accommodation briefly includes bay fronted living room and separate open plan dining room with open archway to the newly fitted designer kitchen. Bi-fold doors lead from the dining room onto the rear garden which is approximately 70’. Upstairs has three bedrooms and a bathroom. The newly converted loft room provides a master bedroom and a brand new ensuite shower room. Externally there is off street parking and detached garage.

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Richard Harmes Director

Sherrie Edwards Senior Negotiator

Julie Mellish Senior Negotiator

Having worked in real estate in Australia, Sherrie did a little travelling before settling in Walton on Thames in 2010. Sherrie joined HTB in 2012 originally at the Walton on Thames office, and in that time has gained valuable experience and knowledge of not only the UK housing market, but the local area too. Sherrie is now a valuable member of the team at the East Molesey office and is now involved in both sales & lettings. In her spare time, Sherrie enjoys time with her partner James and their beautiful daughter, Ella.

Julie has recently joined our new office in East Molesey. Having had 22 years’ experience as an estate agent in the local area, Julie is keen to assist with making our new branch in Molesey as successful as our office in Walton – we have no doubt she will be a huge success. Julie has lived most of her life in the area and currently lives in Walton with her husband, two children and their Labrador puppy, Lottie.

Karen Glands Negotiator

Pam Stringer Negotiator

Karen has lived locally all of her life, growing up in Teddington and moving to Hersham in 1990 when she purchased her first bungalow. Karen then travelled the world, and lived in New Zealand for two years before returning to Walton. She currently lives in Walton with her husband and two teenage children. Both of her children attended primary school in Walton, and now keep her busy with their social schedules.

Pam enjoyed an extensive career as part of the senior management team with Camelot, the founder and operator of the U.K. National Lottery, before her career took her towards property. Pam has a keen interest in property having renovated many houses over the last 20 years. Pam lives locally in West Molesey where she is currently busy revamping her latest house whilst also managing her recently acquired allotment. Pam also has two young grandchildren and a very active black Labrador, so just as well she loves being busy!

Richard began his career in property at just 18 years of age in 1988 and by the age of 21 he had worked his way up to become branch manager. Working with large national corporate estate agencies has given Richard the skills needed in the industry, whilst working with independent market leaders has given him the passion, drive and winning mentality that has helped him succeed in today’s market. Richard grew up locally in Lower Sunbury and bought his first house in Walton on Thames at the age of 21. He now lives in Weybridge, where he and his wife, two children and their Golden Retriever, Wilson, have lived for the past 18 years.

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Harmes Turner Brown Hurstfield Road, West Molesey ÂŁ950,000 Freehold

A truly stunning four bedroom semi-detached family home built in 1992 and set in a culde-sac leading to the River Thames and its towpath walks. The accommodation includes a lounge leading to a Victorian style conservatory, family/study room and modern fitted kitchen/dining room with Welsh slate tiled flooring. Upstairs the master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, three further double bedrooms and bathroom with separate shower. Externally, there is a garden, which is 85ft and west facing, and a driveway for two cars.

Weston Avenue, West Molesey ÂŁ850,000 Freehold

Attractive modern four bedroom detached family home which is situated at the end of long private driveway. The accommodation includes a lounge with gas fireplace and French doors to the garden, dining room, study/gym/tv room and a kitchen dining room with integrated appliances. Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, the master has an en-suite, and the family bathroom. Externally there is a rear garden which is mainly laid to lawn, whilst to the front there is a garden and off street parking.

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Chalford Close, West Molesey £475,000 Freehold

Three bedroom 1960’s semi-detached family home in a quiet cul-de-sac close to excellent schools and local amenities. There are public transport links to popular landmarks such as Hampton Court. The property offers bright and spacious accommodation and benefits from a reception room which features a fireplace and bay window, a large kitchen/breakfast room and separate study/family room with access to a south west secluded rear garden. The property has three good size bedrooms upstairs, all with fitted wardrobes and a family bathroom.

Kings Chase, East Molesey £535,000 Freehold

Harmes Turner Brown are pleased to offer this attractive three bedroom semi-detached house which is situated in a cul de sac location on the ever popular Kings Chase development, which is approximately ¾ of a mile from the Hampton Court train station and Bridge Road. Notable feature include a downstairs cloakroom, double aspect lounge dining room, separate kitchen, master bedroom with en suite shower room as well as the family bathroom. Externally there is a well maintained garden and a garage nearby.

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armes Turner Brown have been supporting the wonderful charity, Phabkids since 2010. Directors Peter Brown and Steve Turner ran the London marathon for Phab in April 2010 and since then HTB have raised thousands of pounds for this worthwhile cause. It’s not just Peter and Steve that have worked hard to raise funds, but all of the staff at HTB have contributed over the years through raffles, cakes sales, online competitions, colouring competitions, auctions and much more. More recently, Steve has taken part in RideLondon for Phab. In fact he has completed the course four times, raising even more for the charity. The charity has over 150 Phab clubs across England and Wales, with 8,000 members, enabling children, young people and adults with disabilities to get together with friends and family to enjoy all kinds of activities and social events. The Directors of HTB visited one of the local Phab clubs back in 2010 and immediately fell in love with the charity after seeing the effort the staff and volunteers put in. Phab inspires and supports children, young people and adults with and without disabilities to make more of life together - breaking down community barriers, reducing social isolation and creating opportunities for disabled people to enjoy the same activities and challenges as, and alongside, those without a disability.

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PHABKIDS! Local Phab Clubs

Some clubs will meet each week, with members enjoying each other’s company and different activities - from crafts to a game of pool, disco or visit from the local Fire Station! Other clubs will focus on sports such as Boccia, trips to the cinema or days out. Run by local volunteers, Phab Clubs can make a real difference to the lives of people with disabilities and their families too. Regional and national events, organised by Phab, bring local clubs and members together to share experiences, support each other and enjoy time away together.

Fully accessible Holiday Projects Phab’s very special ‘Inclusive Living Experience Residential Projects’ enable children and young people aged from 8 to 25 to experience a whole range of challenging and exciting activities at fully accessible outdoor activity centres. Approximately 115 children and young people each year spend a

weekend or week away with Phab at Bendrigg Lodge in the Lake District or Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest, fully supported by around 95 Phab volunteers and carers and the Centres’ own experienced staff. Phab volunteers receive tailored training to enable them to support the children and, where needed, a special carer can accompany a child. Steve Turner and his son Luke, were lucky enough to spend a day at Avon Tyrell to see the charity in action. Both Steve and Luke spent an emotional day watching the children enjoy various activities from archery to sailing and high ropes/ climbing in the forest. HTB continue to support Phab and Steve now volunteers personally at the London Marathon Expo, meeting and registering all the ‘Phab’ runners and sharing his own experiences with them.

To participate in the many events Phab offer including The London marathon, RideLondon contact Janine@phabkids.co.uk


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Selling your property A leading independent agent covering Walton on Thames, Hersham, Weybridge, East Molesey, West Moseley and Esher, the name Harmes Turner Brown is synonymous with trust, excellence and integrity. With decades of experience, specialising in all aspects of residential property, our friendly, enthusiastic and professional service ensures that our clients continually return to sell and buy through us. We also recognise the importance of marketing, so your property will be advertised on the major online property portals, our website and social media sites, as well as traditional placement in our window display. Exclusively to us in our area, your property will receive its very own FREE microsite showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and a property brochure. Sharing your personalised website across the social

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