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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Create the perfect home office
Social media â€“ Keeping children safe
Light up your home with these top picks
Editor’s Letter Welcome to the September issue!
Decorating your home on a budget
If you’re like us, you may be wondering just where the summer has gone! The kids are back at school, the nights are already drawing in, and we’re already well on our way towards the backend of 2019. But fear not! There’s plenty inside this issue to help take your mind off the pending arrival of autumn; from decorating your home on a budget (so you can save those pennies for, dare we say, Christmas), to creating the perfect home office, and top tips on keeping the kids safe on social media. Inside we also give inspiration on lighting up your home – whether it be with quirky lampshades or practical lights. But if you’re not quite ready to resign yourself to the fact that summer is all but a distant memory, then grab yourself a last-minute getaway! We give a run-down of the best places to visit. As ever, we hope you enjoy reading and we look forward to sharing more articles with you next time. Linda McKeown Editor
Freecycle sites If you really feel that upcycling is not for you, but want to keep your budget to a minimum, scour online sites which offer a range of items, such as storage, tables and chairs, for free! Sites such as www.freecycle.org/browse/UK are great and work on the premise that having taken advantage of your freebie, that you do the same for something that you no longer require. Membership is free, and everything posted must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages. The Freecycle Network® is made up of 5,000+ groups with over 9 million members across the globe. It’s a nonprofit movement of people who give – and get – items for free in their own towns, which helps keep good stuff out of landfills. And if you do have a creative streak, freecycle sites are ideal if you’re on the hunt for something to transform and give a new lease of life to!
Upcycle If you’re on a budget or just can’t quite get rid of furniture, simply because you want to create a new look – upcycling could be the answer. You can find so much inspiration on the likes of Pinterest, which show how easy it can be to change a tired and dated piece of furniture into something new. For example, sanding down a pine chest of drawers and then painting it to your new colour scheme is relatively easy and cheap to do. Add some new handles, and they will be transformed. There is so much information out there on the internet to guide you through, step by step. So, get searching and release your creativity!
Freecycle sites are ideal if you’re on the hunt for something to transform and give a new lease of life to
Do it yourself Commonly known as DIY! If you want to help keep costs down further and you’re handy with a hammer, then carrying out home improvements yourself could be the answer.
Charity shop Second hand doesn’t have to mean settling for second best. Sometimes the best finds can be discovered in a charity shop! Hunt out where to find charity shops in your area that have household items on offer, such as British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research. Not only could you find the perfect item for your home, you’ll be supporting a great cause along the way!
Remember though: always consult the professionals when it comes to knocking down walls, installing plumbing or new electrics. Statistics compiled by NHS Digital show that during 12 months from March 2017, 4,831 admissions to NHS hospitals in England were made as a result of injuries from drills and other power tools, while from the same period, 6,489 admissions were made from falls from a ladder!
Auctions Always consult the professionals when it comes to knocking down walls, installing plumbing or new electrics
Online auctions, like eBay, have become increasingly popular for grabbing a bargain. Search for items available in your area to avoid large postage charges for heavier items. Alternatively, why not attend a locally held auction to help give you inspiration? Be aware of any commission that you may need to pay to the auction house on any winning bids. Some great bargains are to be had if you’re willing to look and wait for the right pieces to come along – and at the right price!
With growing numbers of people regularly working from home, it’s important to get the environment just right for doing so
Choose the right space With 40% of Brits now working from home each week, it’s clear to see why: with the benefits from doing so ranging from saving money on the commute, to being in for deliveries and the school run.
perfect environment so that your productivity isn’t impacted. An uncomfortable and incorrectly positioned chair can lead to repeated shuffling to get comfortable, leading to distraction and a lack of desire to lock yourself away in your office and get the job done!
But what should you consider when converting a room into a home office? Choosing the right space is the first important decision to make. It’s not just about fitting into any space; you will, after all be spending most of your working day in there!
The same ethos applies to your desk. Work out how much space you need. Is it just a laptop you need the space for, or will you be using it to organise paperwork? Whatever your needs, ensure you have a desk that is up for the job.
If you’re able, choose a room that has some natural light coming in and that will be big enough to accommodate a desk, chair and storage – depending on your needs, of course.
Kit it out
Create the perfect environment As you will be spending a good deal of time working in your chosen room, it’s vital that you create the
OK, so you know what you need: now time to kit out your office. With the boom of internet shopping, you no longer need to rely on a trip to Ikea to get the office furniture you need. It’s always a good starting point but why not try the likes of www.wayfair.co.uk, www.officefurnitureonline.co.uk or www.ryman.co.uk to name but a few.
Again, work out what you need before you buy so you don’t end up buying more than needed (or you can actually fit in the room!).
Get connected If your broadband speed isn’t up to scratch it can be frustrating. Employers are likely to call you back into the office if your speed can’t handle the work you need to do. Alternatively, if you use Skype for business, a poor broadband speed could seriously hinder any meetings you have planned, with your call falling out and poor quality pictures for meetings. Slow broadband speed is a big turn off. Luckily rural countryside areas are finally catching up with inner-city speeds. Comparison websites such as Uswitch and Compare the Market will show you the best deals and estimated speeds in your area in minutes.
40% of Brits now work from home each week with the benefits from doing so ranging from saving money on the commute, to being in for deliveries and the school run”
It’s vital that you create the perfect environment so that your productivity isn’t impacted
Not only do you need a fast broadband speed, but you also want one that is consistently good from morning to evening.
Storage delights Keep it tidy and keep it simple! There are plenty of storage solutions out there for your home office space. And if floor space is limited, utilise wall space instead with bookcases or wall storage.
top picks! Rutland Wooden Large Wall Mounted Shelving Unit In White Ideal for any home office – and available in oak too. £69.95 // www.furnitureinfashion.net Arran Fabric Swivel Chair - Grey A modern take on the classic tub chair combining both style and versatility £133.20 // www.officefurnitureonline.co.uk Corona Grey 5 Tier Narrow Shelving Unit Offering a combination of quality and style for your home office. Approx. Dimensions Barker Desk (mm) H 1670 W 470 A quirky desk D 350 with inbuilt £119.99 // storage cubes! www.ryman.co.uk £166.99 // www.wayfair. 5 co.uk
Keep your kids
Our children are growing up with technology as the norm and not just a treat, but how can you keep them safe online? 6
With Smartphones being as powerful as some laptops, everything you can do on a tablet is now accessible on a smartphone
If your child has a smartphone, set up parental controls so they cannot order any apps you don’t want them to have
In this technological age, where kids are surrounded by tablets, smartphones and YouTube, it is hard to know what is safe and what isn’t for your children. Most children already have a favourite YouTuber, play Fortnite or ROBLOX online with their friends and can surf through the web faster than most of their parents.
Here are some top tips for staying savvy and keeping your kids’ safe online.
If your child has a smartphone, set up parental controls so they cannot order any apps you don’t want them to have, and to stop them accidentally ordering from any in-game pop-ups.
Social media and YouTube
Social media is full of scare stories such as MOMO, (which turned out to be an elaborate hoax) which spread like wildfire through school playgrounds. This doesn’t make it any less scary for your children as their wild imaginations push things to the limit. The problem with social media is that fake news stories, like MOMO, get shared and go viral. Even if your child isn’t on social media, they will then find out about something viral through YouTubers and YouTube. There is a YouTube kids app with parental controls which can help limit what your child is watching. However, if you let your child watch YouTube, you can turn off the search settings, so they only watch videos pre-approved by you. Alternatively, remove YouTube altogether and set up a child’s profile for Netflix.
With the release of Fortnite, the gaming world changed overnight. Suddenly, regardless of what console your child has, they can play online against their friends and strangers in a huge openworld environment. This brings up its own problems; strangers talking to your kids during the game, excessive time spent playing games etc. However, with Nintendo Switch’s capability to set parental controls and the ability to set play time limits, this is no longer a problem. Both the Xbox One and PS4 also have child safety settings. These range from content settings for YouTube and other apps, to a password to power-up the console. The beauty of this is that your child can’t get up in the middle of the night and turn on their console without a password.
The age you give your child a smartphone is up to you as the parent. Some parents give them out at an early age because their child gets the bus to school, others because they’re tired of getting theirs taken off them every evening! With Smartphones being as powerful as some laptops, everything you can do on a tablet is now accessible on a smartphone.
With technology constantly changing, it is time to accept that not giving your children technology could hold them back in their school, and later in their careers. However, as with everything, there are some simple fixes to help keep your child safe while online.
As children, and long before technology, we were warned about the dangers of talking to strangers when we were out playing. The same applies to your children online now. As parents it’s good to talk to your child at an early age about what to do if a stranger tries to talk to them online. You want your child to have the confidence to come to you if someone does try talking to them: • Tell your child not to respond: If your child responds to the stranger then that person has the chance to manipulate or talk to your child and convince them not to tell you about them. • Explain that they haven’t done anything wrong: If your child is worried about getting disciplined, they are more likely NOT to tell you if a stranger does try to talk to them; so, make sure they know that you won’t be angry. • Try to get a username: If your child understands the reasons for your concern, they may be able to get the username of the stranger. Using this username, you can then report the stranger to authorities. • Remove the specific game or app: Unfortunately, some games and apps are more accessible for people trying to contact your child. Simply remove these games and apps from your child’s console, tablet or smartphone. And tell your child the truth: don’t make up a story that the app or game no longer works as this will more than likely make them want to play it without your knowledge.
KEEPING AN EYE ON YO U R C H I L D ’ S EYESIGHT
In the modern age of technology, caring for your child’s eyesight has never been so pertinent With kids and teens age 8 to 18 spending an average of more than seven hours a day looking at screens, it’s recommended that parents should limit screen time for kids to a maximum of just two hours per day. For younger children, age 3 and 4, the World Health Organization says that this should fall to just one hour a day. In fact, a 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 8 to 18-year-old children devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to entertainment media – every day. That equates to more than 53 hours per week! With children constantly growing, their eyes are prone to long-term damage, which is why it’s key that their eyesight is taken care of from an early age.
Children can have an eyesight test at any age. However, most will have their eyes examined when they first start school. The great thing is, that they don’t need to be able to read. There are many ways in which your child’s eyes can be tested when they can’t yet read or understand letters of the alphabet – mainly by using images. If your child's vision is not checked at school, simply take them to your local opticians for an eye examination – it’s free!
A potentially harmful light source for children is BlueViolet light, which comes from a plethora of sources such as sunlight, fluorescent and LED lights and screens, flat screen TVS, computers and smartphones. And just why isn’t it good for our eyes? Quite simply, our eyes are not equipped to filter out this light – and a child’s eyes are even more vulnerable. Too much screen time can result in eyestrain – symptoms can include burning, itchy, or tired eyes, headaches, fatigue and blurred vision.
Children may not always realise they have a problem with their vision, so it’s important that they have regular checks
Spotting a problem
Children may not always realise they have a problem with their vision, so it’s important that they have regular checks so that any potential issues can be flagged up and treated accordingly. Signs to look out for include: • eyes not pointing in the same direction • complaining of headaches or eye strain • problems reading i.e. holding books close to their face to read • problems with hand-eye co-ordination • being unusually clumsy • regularly rubbing their eyes • sitting too close to the TV If you have any concerns about your child's vision, visit your GP or go to an optician.
Did you know? Free NHS sight tests are available for children under 16 and for young people under 19 in full-time education. Just pop to your local optician to make an appointment.
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YOUR HOME Whether you’re after a modern, cosy or quirky feel to a room, choosing the right light source is vital for achieving the desired look you want
Monkey Table Lamp This quirky table lamp base features a monkey holding a light bulb. Ideal for adding a retro style to any room in your home. £57.99 www.wayfair.co.uk
Pluto Floor Lamp The Pluto floor lamp by Swoon has a minimalistic yet mesmerising design that brings a hint of geometric charm to your room. £129 www.very.co.uk
Lucide Oris 4 Light Bar Ceiling Pendant We think that this hanging light would be ideal for any dining room. Robust and sturdy, it’s also adjustable in height, so you can choose at what height it hangs below the ceiling. £205.99 www.lighting-direct.co.uk
Next Isla Ombre Easy Fit Pendant 100% glass, this smoke-plated crackle-effect pendant is ideal for those wanting to make a quick replacement of an existing pendant light. £25 www.next.co.uk
Chicago Floor Lamp Bring vintage Hollywood to your home with this studio set inspired floor lamp. The diffuser reflects the light back into the shade, creating a warm, illuminating effect. Perfect!
Mini Gaston in Brass Meet the pint-sized version of Loaf’s everpopular Gaston lamp. With a vintage brass finish and pewter details, we think this ‘mini’ light might be one of our favourites!
Mirrored Glass Pentagon Ceiling Light Made from mirrored glass, light shines through the distressed accents in the glass to create a warm, glowing effect when switched on, while it appears as a multi-faceted mirror when switched off. £195 www.johnlewis.com
Elements Harley Ochre Table Lamp This Elements table lamp is presented with a stylish tripod base and completed with an Ochre interlocking shade design – perfect for adding a focal point to any room. £32 www.dunelm.com
Antique Silver Palm Leaf Table Lamp Simply stunning! Made from iron with an antiqued silver leaf finish, this fabulous Palm Leaf Table Lamp is very on trend and casts amazing shadows when lit! £195 www.oliveandsage.co.uk
Catch some sun
this winter! With the summer holidays already a distant memory, it’s time to get excited about some winter sun. We look at the best places to go
Fly a little further to get the sunshine you crave in the winter months, and you won’t be disappointed. There are some great destinations to pick from – whether you are looking for a classic beach-style holiday or something a bit more luxurious; there is something to suit all budgets.
The Canary Islands The number one winter sun destination! This group of seven islands has something for everyone, and with temperatures around 20c throughout the winter months and a flight time of under five hours, it’s easy to see why they’re so popular. The most well-known islands are Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Tenerife. If you want a large resort with masses to keep the family busy, then look no further than Playa del Ingles in Gran Canaria. It is a resort which has something for everyone, whether you are looking for lavish meals out, family fun at a theme park, buggy racing on the dunes, a day at the beach or dolphin and whale spotting on the sea, plus much more. The beach stretches for miles and there is a wide range of accommodation on offer from simple self-catering apartments through to an allinclusive 5* boutique hotel. Try the Papas Arrugadas, the local dish of wrinkly salted potatoes with Mojo sauce.
Check before you travel Some of our suggested destinations are further afield than you may usually travel during the summer holidays. Always check if a VISA is required. You can check on the gov.uk website for all travel requirements for certain countries. It will also include up-to-date information regarding weather warnings and extra travel advice.
Madeira is an archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean to the southwest of Portugal. 400 miles north of the Canary Islands, this stunning island is where the Portuguese global football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was born.
A longer flight than the Canary Islands or Madeira, but well worth it. At around 12 hours flight time, Mexico is a great choice for couples and families with older children. It is well known and loved for its hospitable people, love of spicy foods and its cultural history.
No winter sunshine holiday list would be complete without the US state of Florida. Famous for its amusement parks including the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, the state of Florida is one of the most visited holiday destinations in the world! With so much to see and do, you will need longer than a week here. The Walt Disney World Resort alone has four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses and thirty-six hotels to choose from!
The capital, Funchal, is located on the south coast of the island and is a haven for culture seekers. With an average high temperature of 21c in December, this beautiful island is a great place to soak up some sunshine and culture over the winter. Madeira is a mountainous island with stunning flora and fauna with high volcanic peaks, making it perfect for hiking and walking. On the northern slopes of Madeira Island, the valleys contain native forests which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fancy something relaxing after exploring? Why not sunbathe on one of the stunning beaches and take in the culture and local food in the evening. Explore the North of the island with its natural parks, waterfalls and wild horses.
Whether you are looking to go on an adventure in the southern jungles or want to explore the snow-capped volcanoes in its northern deserts, Mexico won’t leave you disappointed. With its long coastline and crystalclear sea, take some time out soaking up the rays on one of Mexico’s many beaches. Explore some of its history and culture with a visit to Chichen Itza, the famous Mayan site that is now one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The capital, Mexico City, is known for its ancient canals, art and culture as much as for the sumptuous smells and tastes of its street food. Avoid travelling in September as this is Mexico’s hurricane season.
Florida is also home to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center where the Apollo flights were launched. The Florida Reef is also the only living coral barrier reef in the United States and has a plethora of stunning marine life which you can visit at one of the National Parks. For sport, Florida offers a great chance to see one of the USA’s main sports firsthand: Florida has three NFL teams, two NBA teams and two MLB teams. Pre-book your tickets online to avoid queues during the busy season.
Champions Preview League 2019/20
The usual heavyweights from across the continent such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and PSG will hope to stop the resurgence of English teams this year
Can Europe’s heavyweight’s stop the dominance of English teams in the Champions League? Last season, English teams ruled with the first all-English final for over a decade ending with Liverpool winning their sixth Champions League title. Let's have a look at five clubs we believe could go the whole way this year:
Quite possibly one of the greatest teams ever created, Pep Guardiola’s Citizens will hope to claim the elusive trophy they crave so much. The addition of Rodri from Atletico Madrid and an upgrade in full back in Cancelo could be the final pieces of the puzzle. A settled team full of world-class talent, with a substitutes bench that would make the first-eleven at most other clubs, will this be the year Guardiola gets his tactics right in Europe?
The Bianconeri haven't lifted the Champions League since the 1995/96 season, when a trio of Gianluca Vialli, Del Piero and Fabrizio Ravanelli shot them to glory. With Ronaldo defying his years and an influx of genuinely world-class players in Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Matthijs de Ligt arriving this summer, will Maurizio Sarri be able to rebuild his reputation after his troubled time at Stamford Bridge last season?
Atletico may have lost three of their most well-loved players in Griezmann, Rodri and Godin, however, they have spent the money wisely; securing the talent of Joao Felix, in attack, from Benfica for £113,000,000 and Kieran Trippier, in defence, for £20,000,000 plus five other players who will join the likes of Saul, Morata, Diego Costa and last year's big signing, Thomas Lemar, in Madrid. With Barcelona and Real Madrid rebuilding their squads, this could be the year Diego Simeone's men take advantage in Europe and at home.
Dortmund may have only won the Champions League once in their history, however, last year they were only two points from winning the Bundesliga and have spent more wisely over the summer than their biggest rivals, Bayern Munich. Snapping up two of the hottest players in Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt, securing the services of their old captain, Hummels, and keeping hold of Jadon Sancho, shows a manager with a plan. With perfectionist Lucien Favre at the helm, this could be the year they add a second Champions League title to their shelf.
After a quiet summer compared to their usual spending sprees, is PSG turning into a settled team? Arguably one of the most talented teams in Europe on paper, Thomas Tuchel has struggled to get the consistency required to turn PSG into genuine Champions League contenders. With Neymar angling for a move back to Spain, it falls on the young shoulders of Kylian Mbappe and the ageing Edinson Cavani to lead them to glory. Backed up by an old-school, no-nonsense, central midfielder in Ander Herrera, this could be their year
B e n e f i t s of using a letting agent to look after your rental property
If you have a buy-to-let property or are looking to invest in one, you will want a letting agent to do all the hard work for you when it comes to letting it! A buy-to-let property is a great way to invest your hard-earned money. Property investment has never been more popular and with a rise in people renting and the actual cost of renting going up, creating a property portfolio is a great stream of passive income. But, once you have exchanged and completed on the property and invested money and time in the standard of the accommodation, where and how do you find a suitable tenant who will look after your property?
A buy-to-let property is a great way to invest your hard-earned money
Looking after your property throughout a tenancy. Once a tenant is in the property, do you want them calling you for any maintenance issues? Throughout the tenancy, we can be the port-of-call for any maintenance problems that may arise and we will take care of property inspections and report back with our findings. We can also take care of the end-oftenancy inspection and report back the condition of the property. We will always make sure that you, as the landlord, and the tenant receive the highest possible service. There can be a murky area in private renting without a letting agent, however, if you use a reputable letting agent such as us, we aim to make the process clear and simple â€“ creating a win-win for you and the tenant, just the way it should be! Owning a buy-to-let property and managing it yourself can be time-consuming, however with an established and trusted letting agent, like us, on your side we can do all the hard work (for a small fee) while you simply collect on your investment.
We will find you the right tenant for your property. Some tenants feel uneasy about renting with no estate agent involved: an estate agent gives the tenant that extra security they feel they need when renting a property, especially if they have a family and children in the property. A reliable and professional letting agent, like us, can take a lot of the hassle out of finding suitable tenants and marketing your property. We will offer you professional photos, marketing on property portals and a ready-made database of prospective tenants for your property. As an established letting agent, we will take care of everything for you from the EPC, through to viewings, gathering feedback and taking care of the referencing process. We will also make sure you are keeping within the law, especially after recent changes. Our lettings team will also ensure that the deposit is securely and legally kept in an official government-backed tenancy deposit scheme and that all the paperwork is safe and secure covering both you as the landlord and the tenant.
For more information about buying a rental property, through to managing it and everything in-between, please talk to one of our friendly team in the office today
SALES Milford Mill Road
Detached four bedroom family home, full of character and extended for modern living. Gas central heating, double glazing, ample parking, outbuildings, easy maintenance garden.
Modern detached house in a good location on the edge of the village, with double garage and driveway, good garden, 4 bedrooms, bathroom and en-suite, 3 receptions, extended kitchen, gas central heating and double glazing.Vacant possession is offered.
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An exceptional end terrace townhouse in a prestigious development just outside the ring road close to city centre. Parking, 4 bedrooms, fabulous kitchen/breakfast room, study, sitting room, bathroom, 2 en-suites, cloakroom, utility, garden. Must be viewed!
St Ann Street
A delightful period townhouse, full of character features, situated in the heart of the city. Hall, two receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, 3 bedrooms & bathroom on 1st floor, bedroom 4 & shower room on 2nd floor, charming courtyard garden.
Modern detached chalet in a large plot on a quiet road on the edge of the village. Three double bedrooms, bathroom, cloakroom, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory & garage. Terrific potential. Must be seen.
A well presented detached chalet style house comprising entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, cloakroom, first floor bathroom and three bedrooms. Benefits include PVCu double glazing, gas central heating, gardens and garage. Use of private meadow and fishing rights.
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Quite exceptional and utterly unique property, originally 3 bedroom now 2 bedrooms, in excellent condition, with free flowing downstairs accommodation, easy maintenance garden, garage and parking.Vacant possession offered.View now - you will not be disappointed!
A modern house in desirable city centre location. Ground floor entrance hall, sitting/dining room, kitchen and bathroom on first floor, 2 bedrooms and study area on 2nd floor. Benefits include double glazing, gas central heating, allocated covered parking space. No chain.
Sales Adminstrator Sandie has worked in all aspects of estate agency for 27 years and has devoted 18 of these to Whites. Sandie ensures the smooth running of the sales department with her great organisational skills, is a whiz on the computer and communicates well with all our clients and buyers. She loves dealing with people from all walks of life and enjoys the buzz provided by our busy office where no two days are the same.
ME ET T HE S A LES T EAM
On her days off Sandie looks after her two teenage boys, enjoys walking her black labrador and practises yoga on a regular basis.
Tony Lovatt-Williams Head of Sales
Valuer / Negotiator An estate agent for 40 years, Tony started his career in Surrey before moving to Winchester and finally settling in Salisbury some 25 years ago. He has worked in every sector of agency including land and new homes. His favourite type of sale would be rural and village homes. Tony now lives on the edge of Salisbury with his wife, three daughters and two rescue dogs. He is a passionate gardener and loves nothing better than being outside.
Matthew has a wealth of experience in estate agency having been in the business for 20 years. He has lived in Salisbury since childhood giving him an interesting knowledge of the local area. He enables clients to feel relaxed in the knowledge that their property sale will be managed successfully at a high standard. Matthew is a keen follower of most sports with a particular interest in Southampton F.C. who he travels great distances to watch.
Property Viewings Manager
Becky truly puts the smile into customer service. Having been born in the area Becky has a great knowledge of Salisbury and The New Forest. She has been with Whites for 17 + years and provides support for the office by meeting clients and buyers and progressing sales.
Suzanne is Whitesâ€™ secret star performer. A bubbly blonde combined with the ultimate in professionalism. She conducts viewings, meets clients and keeps everyone regularly informed of feedback from those meetings. She provides the best that the industry can offer in viewing technique and customer care.
When she does get home she enjoys family life with her husband and three young girls, they love walks on the beach and bike rides across The New Forest.
Away from work she spends time supporting her two grown up girls through university, renovating her home and still finds time to explore new countryside with her labrador.
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THE LEVEL OF SERVICE HAS BEEN EXCELLENT. Whites have been excellent to deal with from the start to finish and they have always been there for us. The level of service we have received from Whites has been excellent. Our house was on the market incredibly quickly and marketed brilliantly. Everyone’s been great and we were really impressed.
NOT ONLY WOULD I RECOMMEND THEM, I HAVE. I knew them to be a reputable and efficient local company. Not only would I recommend them, I have done. In all our dealings with Whites we have had a very efficient, effective and prompt service from them. Marketing the property was excellent, the brochures and information provided has been excellent.
Dr T, Seller.
I’M KEPT UPDATED WITH WHAT’S GOING ON. I have recommended Whites to quite a few people because I had such a good experience with them. It was excellent, there were brochures, a board outside the house, there were pictures in their window and it was on the internet. They always get in touch and keep me up to date with what’s going on.
Mrs S, Seller.
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A superb two (double) bedroom semi-detached cottage converted from a stable block comprising entrance hall, cloakroom, kitchen/ breakfast room with cream units, central island and wood flooring. Sitting room with wood burner and wood flooring. Upstairs comprises a master bedroom with built-in storage and French windows, bedroom 2 with a skylight, bathroom with a deluge shower over bath and skylight. Off-road parking for two cars and garden to the front. Oil fired heating.
An elegant, light and spacious apartment with its own private entrance situated on the top floor of a Georgian town house, comprising entrance hall/stairs and landing, living room with large sofa, arm chairs and dining table. Fully equipped kitchen with Belfast sink and larder cupboard. Double bedroom 1 with king size bed, cupboard and wardrobe, double bedroom 2 with double bed, drawers and cupboard. Bathroom with shower over bath. Fully furnished.
A modern, four bedroom semi-detached town house comprising hallway, cloakroom, open plan kitchen/living area with white gloss units, composite stone work surfaces and sliding doors to garden. 2nd floor master suite with mirrored wardrobes and en-suite shower room, two further bedrooms, study/4th bedroom and a luxury bathroom. The rear garden is laid to lawn with a patio, shed and rear gate leading out to two parking spaces. Gas central heating.
A three bed detached cottage comprising rear entrance hall, cloakroom, bespoke kitchen with wooden worktops and integral appliances, sitting/ living room and dining area with wood burner. Open tread stairs to the First floor double-aspect main bedroom and en-suite shower room, bedroom 2 with fitted wardrobes, bedroom 3/office and main bathroom. Outside there is a stone outbuilding with power and light and off-road gravelled parking for two cars. Furnished or Unfurnished.
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A three bedroom semi-detached house comprising hallway with cloakroom and part-utility cupboard with integral washing machine, kitchen with a range of high gloss white units and appliances, sitting room with storage cupboard and French doors to garden. First floor master bedroom with range of fitted wardrobes, double bedroom 2 and single bedroom 3. Open plan front garden with pedestrian gate into enclosed rear garden. Unfurnished, with carpets, curtains and lampshades.
A two bedroom terraced cottage comprising entrance lobby, sitting/ dining room with working inglenook fireplace, step up to galley-style kitchen with free-standing electric cooker and fridge freezer. First floor double bedroom with recessed wardrobe and fireplace, small double 2nd bedroom, half landing and step up to bathroom with shower over bath. Enclosed rear courtyard garden with shed and useful log store. Electric night storage heating. Unfurnished with carpets and curtains.
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A modern, spacious 4 bed house with panoramic views of the Till and Wylye valleys, comprising living room with fireplace and French doors to large decked area, separate dining area and re-fitted kitchen, double bedroom with en-suite shower room and study/bedroom 4. Upstairs are 2 further double bedrooms and a refitted family bathroom. Outside to the rear is an established garden laid to lawn, with mature trees and shrubs. Double garage. Unfurnished.
A two bedroom semi-detached cottage in decorative order comprising on the ground floor a kitchen with built-in electric hob and oven, shower room with WC, central sitting room with woodburner and a small dining room with wooden floor. Upstairs there is a double bedroom, a second smaller double bedroom and a family bathroom. To the rear of the property is a long sloping garden and shed. Gas central heating. On-street parking. Unfurnished.
Marcus Shepherd Director MRICS
M EET T HE L ETTIN G S TEAM
Marcus joined the Whites family business in 1993. He has successfully guided the business and Whites has evolved to be a recognised market leader in Salisbury. He now manages a busy, thriving residential portfolio of properties. Marcus is family focused; happily married for over 16 years to Jo, they have three children and numerous pets. They all love an outdoor life and pottering around in their small boat enjoying fishing trips and exploring the Cornish coastline.
Mark Heasman Property Manager
Property Manager Rupert brings with him a wealth of experience within the property market, having begun his career in 1988. He has gained an in depth understanding of both sales and lettings, this global approach to the property market makes him a valuable asset to the team. He is a ‘people person’ who is customer service driven and his professional approach ensures that we can continue to offer an excellent standard to our clients. Rupert is a family man, he has two sons that both play football. When not supporting them on the touchline, he enjoys playing tennis.
Mark has years of experience in property maintenance which gives him a unique understanding of property issues. He has a specialist knowledge of buildings which helps to provide swift identification of specific problems.
Office Accounts Manager
Anna is the power house behind our highly efficient accounts system. She has a down to earth, understanding approach which has enabled the establishment of excellent customer relations with both tenants and landlords. She is a team player with an eye to how a good system should work.
Jeremy joined Whites in 2016 and has a wealth of experience in customer service and outstanding organisational skills. He thoroughly enjoys the variety that this role entails both in terms of ensuring efficient systems management combined with providing an excellent customer interface. Jeremy is an avid football fan supporting Southampton. He is a keen runner and cyclist especially after eating too many cream crackers!
Anna admits that her greatest achievement is being a Mum and now a Grannie!
Mark is a self-declared family man. He enjoys long country walks with his gorgeous wife. When he has the time a good game of rugby can’t be missed.
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Becki works as a Property Manager in Whites Lettings department. She brings with her excellent customer service skills and a passion for working with clients. Becki loves finding the right home for the right tenant and likewise the right tenant for the right landlord. Outside work Becki is very active and loves going to the gym and walking her dog Binky and also taking part in her local weekly Park Run in Salisbury.
Verity heads the marketing for Whites. She has worked in marketing since 2000 both agency and client side. This has included working in business services for law firms, as well as in the charity sector, publishing and sporting arena. With two children, three dogs, seven chickens, three fish, a cat (and a husband!) she is adept at multi-tasking and enjoys countryside living - and gundog training with her spaniel!
Office Admin Manager
Glenda ensures that the day to day running of Lettings is a smooth operation. Having worked in both the Sales and Lettings departments, she is indeed our resident superhero and team player, always ready to ensure the successful running of the office. In her spare time Glenda enjoys looking after her lovely new granddaughter and keeping fit. She is also a member of the air rifle target club which she was voted most improved shooter of the region 2014 â€“ no wonder she is able to keep the office in line.
Claire joined the Whites family back in 2013 providing Maternity Cover in our Residential Sales Team. Since then she has worked in most departments in the business but more recently has joined Anna as part of the Accounts Team (The A Team). With experience in Recruitment, Sales and Customer Services, Claire is now utilising her existing skills in this new area of the business for her.
Originally from Scotland, she has now made Salisbury home for herself and her two sons. When she is not crunching numbers with Anna, Claire can be found working up at sweat teaching Clubbercise or serenading the crowds in her band Miss Chief and the Makers.
June works part time and she is a people person with a very cheery disposition. Amongst her many responsibilities she organises viewings for clients and produces a lovely set of Property Brochures for our Sales team. June enjoys socialising with her friends, brisk walks across the forest followed by a relaxed night out. She can otherwise be found enjoying a trip to London to visit her daughter.
WH EN IT CO MES TO C HOOS I NG A N E STATE AG ENT TO S E LL OR LE T YOU R H O U SE . . . ‘ WHITES KNOW W I LTON’ Established in 1957 Whites estate agent boasts a strong heritage not just with Salisbury where our office is based, but also with the surrounding villages where we sell and let houses, one of which is Wilton. A little bit about Wilton For those of you unfamiliar with Wilton, it is an amazing historic town dating back to the Anglo-Saxons in the 8th Century ‘AD’, and by the late 9th century it was the capital of Wiltunscire, a Shire of the Kingdom of Wessex
close relationship (which remains today) with Wilton Estate using former Wilton Estate land to build the Hockey and Cricket Club known as The Clubhouse on the edge of Wilton at Skew Bridge. The following are Whites top highlights of places we love and think make Wilton special: Wilton House We love Wilton house. It is a beautiful English country house with amazing grounds too – and great playgrounds for those of you with kids. It has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years. For car enthusiasts - do look out for various car events too and also Walk for Wards raising money for Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal.
Wilton has been the sight of many a battle. In ad 871 Alfred The Great fought and lost an important battle there against the Danish Armies. Despite further attacks, Wilton remained a prosperous town, as recorded in the Domesday Book. After the surrendering of Wilton Abbey to Henry VIII. In 1539 during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1541 much of the estate was granted to Earl William Herbert of Pembroke, upon which Wilton House was built and is still a focal point of Wilton. Today Wilton is perfectly positioned as a unique standalone town with a great history – Did you know the town is famous for its carpets which have been manufactured in Wilton since the 18th century? It is such a pretty place, but within close proximity to Salisbury for further amenities or jobs. It also boasts many shops, places of interest, garden centres and leisure facilities; plus it is surrounded by stunning countryside. Whites strong links with Wilton Whites is a family company and has a heritage in which its history is strongly entwined with Wilton. Our MD, Marcus Shepherd spent his formative years in Wilton. His Great Grandfather William Shepherd (known as Will) was Mayor and Alderman of Wilton. His son William (known as Archie) (Marcus’s Grandfather) was the first person to build on Shaftesbury Road and had sole ownership of Dalston Terrace and still today the family own two houses. Marcus’s grandfather William was also a grocer at 89 North Street (per the above picture). Not to forget Marcus’s father,Trevor Shepherd (who was former owner and Senior Partner of Whites) and was born in Wilton. He was part of a team instrumental in our
Italianate Church We love this wonderful and super impressive Italianate Basilica of St Mary and Nicholas which was erected to a design by TH Wyatt in 1840-1845 under the patronage of Catherine Woronzow and her son Sidney, Lord Herbert of Lea, 12th Earl of Pembroke. Salisbury Race Course We love Salisbury Racecourse based in Wilton.They annually stage sixteen flat race meetings between the end of April and early October. For people with families note they have great family race days too! Wilton Horse Trials Held at Wilton House the International equestrian event is held each year in July. For those not riding it is a great spectator event and a chance to watch some of the best event riders. Wilton Garden Centre and Café This a great place to visit for those with green fingers. It also has a popular aquatic shop, a huge shopping area, and a great café. Wilton Community Centre Located in the centre of Wilton it provides a great location for conferences, meetings, classes, socials, parties, jumble sales, bazaars, private parties, coffee mornings and has parking for twenty-five cars. Wilton Shopping Centre & Wilton Carpets This has a variety of shops and cafés – plus a great place for teeny kids to play in called Role Play World.
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AVAIL ABLE TO LET
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