Loddon Magazine May 2022

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LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

PROPERTY NEWS

MAY 2022

JUBILEE STREET PARTY

ARRANGE A PATRIOTIC STREET PARTY FOR THE JUBILEE KEEPING YOU COOL TOP TIPS TO KEEP YOU COOL AT NIGHT THIS SUMMER

HALF TERM HOLIDAYS TRAVEL IDEAS FOR THIS MAY HALF TERM

DOCTOR STRANGE WE BREAKDOWN THE UPCOMING NEW RELEASE

FOOTBALL ALL AROUND A PREVIEW OF ALL THE MAJOR FOOTBALL FINALS


CONTENTS COVER STORY

LIFESTYLE

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National Biscuit Day Biscuit recipes for you to try at home

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Half-Term travel Abroad travel ideas for the next half-term

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May gardening Learn more about World Bee and World Biodiversity Day.

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Screen free week Get away from your screen this May

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Dr Strange We breakdown the upcoming new release

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Jubilee street party Arrange a patriotic street party for the Jubilee.

Keep your bedroom cool We show you ways to keep you and your bedroom cool in the upcoming months

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Our latest instructions Take a look at a selection of our latest properties on the market

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About us Get to know us a little better and see why we are your agent of choice Your home move Your guide to help you every step of the way on your home move

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Football all around We talk all things finals and football this month

WELCOME TO THE MAY ISSUE! Summer is very nearly here, and May looks like a great month to bounce into the sunshine. May means half-term, which ultimately means trips away enjoying the warmer weather and with that in mind, on pages 8&9 we look at some of the best last-minute resorts for you and your family. However, if you’re staying closer to home, we look forward to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with a guide on some of the best street party ideas to celebrate in style. On pages 4&5, keeping with the Great British theme, we look at National Biscuit Day. With the weather getting warmer, we want to help you keep cool with our feature on top tips to keep your bedroom cool during the summer months. Moving outdoors, our

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monthly gardening feature is all about World Bee Day and Biodiversity Day this year. Rounding this all off, we have three fantastic features: We look at ways to take part in Screen Free Week this month, alternatively, if that sounds like hard work, we have a movie preview of the new Marvel film, Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. And finally, it’s a big month for football with a month of finals, all of which we have previewed on pages 14&15. So make yourself a cocktail, sit back in the garden, and enjoy this month’s magazine. Jonathan Wheatley Editor

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he Queen’s Jubilee extended bank holiday is going to be very special this year, since The Queen will be making history being the first British monarch ever to reach 70 years on the throne. Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee, the major celebrations of which will take place on 2nd June this year and last throughout that entire weekend - officially qualifying her as the first British monarch in history to reach the landmark. The Platinum Jubilee itself, however, fell on Sunday 6th February, which is the date The Queen ascended to the throne on the death of her father, George VI, in 1952. The official day planned for the Big Jubilee Lunch is Sunday 5th June, when up to 10 million Brits are expected to organise and attend street parties in Her Majesty’s honour. There are different ways to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee over the first weekend of June, and here are our best ideas to celebrate in the most exuberant and patriotic way possible. Arranging and planning a Platinum Jubilee street party is extremely simple, and that includes being legal about it all. Typically, you do need to request permission to hold a street party in


ARRANGE A PATRIOTIC STREET

PARTY FOR THE JUBILEE

general, and this may be harder to do so if you live in a particularly quiet street but over the course of the first weekend of June, including that Thursday, anyone who wants to hold a street party is welcome to do so any time during that bank holiday weekend. All you need to do is follow the steps on this webpage and complete the online form to request permission: https:// www.gov.uk/apply-hold-street-party It is important to note that if you are planning on playing loud music and/or selling alcohol, you will need a Temporary Events Notice, and you can apply for one here: https://www.gov.uk/temporaryevents-notice It is generally recommended that six weeks in advance is a good time to start planning for the event, as this allows the Government time to put any necessary temporary traffic regulations in place and close your road to traffic so you can take advantage of the whole street. While some councils might charge a small fee, event officials are being encouraged to make street parties as affordable as possible and facilitate any necessary road closures. Once the application(s) is approved, you can begin inviting guests. Spread the good news and try to get as many of your neighbours to attend as

possible. Handwritten letters through front doors and a useful Whatsapp group are probably the most effective ways of spreading the word and informing your guests on what to bring. Believe it or not, you can also tell the Royal Family itself about your event, as there is an interactive map on The Queen’s official Platinum Jubilee website which will show the thousands of events being held over the course of the weekend.

CORONATION CHICKEN: Otherwise known as Poulet Reine Elizabeth, coronation chicken is the perfect food item to be enjoyed for the Platinum Jubilee. Constance Spry, an English food writer and flower arranger, and Rosemary Hume, a chef, both principals of the Cordon Bleu Cookery School in London, invented this dish for the banquet of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. The dish typically consists of cold cooked chicken meat, herbs and spices, and a creamy curry based sauce. It can be eaten as a salad or used to fill sandwiches.

VICTORIA SPONGE: The famous, and utterly delicious Victoria sponge is named after The Queen herself, making it the perfect dessert for the Platinum Jubilee. The Queen is said to

enjoy a slice of the delicious cake with her traditional English afternoon tea. It is sometimes referred to as The Victoria Sandwich because of the filled nature of the two sponges. The classic filling of this wonderful sponge cake has come to be based around jam and cream or buttercream.

THE PIMM’S ROYALE COCKTAIL: As we all know, Pimm’s is absolutely ideal for the summertime. It has a punchy yet light and fruity character to it, making it wonderfully versatile for a whole range of fruits and herbs, including strawberries and mint. Pimm’s is also said to be The Queen’s favourite summer drink.

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NATIONAL

BISCUIT DAY Be a smart cookie and go crackers for the best day of the year for all things biscuits!

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ith all the recent controversy and discussion on whether or not a Jaffa Cake qualifies as a cake or a biscuit, the definition of ‘biscuit’ is still a hot-baked topic. In the States, biscuits are small crusty bread rolls, often served at breakfast or as a side dish. In Britain, biscuits are a whole different thing, and cover a much broader range of shapes, sizes, ingredients and textures.

go off and wouldn’t need to be chilled to stay good, and biscuits is what they came up with. Thereafter, dried biscuitlike breads became a staple at sea. It was around the end of the 10th century when biscuits finally arrived in Europe. By the 19th century, per capita sugar consumption rocketed, and biscuit firms such as McVitie’s, Crawfords, and Carr’s all set up factories to mass-produce biscuits in a confectionary capacity.

Biscuits are beloved worldwide, and for very good reason. It’s the warmth and smells from the kitchen while they bake, the feeling of satiety we get when our bellies feel full with the heaviness of the biscuit, and the flavours of salt and butter, among many other versatile possibilities, dancing on our tongue and about our taste buds. Moreover, they can be enjoyed as savoury or sweet foods, depending on the ingredients.

National Biscuit Day is a celebration of biscuits of all forms – cookies, oatcakes, crackers, water biscuits, and crispbreads. While most biscuits for sale are sweet, savoury varieties still make up a considerable chunk of overall sales of biscuits all over the world. It is also the perfect excuse to bake your own biscuits at home, particularly with the kids, which is a whole lot of fun. A great baking idea is an ancient Roman biscuit called a ‘buccellum’, which will give you an insight into the sort of cuisine that people enjoyed in the past whilst sailing the seven seas. Alternatively, cookies or traditional biscuits bread are absolute favourites for anyone celebrating the day in style. National Biscuit Day is a day to share with loved ones, so whatever it is you’re going to be doing or baking, ensure you’re surrounded by your loved ones.

Biscuits are not a modern invention. Rather, they originated from the ancient world, when merchants and military personnel in the Roman, Greek, and Egyptian empires would often spend many weeks at sea and found they needed snacks which provided the source of calories they needed for their entire journey. Through much experimentation trying to invent a snack which wouldn’t

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BISCUIT RECIPES FOR NATIONAL BISCUIT DAY The best way to celebrate National Biscuit Day is to bake, of course, and there are many recipes to try your hand at.

JELLY BEAN COOKIES

Ingredients: 1/2 cup shortening 3/4 cup sugar 1 large egg, room temperature 2 tablespoons 2% milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup small jelly beans Directions: Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until blended. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in jelly beans. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls 1-1/2 in. apart onto greased or parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

ANZAC BISCUITS

Ingredients: 85g porridge oat 85g desiccated coconut 100g plain flour 100g caster sugar 100g butter, plus extra butter for greasing 1 tbsp golden syrup 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Directions: Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/ gas 4. Put the oats, coconut, flour and sugar in a bowl. Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in the golden syrup. Add the bicarbonate of soda to 2 tbsp boiling water, then stir into the golden syrup and butter mixture. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the butter and golden syrup mixture. Stir gently to incorporate the dry ingredients. Put dessertspoonfuls of the mixture on to buttered baking sheets, about 2.5cm/1in apart to allow room for spreading. Bake in batches for 8-10 mins until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

BASIC BISCUIT

The basic biscuit base is the absolute perfect foundation on which to design anything at all you like. Almost anything can be added to a part-baked biscuit base, or a fully baked one, which is what makes this recipe so versatile and useful for any baker looking to celebrate National Biscuit Day with panache.

Ingredients: 250g butter, softened 140g caster sugar 1 egg yolk 2 tsp vanilla extract 300g plain flour Directions: Mix the butter and sugar in a large bowl with a wooden spoon, then add the egg yolk and vanilla extract and briefly beat to combine. Sift over the flour and stir until the mixture is well combined – you might need to get your hands in at the end to give everything a really good mix and press the dough together. For basic vanilla biscuits: Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Chill the dough for 20 - 30minutes, roll out and cut out shapes as above. Bake on a non-stick baking tray for 10-12 minutes until pale golden. Carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool and crisp up.

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TOP TIPS

HOW TO KEEP YOUR

BEDROOM COOL

DURING THOSE

HOT SUMMER MONTHS Follow these suggestions to keep the heat out of your room

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ummer is one of the best times of the year. Long days, barbecues with family and friends, outdoor fairs and concerts and of course, the beautiful sun beating down throughout it all.Yes, in England we may only have a handful of truly beautiful days, but we are sure to enjoy them all the same. While sunny weather is enjoyable, these summer months also bring unbearable nights trying to sleep and get comfortable in hot bedrooms.Sticky heat can cause even just trying to get a few hours of rest feel like an impossibility. To help you get ready for the warm months of the summer this year and to ensure your beauty sleep does not get disrupted, we have put together some great tips to cool down your bedroom. While one of the most obvious suggestions is to get a fan to blow cold air around the room during the night, selecting the right unit can make all the difference. Portable aircon systems are affordable and can move the air around your room much more efficiently and effectively, while also being far quieter than noisy bladed fans spinning in the corner of your room all evening long. Anyone who is scared of the dark may not like our next suggestion, but as lightbulbs naturally give off heat

A thinner duvet can make a whole world of difference

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themselves, switching them off during the summer can help to drop your room’s temperature. Appliances and televisions you may have in your room similarly produce heat while plugged in and working, so make sure these are all switched off to optimise the amount of heat you are taking from the room. Heat is well-known to rise, so if you are sleeping as low as possible in your room you are going to feel the heat far less. Air mattresses or Japanese futons, which both sit low to the floor, can make ideal alternate beds to use in the summer. Another great suggestion is to switch the type of bedding you are using. Thick duvets, such as those stuffed with duck feathers, may keep you warm and toasty during the winter, however in the summer this can be one of the worst choices. A thinner duvet can make a whole world of difference, and is not always something you may think of straight away. Right, now you have decided which bedding to stick with throughout the summer, you can even look to cool it down in preparation for sleep. Ditch any

additional throws or blankets, whether ornamental or not, the fewer layers on the bed, the better. You could place your pillow in the fridge or pick up a specific cooling pillowcase, which are filled with gel to absorb heat away from your face. There are some steps you can take before nighttime to keep the room’s temperature down. Keep your curtains or blinds closed throughout the day, effectively blocking out as much of the summer sun as possible to stop the room from heating up as much during the day. Making a few additions to your room can also help to bring down the heat, such as introducing one of two houseplants to the bedroom. The plants will take in the warm air, offering a natural solution to dropping the heat, while also becoming an attractive new feature to your room. Right before you head to bed, go for a short, cold shower. Starting your body at a low temperature before even getting in bed can help you to stay cool throughout the evening. Be wary, however, and do not jump straight into a sudden cold shower after getting into the house from a long day in the sun as a sudden and extreme change in body temperature can be dangerous to your wellbeing and health. Many of you may not expect to be advised to use a hot water bottle during the summer to cool off. While they are great for cuddling up to in the winter, a hot water bottle can also be used for the exact opposite of their intended use. Stick the bottle full of water into the freezer for a couple of hours and pop it in your bed overnight. The hot water bottle, now a “frozen water bottle” will release cold temperatures directly into your bed throughout the night, cooling it down. Follow as many of our tips as you can to ensure you can sleep as much as you can during the warm months.

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IDEAL DESTINATIONS FOR MAY HALF-TERM

I It is nearly time to put your feet up and relax, but why not hop on a plane and get exploring during the break

t is nearly time for the May half-term holidays, why not spend it somewhere a little bit different this year? For those thinking about perhaps jetting off to experience a bit of fresh culture, while learning something new and dining on fantastic cuisine, a city break is always a great choice. The only issue is deciding where to go.

An iconic piece of architecture in the Spanish city is the massive Sagrada Familia basilica, designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudi.

Europe is blessed to be home to so many fantastic cities to visit, with Paris, Berlin and Lisbon stunning places to spend some time. We have broken down three more cities we think you would enjoy spending your next holiday in.

Barcelona sits on a coastline stretching around 4.5 kilometres and hosts a variety of beaches to relax on and truly soak in the Spanish sun, with a beer or glass of sangria in hand.

BARCELONA

The capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, Barcelona, is a destination almost every traveller should have on their bucket list. Whether looking to shop, eat, drink or enjoy deep and fascinating historic culture, Barcelona is the ideal city to pick when trying to learn about and experience a whole new way of life. The coastal city is home to a number of beautiful pieces of architecture, churches, museums and parks.

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The unfinished church, which sits in the Eixample district of the city, is known for its eye-catching exterior, spires and beautiful interior.

The city is home to one of the world’s most famous and successful football clubs, FC Barcelona, with a trip to the side’s famed ground, Camp Nou Stadium, providing a fascinating insight into the history of the team, ideal for keen football fans.

ROME

Another popular choice of a city to be the next stamp on your passport is the capital of Italy. Rome Culture, entertainment and historic structures


are around every corner in this city, which houses a number of iconic structures which features which are in many European travel guides. From the Colosseum, an ancient Roman gladiator arena, to the Pantheon, one of the city’s most recognisable churches and historic tombs, there is so much to see during a break. However, just as “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, everything the city has to offer cannot be experienced in just 24 hours. As a city, Rome can be likened to one big museum, transporting visitors into how the great Romans once lived and houses more than 900 churches. Art lovers will be able to appreciate the stunning decor in each of these religious buildings, which offer different views, structure and fascias. For those wanting to head abroad in May to experience warmer weather, Rome could be the place to go, with average temperature ranging between 11C and 23C, making it warmer than the UK, while not too warm to deter you from grabbing your backpack and strapping on your walking boots to explore everything the Italian city has to offer.

NAPLES

From one Italian city to another, our final suggestion for a May holiday city break abroad is Naples.

Located in the Campania region, Naples is the country’s third largest city, behind only Rome and Milan, but offers equally as beautiful views and fascinating history as the previously mentioned cultural hotspots. The centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a range of significant sites nearby such as the Royal Palace of Caserta, which once housed kings, as well as the Roman ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii. Nearby islands can be visited within an hour from Naples, such as Capri, Ischia and Procida, making the city an ideal place for a longer stay to then venture out and see even more of Italy and experience as much as you can while there.

An iconic piece of architecture in the Spanish city is the massive Sagrada Familia basilica

Lovers of Italian cuisine are certain to enjoy Naples, as the city is credited to be where pizza was first invented. The delicious cheese and tomato dish, which is now enjoyed across the globe, was created as a fast and affordable meal for Neopolitans to eat on the go. When emigrating Italians took the dish with them to America in the 1900s, it developed worldwide popularity, but why not taste the original during your next visit to the city?

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MONTHLY GARDENING GUIDE It’s a busy month in the garden

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ay is typically one of the busiest months in the garden, with plenty to do to ensure productive plant growth and high yields on the vegetable patch. It is also a month with two international days that you can get involved in outside: World Bee Day and the International Day for Biological Diversity.

Most seed packets now have a symbol of a bee which showing which plants are great for pollinators, and simply adding a few of these to your garden will help your garden become more biodiverse and a haven for pollinators. If you want to go bigger, you could create an entire wildflower meadow. Wildflower meadows are perfect for all pollinators and gives them an exclusive habitat to call their own.

Biodiversity simply means the variety of plant and animal life in a particular habitat, in this case our own gardens. With the Most garden nurseries and online retailers necessity for the helping hand we can offer wildflower seeds in mixed packets give nature it is which you can sow direct more important in prepared soil in spring than ever to or autumn. One of the You can’t plant or have a biodiverse best ways to create a sow them direct into garden. This wildflower meadow is grass, as they won’t could be planting to start them in pots grow, so you will something that in the greenhouse or need to dig an area you wouldn’t somewhere warm before for them to go. normally plant or transplanting them into adding a pond the prepared area. You to increase the can’t plant or sow them number of animals in your garden. Overall, direct into grass, as they won’t grow, so the main aim is to turn your garden into a you will need to dig an area for them to go. thriving place for nature. When established, remember a wildflower World Bee Day raises awareness about the meadow is exactly as the name suggests threats to pollinators like bees by human wild. Which means once in the ground you activities. Without bees, our world would don’t have to do anything. Just let them be a lot worse place to live. We need these spread. There isn’t anything quite like beautiful creatures to carry on pollinating sitting near your established wildflower our plants, and it is easier than you think meadow with a cup of tea, a book or to help bees and other pollinators in your magazine and listening to the busy own garden. pollinators as they do their thing.

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OTHER JOBS FOR THE GARDEN IN MAY Tomato plants are ready to go to their final position, whether that is somewhere sunny and sheltered outside or in a warm and sunny greenhouse. Give the compost a good fertilizer feed, 6X chicken manure pellets are great, and a mulch, followed by a water and then keep checking them as they grow. Don’t forget to plant them deep as roots will start on any area of the stem. Sow sunflower seeds in pots of compost. A range of varieties will give your garden lots of interest as well as height throughout later summer. If May is particularly warm, you can sow the seeds directly into the ground.

Do some instant gardening. If you have a border that is looking slightly bare, then May is a great time to head to the garden centre to pick up some plants. Simply transplant the plants to where they want to live and give them a good soak. Check the temperature of your greenhouse. You should be able to gauge how hot your greenhouse will get during the summer by checking the temperature now. If you are worried it will get too hot, then now is the time to create some shade. You can also set up an automatic irrigation system to water the plants for you in the morning and evening. Mulch your borders. Your borders will need a good mulch to keep moisture in and pesky slugs away from your plants. Strulch is a good option, however, you could also use bark or compost. Remember when mulching to lay the mulch at least two inches thick.

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DON’T SCREAM

WITHOUT

YOUR SCREEN

GET AWAY FROM YOUR SCREENS THIS MAY

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his year, Screen-Free Week runs from 2nd May to the 8th of May. Did you know that on average we spend 2 hours and 24 minutes on social media? Now, we all know that social media has its uses, but even then, over two hours is an incredible amount of time to be staring at a smartphone, and this doesn’t even take into account TV screens. Now, think about what you could achieve in those extra (let’s even it out to) four hours a day with TV included.

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In four hours, you could go for a long walk, with plenty of time to stop and consider the beauty of the surrounding world. That DIY project you’ve been putting off could be completed within a week. With one hour of writing a day you could complete a book within three months, depending on how fast you type… The list of things you could get done, instead of sitting in front of the TV or on your smartphone, is simply endless. And there are other benefits

too. By not being on your smartphone you will be more ‘in the room’ when spending time with friends and family, living in the real world and not the virtual world, and at the same time, by getting off your phone you’ll be setting a better example for your children, after all, how can we tell them to get off YouTube if we’re then sitting on our smartphones – a bit hypocritical of us, no? Do what we say, not what we do. Another benefit of getting off social media, is that you will jump back into actual reality and not a world of unrealistic filters. You’ll feel happier in yourself without that constant barrage of filtered images telling you what you should look like, how your home should look, and what gadgets you need in your life. Now, that’s not saying social

media and TV are all evil, they definitely have benefits. Social media helps you keep in touch with friends and family, which was the original aim of it, while TV and gaming gives you that escape from reality when you need it most, but just remember, as with cake and wine, ‘everything is best in moderation.’ So, this Screen-Free Week, why not test yourself, and find out, not only how addicted you are to your smartphone, but just how nice life can be without it for a little while. Screen-Free Week starts on the 2nd May and runs till the 8th May, find out more at https://screenfree.org/


SIMPLY MARVEL-LOUS DOCTOR STRANGE RETURNS, BUT WHO ELSE WILL SHOW UP?

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his month, one of the most anticipated Marvel movies arrives in cinemas. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is hoping to pick up where Spiderman: No Way Home left off earlier in the year with an outrageous number of surprise cameos thanks to the Marvel Multiverse. In Spiderman: No Way Home, Marvel surprised everyone by bringing back not just one incarnation of the web slinger, but two in Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield which led to one hell of a lot of gushing reviews, and a lot of fun especially with the return of previous villains such as Dr Octopus, Electro and the Green Goblin. With Avengers: Endgame a distant memory, Marvel seems to have struggled to bring the remaining members back together in any synchronicity

with the previous releases, such as Black Widow, ShangChi and the Eternals which were all okay in their own right, but not showing any real sign of how the future looked for the MCU. That, however, changed with Spiderman: No Way Home, and with the new Dr Strange, they are looking to expand on the Multiverse which all looks hugely exciting. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is released on the 5th May 2022. The Internet has been awash with rumours ever since the first trailer, and that only increased with the Super Bowl trailer that was released in February. It’s quite clear that there will be numerous versions of the main character, and looking even closer, there could well be some huge surprises, which we will look at now.

• Zombie Avengers. Seems far-fetched, however, there are rumours that all the original Avengers will appear as zombie versions of themselves. • The X Men. At the end of the trailer, that voice definitely sounds like Professor X, as played by Patrick Stewart, so does that mean any of the original X Men are going to show up? Maybe even Wolverine? • The Fantastic Four. It’s been so hard for even Marvel to get a good Fantastic Four film off the ground. However, could we see the beginnings of one here. • Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool would add a humourous x-rating to proceedings, which would make it so great if he did appear.

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A FRENZY OF

FOOTBALL FINALS

It’s May, which means some of the biggest football competitions come to their conclusions It’s been an epic football season. With supporters back in stadiums, it’s been a riveting 10 months of action, with plenty of shocks, thrashings, and manager sackings to keep us all entertained, but alas, like all good things it must come to an end at some point. This month sees some of the world’s biggest clubs competing in cup finals abroad and at home, and we have all the info you need about the upcoming games.

THE FA CUP FINAL There have been some barnstorming games in the FA Cup this season, with some major upsets along the way. Cambridge United knocked out Newcastle in the third round, and Nottingham Forest did the same to Arsenal. Then in the fourth round, Middlesbrough knocked out the mighty Man Utd, while Forest were at it again against Leicester City. Boro and Forest made it all the way to the Quarter Finals before finally succumbing to the two finalists, Chelsea and Liverpool. Liverpool are battling on three fronts to win

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an unprecedented Quadruple, having already won the League Cup, meanwhile, this could be Chelsea’s second piece of silverware after winning the Club World Cup in February. So far this season, the teams have met three times, with each game ending in a draw, although Liverpool did win the League Cup against the blues on penalties.

Prediction: 2–2 Draw with Liverpool to win on penalties.


THE CHAMPION’S LEAGUE FINAL At the time of writing, neither semi-final has played the first leg. There are two English teams still in the Champion’s League, Liverpool and Man City, and if results go the right way it could be another all-English final. But first Man City have got to get past a rejuvenated Real Madrid, while Liverpool face fellow Spaniards, Villarreal. Real Madrid have ran away with the La Liga title, however, they are still an ageing team up against a Man City side boasting an incredible pedigree of youth and experience. Meanwhile, even though Villarreal are only seventh in La Liga, they save their best

performances for European Competitions, knocking out the mighty Bayern Munich in the quarter finals, Juventus in the round of 16, and winning the Europa League last year. With the Champion’s League being the last piece of silverware Pep Guardiola has yet to win with Man City, and with Liverpool fighting on three fronts, it is highly probable that Jurgen Klopp’s side will finally come undone against a street-smart Spanish side managed by Unai Emery.

Prediction: Man City and Villarreal to reach the final. Man City to win the final 2–0

THE EUROPA LEAGUE As with The Champion’s League, at the time of writing the first leg hasn’t yet taken place, so we are looking at all four teams remaining in the competition. West Ham, under David Moyes, have looked invigorated in Europe. Their 3-0 win over Lyon was an incredible game of football, that has gone a long way to making them favourites to win this year’s Europa League. However, they come up against one of two German sides in this year’s semi-finals, Eintracht Frankfurt, who knocked out Barcelona in the quarter-finals.

Domenico Tedesco after Jesse Marcsh left to become the new Leeds Utd manager. Since then, though, RB Leipzig have been on a good run of form, reaching third in the Bundesliga and are in the semi-final of the DFB-Pokal (Germany’s equivalent of the FA Cup)

In the other semi-final, Glasgow Rangers will go head-to-head with the second German team, RB Leipzig, who are now managed by

Prediction: West Ham and RB Leipzig to reach the final. RB Leipzig to win the final 2-0

Rangers, meanwhile, are fighting to keep their Championship dreams alive, albeit with a depleted squad after injuries to Aaron Ramsey, Alfredo Morelos and Ianis Hagi, which could spell trouble for the rest of the campaign.

This month sees some of the world’s biggest clubs competing in cup finals

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LODDON PROPERTIES is proud to present this immaculate, four bedroom, executive detached family home in superb condition, situated on one of Chineham’s most sought after roads. Exuding a feeling of space and light which is immediately realised when you enter the impressive entrance hall. The ground floor has four reception rooms, dual aspect lounge with a bay window on one side and French doors on the opposite side, leading into the garden. A bright and modern kitchen/dining room fitted to an extremely high standard, with quality integrated appliances and a large central island. Additionally, there is a snug and separate utility off the kitchen with a door out to the sunny rear garden. Across the hall is a study and access to the family room and cloakroom. On the first floor, the choice of four bedrooms including the principal bedroom, which has a modern four piece en-suite and walk through dressing room. Externally, there are two five bar gated driveways, with plenty of space for numerous vehicles to the front, leading to the garage. A landscaped rear garden includes a spacious patio, stunning, well stocked, private garden with a large formal lawn and raised planters.

Watertower Way, Rooksdown £450,000

LODDON PROPERTIES are delighted to bring to the market this 4 bedroom family home. Built in 2008 in an old Georgian structure. This property offers large, flexible accommodation including a sitting/dining room, living room, modern kitchen, four double bedrooms, en-suite, cloakroom and family bathroom, courtyard and allocated parking. Entering into a sitting/dining room with direct access into a large modern kitchen with a designated area for breakfast bar or a dining table, and plenty of storage plus counter top space. There is room for an American sized fridge/freezer. Additionally, there is a Harvey’s water softener that is water powered and uses no electricity. The living room is dual aspect and has rear entrance to the courtyard. Upstairs there are four double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and a further modern family bathroom, with bath and shower over. Outside there is a small back patio area for a shed, BBQ & table with access to the resident only car park with two allocated spaces. Overlooking a beautifully maintained garden and children’s playground, there is a primary school close by.

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Ashfield, Chineham

Offers Over £425,000

LODDON PROPERTIES is pleased to offer to the market this spacious, immaculately presented, three bedroom family home, situated in the sought after area of Chineham. The property comes chain free and comprises of spacious entrance hall, downstairs cloakroom, a light and generous living room with bi-folding doors leading from the living room to the family/dining room, which leads out to the garden. Completing the ground floor is the premium fitted kitchen/breakfast room which boasts fully integrated NEFF appliances, including a specialist baking oven and coffee machine and feature bay window. Fully enclosed, south facing garden, with large patio. The garage is accessed via either the garden, family/dining room or the driveway. Upstairs, comprises of three double bedrooms two of which have built in wardrobes, and a bright four piece family bathroom containing separate bath & walk in shower. This property is in the heart of Chineham, an area north east of Basingstoke with good commuter routes via the A33 to Reading and the M4 and the A339 to the M3, excellent schooling within walking distance and Chineham Shopping Centre.

Chineham, Basingstoke £680,000

LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to offer this executive, four bedroom detached family home to the market, located on a sought after road in the renowned Cufaude Village area of Chineham. Immaculately presented with a grand entrance hall, the property offers a spacious living room and patio doors to the rear garden. A separate dining room and a family study/snug and stairs to the first floor. A fabulous, high specification kitchen/breakfast room offers built appliances with a separate matching utility room, with space for additional appliances, a downstairs cloakroom and door to the large driveway which provides off street parking for multiple cars. Upstairs, are four double bedrooms, two with built in wardrobes and the master with impressive, modern en-suite shower room, a family bathroom and airing cupboard. Outside, the enclosed rear garden has a patio with the remainder laid to lawn, side gate access, along with a personal door into the garage. To the front is landscaped garden, double driveway, and double detached garage.

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Cuffale Close, Chineham

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Offers Over £700,000

NO OWNARD CHAIN! - LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to offer for sale this superior, four bedroom, detached home. Situated in one of Chineham’s most desired locations. The expansive entrance hall gives access to all the downstairs accommodation comprising, modern cloakroom, study, a 21’ dual aspect living room with fireplace, flowing into a spacious dining room. French doors open from the living room into a stunning, manicured, enclosed rear garden. A bright, sleek, 17’ fitted kitchen/breakfast room with integrated oven, hob a cookerhood gives access to a separate matching utility room, with door to the integrated double garage and rear garden. The first floor comprises of the principal bedroom, with modern en-suite bathroom and built in wardrobes, three further double bedrooms and a modern family bathroom. The enclosed, private garden boasts both patio and lawn areas with front access along the side of the property, additionally there is a summer house and a shed . To the front you will find a double width garage and impressive driveway parking. A home of this distinction is rarely available and viewing is highly recommended.

The Street, Old Basing

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Offers Over £575,000

NO ONWARD CHAIN! - LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to offer to the market, this beautifully presented four bedroom, terrace townhouse. Situated in the prestigious village of Old Basing, this property comprises of versatile accommodation over three floors. Being immaculately presented throughout, the ground floor offers entrance hall through to a study/bedroom 4, cloakroom, spacious utility room which gives access to the integral double garage. The first floor boasts the living accommodation and is comprised of a large modern, kitchen and grand living/dining room which span the full width of the house and offers impressive views over the Old Basing recreation ground and the properties lengthy garden. Finally, on the top floor there is a modern shower room, all remaining bedrooms which come with built in wardrobes and the master benefits from an en-suite bathroom. This property has a large, well manicured, enclosed garden which is mainly laid to lawn with a decked area perfect for those late night summers evenings watching the sunset. The front of the property benefits from driveway parking for two cars and is set back from the road.

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LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to bring to the market this beautifully presented, two double bedroom, terrace townhouse in a sought after, private cul-de-sac of Chineham. The ground floor comprises of spacious entrance hall leading to a study/multipurpose room, the utility room and the garage which has room for a car and storage alike and benefits from an up and over garage door. Climbing the stairs to the first floor, you will arrive in the large, dual aspect living/dining room and kitchen. The modern kitchen has plenty of cupboard space and looks out to the garden. French doors open out from the first floor, to the private enclosed garden. The second floor hosts the sleeping accommodation for the property. It benefits from two good sized double bedrooms, both containing built in wardrobes. A modern, fully fitted bathroom containing bath with shower over completes the accommodation. The garden is low maintenance and has a rear access gate. There is driveway parking for two cars to the front of the property.

Marnel Park, Basingstoke

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Guide Price £300,000

LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to offer to the market this well presented, three bedroom end terrace house situated in close proximity to schools and local amenities. Located in the ever popular Marnel Park development, this property offers a bright modern kitchen with built in oven, hob and extractor, downstairs cloakroom/utility room, large sliding room divider into the lounge/dining room which creates an open plan layout, large windows and French doors out to the rear garden. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and the family bathroom. The rear garden is low maintenance and has a side gate leading out to the road. In addition, there are two allocated parking spaces to the front of the property and a well kept front garden.

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Hampshire Close, Basingstoke £1,700 PCM

Marnel Park, Basingstoke £1,050 PCM

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to offer this spacious 4 bedroom detached house. The property offers a large lounge, downstairs cloakroom and spacious kitchen, with separate dining room/study. The second floor of the property has four double bedrooms with family bathroom. This property has a large gravel driveway with parking for several cars. The property also offers a large well-stocked rear garden with patio area and shed. The property is situated in close proximity to major transport links, both M3 and M4, and public transport routes and is located in a quiet area that attracts young working professional couples and families.

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to offer this modern two double bedroom end of terraced house to the rental market. Situated in the highly sought after Marnel Park. Accommodation includes; modern kitchen including white goods, downstairs cloakroom/utility room, lounge/diner which opens via french doors onto a private enclosed grassed garden. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a modern family bathroom with shower over bath. At the side of the property there is allocated parking for one car & visitor parking nearby.

Chineham, Basingstoke £795 PCM

Hatch Warren, Basingstoke. £1,100 PCM

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to offer this large and well presented one double Bedroom ground floor apartment to the rental market. Inside offers a spacious kitchen with appliances included, exceptionally large lounge/diner, a double bedroom and modern bathroom including a shower over bath. This apartment is offered unfurnished. Outside there is a single allocated parking bay, with visitor bays available.

Loddon Properties are delighted to offer the market this well presented two bedroom property, located in a small culde-sac on the edge of the desirable Hatch Warren. The accommodation comprises of an entrance lobby, living room/diner, kitchen, two large double bedrooms and a bathroom, with shower over bath. There is a enclosed garden to the rear of the property and allocated parking. There is gas central heating and double glazing throughout.

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Officers Row, Bramley Offers Over £325,000

Fletcher Close, Basingstoke Offers Over £285,000

LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to bring to the market this lovely two bedroom, end terraced house, tucked away in a secluded cul-de-sac. Downstairs comprises of living room, cloakroom, modern kitchen. With a rear door leading to the private enclosed garden. Upstairs you will find two double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Officers Row is situated in the village of Bramley in Hampshire, with excellent links to the A33, M3, M4 and both Basingstoke and Reading town centres.

LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to bring to the market this lovely three bedroom, terraced house. Downstairs comprises of living room, cloakroom, modern kitchen/diner with built in oven, hob and cookerhood. With a rear door leading to the private enclosed garden made up of patio, lawn and decking perfect for sitting out in the summer days or nights. Upstairs you will find three double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Walking distance to the town centre, offering easy access to the shopping and recreational facilities of Festival Place, including bars, restaurants, cinema, theatre, sports centres etc.

South Ham, Basingstoke £175,000

South Ham, Basingstoke Guide price £299,000

LODDON PROPERTIES is pleased to offer this super sized, two double bedroom, top floor flat to the market. This property is perfect for first time buyers and investors alike. The flat consists of a kitchen, spacious lounge/diner, two large double bedrooms, family bathroom with shower over and separate toilet. The property also benefits from a garden, good sized outdoor brick built storage adjacent to the garden and has access to the loft as well as an additional store cupboard just outside the front door of the apartment.

LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to bring to the market this well maintained three bedroom, terraced house. On approach there is a private gravel driveway with ample provision for 2 vehicles. This family home is entered via an enclosed porch entrance, leading to the rest of downstairs, which comprises of a light and spacious living/dining room, modern kitchen with inbuilt appliances and with a rear door leading to the private enclosed garden. This home further benefits from an outdoor brick building currently being used as an office/work from home space, combined with utility room.

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Brighton Hill, Basingstoke £1,295 PCM

Churchill Place, Basingstoke £900 PCM

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to bring to market this immaculately presented 3 Bedroom Property. This home boasts a large open plan lounge to kitchen/diner. The fully fitted kitchen/ diner is newly installed including Fridge/freezer, Washing Machine and Dishwasher. To the rear of the property is a large private enclosed garden which is accessed via sliding doors. Upstairs this property offers 3 bedrooms and a beautifully fitted family bathroom including shower over bath. Ideal location for school catchment. Situated in walking distance to the Viables Business Park and local amenities.

LODDON PROPERTIES are proud to present this spacious one double bedroom property to the rental market. This apartment is a one double bedroom third floor South facing elevation property. Inside, there is an entrance hall with storage cupboard, family bathroom with 3 piece suite including shower over bath, double bedroom with fitted sliding wardrobe and a large lounge/kitchen/diner. This property offers secure access, gated multi-storey ALLOCATED parking, a beautiful communal reception area leading to a raised gravel communal garden area.

Chineham, Basingstoke £800 PCM

Amport Road, Sherfield on Loddon £950 PCM

LODDON PROPERTIES is very pleased to offer this beautiful one bedroom house. The house is well presented throughout, with gas central heating and double glazing. The modern kitchen includes white goods; fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, built in oven and induction hob. The lounge is neutrally decorated with a bay window. There is a double bedroom with wardrobe, a modern bathroom with white suite and shower over bath. The property comes with one allocated parking space.

LODDON PROPERTIES are proud to offer to the market this 2 double bedroom apartment on the popular Sherfield Park Development. This property offers two large double bedrooms, master with sliding fitted wardrobes and benefits from its own en-suite with full vanity units and large double shower. Further to this the apartment has a family bathroom including shower over bath and finally large open plan dual aspect lounge/diner/kitchen. The spacious kitchen comes with all white goods including dishwasher, fridge/freezer, oven, hob and washer/dryer.

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Chineham, Basingstoke £795 PCM

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to offer this one double bedroom apartment to the rental market. The apartment offers an open plan kitchen/living/dining space with a feature corner floor to ceiling windows, a large double bedroom and bathroom containing bath with shower over. Further benefits of this property include lift access to all floors, double glazing, gas central heating and allocated parking with access to additional visitors’ spaces. Situated in Priestley Road the property is ideally located for walking distance to North Hampshire Hospital.

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to offer this one double bedroom apartment to the rental market . The apartment offers an open plan kitchen/living/dining space with a feature corner floor to ceiling windows, a large double bedroom and bathroom containing bath with shower over. Further benefits of this property include lift access to all floors, double glazing, gas central heating and allocated parking with access to additional visitors spaces. Situated in Priestley Road the property is ideally located for walking distance to North Hampshire Hospital.

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Pemberley Place, Basingstoke £825 PCM

Hamilton Road, Reading £950 PCM

Lychpit, Basingstoke £110,000

LODDON PROPERTIES are pleased to offer this large, spacious two double bedroom, first floor flat to the rental market. Accommodation comprises of a spacious hallway, bathroom including shower over bath, two double bedrooms, a large lounge/ diner and fully fitted kitchen. The property is situated in a sought after location within 2 miles of the Reading Town centre, Reading University, The Royal Berkshire Hospital, the Oracle shopping centre and the mainline train station. This flat further benefits from full double glazing, gas central heating and permit parking at additional cost from the council.

NO ONWARD CHAIN! - LODDON PROPERTIES is delighted to offer to the market this well presented, one double bedroom flat located within a sought after over 55’s development in Lychpit. The accommodation comprises of entrance hall, bathroom, double bedroom with fitted wardrobe, lounge/dining room with a feature bay window overlooking the communal garden and copse behind. The kitchen is off the lounge and has eye level oven, hob sink and dishwasher.

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Meet Our Team... Dawn Company Owner Dawn founded Loddon Properties and her primary focus is always on the customer, ensuring they receive the optimum care from her and her multi-lingual team. Dawn’s drive and commitment is responsible for developing Loddon Properties into the number one ranked independent estate agency in the area. Outside of work, Dawn is the chairman of the Wellington Boot Club, enjoys cultural travel and has a thing for shoes. She also enjoys good food, her family and her wonderful dog Rolo.

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Lyle Lettings Director Lyle is Director of Lettings. Utilising his BA hons in Business Studies, he has expanded the lettings portfolio tremendously, so that Loddon is now the leading lettings agency in the area. He is highly adept at maximising rental income for landlords, works with property investors on acquisitions and is a highly-respected advisor on rental information and property investment. Lyle is now getting used to sleeping a lot less than he used to, as he has recently become a proud father.

Julie Inventories and Inspection Manager Julie has been in the Property Industry since 1997 having started in New Home Sales and progressed to Lettings in 2008 whereby she became an Inventory Consultant/ Property Inspector. Julie’s happy-go-lucky, helpful, positive personality, coupled with her professionalism, allows her to get along with both Landlords and tenants from all walks of life. This comes in useful when she helps deal with any queries resulting from the property inspections, should they arise. Julie’s Role at Loddon is to make and provide Inventories, carry out tenant check-ins & check-outs, along with regular property inspections. She works closely with Carla and Neil and the rest of their teams to ensure the seamless running of the Property Management side of the Company. Julie’s passion for her dogs and love for life uses up most of her spare time!

Marion Head of Sales Progression Marion has been in Estate Agency for over 20 years and during that time has gone from secretary to office manager. With her excellent secretarial and organised administration background, Marion is now Head of our Sales Progression department. She puts her skills to good use. Pulling out all of the stops, making sure all parties are kept updated, ensuring that your journey from sale to completion is as straight forward as possible and most importantly, making sure your moving process is a happy and positive one. Marion is always busy but spends her free time with her family and their animals and taking well-earned holidays in sunnier and hotter climates.

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Dont just take our word for it ..... We had seen a lot of property “for sale” and the “sold” signs around Chineham, so naturally decided to look at Loddon when we were looking at selling. The way that Loddon marketed our property; all the photos were really good, they looked good on site and professional. If we were ever to sell our house again, we would use Loddon.

Lorraine Allcock / Seller

Loddon Properties are a friendly family organisation and we quite enjoyed their company and their approach to the whole thing. They have a great team of people and we felt many of the individuals in there, right from Lyle and Dawn, through to the sales team including Pedro and the lettings team with Carla, everybody seemed to be able to answer questions I have.

Annie Elvin / Seller

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Loddon are really approachable and, if there’s any problem with property, they come to the landlord first to see how you want to progress with it. Unlike a lot of other estate agents, they don’t get work done without you qualifying what you want to be done.

Paul Kennett / Landlord

Excellent service and communication from start to finish I can summarise my buying and selling with Loddon Properties as excellent- from start to finish.

John and Diane Anderson / Sellers

Loddon have got their finger on the pulse. Understand the market and have been very good at advising me at every level of the transactions.

Mr Herbert Goodenough / Landlord

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Present your house for sale by de-cluttering... Maximise your home’s potential and create spacious rooms enticing potential buyers – simply by de-cluttering!

De-cluttering allows you to… maximise your space, emotionally prepare you to move, and will allow you to focus your buyers on what is important

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f you are looking to sell your house, or have had your home on the market for a while now, then you probably want to get the maximum sale price in the quickest time. There are a few things you can’t control – but the one thing that is in your control, is the look and feel of the interior and exterior. While it’s worth spending time fixing and cleaning your house before potential buyers come and view, it’s also important to de-clutter. This creates spacious rooms and also allows you to decrease and organise your personal items before you move yourself. Of course it’s understandable that you don’t to want spend money, time and energy on a home you are about to leave, however, a lot of people are looking for a house in which they can move straight into. Maintaining your

property might even save you thousands of pounds; it could even reduce added expenses of living in your home whilst waiting for a sale. And it might even help avoid possible reductions in the asking price. The main reason in which people move house tends to be because they lack space in their current home. They want a home that is spacious and in which they can grow into. If a potential viewer comes to your home and sees that there is lack of space, then this will turn them away. De-cluttering allows you to remove any unnecessary items in an untidy or overcrowded place. It will help maximise your space, emotionally prepare you to move, and will allow you to focus your buyers on what is important.


So where should you start? You need to create a great first impression and focus on the rooms themselves. You will notice that the first things you see in each room are personal items. Where possible you want to create the look of a

them into things you want to keep and things you want to get rid of. You may even find that you have collected a cupboard full of paper work. Get yourself organised! Don’t just throw it all away, but file it and go through it thoroughly. This will also make it easier when you move.

De-personalising can also be a great way to declutter. Too many personal effects can be distracting to buyers. They want to see a house in which they can make their own memories rather than seeing yours. Again, personal items can be stored away. Remember

Where possible you want to create the look of a lifestyle that the potential buyers want lifestyle that the potential buyer want. This usually has a ‘show home’ feel, rather than a ‘lived in’ feel. Minimising your things is the quickest way to do this: you want to ensure that potential buyers can do simple things, like, open any doors easily, ensuring that there are no obstacles. So, what do we mean by clutter? There are two types: genuine clutter, and items that you want to keep but don’t work for the sale of your property. Genuine Clutter: You need to go through the space and sort out each item, categorising

You also want to focus on little things like DVDs, books and trinkets. These items may have some small value so sell them or donate them to charity. Get rid of any old shoes and coats that are lying about in your porch or hallway. You might want to hide away the coats and shoes you do currently wear. Store them in your wardrobe, while you have viewings. Items that you want to keep but don’t work for the sale of your property: You may want to consider putting some items in storage while you sell your home. Sometimes items are too large or even too small for some spaces and can make the room look odd. If you want to keep these particular items, then store them until you move into your new home.

that this is only a temporary way of living and hopefully it won’t be for long! If you find you are keeping more things than you are throwing out, then think about whether or not it’s in the right room or do you even need it now? As previously mentioned, you can attempt to sell some of the things you have acquired over the years. Use sites like eBay, Gumtree and social networking sites to try and sell items. You may want to even hold a house sale for the remaining items that you can’t sell. Failing that, why not donate to charity. The end goal is still the same and it’s important to help potential buyers envision your house as theirs. So remember, decluttering will make your home more spacious and entice potential buyers!

Top Tips! If you are throwing away paperwork, shred anything that is confidential

De-clutter before agents come and take photos of your property. This will help attract more potential viewers online and get that first good impression

Don’t spend too long on certain items and don’t get distracted. Keep yourself motivated and race against the clock!

Make it fun! Play some music or watch TV while you de-clutter


Your step-by-step guide to the conveyancing process

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nce a sale has been agreed and is in the hands of your solicitor, it will go through the following stages. Sometimes additional work will be needed – for example, if the property is leasehold or is yet to be registered with the Land Registry. It is also important for buyers to discuss the availability of their deposit with their solicitor early in the transaction, and we strongly recommend that you contact your solicitor regularly so that they can keep you fully up-to-date with the progress and the latest timescales.

Seller’s solicitor’s steps • O btain a copy of the Title Deeds (or office copies if the title is registered) • Obtain a copy of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) (if applicable) • The seller(s) will return a completed Property Information Form and a Fixtures, Fittings and Contents Form to the solicitors • Copies of the above documents, plus a draft contract – this is known as an ‘Information Pack’ – will be sent to the buyer’s solicitor • Answer the buyer’s solicitor’s additional enquiries (for example, specific questions about fixtures and fittings) and obtain copies of any planning consent documents • Agree the contract and arrange for the sellers to sign it in readiness of the exchange (below) • All parties agree completion dates and the contracts are exchanged

Between exchange and completion • O btain redemption figures from the mortgage lender and reply to requisitions on title • Approve the transfer and arrange for the seller(s) and buyer(s) to sign • Receive the agent’s fee account and seek the seller’s consent to settle this out of completion funds

Completion date This is the date the ownership of the property passes from the seller to the buyer, and it follows the successful transfer of funds. It’s the date that the whole process works towards.

Upon completion • Receive completion funds and (only when this has been completed) instruct your estate agent to release the keys to buyers. Redeem mortgage and forward the financial statement. Forward any surplus funds (unless these are being used to fund an onward purchase). Ensure all outstanding bills are paid • Forward transfer documents and deeds to the buyer’s solicitors • Forward evidence of ‘discharge of mortgage’ to the buyer’s solicitors


Buyer’s solicitor’s steps • O btain the Information Pack, including a copy of the EPC (if applicable) from the sellers’ solicitor and raise any additional queries • Initiate any specialist searches (for example: a coal search). Submit local, environmental and water searches and a chancel check. This takes about 10 working days in total, and enquiries are then usually raised from the results • Approve the contract when all enquiries are satisfactory and complete. (At this stage, a mortgage transfer deed will need to be signed and witnessed) • Receive a mortgage offer and instructions from the lender and deal with any conditions set out by them. Make sure that life cover and buildings insurance is being arranged • Request the deposit, report back to the buyer, and arrange for the contract to be signed. Place buildings insurance and life cover in force • All parties agree completion dates and the contracts are exchanged

Between exchange and completion • Raise ‘requisitions on title’ and prepare the draft transfer deed • Report on title to mortgage lender and obtain funds for completion, including Stamp Duty (if appropriate) • Prepare accounts, obtain signature to mortgage deed and undertake final Land Registry and Land Charges searches

Completion date This is the date the ownership of the property passes from the seller to the buyer, and it follows the successful transfer of funds. It’s the date that the whole process works towards.

Upon Completion • F orward to the seller’s solicitors the balance of funds − it is only then that they can authorise the release of the keys. Receive from the seller’s solicitors, the transfer document deeds • Stamp the Transfer Deed, register the buyer’s ownership with the Land Registry and forward the deeds to the lender or client (where appropriate)

Contract - The agreement that sets out the main terms that have been agreed − for example: price, address, names, etc. Two copies are drawn up, and each party signs one in readiness for the exchange of contracts. Deposit - The part of the purchase price (usually 10%) which the buyer pays on exchange of contracts. Exchange of contracts - The swapping of signed contracts by the solicitors (together with the buyer’s deposit). After this, the contract is binding. Energy Performance Certificate - This contains information on energy use, energy performance, carbon dioxide emissions, and fuel bills. Land Registry - The Government department that records who owns what land, and under what conditions. Local Authority Search - A list of questions that are specific to the property and intended, for example, to discover if there have been any planning applications on the property, if the road to the house is maintained by the council, etc. Mortgage Redemption Figure - The amount required to repay the outstanding capital/ interest of a mortgage. Property information form/fixtures, fittings and contents form - Standard forms about the property that the seller answers for their solicitor (for example: what will be left behind, details of guarantees, etc.) Title Deeds - Legal documents that prove ownership of land/buildings, and the terms on which they are owned. Transfer of Title - The document that passes the ownership from the seller to the buyer. Stamp Duty for buy to let investors and second home owners - An additional tax, paid by the buyer purchasing an additional property that is not their main residence. It includes buy to let landlords and those buying second homes and holiday homes. The higher rates will be 3 percentage points above the current rates of duty shown below. Requisition on title - An enquiry relating to the completion arrangements. Seller’s Pack - This comprises a Property Information Form, a Fixtures, Fittings and Contents Form, a copy of the title deeds and the draft contract. Stamp Duty - Currently, the Stamp Duty threshold for residential properties is £125,000. For first-time buyers, you’ll get a discount as long as the purchase price is £500,000 or less. However, how much you pay is also dependent on whether you already own another property or if you’re a non-UK resident.


Moving house? From meter readings to removal companies, there’s so much to remember when moving house. Here’s our checklist of what to do and when

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irst of all, congratulations on your new home! The excitement has probably now kicked in but moving home can also be one of the most stressful and emotionally draining things you can do. However, careful organisation and planning can help decrease the stress and anxiety of moving. This comprehensive and essential checklist will help you do just that.

Eight weeks – Research Ideally, you want to start packing away any non-essential items as early as possible. This includes any items stored away in the loft, garage and shed. If you are not using it, pack it. Looking into your new area is also important, try to do this around eight weeks before you move. You might need to think about transferring your children to different schools and ordering new uniforms too. At this point, ensure you are also documenting all your important information away: that includes contact details, dates, contracts and information regarding your solicitor.

Six weeks – Removal companies or do it yourself? Now would be the perfect time to decide on a local removal company. Or if you don’t have too much to move, you may want to do it yourself. You could even look into different van hire companies. At this point you’ve probably started packing away some bits, but if there is anything you decide not to take, then look into selling these items or donating them to charity. This will also give you an idea on the volume of items you have to move.

Four weeks – Notify utility companies This would be a good time for you to notify utility companies and inform them about your move to switch over. This includes gas and electricity, council tax, internet, phone rental and TV. You should also consider changing any car insurance, tax, memberships, phone contracts and inform your bank about the move. Now’s the time to also arrange a date to have your new house cleaned before you move

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Checklist Eight weeks Pack non-essential items Research your new area (transfer schools and order new uniform) Keep all important documents

Six weeks Decide on a local removal company Clear out any unwanted items Keep packing

Four weeks

It will be worth packing a night bag each to help everyone settle in, which means you won’t have to rummage through everything to find your toothbrush! in, and start ordering any new furnishings for your new property. Start packing away more items, that being, out of season clothes, books, dvd’s and even bulky items, like TV’s that aren’t used often.

Two weeks – Confirm all details Confirm your move with your removal company or van hire, estate agents and schools. If possible, try to organise someone to look after your pets and children for the day of your move, as this can also be a stressful time for them too. If your removal company doesn’t disassemble any furniture or sort out the un-plumbing for the washing machine, then now would be the ideal time to organise these. Remember to also cancel any local services you receive: this could be window cleaners, gardeners and newspaper deliveries. You should now also think about re-registering to vote and getting your post re-directed after your moving date. Continue packing away more furnishings, kitchen appliances and crockery that you won’t be using for the next couple of weeks.

24 hours – Final check and walk round You now have only 24 hours before you move, so double check that everything is packed away and ready for transit. It will be worth packing a night bag each to help everyone settle in, which means you won’t have to rummage through everything to find your toothbrush! You may want to create an inventory of your boxes and

furniture to help you keep track of what you have and to help you ensure it doesn’t go missing.

Moving day Today is the day! You need to be ready for when your removal company comes. Ensure that you let them know if there are any fragile boxes that need extra care when handling. If you’re moving yourself, then pack up your car or van and work out how many trips it may take. Before you leave, also take note of your final meter readings and send these off to your provider. Don’t forget to leave your keys for the new owners!

You have arrived at your new home! Give your removal company instructions of which boxes go in which rooms and make sure you are happy with everything that has arrived. Ensure you check for any damage before the movers leave. Read your new utility meters and send your readings of to your supplier. Taking photos of them will also ensure you have the correct reading if you need them again in the future. Unpack your essentials such as bed linen and clean towels. Don’t worry about the rest, it isn’t going anywhere! Order a takeaway, have a cup of tea and enjoy your first night with your family. Right, so now you’re all moved in, it’s time to settle down, unpack and enjoy your new place. Remember, planning is essential to ensure your move runs stress free.

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Notify utility companies Start preparation for your new house Keep packing

Two weeks Finalise all details Organise pet and child care Cancel local services Keep packing

24 hours Check every room and ensure everything is packed Pack a night bag so everything is to hand Collect your new keys Make sure your phone is fully charged so you can get in touch with the estate agents or removal company

Moving in Prepare for the arrival of the removal company and give them directions/ your contact details Ensure everything is ready to move Record meter readings

On arrival Give removal company instructions of what goes where Check for any damage before they leave Read your new utility meters and send them off to your supplier Check if the previous owners have left anything behind Unpack essentials Order a takeaway and sit back and relax!


Want to treat yourself to a proper removal company for your next move or are you prepared to do it yourself

Removal company or brave it yourself? Y

ou’re excited about your new home and location but the process of packing, organising and actually moving all of your items is something no-one really ever looks forward to. Not only that but you also have to contact utility companies, maintain a job, keep your children happy and clean your entire house. You do have super powers, right?

Removal companies You also won’t have to worry about the exhausting physical side of things, that being carrying boxes back and forth

Unless you live in a small property or flat, it could be worth hiring a professional removal company to help relieve some of the stress on the day. They have many skills and experience and some of the services they can provide include packing and

unpacking, dismantling and assembling furniture, loading your belongings quickly and securely, including those fragile and specialist items. They can even supply you with packing materials. Hiring a removal company will also allow you the time to collect the keys to your new home. You also won’t have to worry about the exhausting physical side of things, that being carrying boxes back and forth. Some services are great if you don’t have much time to plan and get these done yourself; however these do often come at a premium and may not be suitable for those on a budget. When choosing a removal company


Top tips for packing When packing, ensure you don’t overload your boxes with heavy items, as these will be difficult to lift and could cause a back injury. Fill any empty gaps using old newspaper, clothing, socks or even tea towels. This will help secure any items when they are being moved. its key to look at those which have good recommendations and reviews, as you need a company you can rely on. You can use comparison sites, such as comparemymove.com and reallymoving.com, to help find you the best deals.

items you have. You should also ask for the price to be broken down so you can see just how much you are paying for when it comes to certain aspects like insurance, packing, an hourly rate, mileage and any storage costs.

Getting quotes

Once you have found a removal company, it can be useful to send them a briefing sheet that includes information about any items which need to be specially packed, any difficult or large items, plus any carpets and curtains which need moving. Finally, it can also be helpful to send them a floor plan of the new property so they can unload efficiently.

You should aim to get at least three quotes from removal companies, preferably from firms which will come out to your property rather than those who just estimate the cost over the phone, as you don’t want any nasty charges later on. Plus it will give the company an accurate idea of any restricted areas in your home, if they can park a van or lorry, and how many

Create an inventory and label all your boxes and write the contents on each box with a marker. That way you will know which room each box is to go in. And if you are super organised, you could even colour code each room! Pack heavier boxes on the bottom. This might seem like common sense but it will ensure that any of your fragile items won’t break. Pack a survival box. These are the things that you will need first and should include paper towels, bin bags, cutlery, the kettle, some mugs, tea, coffee, milk, sugar and finally, some toilet paper!


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