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LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE

PROPERTY NEWS

MARCH 2020

GROW YOUR OWN!

HARVEST YOUR OWN CROPS - IN YOUR GARDEN IMPROVE YOUR INTERIOR ADD STYLE AND COLOUR TO YOUR HOME

MOVING FOR A NEW JOB? FOLLOW OUR ADVICE FOR A SUCCESSFUL MOVE

TIME TO SPA! TREAT YOUR BODY AND MIND

BE FASHION READY FASHION ESSENTIALS FOR YOU AND THE FAMILY


CONTENTS COVER STORY

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Grow your own Time to dig up the lawn and grow your own vegetables

PROPERTY

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Improve your home’s interior Add new life to your home by adding style and colour

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Moving for a new job? Top tips when moving for a job

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Your role as a landlord Understand just what your tenant expects from you as its landlord Our latest instructions Take a look at a selection of our latest properties on the market About us Get to know us a little better and see why we are your agent of choice

FOOD

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Spring is in the air Featuring a luscious lamb dish for the family to enjoy

LIFESTYLE

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Bond is back! Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007 arrives in April Be fashion ready Don’t be caught out and about without your fashion essentials!

TRAVEL

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Time to spa There’s nothing like a day of pampering to put you in the right frame of mind to face the world. But where to go?

SPORT

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The US Masters A preview of the 84th US Masters which tees off this April

WELCOME TO THE MARCH ISSUE!

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he days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter; a good sign that we are moving towards thoughts of warmer weather and longer, balmy nights. OK, we may be getting a little carried away but the warmer weather will be very much welcomed by all. When it comes to property, years ago it was highly unusual for homeowners not to have a vegetable patch. Post-war austerity and a limited amount of produce in the shops meant it was the only way to get fresh veg and vitamins into the daily diet. The arrival of the supermarket changed that but now the wheel

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has turned full circle and ‘homegrown’ is fast becoming the norm again. But how do you grow your own? Find out inside. But if you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life or just want to treat someone special, then take a peek at our spa feature. The health benefits of visiting a spa cannot be overstated, particularly for mental well-being, so we look at what you can expect on a spa visit. As ever, there is plenty of support and advice on property inside this issue which is sure to keep you reading. So, enjoy and we’ll see you next time. Linda McKeown Editor

The words DIY – or doing it yourself – can often instill fear into any homeowner, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A lick of paint and new finishing touches can make a property go from oh to wow.

EMPHASISE THE FOCAL POINT IN THE ROOM Find the room’s focal point and look to emphasise this feature. This could be a fireplace, feature wall or a bay window. Don’t have a feature? Then create one! Doing this is much easier than you may think; paint a wall a different colour and accessorise with artwork or shelving.

ADD A LICK OF COLOUR

Perhaps the easiest – and most affordable – way to bring a room to life is to add a coat of paint. However, don’t rush it! Focus instead on working on small and manageable sections to avoid the feeling of biting off more than you can chew. It’s important to feel that you are making progress, rather than being left with the feeling that your decorating is never ending. To kick-start the painting in any room, remember to focus on all edges first, including windows, door frames, light switches and other nooks and crannies, before applying the main section of paint. Also, don’t forget to put down old sheets or blankets to help protect surfaces from paint splashes; it’ll save you time and potential heartache as you won’t have to spend time cleaning the carpet if you have any mishaps.

Before you start any work, it’s vital that you set a budget and prepare a list of things you need to complete the job


ADD NEW LIFE TO YOUR HOME

Update your interior by adding style and colour; it’s one of the easiest ways to freshen up the look and feel of your home

ensure that you measure all the spaces you have, so that you can be confident that there won’t be any sizing issues once you get your new goods through the door!

SHOULD YOU DIY OR GET A PROFESSIONAL IN?

Whether you do it yourself or enlist the help of a professional depends on several different factors; your budget, experience and available time!

Top tip: Buy testers in the paint that you like and paint small samples on the walls to see which fits best with the plans that you have for the room

HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS Using the best – and the right – tools, such as brushes, paint and rollers are key to getting the finish just right. Now that doesn’t mean expensive is always best; we recommend for going midrange – so not the cheapest and not the most expensive.

THE FINISHING TOUCHES Once you have finished all your painting and decorating of walls, ceiling and woodwork, then it’s time to focus on the final touches. Adding vases, scatter cushions and throws to a living room will encourage more warmth. However, remember not to go the other way and add so much that the area looks cluttered. Keep your eyes peeled for inspiration from things you see day to day – whether that be in magazines, on TV or in homes you’ve been viewing online!

Perhaps the easiest – and most affordable – way to bring a room to life is to add a coat of paint

YOUR BUDGET

Before you start any work, it’s vital that you set a budget and prepare a list of things you need to complete the job. It’s easy to become over excited and spend money on things that you don’t need. Shop around for the best deals and

The positive factors of hiring a professional interior designer and/or decorator is that it can save you time (and stress), as they will be qualified in knowing the latest trends and what designs will work well for certain spaces. Search for decorators in your area and keep an eye out for those with positive reviews; word of mouth can be a godsend so ask for recommendations via your social media channels.

Even changing simple things like door handles on your interior doors can really change the feel of a property. It can be quite pricey to refurnish a home, so to help keep costs down look to update any of your old furniture with a re-varnish or a coat of paint too.

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With plant-based diets on the increase, now might be the time to dig up the lawn and grow your own vegetables

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ears ago, it was highly unusual for homeowners not to have a vegetable patch. Whether it was just a strip running alongside the lawn or turning the whole garden into a backyard allotment, post-war austerity and a limited amount of produce in the shops meant it was the only way to get fresh veg and vitamins into the daily diet. However, the arrival of the supermarket changed that, and now we can buy what was once termed ‘seasonal’ produce year-round, thanks to advanced farming methods, high-speed global transportation and rapid refrigeration. But now the wheel has turned full circle and ‘home-grown’ is fast becoming the norm again, either out of necessity or because, in this health-conscious world, there is a hunger to know the food on our plates is free from any artificial interference.

CAN YOU DIG IT?

Well, if you’re staring at a blank canvas, congratulations, you’ve avoided the back-straining bit. If, however, you want to convert part, or all, of your garden then the best time to start the groundwork is autumn, allowing nature to take its course over the colder months. But if you want to start off with light produce, spring is as good a time as any to start. And start small. Don’t dig it all up and discover you’ve taken on more than you can chew. If you are lifting lawn, cut it into squares, stack it and it will decompose, producing loamy soil and this can be added to the top. Alternatively, you can bury the turf a spade’s depth down and it will feed the soil.


If you are looking to plant in a vacant patch of ground, consider covering the area with a black weed-suppressing membrane and, even after weeds have died, do not turn the soil over for at least a couple of weeks and then let the winter weather break down the clods. By spring, the soil will hopefully be fine and powdery – unless it is clay-based, meaning it will be colder and wetter. Therefore, planting needs greater patience although, on the flip side, clay soil can hold on to nutrients better.

Lighting is crucial. Don’t plant in full shade – some veg can cope with dappled shade, but most like the sun. Also pick a spot sheltered from the wind if you can.

WHEN AND WHAT TO PLANT

The key to vegetable growing is timing. Wait for spring, making sure the grass is growing and birds are nesting before you start to get busy. It may be best to start with plants that go in and out of the ground within weeks – carrots or salads are best. Many experts feel it’s best to start with potatoes, which condition the soil as they break it down. And the early months of the new year are the best time to buy the first and second early varieties so they can be placed somewhere cool and light to ‘chit’ (produce small shoots). Then they can be planted mid-April for lifting before potato blight becomes an issue in late July and August. A good variety to start with is Foremost, an old favourite introduced more than 50 years ago. The round, white-fleshed tubers are firm and waxy when young and retain their fine taste. Carrots can also be sown in April, and if you put the seeds in four-inch drills, this will negate the need to thin the seedlings. Amsterdam Forcing are recommended as they are smooth, colourful and bulk up early.

START PLANNING Converting an area populated with mature shrubs is best done over late summer to let the soil start the recovery process in the autumn, and its round about October that weeds should be tackled – but not with quick-fix weed killer!

Home-grown is fast becoming the norm again

It’s best to divide your vegetable patch into areas, reason being they become easier to manage and you won’t trample through the patch when you harvest. Raised beds are popular – particularly with chalk or heavy clay soils – but try to keep the sides low so you don’t put off any slug-munching beetles and amphibians. Building raised beds also preserves soil structure and, if you have room for more than one bed, it will make crop rotation easier and deter diseases and soil-borne pests.

Start small. Don’t dig it all up and discover you’ve taken on more than you can chew

AND REMEMBER…

You’ll only get out what you put in. So, give your veg the best start by making sure the soil is right. A pH test kit will help you get the right balance – neutral soil is best so add lime to acid soil or sulphur to alkaline.

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN

MOVING FOR A NEW JOB

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Whether it be a career change or a promotion, one day you may be required to up-sticks and leave your comfortable surroundings…

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ith high-speed internet the world has gotten smaller; however, it may still lead to big changes when it comes to your career. One of these may be a move to a new city or town. This could mean uprooting your family or, if you are single, making new friends. It will also mean you need to find somewhere permanent to call home, with little knowledge of the local area. This is what makes high street estate agents such as us so great compared to online only agents. You can speak to real people, with real knowledge of the local area, including the best schools, shops and transport links. With this in mind, here are some tips when moving for a job…

WHEN TO MOVE?

Who knows the local area better than the people who already live there? Why not check out social media for any groups to make friends with like-minded people, or sports clubs etc, for the children. These can always be great ways to get to know more information about the local area as well as making some new friends.

FINDING THE RIGHT PROPERTY

After you have spent some time in the local area and you know it is a good match, then it’s time to get out looking at properties. Hopefully, loaded with useful information from your local estate agent and your new friends, you will have an idea of If you are moving to whereabouts you our area and would want to buy! like any advice or just

a friendly chat, please simply ask one of our helpful and friendly sales team

Once you have found the perfect property in your new city or town, you will need to decide when to move. There may be a few factors involved in your decision such as start date for your new job, the commute from where you currently live, and the time it takes for the sale/purchase to go through.

BELONGINGS You will need to decide what to do with your belongings. Will you bring a full house load with you straight away, or will you put them into storage? You will also need to check the costs involved in a hire van compared to the costs of putting belongings into storage. Would it be more effective to sell your furniture and start afresh in your new home?

CHECK OUT THE COMMUTE

Before looking for the perfect property, spend some time getting to know the local area

LOCAL GROUPS

Before looking for the perfect property, spend some time getting to know the local area. Find the best routes to work and schools by using Google Maps or tapping into the local knowledge of your new colleagues. The last thing you need is to move somewhere where the commute doesn’t end up being much shorter than if you hadn’t moved – which is more than possible in some big cities.

PRICE OF PROPERTY

Remember prices fluctuate massively throughout the UK, so before getting your heart set on a property, it will be worthwhile investigating the market to see what you can afford in your new area. You can find sold house prices easily enough on Rightmove and this will give you a good idea of what you can afford.

ENJOY THE PROCESS It will always be daunting moving to a new town or city. However, if you are organised and know what you are looking for, there are ways to make it relatively stress-free. Getting to know your surroundings is only the first step; finding a new local pub full of likeminded people or a favourite restaurant early in the process will give you a nice base to move forward.

If you are moving to our area and would like any advice or just a friendly chat, please simply ask one of our helpful and friendly sales team who are more than happy to help.

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NO TIME TO DIE: DANIEL CRAIG’S FINAL MISSION AS 007 Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007 arrives in April, fourteen years after rebooting the series In 2006 there was outrage when a blonde-haired, blueeyed Daniel Craig stepped onto our screens as the iconic 00 agent James Bond. With No Time to Die confirmed as his fifth and final film, it’s time to look back at the best – and worse bits – of Craig’s time as 007.

BEST: CASINO ROYALE With his debut, Casino Royale, Craig made the role his own expelling the memory of the cheese-laden disaster, Die Another Day, starring Pierce Brosnan. A grittier, darker version of Bond with a stellar supporting cast including Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and Judi Dench, Casino Royale was everything a new audience was hoping for and left us wanting more.

WORST: QUANTUM OF SOLACE What could have been a fantastic sequel to Casino Royale fell flat with a forgettable villain, (no, really, try and remember the villain without having to Google it) and a generally uninspiring storyline. Luckily Craig made Bond his own, because other than that, this movie with the confusing title fell flat.

BEST: SKYFALL Luckily Quantum of Solace proved to be a one-off with Bond back to his best in 2012’s

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Skyfall. Sam Mendes took over directing duties and an all-star supporting cast including Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney backed up the wonderful chemistry between Craig’s Bond and Dench’s M. Audiences loved it and it was the first Bond film to hit $1 billion dollars worldwide.

WORST BOND GIRLS If anyone thought it couldn’t get much worse than Denise Richards as the ridiculously named Dr. Christmas Jones in Brosnan’s final Bond film, then they were wrong. It wasn’t that Olga Kurylenko wasn’t pretty in Quantum of Solace, it was that – much like the villain – she was utterly forgettable, and Lea Seydoux in Spectre has so little personality and chemistry with Craig, that she simple looks bored on screen.

BEST VILLAINS Mads Mikkelsen, Javier Bardem and Christopher Waltz; three A-list actors with some serious bad guy chops. Mikkelsen was terrifying as Hannibal Lecter on the small screen, Bardem was scary in No Country for Old Men and Waltz’s horrid Colonel Landa in Inglourious Basterds is one of the greatest bad guys ever put onto the silver screen. They were perfect villains for the more grown up Bond movies.

WHO WILL BE THE NEW BOND? Craig’s Bond may have had his ups and downs, but generally he should be pleased with how he has helped to reboot an ailing franchise. Now with a new reboot looming, let’s check out the favourites to take his place… • • • • •

Michael Fassbender Richard Madden Tom Hardy Idris Elba Tom Hiddleston

No Time to Die is released on 3rd April 2020.

DID YOU KNOW? American popstar Billie Eilish has recorded the title song for No Time To Die – making her, at just 18 years old, the youngest artist in history to write and record a Bond theme!


LUSCIOUS ROASTED LAMB

If time is in short supply, make the most of seasonal lamb with this ever-so-easy, lazy roast

GREEK ROAST LAMB Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour 45 minutes Serves: 8 Nutrition: 685kcal per serving

INGREDIENTS 1 large leg of lamb, 3kg/6lb 8oz 6 garlic cloves 1 bunch oregano zest and juice 1 lemon 6 tbsp olive oil 1½ kg new potatoes 400g can chopped tomato large handful pitted baby kalamata olives

METHOD 1. Heat your oven to 240C/fan 220C/gas 9. Pound the garlic, half the oregano, lemon zest and a pinch of salt in a pestle and mortar, then add the lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. Stab the lamb all over with a sharp knife, then push as much of the herb paste as you can into the holes. 2. Tip the potatoes into a large roasting tin, then toss in the remaining olive oil and any remaining herb paste. Nestle the lamb amongst the potatoes, roast for 20 mins, then reduce the temperature to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Roast for 1 hr 15 mins for medium-rare, adding another 15 mins if you prefer your lamb medium. Ensure to baste the lamb once or twice with the juices during cooking and toss the potatoes. 3. When the lamb is cooked to your liking, remove from the tin and leave to rest. Throw the rest of the oregano in with the potatoes, scoop from the tin and keep warm. 4. Place the roasting tin over a medium flame, add the canned tomatoes and olives to the pan juices, then simmer for a few mins. Serve the lamb with the potatoes and sauce plus a simple salad.

This recipe, and more, can be found at www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/greek-roast-lamb Image for illustrative purposes only

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Don’t be caught out and about without your fashion essentials!

TAKE COVER…

IT’S WHERE THE MONEY’S AT!

WINDOWPANE CLASSIC UMBRELLA

SOPHIE ALLPORT BEES OILCLOTH PURSE

Made from 100% recycled PET fabric, this large-check patterned umbrella features a bright yellow interior which gives the classic umbrella a modern touch. It’s pricier than others but with combined maple wood shaft and handle, we think it’s worth it. £75 https://londonundercover.co.uk t

BE FASHION READY COLOUR CHANGING UMBRELLA Make walking in the rain fun with this colourchanging umbrella. Features an automatic push button; perfect for little hands! £12 www.kidly.co.uk

Love all things bee with this zipped wallet made from pale green bees matt oilcloth. Featuring a zipped coin section, it’s both waterproof and wipe clean. £25 www.thesquarepegonline.co.uk t

BATMAN EMBOSSED MEN’S WALLET Perfect for any Batman or Marvel fan, this officially licensed bi-fold wallet features a comic strip on its lining and is finished with a decorative metal logo for added authenticity. £18 www.freemans.com t

TOTES SUPERMINI UMBRELLA

CHILDREN’S INITIAL PURSE

The simple design of the Totes Supermini means that you can pop it in your bag with ease, so that you’re armed and ready to shield yourself against the rain, wherever you go. £10 www.johnlewis.com

The velvet and glitter combo of this purse is sure to make your little one feel all grown up – and the addition of their initial will make it even more personal. £12 www.johnlewis.com

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IT’S IN THE BAG… ACCESSORIZE RETRO RAINBOW CROSS BODY BAG

Kit out the man in your life with this smart and stylish flapover bag from Next. 100% Polyurethane. £28 www.next.co.uk

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This bright, cross-body bag is the ideal size to stash the essentials in! Added pizazz comes in the form of faux leather stripes in vibrant colours – and with a touch of glitter! £12 https://uk.accessorize.com

RIVER ISLAND BROWN FLAPOVER BAG

Editor note: you can enjoy 10% off your first purchase when you join their mailing list

KATE SPADE SYLVIA STRIPE SLIM CONTINENTAL WALLET

This stylish classic wallet from Kate Spade has plenty of pockets and compartments to hold your cards and cash. £59 www.katespade.co.uk

WATERMELON MULTICOLOURED BOX CLUTCH HANDBAG Add a splash of colour and fun to your day with this cute novelty watermelon clutch. In a bright red and green finish, it features a detachable gold chain strap, magnetic fastening as well as being fully lined. £19.99 www.bluebanana.com t

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BETTER

BY SPA Luxury or a modern-day necessity? Spa breaks are becoming the norm to treat mind, body… and your mum!

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f your vision of a spa session acceptable – and we can carry that involves a face pack and a slice of feeling of being taken cared for with cucumber over each eye, then we’re us for a period of time. And very often raising a carefully-trimmed eyebrow that can help us cope better in despair. with stress.” Similarly, if it involves waddling Obviously, breaks can No 1 on most spa around in a fluffy come with a bit of a price visitor’s wish-list is a white towelling tag when set against day massage and most robe clutching a sessions, but they are experts agree glass of prosecco, totally different beasts. massages reduce then you’ve been A one-day experience will stress and alleviates watching too normally offer only a muscle tension many reality single treatment whereas docu-soaps on TV. breaks provide the chance to step off life’s Although these are the images that treadmill with a number of carefullyhelp scientists pour scorn on exoticselected elements, giving breathing sounding treatments they offer, there space to totally unwind, relieve aches is one inescapable fact: there’s and pain, improve general physical nothing like a day of pampering to condition through diet and exercise… put you in the right frame of mind to and probably help you get a decent face the world. night’s sleep. The health benefits of visiting a spa cannot be overstated, particularly for mental well-being. Shackled by responsibilities and day-to-day pressures, the first thing that’s sacrificed is ‘me time’, partly because you think it’s self-indulgent but largely because of the cost. But is good physical and mental health really a luxury? Can you put a price on feeling good? As Virginia Sadock, a professor of psychiatry at New York University says: “Going to a spa is a way of being taken care of that is psychologically and culturally

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BEDFORD LODGE HOTEL & SPA, NEWMARKET Bedford Lodge offers a Mum & Me Spa Day as well as a Mum & Me weekend break where you can let your cares wash away in the sumptuous hydrotherapy facilities with five different water experiences. Includes manicure or pedicure and afternoon tea. bedfordlodgehotelspa.co. uk/special-offers

The health benefits of visiting a spa cannot be overstated, particularly for mental well-being

All of this means that No 1 on most spa visitor’s wish-list is a massage and most experts agree massages reduce stress and alleviates muscle tension, and the benefits are more than skin deep. As Prof Sadock says: “Physical contact is necessary to our well-being, and even if the touching is from a professional there to pamper you, that touch will have a beneficial effect.” Although it is widely believed sitting in a sauna is a great way to cleanse the impurities in the body, what actually pours from the pores is just sweat, not toxins such as alcohol or mercury which are filtered by your liver and kidneys. But they are good for you, increasing circulation as a result of the elevated heart rate and widened blood vessels

that accompany exposure to intense heat. Which brings us to the other staple of the health spa: the face mask. Many charge a premium to slather exotic ingredients on your face. However, dermatologists say the most important thing to remember about a mask is that as long as it actually contains ingredients that would nourish the skin if they were in a moisturiser or balm, they’ll probably have some benefit. So if all that gives you an idea how to treat mum and ensure the person who has given you a lifetime of TLC is pampered herself – or if you feel the need for two or three days of R and R – here are a few suggestions.

BLUE HARBOUR HEALTH CLUB AND SPA, LONDON Their special Ladies’ Day package includes a choice of one 30 minute treatment from a full range of massages or a facial, a Travel Through Time afternoon tea, and full use of the spa facilities. spabreaks.com/venues/blueharbour-health-club-and-spa-at-the-chelseaharbour-hotel

RINGWOOD HALL HOTEL & SPA, CHESTERFIELD Soothe body and mind at The Garden Secret Spa, Derbyshire’s first 5 bubble rated spa. Set in a former 19th Century manor house, you’ll have full access of the facilities in packages ranging from the Vintage Hideway to the Ultimate Odyssey. ringwoodhallhotel.com/gardensecret-spa/

THE GAINSBOROUGH BATH SPA, BATH One of the most popular spas in the country and the only UK hotel with access to naturally heated thermal waters. Just yards from the worldfamous Roman baths, the Gainsborough has a range of spa days with 20 per cent discount for online bookings thegainsboroughbathspa.co. uk/pages/spa-day

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TEE-TIME

THE US MASTERS 2020 PREVIEW

The 84th US Masters tees off this April with golf superstar Tiger Woods aiming for a record-equalling sixth win

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he US Masters is the first of the four major golf tournaments in pro-golf. First played 86 years ago in 1934, unlike other tournaments The Masters is always played at Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia. The tournament is by invitation only and the winner is automatically invited to the other three majors.

Traditions unique to the US masters include the opening tee shot and the Champions Dinner

The Augusta Golf Course was previously a plant nursery and each hole is named after a certain tree or shrub including Tea Olive, Pink Dogwood, Yellow Jasmine, Redbud, Azalea and Chinese Fir amongst others. The idea for the course came from Bobby Jones, a well-known amateur golfer, and was originally designed by Alister Mackenzie, who designed over 50 courses across four continents.

GOLF LINGO Albatross: A score of three less than par Birdie: A score of one less than par Eagle: A score of two under par Bogey: A score of one over par

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Jack Nicklaus has the most Masters’ wins with six, followed by Tiger Woods with five and Arnold Palmer with four. The estimated prize fund is $11.5 million with nearly $2 million going to the winner, as well as the distinctive and iconic Green Jacket – which by tradition is presented to the current winner by the previous winner. The Masters consists of four rounds of 18 holes each, with the competitors playing in groups of three for the first two rounds. After 36 holes of play, a cut-off score is calculated to reduce the size of the field. To ‘make the cut’, a player must be in either the top 50 places or within 10 strokes of the leader’s score. Over the final two days, a further 36 holes are played; and should there be no winner after the fourth round, all tied players enter a sudden-death playoff beginning on the 18th hole, followed by the 10th and repeating until one player remains. The most recent sudden-death playoff was in 2017 between Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

Traditions unique to the US masters include the opening tee shot and the Champions Dinner. A custom since 1963, the tournament is officially started when one or more legendary players tees off from the first hole, and the Champions Dinner is held each year before the tournament starts. The dinner is hosted by the current champion who picks his own menu for the company only of previous champions. Three players are joint favourites moving towards the start of the tournament; World No. 1 Rory Mcllroy, World No. 2 Brooks Koepka and the back-in-form Tiger Woods. If Woods wins, he will match Jack Nicklaus’s record of six US Masters.


YOUR ROLE

AS A LANDLORD If you’re looking at letting out a property, it’s important to understand just what your tenant expects from you as its landlord

THE UTILITIES

The gas, electricity and water companies should be advised whenever the property is empty so that meters can be read and accounts prepared. During ‘void’ periods, the utility services must be transferred back into your name, by you. Of course, the tenant is responsible for the gas, electricity and water/sewerage bills generated by their usage during the tenancy, and for changing the gas and electric accounts into their name when they move in. They’re also responsible for the standing charges. However, their liabilities in this respect clearly finish on the date they vacate the property.

As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to ensure that all electrics and electrical appliances supplied in the property are safe for use

TELEPHONE & COUNCIL TAX

Generally speaking, telephone companies will only deal with the account holder named on the account. You must tell the telephone company that you are leaving the property and advise them what you want to do with your existing number. The tenants are then responsible for arranging any line reconnections and meeting any costs associated with this. When it comes to council tax, this is not your responsibility while the entire property is let. However, if you still reside at the property while acting as a landlord, then you will remain responsible for the Council Tax charge.

PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING

As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to ensure that all electrics and electrical appliances supplied in the property are safe for use. If any portable appliances are going to be left in the property, a portable appliance test should be carried out by a qualified electrician on an annual basis.

GAS SAFETY CERTIFICATE

It’s your duty as landlord to ensure that all gas supplied appliances are maintained in a safe condition and are inspected at least every 12 months by a GAS SAFE engineer. A Gas Safety certificate should only be issued by a GAS SAFE engineer.

SMOKE ALARMS

The law requires landlords to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties. This includes smoke alarms being fitted in all hallway, stairway, and circulation areas that form escape routes from the property. They should be located every 7.5 metres of hallway, and within at least three metres of all bedroom doors. Properties where HMO licenses apply, a higher specification of smoke alarm installation may be required which is generally mains powered. Landlords are directly responsible for determining whether their properties are eligible for HMO status, and failure to adhere to the regulations may result in a civil penalty and render your insurance invalid.

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Colossus Way, Bletchley

SQUARES ARE PLEASED TO OFFER A 3 BEDROOM MID TERRACED TOWNHOUSE FAMILY HOME FOR SALE, No upper chain, Parking to rear, Enclosed rear garden, En suite to master bedroom, Double glazed, Gas to radiator heating, 3 bathrooms plus a cloakroom, Kitchen with appliances, Utility room, Separate lounge & dining room, Close to Bletchley train station, Viewing highly recommended.

SQUARES ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER A RARE TO THE MARKET 3 BEDROOM SEMI DETACHED FAMILY HOME FOR SALE IN THE DESIRABLE LOCATION OF SIMPSON, Vacant - No upper chain, Garage & parking, Enclosed rear garden, Downstairs cloakroom, Desirable Simpson location, Gas to warm air heating, Rooftop courtyard terrace, Double glazed, Separate Lounge and dining areas, Fitted kitchen with appliances, Viewing highly recommended.

Town Bridge Mill,Leighton Buzzard £225,000

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SQUARES ARE PLEASED TO OFFER A TWO BEDROOM SECOND FLOOR APARTMENT FOR SALE IN THE POPULAR TOWNBRIDGE MILL DEVELOPMENT WITH A SOUTH FACING ASPECT, No upper chain, Allocated parking, Double glazed, Gas to radiator heating, Kitchen with appliances, Close to town centre, Close to train station, Lift to all floors in the communal hallway, En suite to master bedroom, 2 Double bedrooms, Viewing highly recommended

SQUARES ARE PLEASED TO OFFER FOR SALE A THREE BEDROOM MID TERRACED FAMILY HOME, New double glazing throughout, No upper chain, Enclosed rear garden, Separate lounge and dining areas, Gas radiator heating, Downstairs cloakroom, Lounge measures 16’9 x 10’3, Cul de sac location, Viewing highly recommended. The accommodation comprises of Porch, Hallway, Cloakroom, Dining area, Kitchen area, Lounge, Landing, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, gardens and parking.

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£183,750

Cooper Drive, Leighton Buzzard

£242,000

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Greenfields, Leighton Buzzard

SQUARES ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER FOR SALE A WARDEN ASSISTED GROUND FLOOR RETIREMENT APARTMENT OFFERED ON A 75% SHARED EQUITY SCHEME WITH ALDWYCK HOUSING, VACANT - KEY IN OFFICE - No upper chain, Communal areas to include tv/entertainment rooms and dining areas, House Manager for emergencies, Under floor heating, Double glazed, Kitchen with appliances, 2 Double bedrooms, Wet room shower room, Outside garden area, Secure entrance, Close to local shops, Viewing highly recommended.

A REFURBISHED TWO BEDROOM MID TERRACE FOR SALE Vacant - No upper chain, Parking to front, Enclosed rear garden, Double glazed, New kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, Downstairs cloakroom, Gas to radiator heating, Viewing highly recommended.

York Court, Leighton Buzzard

LLullingstone Drive, Bancroft Park £220,000

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SQUARES ARE PLEASED TO OFFER FOR SALE A ONE BEDROOM FIRST FLOOR FLAT IN NEED OF MODERNISATION, Vacant - No upper chain - Key in office, Parking to rear, Secure entrance, Requires modernisation, Electric heating, Double glazed, Close to town centre, Viewing recommended.

SQUARES ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER A TWO BEDROOM END TERRACE HOME FOR SALE, Garage & parking to rear of garden, Sealed unit double glazed, Gas to radiator heating, Popular location of Bancroft Park, Conservatory, Fitted kitchen with appliances, Enclosed rear garden, Viewing highly recommended

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The Hollies, Leighton Buzzard

£550 pcm

Eagle Close, Leighton Buzzard

£660 pcm

Squares are pleased to offer for let an unfurnished ground floor studio apartment.Fully self contained apartment with a mezzanine floor that could be used as adapted bedroom/storage space. Kitchen and Bathroom, Walking distance of Leighton Buzzard train station so ideal for commuters. Allocated parking space to rear, VACANT Available NOW, Viewing highly recommended.

Squares the letting agent are pleased to offer for let a one bedroom apartment close to Leighton Buzzard town centre, Fitted kitchen with white goods, UPVc double glazing, open plan kitchen/lounge, gas to radiator heating, allocated parking, available on a 6 or 12 month tenancy, unfurnished, AVAILABLE END MARCH 2020

Grasmere Way, Linslade

£795pcm

Sandpiper Way, Leighton Buzzard £695 pcm

SQUARES ARE PLEASED TO OFFER AN UNFURNISHED 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT IN THE SOUGHT AFTER AREA OF LINSLADE FOR LET, Available 10th February 2020, Unfurnished, Kitchen with appliances, Electric to radiator heating, 2 double bedrooms, Carport parking, No pets allowed, Viewing highly recommended

SQUARES ARE PLEASED TO OFFER FOR LET A 2 BEDROOM SECOND FLOOR APARTMENT, The accommodation comprises of hall, lounge/diner, kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom, The property benefits from parking to the rear, kitchen with appliances, double glazing, gas to radiator heating and a secure entrance. Available Mid March 2020, Unfurnished, NO PETS

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Delamere Gardens, Linslade

£815 pcm

West Dock, Leighton Buzzard

£895 pcm

AN UNFURNISHED FIRST FLOOR TWO BEDROOM MAISONETTE FOR LET SITUATED IN A POPULAR CUL DE SAC LOCATION IN LINSLADE. AVAILABLE 1ST DECEMBER 2019 ON A 6 OR 12 MONTH TENANCY, Off road parking space, Fitted kitchen with appliances, Bathroom with fitted shower, Ample storage space, a large lounge/diner and separate kitchen, No pets allowed

SQUARES THE LETTING AGENT ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER FOR LET A STUNNING TWO BEDROOM TOP FLOOR PENTHOUSE APARTMENT, Canal and park views from the balcony, kitchen/ breakfast room with built in appliances, Lounge/diner measures 20’8 x 13’2, Gas to radiator heating, UPVc double glazing, En suite shower to master bedroom, Allocated off road parking, Secure entrance, Close to mainline train station, Unfurnished, Vacant Available NOW - Key in office, professionals only, No Pets.

Garnet House, Vizion

Heron Close, Leighton Buzzard

£995 pcm

SQUARES ARE PLEASED TO OFFER FOR LET AN EXECUTIVE FURNISHED ONE BEDROOM 3RD FLOOR APARTMENT IN THE POPULAR VIZION COMPLEX, Rooftop garden, Underground secure parking, Secure concierge entry system, Close to train station & shopping centre, Kitchen with appliances, Balcony, available end February 2020 - Key in office, furnished.

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SQUARES ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER A FIVE BEDROOM DOUBLE FRONTED THREE STOREY DETACHED FAMILY HOME FOR LET, Available early April 2020, Unfurnished, Landscaped rear garden, Garage & Driveway parking, 2 en suites shower rooms, 3 reception rooms to include lounge, dining room and study, Fitted kitchen/breakfast & utility room, Double glazed, Gas to radiator heating, Downstairs cloakroom, Flexible accommodation, Viewing highly recommended, 1 DOG CONSIDERED, 12 MONTH TENANCY AVAILABLE.

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meet the team

Leon started the company in December 2003 and has been an Estate Agent since August 1991, having run various branches for both corporate and independent companies. I saw an opportunity to really personalise the service that estate agents offer to the public and it is this service that has seen my clients come back to Squares and myself time and time again. I am very proud of this family run business with my wife to be Eve Samuel as we really care about the personal service we provide.

Leon Hill director

Eve joined Squares Estate Agents in February 2005, her role has been very diverse over the years and now knows every aspect of the business inside out. Eves primary role is aiding the Director to run the business on a day to day basis helping it to run smoothly. Eve manages the landlord accounts to ensure smooth payments of their rent. Eve has recently celebrated 14 years service with Squares!

Eve Samuel pa to directors

Lilla originally joined Squares Estate Agents in 2004 and left on maternity leave for a period and rejoined in 2013 in order to help in the Lettings department after a period of significant growth. Lilla offers a wealth of knowledge on the property market and lettings management. Lilla is responsible for our referencing, move in’s and check outs.

Lilla Archer

lettings administrator

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testimonials

The service we received was very friendly, very thorough and sold the property very quickly.

Mr A Smith

Leon kept us up-todate on the viewings everyday, the feedback was excellent. He was very good with the marketing and sales advice. If there is any negotiation that needs to take place around price or any aspect of the property. Leon is very open and honest and will advice both me and the tenants as to how we reach a successful tenancy agreement.

Mr & Mrs Byass

Mrs A Reynolds I would recommend Squares to family and friends for the key reason that you get a personal service.

I would recommend Squares and I’ve already actually done it, purely because of the quality of service they provided to us.

Mrs Z Jeeves

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Giving you peace of mind every time Our innovative approach to marketing, together with our unrivalled customer care, makes us the right choice to market your property and guide you through your move

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

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

across the social networks widens the audience for your property, to find the right buyer and increasing the chances of a quicker sale. Our qualified database of home buyers will be notified of your property coming to market on their dedicated search websites where they can book viewings and offer feedback. Quite simply we endeavour to sell your home for the best price, in the shortest possible time, providing you an outstanding service, with a personal and friendly approach.

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

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As with selling, when you choose to let through us, your property will be advertised on the major online property portals, our website and social media sites, as well as traditional placement in our prominent window display.


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

and friends across the social networks you will be widening the audience to find the right buyer or tenant for your property, increasing the chances of a quicker sale or rental.

When you choose to market your property with Squares, you can be confident that we’ll ensure that everything goes smoothly

Video microsite on our website

Feature in our monthly magazine

Comparables of houses SOLD and price guides

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SELL Portals and websites Want to find out more about our range of exclusive services?

Then please feel free to pop in or give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Changing with the times ...

We’re proud to be changing the face of estate agency. Our innovative marketing – exclusive to us in your area – is creating a new wave in promoting property.

Contact us today for your free no obligation valuation where we can show you how.

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