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Property September 20194

NEWS

Plan ahead

for some winter sun Page 12

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Create the perfect home office

Social media – Keeping children safe

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Light up your home with these top picks

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Editor’s Letter Welcome to the September issue!

Decorating your home on a budget

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kit it out

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Keep your kids

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

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


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

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

Smartphones

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

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

Social media and YouTube

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

Computer consoles

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

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

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

Strangers online

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

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

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

School time

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

Screen time

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

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

Spotting a problem

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

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


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Light up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

£199 www.made.com

£75 https://loaf.com

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

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

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

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Catch some sun

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

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

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

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

Madeira

Mexico

Florida

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Champions Preview League 2019/20

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

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

Manchester City

Juventus

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

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

Paris Saint-Germain

Atletico Madrid

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

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Borussia Dortmund

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Walton on Thames

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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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Oak Lodge Close, Hersham Village SOLDstc Freehold

A beautifully presented family home located in the heart of Hersham village in a quiet private cul de sac. The property has been skilfully extended and has been updated to a particularly high standard by the present owner. The accommodation briefly includes entrance hallway, bay fronted living room with feature fireplace & stripped wood flooring, modern fitted kitchen & generous size through lounge/dining room adding to the open plan ‘feel’. On the first floor you will find two double bedrooms, the modern three piece family bathroom and a modern ensuite shower room to the rear bedroom. Stairs continue to the second floor where the loft has been professionally converted to provide two further bedrooms. Externally the pretty rear garden measures approximately 80’ in length and is mainly laid to lawn with two patios and well stocked mature tree, shrub and flower borders. To the front you will find off street parking on the private gravel drive plus access to the side to the detached garage. Oaklodge Close is conveniently located for the Hersham schools, the picturesque village green and local shops and restaurants.

Priory Close, Walton on Thames £925,000 Freehold

A detached four bedroom family home discreetly positioned within a quiet residential cul de sac off Ashley Park Road and just a short walk from Walton on Thames mainline station. Its popularity is confirmed by the infrequency with which these properties become available so early viewings are highly recommended. This extended family home has been well cared for by the present owner and briefly includes entrance hallway, modern downstairs cloakroom, bright & airy living room with feature fireplace and archway to the dining room with double glazed door to the rear garden. The extended kitchen is fitted with a range of units, drawers and a small breakfast bar plus built in appliances to include oven, fridge and dishwasher. There is a small utility area to the rear of the garage with space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. The study/family room is a generous size with cupboard housing a pull down bed should anyone wish to use as a guest room. On the first floor you will find four good size bedrooms, one of which includes a built in shower cubicle, whilst the modern family bathroom is fitted with a modern three piece suite including basin and vanity unit. Externally the rear garden is beautifully landscaped and secluded with a good range of mature trees and shrubs, mainly laid to lawn with a private paved patio offering plenty of space to entertain. There is also the advantage of a heated swimming pool enclosed within a timber pool house.

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Strathspey, Walton on Thames £750,000 Freehold

HTB Walton office are delighted to offer this immaculately presented detached bungalow enjoying a secluded location hidden away toward the end of a quiet lane in the popular Walton Park area. ‘Strathspey’ is one of just three detached bungalows in the lane which all have the advantage of a short walk to Hersham mainline station. The bungalow has been well cared for throughout and briefly includes a welcoming entrance hall providing access to all rooms. The bright and airy living room is a generous size with parquet flooring and feature fireplace. All three bedrooms are a good size whilst the kitchen is fitted with modern units and drawers and you will also find a modern bathroom suite with separate cloakroom. Externally the rear garden is beautifully maintained with well stocked mature tree and shrub borders and surrounded with hedging adding to the overall seclusion of this lovely home. To the front is pretty garden complimented with many flowers and shrubs plus a pathway leading to the front door. Other features include a private driveway and garage to the side. Bungalows in this wonderful location are rarely available and internal viewings are highly recommended at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

Royal Walk, Riverside Location £875,000 Freehold

Harmes Turner Brown are delighted to offer this four bedroom town house enjoying a beautiful location overlooking the river Thames and with the advantage of its own private mooring. Royal Walk is an exclusive development of just three modern homes with generous size private gardens backing onto the river. Although in need of some modernisation, the property offers value for money and no onward chain plus the advantage of a double garage and private parking. Internally the accommodation includes entrance hallway, downstairs cloakroom, fitted kitchen and bright and airy living room with access to the garden. On the first floor you will find three bedrooms, one of which has a balcony overlooking the garden and river plus the family bathroom and ensuite whilst the top floor includes the master bedroom and dressing room. The private rear garden is mainly laid to lawn with mature hedge offering an element of seclusion plus large paved patio to the rear leading onto the river mooring.

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TRUST, COMMUNICATION AND AN UNDERSTANDING OF OUR NEEDS The level of service from Harmes Turner Brown was fantastic and they delivered everything we needed. Letting your home can be daunting, we trusted HTB to find the right tenants for us within our timeframe and they did. They are very personal, you’re not just a sale - they are realistic, listen to your requirements, and go above and beyond to ensure they are met. I’ve recommended HTB to a few friends now and wouldn’t hesitate to do so again after the service we have just received.

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We originally met Harnes Turner Brown as they have a prominent location within the High Street, so when we were looking for a property we said hello to the guys! The communication with Harmes Turner Brown was fantastic. They handled the process between the buyer and the seller fantastically.

Anish Sabherwal Seller

IT’S JUST AN EASY PROCESS The level of service I’ve received from Harmes Turner Brown, for me personally, has been excellent. It’s really nice to be able to talk to the girls in the office. They are very friendly, doing everything you ask them to do and it’s just an easy process.

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Meet the team MOLESEY

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 New Road, West Molesey ÂŁ800,000 Freehold

Harmes Turner Brown are pleased to offer this three bedroom detached family home which is situated within a short distance of the river Thames. The property has recently been refurbished to a high standard and tastefully decorated throughout. The accommodation is divided over two floors and briefly comprises long entrance hallway, lounge with quality engineered oak wood flooring, modern refitted open plan kitchen dining room and downstairs cloakroom. On the first floor there is a large master bedroom with an en suite shower room, two further double bedrooms and a modern refitted bathroom. Externally there is a low maintenance patio garden with decking and being well stocked with plants. There is also access to the double garage which actually is better described now as a studio with wood flooring, power and light. Call 0208 001 8385 to arrange a viewing at your earliest convenience.

Dennis Road, East Molesey ÂŁ645,000 Freehold

We are pleased to offer this three bedroom semi-detached family home which is situated in a popular residential road, close to all amenities. The property provides generous living accommodation on the ground floor comprising enclosed porch to the entrance hallway, 18’8 living room with period style gas coal effect fireplace, separate dining room, generous size brick base double glazed conservatory, spacious kitchen and a downstairs bathroom. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms, a single bedroom and cloakroom off the landing. Externally there is an ornate garden with decking, lawn and a large water feature fish pond, also in the garden is a large brick built workshop with power and light. Call Harmes Turner Brown East Molesey on 0208 001 8385 to arrange a viewing at your earliest convenience.

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Cambridge Road, West Molesey £390,000 Freehold

de sac location on the popular Bishop Fox estate. The well presented accommodation briefly comprises entrance hallway, downstairs cloakroom, modern refitted kitchen, separate living room with patio doors to the garden. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms, the master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and the bathroom has been refitted with a modern white suite with chrome furnishings and part tiled walls. Externally the rear garden is approximately 30ft whilst to the front there is a small open plan garden area with a double brick block driveway providing off street parking for two vehicles. Other notable features include replacement double glazing and gas central heating via radiators. Call our East Molesey office on 0208 001 8385 at your earliest convenience to arrange a viewing.

Brendon Close, Esher £1,650,000 Freehold

Harmes Turner Brown are pleased to offer this individual four bedroom detached Neo Georgian style family home which is situated on a broad secluded plot in a quiet cul de sac location between Esher and Claygate, convenient for local schools. Claygate train station is 0.5 miles away with both Esher and Hinchley Wood stations within approximately 1.2 miles. The accommodation is well presented throughout and briefly includes a welcoming entrance hallway with downstairs cloakroom, generous size ‘L’ shaped lounge/dining room, separate study room, a large open plan kitchen/dining room with utility and boiler room. The turning staircase leads to the first floor where you will find four good size bedrooms all of which have ensuite facilities. The secluded and private rear garden is mainly laid to lawn with private patio, whilst the front provides off street parking for several vehicles and in turn leads to the garage. Overall this wonderful property provides generous size, bright and airy well planned accommodation throughout with potential to extend much further stpp. Call our East Molesey office on 0208 001 8385 to arrange a viewing at your earliest convenience.

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Whether you’re looking to sell or put your property up for rental, when you choose to market your property with Harmes Turner Brown, you can be confident that we’ll ensure that everything goes smoothly.

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

networks widens the audience for your property, to find the right buyer and increasing the chances of a quicker sale. Our qualified database of home buyers will be notified of your property coming to market on their dedicated search websites where they can book viewings and offer feedback.

on the major online property portals, our website and social media sites, as well as traditional placement in our prominent window display.

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

Letting your property When it comes to letting, as Harmes Turner Brown are members of certified accreditations, you can have peace of mind that your property is in safe hands as we ensure you are fully compliant with your landlord duties. We offer a comprehensive range of services for you to choose from including areas such as Tenant Introduction, Rent Collection, Gas Safety Checks, in-depth Inventory reports, Deposit registration, insurance-based Rent Guarantee and Legal cover policies. As with selling, when you choose to let through us, your property will be advertised

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The power of social media Your property will also receive its very own FREE property website showcasing a property video, OFSTED reports, and property brochures; something that we are proud to say is exclusive to Harmes Turner Brown in our area. In addition, our qualified database of tenants will also be notified of your property coming to market on their dedicated search websites where they can book viewings and offer feedback. All our tenants are fully referenced and vetted, making sure the highest of standards are met to find the right tenant for you. By sharing your personalised websites with family and friends across the social networks you will be widening the audience to find the right buyer or tenant for your property, increasing the chances of a quicker sale or rental.

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