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Property NEWS October 2019

Get cosy Warm up your home using colour PAGE 6

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Prepare your home for autumn

How to enjoy firework celebrations - safely

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Spooktacular things to do with the kids

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Editor’s letter Welcome to the October issue! The clocks are set to change this month which can only mean one thing – the colder weather is on its way! But fear not; inside this issue is lots of advice to help ensure your property doesn’t fall foul of the cold weather. Now is the time to focus on preparing your home and garden against the elements. Doing so will ensure you don’t get any nasty surprises, such as burst pipes, or the death of your favourite garden plants you’ve lovingly tended to over the summer.

Prepare your property for colder weather Autumn is here; the leaves are falling and it’s getting colder. Here are some handy tips for preparing your home for the colder months

And as the dark nights draw in, it’s also time to start planning for the seasonal events coming up on the calendar; Halloween and Bonfire night! To get you inspired, inside we feature a winter-warming recipe, perfect for either event. And if you’re looking for something frightfully good to do to celebrate Halloween, our travel pages feature enough spooky events around the country to help you plan spooktacular fun! We hope you enjoy reading this issue and we look forward to sharing more property-related and lifestyle articles with you next time. Enjoy! Linda McKeown Editor

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By turning your central heating back on now, you will be made aware of any issues with your heating before the cold weather really hits


You can lose as much as 30% of heating through seals and gaps in your loft

Boilers and radiators With the changeable weather over the summer, you will have probably turned your boiler on earlier than normal, only to turn it back off again with the warmer weather returning in September. If, however, you haven’t turned it on again, now is the time. By turning your central heating back on now, you will be made aware of any issues with your heating before the cold weather really hits. It may be wise to get your boiler professionally serviced to check for any problems that may appear further down the line. An engineer will identify problems with your thermostat that you may not be aware of. Your radiators may have had a build-up of sludge over the summer months – an engineer will flush through the dirty water and replace it with clean water ready for the harsher winter months; helping to ensure you never have to go without heating.

Draughts The last thing you need is pesky draughts letting cold air in and hot air out. You can check for draughts yourself using a lit candle around door frames and window frames. When

there is a draught, the flame will blow towards you. You can then either fix the draught yourself using hardware from a store or by calling in the professionals. You can lose as much as 30% of heating through seals and gaps in your loft. Check under the insulation for cut-outs, pipes, wires etc, and seal them from the inside. If you have a log burner or multifuel burner, remember to close the flue after use, (when the fireplace has cooled) to avoid heat escaping.

Create a cosy ambience Even sealed windows can allow heat to escape. By using good quality curtains, you can better insulate your windows. Close them at nighttime and when you’re not at home to conserve heat. With the nights getting darker, light up your windows with some warm fairy lights to create a cosy ambience. If you feel cold, you will be cold; trick your mind and make your home as cosy as possible! If you don’t have a real fireplace, light some scented candles. Choose autumnal scents such as wild pumpkin, cinnamon or cookies to create a cosy atmosphere in your

home. Spoil yourself with some fleecy blankets to wrap up in during the evenings. This will stop you from fiddling with the thermostat and making your house too warm.

Re-arrange the furniture Move your sofa, and any other furniture, away from the radiator; your sofa absorbs heat from the radiator which stops it from circulating around the room. The same goes for big TV units, dressers etc: try to keep your radiators unblocked by furniture so they can release heat just as they should. In bedrooms, long curtains can have the same effect. If possible, tuck the curtains behind the radiator and move beds away from radiators too. Waking up with your arm on a scalding radiator isn’t an enjoyable experience for anyone! If you have a conservatory clean it too and make it winter-ready; if you have vinyl flooring, invest in a thick shaggy rug. A conservatory can get cold even with a heating system installed, so opt for a plug-in heater too!

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Be inspired by

autumn’ s new colour trends

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The bedroom

Ochre is a beautiful mustard yellow that is taking the high-street by storm, and it’s perfect for brightening up a room while adding a cosy feel of autumn too. Either opt for block colour or items featuring it as hints of colour. There are a whole host of ways of incorporating ochre into your bedroom, but we can’t resist a lovely, chunky, throw to snuggle up to help survive the colder nights coming our way! Handmade Chunky Merino Wool Yarn Blanket Yellow Handmade from Merino wool, The Handmade Chunky Wool Yarn Blanket is incredibly soft and luxurious. The intricate craftsmanship gives the blanket a beautiful look and lush texture. Throw it at the end of your bed to add warmth to your bedroom. £44.95 www.tastitch.com

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Top pick Ideal Home Papillion Contour Fabric Accent Chair

The living room If you’re feeling brave and want to add colour to your living room, then opt for a colourful piece of furniture, such as a signature sofa or chair.

Ideal Home Papillion Contour Fabric Accent Chair Inspired by the classic mid-century contour chairs, Papillion features decorative button detail and soft rounded edges in pastel pink. The beautifully shaped leg section is wrapped in a naturally toned wood-effect that creates an eye-catching contrast against the felt-effect fabric above them. £219 www.very.co.uk


Think of autumn and warm tones of reds, browns and yellows come to mind. Celebrate the season by adding the latest trends to your home

Key colour trends for the home are shades of yellow, rustic reds, dusky pinks and geometric colourways

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The dining room

Now’s the time to be bold with your colour choices for the home. Nothing is out of bounds, so try the likes of burnt reds with navy. Experiment and you’ll be surprised! And when it comes to your dining room, it’s no different. Update your entertaining and dining space to make an impact. Margaret Upholstered Dining Chair Ophelia & Co. These chairs will add a comfortable, sophisticated feel for a formal or casual dining room. Honey finished legs made from hardwood offer modern simplicity and a rich tone to complement the seat of the chair. And at a price that won’t break the bank either! £183.99 – set of 4 www.wayfair.co.uk

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There’s no need to let the kids miss out on the latest trends this autumn. Give their room an uplift with fun, geometric furniture that’s practical as well as fashionable! From shelving units, funky cushions and rugs, there is plenty of inspiration out there. Why not try some geometric themed storage boxes? Geometric Wooden Box with Handles Bring adorable design to your home with this decorative wooden storage crate from Happy Little Folks. Perfect for a children’s room, it’s ideal for holding little bits and pieces. Each box has been carefully hand-painted with the bold geometric shapes having been created by using nontoxic, water-based paint and sealed with non-toxic varnish. Simply choose your colour scheme and off you go! £28 By Happy Little Folks www.notonthehighsstreet.com

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How best to prepare your garden for the colder months We are currently grasping onto the last ounces of sunny weather, and now your garden will need some attention and preparation for autumn and winter With the hottest day ever recorded in the UK having just passed us by (38.7 degrees Celsius in Cambridge on 25th July this year), your garden will have had its work cut out this summer, and is likely now feeling rather dried-out and exhausted. With the colder months just around the corner, here are our top tips as to how best to prepare your garden for the cooler times ahead.

Put away garden furniture Your outside furniture will have done you proud throughout the summer months, but now you need to ensure it doesn’t become needlessly wet, rusty, and perhaps even frozen in parts. Pack away any chairs and tables, as well as the barbeque if it’s a movable one, to prevent them from becoming victims to the elements throughout the winter season. A dedicated storage space or a garage would be ideal places to store them.

Protect your low-growing plants from wet weather by covering them with a sheet of glass or a cloche, and surrounding them with a slightly elevated layer of gravel or grit

The final cut of the grass It’s advised that any good gardener should keep their lawn generally well-maintained throughout the winter months, keeping it tidy and well-looked after. Late October or early November is generally the ideal time to give your lawn its final trim before winter hits. However, if you live in a particularly mild area you may be able to get away with cutting your grass in December.

Rotting plants Rotting and dying plants and other vegetation in your garden don’t only look untidy, they can also spread disease to other, healthier, plants in the surrounding area. Pests and fungi are also likely with old plants and could incur further problems for your garden. Insects feeding on your crops throughout the summer may lay eggs on the stalks and leaves, so removing any finished plants prevents pests from getting a head start come springtime. It’s also useful to note that burying old plants in your garden adds organic matter to your soil, which improves soil tilth and overall health.

Regenerate your compost A rich heap of compost can go a long way, and can be used to top up garden beds, amend deficient soils, and fertilize lawns. If you’re making way for another batch of compost and cleaning out the previous load, it’s likely to be insulated against winter’s chill, meaning microbes fester for longer into the winter. To prevent the microbes from festering further, compile your autumn compost heap with plenty of autumn leaves, straw or sawdust, layered with kitchen scraps and other active, green matter.

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Prepare the soil Autumn is a great time to add in new additions to the soil, such as manure, compost, kelp and rock phosphate. It’s often best to wait until your soil dries out before deciding to work it and add in extra nutrients: doing so in autumn means you won’t need to do as much in spring. Once you’ve added your additions, cover the bed of soil with sheets of plastic or other coverings to help prevent winter rains from washing the nutrients below the active root zone. The soil should be ready to be uncovered in dry spring, ready to work its magic.

Protect vulnerable plants from frost You can protect your low-growing plants from wet weather by covering them with a sheet of glass or a cloche, and surrounding them with a slightly elevated layer of gravel or grit, to ensure swift drainage of any potential rainwater. Some outdoor containers are frost-proof, and it’s advised you use these to prevent them cracking.

Plant cover crops Late summer or early autumn is an ideal time of the year to sow crops like rye, vetch and clover because, as well as adding nutrients, such crops as these help prevent soil erosion, break up compacted areas, and increase levels of organic matter in garden beds. Also, one way to increase the levels of available nitrogen for garden vegetables is to plant legumes in your garden, such as clover or field peas. Although some cover crops are hardier than others, it tends to be a general rule of thumb to plant cover crops around one month before your first killing-frost.

Late October to early November is generally the ideal time to give your lawn its final trim before winter hits

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A guide to

staying safe

on Bonfire night

Bonfire night can be one of the most exciting nights of the year and for very good reason. It’s a night filled with pretty firework displays, traditional bonfire treats and cosy hot drinks. However, it’s important to stay safe Whether you’re attending a firework display or celebrating at home, it’s important to remember that there are certain things you should and should not do.

You should: • build your bonfire far away from your home • stand far enough away from fireworks and the bonfire • make sure an adult checks the bonfire for hidden animals • have a bucket of water nearby for emergencies • keep your beloved pets inside during the celebrations • remember to wrap up warm

You should never: • return to a firework after it’s been lit • let off fireworks after 11pm, (or midnight on the 5 Nov), as it’s illegal • build a bonfire near to any trees, fences or your home • leave before ensuring the fire and surroundings are put out • pour petrol or paraffin on the fire

According to the RSPCA 45 percent of dogs show signs of fear when they hear a firework set off

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Firework safety

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Bonfire night stats

Firework displays can be great for the whole family. They can also be very dangerous, so here are a few tips on how to stay safe: • Only adults should; set up firework displays, light fireworks and safely dispose of them • You should only buy fireworks which show the CE mark • Read and follow the instructions • Use a taper to light the fireworks • Have a bucket of water at hand • Use a board or other non-flammable rigid surface for flat-bottomed fireworks • Stand at a safe distance whilst fireworks are going off

4, 436 people used the NHS A&E services for firework related injuries in 2017/2018 Around half of all firework injuries happen to children under the age of 16 (gov.uk) Over the past five years over 350 preschool children have been hospitalised due to firework injuries (UK fire service)

Tips to help keep your pets safe Fun with sparklers • Find somewhere safe and open • Make sure you wear gloves when handling sparklers • Sparklers shouldn’t be given to children under the age of five • Hold the sparkler away from your face and body • Never touch the end of the sparkler • Once it’s no longer burning, put it in a bucket of water

Bonfire night can be a very scary night for your furry friends. According to the RSPCA, 45 percent of dogs show signs of fear when they hear a firework set off. So, to help, we’ve put together a few useful tips to keep them safe and happy. • If you have a dog, make sure you walk them in daylight hours before the fireworks start • Close all your windows and curtains, to help muffle the sound • Put the telly or radio on to provide distraction • Create some hiding spaces around the house and if they do hide under furniture, leave them there • Make sure your pet is microchipped in case they escape • For small animals, partly cover their cages with blankets: this will help with soundproofing

Spooktacular soup! If you’re planning on carving pumpkins this Halloween, make the most of the whole pumpkin! There are plenty of recipes out there to try, but we love this soup which uses both the flesh and seeds Pumpkin & lentil soup

Serves 4 Kcals per serving: 233 Suitable for vegetarians and gluten free

Ingredients • • • • • • • • •

1 tbsp olive oil, plus 1 tsp 2 onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped approx 800g chopped pumpkin flesh, plus the seeds 100g split red lentils ½ small pack thyme, leaves picked, plus extra to serve 1l hot vegetable stock pinch of salt and sugar 50g crème fraiche, plus extra to serve

Method 1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the onions until softened and

starting to turn golden. Stir in the garlic, pumpkin flesh, lentils and thyme, then pour in the hot stock. Season, cover and simmer for 20-25 mins until the lentils and vegetables are tender. 2. Meanwhile, wash the pumpkin seeds. Remove any flesh still clinging to them, then dry using kitchen paper. Heat the 1 tsp oil in a non-stick pan and fry the seeds until they start to jump and pop. Stir frequently but cover the pan in between to keep them in it. When the seeds look toasted, add a sprinkling of salt and a pinch of sugar. Stir well. 3. Whizz the cooked pumpkin mixture with a hand blender or in a food processor until smooth, then add the crème fraiche and whizz again. Taste for seasoning. 4. Serve with a spoonful of crème fraiche, a few thyme leaves and the toasted seeds scattered on top.

This recipe, and more, can be found at www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/creamy-pumpkin-lentil-soup

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2-Piece Squirrel Print Hat & Mittens Set With this cute crocheted hat and matching mittens, they’ll be ready for splashing through all the puddles! Featuring ribbed cuffs, for a snuggly mitten fit. Embellished hat features a fun pom pom and squirrel motif. £14 www.marksandspencer.com

Girls grey padded belted longline coat Featuring zip pockets and detachable faux fur trim, this padded and belted long-sleeve coat is ideal for any fashion-conscious girl. Made from 100% polyester fabric. £50 www.riverisland.com

Monsoon Space Stripe Novelty Gloves Simply fun at their fingertips! These novelty gloves feature space-themed appliqués – perfect for any space-loving child. Available for ages 3 - 13 years. £12 www.very.co.uk

Boys’ Tech Parka Made from a shower-resistant material, this parka features a zip-through front, pockets for stashing essentials and a faux-fur lined hood to help protect against the elements. Available in bright blue, navy and red colourways. £55 - £61 www.johnlewis.com


Barbour® Leather Black Utility Gloves Invest in these 100% leather gloves to keep your hands warm and protected against the cold. £60 www.next.co.uk

Accessorize Devonshire Check Blanket Scarf In a classic check, this Devonshire blanket scarf by Accessorize is sure to lift your winter looks with tones of pink and yellow. 100% acrylic. L190 x W70 cm. £20 www.very.co.uk

Chilton Short Padded Wellies Don’t let the rain dampen your mood, or your style! These mid-height wellies from Joules are super stylish and have been finished with a faux fur collar for warmth. An anti-slip sole gives extra grip for those frosty mornings. £49.95 www.joules.com

Accessorize Nude Chunky Cable Poncho Ponchos are still on trend for the colder months, and this chunky knit poncho, made from 100% acrylic, is a must-have to help defend against the cold. £32 www.next.co.uk

SD-3 Parka Jacket Dress your man in style while keeping him cosy. With removable faux fur trim, a zip and toggle button fastening, five outer pockets, one inner pocket and ribbed cuffs, what more could he want in a jacket! £90.99 www.superdry. com

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Shrieks

ahead! Grab your broomsticks, it’s Halloween! Here’s how to keep your little coven spellbound and the not-so-little monsters in your life cackling at some of Britain’s top haunts

Apparently, we have the Celts to thank for Halloween and its creepy traditions. According to some scholars, the last day of October marked the end of the Celtic calendar and was the day they chose to honour their dead. Unfortunately, the Celts also felt this was the time when the barrier between worlds became wafer thin, allowing spirits to cross over and mingle with the living in order to destroy their recently gathered crops. So, to prepare themselves for this medieval fright night, the Celts across Britain and Europe

disguised themselves as ghosts and ghouls to wander unopposed, further arming themselves with lanterns carved from large seasonal vegetables and lighting bonfires. Sound familiar?

– the night before All Saints Day, which is November 1 – and, with the Church starting to restrict Pagan practises, Irish settlers heading to America took their traditions with them.

Of course, the well-to-do were far too important to indulge with such supernatural superstitions, so the poor offered to pray for their dead as well – in return for a small cake or, if you like, a treat. Conversely, in Irish mythology the Pooka (think Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) would also be around to play pranks. Of course, you can’t miss the trick.

And that’s how a festival dedicated to death snowballed into the multi-million-pound fun night we know and love today.

The name Halloween originates from the mid-1700s and is derived from the Scottish All Hallows’ Eve

BOLSOVER CASTLE

Warwick Castle WARWICK From October 19 until November 3, the castle becomes a dead cert for those looking for bloodcurdling tales. With a choice of scare levels – Plucky Pumpkins, Daring Dukes and Brave Knights – you can meet a host of bizarre characters, wondrous witches and even the crew of the Paranormal Encounters TV show as they try to discover why the ghosts of Warwick cannot leave. Further details: warwick-castle.com

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Given such a macabre backstory, it’s really no surprise the best places to get spooked at Halloween are Britain’s mythladen stately homes and castles. We feature five which we are sure will help raise the chill factor.

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It’s really no surprise the best places to get spooked at Halloween are Britain’s mythladen stately homes and castles

Said to be one of the country’s most haunted castles – which encouraged staff to keep a special ‘ghost book’ to record the eerie experiences of visitors! You may even bump into the ghost of Sir Charles, said to wander the corridors of his former home, or catch the distinct whiff of horses coming from the empty riding school. Further details: english-heritage.org.uk and search for Bolsover Castle


The name Halloween originates from the mid-1700s and is derived from the Scottish All Hallows’ Eve – the night before All Saints Day

oxford Castle

OXFORD Visitors to Oxford Castle, another of Britain’s most haunted buildings, will be met by a host of Halloween-themed fun; from Bill Spectre’s ghost trails and midnight ghost tours of the castle, to the jailbreak escape room puzzle game, as well as Trick or Treat evenings, pumpkin carvings and ghost hunts for families and children.

Whitby Abbey

Further details: oxfordcastleandprison.co.uk/events/ event/ghostfest/

NORTH YORKSHIRE

Fancy exploring the darker side of history among bright lights? No better place than an illuminated tour of the ruins which inspired Dracula, Bram Stoker’s classic horror story where you can meet witches and witchfinders. Further details: english-heritage.org.uk and search for Whitby Abbey

Other events Added to the above, the London Dungeon is promising something terrifyingly spectacular in their Halloween show (thedungeons. com) while younger thrillseekers will love Brick or Treat, the spooktacular sleepover event at LEGOLAND Windsor (legolandholidays.co.uk). And just to prove ghostly goings-on aren’t confined to dry land, the skeleton crew of a ghostly pirate ship has moved into Portsmouth Historic Dockyard bringing with them Halloween crafts, face painting, a deathly disco, kids trail and lots of competitions (historicdockyard.co.uk).

margam CASTLE SOUTH WALES

Margam Castle in Port Talbot can be a chilling location at the best of times and is said to be the home of the nasty and angry spirit of a gamekeeper who really throws his weight around! The castle has seen a lot of paranormal activity so their after-dark Halloween Ghost Hunt should be a ghoulish experience. Further details: eeventbrite.co.uk/e/halloweenat-margam-castle-ghosthunt-south-wales Of course, if you prefer your Halloween to be more home-based there are several things to keep the youngsters occupied before they go Trick or Treating. The English Heritage website (English-heritage.org.uk) carries helpful guides to making creepy lanterns and masks, as well as proposing a change to the modern trend of carving pumpkins by reverting to the more traditional turnips.

No self-respecting party would be complete without apple bobbing, another game which can be traced back to the Celts, who tied apples to trees to encourage the sun god to return the following year. Then it’s off for the much-loved house-to-house procession where clusters of Grim Reapers, zombies, Captain Jack Sparrows, ghosts, skeletons and even Hulks knock on doors and demand: ‘Trick or Treat?’ Whatever would the Celts have made of it all?

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The EFL Championship: How are the promotion favourites doing so far? Promotion from the EFL Championship is the most lucrative prize in world football; worth around £170 million because of the enormous TV rights package on offer!

Last years’ promoted teams, Norwich City, Aston Villa and Sheffield United are already feeling the harsh realities of life in the Premier League. But, with masses of money paid out in transfer fees and player contracts upon promotion, they will hope to duplicate the success of teams such as Burnley, Bournemouth and Wolves in the long run. Two teams win promotion automatically every year, with a play-off for the final spot from the teams positioned third to sixth. It’s a long hard slog with 46 games in the league, (and cup games on top,) and the Championship always throws up some surprises along the way. Before the busy winter period, here is our handy guide to how the promotion favourites are faring so far.

Leeds United Promotion from the EFL Championship is the most lucrative prize in world football

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Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds were last years’ play off final losers; despite sitting at the top of the table for most of the season the players tired and they lost their way. Losing first-teamer Pontus Jansson and top-scorer Kemar Roofe, and without the funds to replace them, they have looked to youngsters on loan from the Premier League this season. With another preseason under his belt and described as the ‘best manager in the world’ by Guardiola, expect them not to

tire this year. They steamrollered over Swansea, only to lose in the 90th minute, so they will hope Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa bed in and make an impact as they don’t want the same problems as last season, when they lacked the cutting edge in attack.

Cardiff City Swansea City may be flying high at the start of the season, but expect this to be a temporary surge, much like a 100:1 outsider out front in the Grand National. They will fade, but expect Welsh rivals, Cardiff City, to hold steady throughout the season. Neil Warnock is an old hand at getting teams promoted, holding the record with 8 promotions in his management career. Cardiff have a solid squad of players, ready to rotate over the busier periods; when other teams drop off. Don’t be surprised when they’re, at least, in the play-off spots come the turn of the new year. And with Will Vaulks catapult throws, expect some last-minute goals ruining everyone else’s party.

Fulham Fulham spent big last year to avoid relegation from the Premier League. Caretaker manager Scott Parker did enough at the end of last season to get the job full time. They have a large squad of players, most with Premier League experience who will itch to get back to the top-flight. Like Leeds, they have dipped into the Premier League loan market, bringing in the experience of Harry Arter and the exciting Ivan Cavaleiro from Wolves, and kept hold of star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. Expect Mitrovic and Cavaleiro to be pushing each other in their own personal goalscoring competition to the end of the season and don’t be surprised if Mitrovic reaches the magical thirty.


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Between 2007 and 2017, the number of people renting in the UK increased by 63% A record number of people now rent their home as opposed to buying; with a large selection choosing to rent even though they could afford to buy. Renting has a huge number of perks and, with owning a home not as much of a priority for younger generations, this will continue to rise. The largest group of private renters are those aged 25-34. However,

there has also been an increase in renting for 45-54-year-olds. With new measures introduced earlier in the year, tenants have never been better protected. The increase in private renters isn’t necessarily because buying a house is out of their budget, many rent instead of buying due to career, family and the huge number of benefits that come from renting.

SO, WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST BENEFITS OF RENTING? The world moves faster than ever before. On average, Millennials switch jobs more often than older generations; with 60% always open to new opportunities. The job market has changed with people rarely staying in one job throughout their life. Many now want the flexibility to move to new areas to pursue their career. Renting is the perfect choice for those that do, as there is no need to put your house on the market, await viewings, negotiate offers and then wait for conveyancing. Leaving a rental property entails handing in your notice, cleaning and then moving! QUICK PROCESS

Many rent instead of buying due to career, family and the huge number of benefits that come from renting

Moving into a rental property is quicker than buying a property too. When you rent, you calculate how much you can afford using your salary, go on some viewings and then confirm to us, the agent, that you like the property. After this, you can put down a deposit and wait for the reference checks to complete, which usually takes a week. Once referencing is complete, you will confirm your

move-in date, pay your deposit and usually your first month’s rent, and pick up your keys. In theory, with the process running smoothly, you could view a house on a weekend and move in the next weekend! NO REPAIR BILLS If you own your home and the boiler breaks, or the oven stops working, you will need to pay a professional to replace or fix the item and do the work. In a rental property, report these problems and the landlord will get them fixed quickly at no cost to yourself, (as long as you didn’t cause the damage). This is the same for smoke alarms, Carbon Monoxide alarms and any other problems that happen during your tenancy. INSPECTIONS HELP YOU KEEP ON TOP OF THE CLEANING That dreaded word every tenant fears: ‘inspection’. However, this is the perfect opportunity to remind you to do a deep clean every sixmonths. When you own your home, you have no-one coming around to check on the condition of the property, which can lead to laziness in the upkeep of your home.

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Sales Capricorn Court, Edgware £365,000

Modern 3rd Floor Apartment

Lease 995.5 Years

2 Double Bedrooms

Communal Garden

2 Bathrooms (1 En-Suite)

Allocated Underground Parking

Open Plan Kitchen & Lounge

Close to Edgware Tube Station

Kitchen Fully Integrated Appliances

Located in an Exquisite Development

Tudor Gates, Highfield Avenue £325,000

Ground Floor Maisonette

No Maintenance Cost

2 Spacious Bedrooms

Own Private Entrance

Fitted Kitchen

2 Parking Spaces

Spacious Lounge

No Service Charge

Master Bedroom with Fitted Wardrobes

Potential Rental Income £1,300 - £1,350pcm

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Fairfields Crescent, London £550,000

Semi-Detached Family Home

Chain Free

4 Large Bedrooms

Own Drive for up to 2 Cars

Spacious Through Lounge

Approx.60 ft. Rear Garden

Fitted Kitchen with Dining

Scope for Further Extensions (STPP)

2 Bathrooms (1 Downstairs)

Current Rental of £,1875 PCM

Semi-Detached Family House

Close to Canons Park Tube Station

2 Spacious Separate Receptions

Catchment Area Good Schools

3 Good Sized Bedrooms

Approx. Rental Income £1,650pcm

Family Bathroom Separate WC

Front & Rear Gardens

Fitted Kitchen

Chain Free

Hiliary Gardens, Stanmore £500,000

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Sales Gyles Park, Stanmore £700,000

Family Home in Laing Estate

Hardwood Flooring

4 Spacious Bedrooms

Beautiful Rear Garden

2 Bathrooms (1 En-Suite)

Driveway Up to 2 Cars

Modern Fitted Kitchen

Catchment Area of Good Schools

Utility Room with Downstairs WC

Easy Reach to Canons Park Station

Cheyneys Avenue, Edgware £550,000

Semi-Detached House

Potential Rear & Loft Extensions (STPP)

3 Spacious Bedrooms

Garage & Secluded Rear Garden

Family Bathroom

Allocated Parking up to 3 Cars

Through Lounge

Near Canons Park Tube Station

Fitted Kitchen

Chain Free

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Springwood Crescent, Edgware £239,950

First Floor Apartment

Chain Free

2 Double Bedrooms

Off Street Parking

Family Bathroom

Communal Garden

Fitted Kitchen

Lease Remaining 91 Years

Spacious Lounge

Potential Rental Income: £1,100-£1,150

Spacious Studio Apartment

Situated in Birds Development

Double Bedroom/Lounge

Share of Freehold

3 Piece Bathroom

No Ground Rent

Fitted Kitchen

999 Years Lease on Completion

Chain Free

Potential Rental Income of £1,900pcm

Yellowhammer Court, Eagle Drive £185,000

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First Floor Apartment

• 2-Bedroom Apartment

1-Bedroom

• Fitted Kitchen

Open Plan Kitchen

• Large Lounge

Near Edgware Tube Station

• Chain Free

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Pavilion Way, Edgware £275,000

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Zodiac Close, Edgware £307,000

Heath Parade £375,000

Stratton Close £375,000

• 5th Floor Apartment

First Floor Apartment

• 2-Double Bedrooms

2-Bedrooms

• Lounge with Dining Area

Modern Fitted Kitchen

• Balcony

Near Edgware Town Centre

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Brookdale, London £900,000

Semi-Detached Family Home

Newly Renovated Bathroom

Keyless Door Entry System

Modern High Spec Kitchen

3/4 Bedrooms

Spacious Dining Room

3 Reception Rooms

Lots of Storage Space

Large Living Room

Potential to Extend into Loft (SSTP)

Semi-Detached Family Home

On Completion Ipad Incentive

3 Bedrooms

Downstairs Bathroom

Family Bathroom

Catchment of Good Schools

Through Lounge

Close to Local Amenities

Modern Extended Kitchen

Close to Arnos Grove Tube Station

Bowes Road, London £650,000

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Sales Wightman Road, Hornsey £750,000

A Character Family Home

Large Garden

5 Bedrooms

Great Location

2 Reception Rooms

Harringay Ladder

Family Bathroom

Close to Great Transport Links

Spacious Dining Room

Great Investment Opportunity

The Limes Avenue, London £650,000

4-Bedroom Home

On Completion Ipad Incentive

Large Reception Room

Off Street Parking & Garage

Large Kitchen/Dining Room

Double Glazing

Master Bedroom with En-Suite

Close to Public Transport

2 Bathrooms & 1 En-Suite

Close to Local Amenities

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Lynbridge Gardens, London £650,000

Semi-Detached Family Home

Close to Green Areas

4-Bedrooms

Close to Great Transport Links

2-Reception Rooms

Outstanding School Catchments

Arnos Grove Court, Palmers Road £375,000

Heaton Court, Denham Road £350,000

Ground Floor Flat

• 2-Bedrooms 1st Floor Flat

2-Double Bedrooms

• En-Suite Bathroom

Chain Free

• Balcony

Close to Local Amenities

• Gas Central Heating

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• Good Size Reception

• 5-Bedroom Mid-Terraced

• Garden

• Piccadilly Line

• Great Transport Links

• Potential to Extend-STTP

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Whitmore Close, London £450,000

Osidge Lane, Southgate £625,000

Brunswick Grove, London £575,000

• Semi-Detached House

Chain Free

• 3-Bedrooms

4-Double Bedrooms

• Ashmole Catchment

Modern Kitchen/Diner

• Useable Loft Room

New Modern Bathroom

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Market Square, High Street £7,000 PA

Commercial Centre, South Way £1,600 PCM

Commercial Unit

• Partitioned Office Unit

Prime Location

• Approx. Size of 800 sq. ft.

I deal for Storage, Shop, Office etc.

Floor Area Approx.855 sq. ft.

Oakleigh Road South, London £850 PCM

Dalston Gardens, Stanmore £400 PCM

Lock Up Shop

• Self-Contained Office

Newly Decorated Walls

• Rent Inclusive of Bills

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Lettings Prestwood Avenue, Harrow £2,350 PCM

End of Terrace House

Gas Central Heating

Newly Redecorated

Fully Double Glazed

5 Bedrooms

Separate Home Office

3 Bathrooms

Large Rear Garden with Side Access

Spacious Through Lounge/Diner

Close to Public Transport & Schools

Boniface Walk, Harrow £1,200 PCM

Ground Floor Flat

Communal Garden

Newly Redecorated

Fully Fitted Kitchen

Open Plan Living Room

One Off Street Parking

Kitchen with Dining Area

Great Transport Links

Bedrooms with Fitted Wardrobes

Double Glazing & Gas Central Heating

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Whistler Gardens, Edgware £1,650 PCM

Mid Terraced House

Allocated Parking

3/4 Bedrooms

Gas Central Heating

Living Room

Large Rear Garden

Separate Kitchen

An Extension on the Rear for Storage

Fully Double Glazed

Located on a Quiet Residential Road

First Floor Flat

New Carpet Flooring

Spacious Bedroom

Large Lounge with Balcony

Wardrobes for Storage

New Double Glazing Windows

Separate Fitted Kitchen

Situated in a Prominent Location

Bedrooms with Fitted Wardrobes

Near Stanmore Station & The Broadway

Hardwick Close, Stanmore £1,150 PCM

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Lettings Bernays Close, Stanmore £1,550 PCM

Ground Floor Apartment

Private Entrance

3-Bedrooms

Shared Garden

Spacious Lounge

On Street Parking

Family Bathroom

Excellent School Catchment

Fully Fitted Kitchen

Close to Stanmore Tube Station

Boniface Walk, Harrow £1,075 PCM

Spacious 1-Bedroom Flat

Newly Decorated

Living Room

On Street Parking

Separate Kitchen

Gas Central Heating

Fully Double Glazed

Great Transport Links

Bedroom with Wardrobes

Nearby Local Amenities

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Lismore Boulevard £1,295 PCM

Semi-Detached Property

• 1-Bedroom Apartment

4-Bedrooms

• Fully Fitted Kitchen

2-Reception Rooms

• Open Plan Lounge

Family Bathroom

• Balcony

Through Lounge

• Bathroom Suite

Downstairs En-Suite

• Concierge Service

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Glendale Gardens, Wembley £2,350 PCM

Market Square, High Street £4,000 PA

Market Square, High Street £3,000 PA

Commercial Unit

• Commercial Unit

Floor Area Approx.764 sq. ft.

• Floor Area Approx.847 sq. ft.

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Lettings Torrington Gardens, London £2,100 PCM

Ideal for Sharers

Rear Garden

4 Double Bedrooms

Allocated Parking

2 Bathrooms

Close to Local Amenities

Separate Fitted Kitchen

Situated in a Quiet Residential

2 Bathrooms

Close to Underground Station (Zone 3)

Oakleigh Road North, London £1,700 PCM

Newly Refurbished

Beautiful Garden

3 Bedroom Family Home

Good Local Schools Nearby

2 Reception Rooms

Good Transport Links

New Kitchen

Close to Local Amenities

New Bathroom

Situated in a Popular Residential Area

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Highworth Road, London £1,800 PCM

Detached House

Family Bathroom

3 Spacious Bedrooms

Rear Garden

Fitted Kitchen

On Street / Residents’ Parking

Grove Close, Southgate £1,200 PCM

Silver Birch Close, London £1,200 PCM

Ground Floor Flat

1st Floor Flat

2-Double Bedrooms

2-Bedrooms

Reception Room

Separate Reception Room

Family Kitchen/Bathroom

Modern Kitchen

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Lettings

Chase Side, London £1,250 PCM

Semi-Detached House

All Bills Included

3-Bedrooms

1-Bedroom Apartment

2-Bathrooms

Modern Kitchen

Rear Garden with Storage Shed

Open-Plan Lounge

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Minchenden Crescent, London £2,200 PCM

Walworth Road, London £1,249 PCM

High Road, London £1,150 PCM

Double Bedroom Flat

1st Floor Flat

Double Glazing

Modern Kitchen

Fitted Kitchen

2-Double Bedrooms

Gas Central Heating

Close to Local Amenities

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