What is your favourite style of property?

The UK is home to a diverse range of properties, each with unique styles that reflect popular trends throughout history.

Whether it’s the rustic charm of a rural country cottage or the symmetry of a Georgian property that catches your eye, there is a style out there to suit everyone.

But which property is perfect for you?

 

New builds

New build homes, built around the 1990s feel spacious and well designed, and tend to focus on more energy efficient features, such as double glazing and practical central heating. These properties feel fresh and new, and usually benefit from off road parking and well contained gardens.

 

Semi-detached Edwardian

Usually found in the suburbs, Edwardian properties tend to have small front gardens and pretty front porches. Light and spacious, the rooms benefit from large windows and high ceilings, and fireplaces and light fittings have Art Nouveau influences.

 

Victorian terraces

Traditionally fireplaces take centre stage in several rooms, and the kitchen is located to the rear of the property. Rustic wooden floor boards feature throughout these terraces and tiles greet you in the hallway. Built before cars were common place, Victorian terraces don’t usually have private parking.

 

Rural detached cottage

Country cottages tend to be jam packed full of rustic charm; low ceilings, wooden beams and exposed bricks are a welcome feature throughout. Rural properties tend to sit in spacious detached plots with well-established gardens. You could even come across a thatched roof!

An exciting new development comes to Sale

Luxury property developer, Altin Homes will release the second phase of their brand new development, ‘The Place’ through our Sale office in February.

‘The Place’ is an exciting new development under construction on Northenden Road in Sale, south Manchester. The site comprises of 24 contemporary 4 and 5 bedroom family homes feature stunning elevations which offer a 21st century take on the traditional Victorian homes for which the area is well known.

Altin Homes is offering a choice of six house designs with different external features and internal layouts. Externally the large windows, a key feature in any Altin Homes property, which in many of the properties span multiple floors, will bathe the interiors of these homes with natural light.

Designed, as these homes are, for modern day family living, all house styles feature a spacious ground floor kitchen / family room with space for informal dining. The larger properties also have formal sitting rooms.

Bedrooms have been designed to be places of relaxation with master suites featuring dressing areas and en-suite bathrooms. Some master suites occupy the whole of the top floor, offering a get away from busy family life. Many of the second and third bedrooms also benefit from en-suites.

The Place is one of Altin’s Bijou Collection developments. These homes share many of the architectural design features and items of internal specification seen on the large multi-million pound homes for which Altin is so well known in south Manchester. Bathrooms and kitchens feature the well known names of SieMatic, Duravit and Hansgrohe.

For more information on the properties at The Place, contact our Sale office on 0161 962 8700.

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New Year’s resolutions for home owners

Here we are again, it’s nearly time for a new year and a new you, that time when everyone makes New Year’s resolutions for the year ahead. If you’re feeling fed up about starting 2017 in your property, then it could be the perfect time for a change. It might be as simple as a spring clean, declutter or change of décor to help you feel at home, but the key is sticking to those property promises you made in January, to help you fall back in love with your home.

Here’s a check list to help you update your home and stick to your property New Year’s resolutions in 2017:

 

Spring clean

It might sound simple, but a deep clean and declutter can transform your property helping you to feel at home again. It’s low cost and you can involve the whole family after the indulgent Christmas break!

 

DIY

Are you putting up with broken door handles and lopsided shelves? Start the year by fixing all of the small DIY jobs around the house and your property will go from shabby to chic in no time.

 

Decorate

Opting for a new colour scheme or feature wall can completely transform a tired room. A lick of paint can really freshen the place up and create a beautiful room once again – good for your wellbeing and more inviting to buyers.

 

Garden

Get the garden up to scratch – if you’re not feeling green fingered, consider creating a low maintenance garden which won’t need constant upkeep. This will improve the overall look and feel of your property and provide a useful outside space, perfect for summer dining.

 

Big plans

More and more home owners are choosing to extend their properties rather than move out of them. If you love your house, but just need that extra bit of room, an extension or loft conversion is another great way to add space and add value for when you’re ready to sell.

 

On the move

If you’re ready for a complete change and have the funds to support your property move, there is no time like the present.

 

Begin your property search today at www.gascoignehalman.co.uk

How to utilise your spare room

Do you have a spare room that’s lying empty? Or full to the brim with clutter?

Whether you’re planning on selling your property or simply looking to indulge in a few new furnishings, there is no time like the present to make use of that extra space. You could embrace your hobbies and interior design dreams, go wild with the décor and unleash your creative side. Remember that whatever you choose could help potential buyers visualise the space and show them exactly what’s on offer when the time comes to sell.

We’ve compiled a list of ideas for you to try in your home:

 

Guest room

We’ve all had to give up our own bed when family members come to stay, so if space allows, turn your spare room into a cosy guest room, ready for unexpected visitors and family gatherings. This makes having visitors much easier to accommodate, but also ensures potential buyers can visualise another bedroom in your property.

 

Studio

Is your hobby starting to take over the house? Consider creating a room for music or arts and crafts, this keeps everything neat and tidy in one place and is great for grabbing five minutes me time!

 

Reading room

Consider tidying away those books that are starting to pile up around the house and create a comfy, cosy, tranquil space for you to curl up with your favourite novel. Remember to choose comfy seating and a selection of lights so you can read any time, day or night.

 

Play room

It’s no secret that children love toys, but if your lounge is starting to resemble a nursery, a playroom could be the perfect solution. This helps to keep the rest of your house tidy, and is a useful space if your children have friends around to play.

 

Study

Whether you work from home or need time to revise, a designated work zone can help focus the mind. Find a good sized desk, a comfortable chair and ensure there is plenty of lighting to get the best out of your study time.

 

Something special

How about a space designed specifically with you in mind? Indulge in a walk-in wardrobe or rebalance your equilibrium with a yoga room. Whatever you decide to do with the extra space you don’t have to be practical, remember to create a room that you and your family will enjoy.

 

If you have recently transformed a spare room in your home let us know!

Gascoigne Halman raise money for Breast Cancer Care

Our team here at Gascoigne Halman, along with friends and family have taken part in a Family Walk at Delamere Forest, raising £105 for our chosen charity of the year – Breast Cancer Care. Following the walk, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at The Boot Inn, Willington.

 

Breast Cancer Care was founded by Betty Westgate in 1973, five years after her own diagnosis of breast cancer in 1968. The charity combines the personal experiences of people affected by breast cancer with clinical expertise to provide information and offer emotional and practical support, campaign for improvement in standards of support and care, and promote the importance of early detection.

 

Peter Higham, Director of Operations at Gascoigne Halman enjoyed the walk and said, “We are really pleased to be supporting Breast Cancer Care this year. The family walk at Delamere was a great success, and I’d like to thank everyone at Gascoigne Halman for their fantastic effort. We’re sure the money raised from the walk and our other charity events taking place this year will be put to good use at Breast Cancer Care, and it was great to see our staff along with our friends and families getting into the spirit of this event.”

 

The sponsored family walk is part of our yearlong fundraising effort to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

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How to modernise and update your home on a budget

We can all feel fed up with our homes every once in a while; so if you fancy a change of décor there are small changes you can make to improve the look and feel of your home without bursting the budget. Equally, a fresh new look may be just what is needed to sell your property.

 

Front door

Replacing a tatty or damaged front door can instantly improve the curb appeal of your property, offering an instant welcome. A new efficient door also helps to reduce your fuel bills!

 

Stairs

Stairs are often the first thing you see when you enter a property, consider changing shabby or stained carpet for a stylish new runner. You could also try stripping the carpet back completely, uncovering low maintenance stylish floor boards.

 

Fire place

An old fashioned fire place can really impose on a room – rather than incur the cost and mess of knocking it out, consider covering it with a stylish fire surround, which can be relatively inexpensive and provide an instant update.

 

Interior accessories

A splash of colour can completely change the way a room looks and feels. Consider buying new cushion covers or curtains, to introduce colours and patterns into your room whilst remaining an inexpensive quick fix. If you can’t afford new carpet, a rug can add a new lease of life and even cover that ugly stain.

 

Declutter

Use your alcoves and corners wisely – consider shelving or fitted wardrobes to make the most of your space creating a tidy, clutter free room that’s easier to dust.

 

Kitchen

Tired of your outdated kitchen? Rather than splashing the cash on something new, try changing your splashbacks or tiles or upgrading your cupboard doors and handles. Cupboard paint is easily available in DIY stores if the budget is minimal. Your room will feel fresh and up to date for a reasonably low price.

 

Renovation

If you’re looking to sell your home or you are able to spend money on home renovation, updating your kitchen or bathroom could be the smartest move. A beautifully finished kitchen or bathroom can sell a property, so the fresher the better!

 

If in doubt, a fresh lick of paint and a thorough clean can help perk up your property and make you feel more comfortable, whilst freeing up spare cash to spend on something special!

 

Preparing your house for the holidays

As you look forward to your annual summer break, whether that’s relaxing on the beach abroad or a UK break closer to home, take some time to think about making your home safe and secure.

It’s all part of making your holiday as relaxing as possible so you can fully unwind this summer.

 

Check Your House Alarm

Firstly, if you have one, check that your house alarm is in working order. Apart from keeping your home safe from unwanted visitors whilst you are away, your insurance may not be valid if it’s not in functioning.

 

Timing is key

A house that looks lived in will be less of a target. Put automated timers on lights or radios to fake the impression that there is someone home, even when you are scuba diving in the tropics!

 

Ask your neighbours for a favour

This is the time when you will be glad that you invited the neighbours round at Christmas. Now you can cash in a favour. Ask them if they wouldn’t mind closing the curtains occasionally, putting out and bringing in the bins and collecting any post as well as keeping a general eye on the house whilst you are away.

 

Organise your pets

If you have pets you will understand that they are all important members of the family. You need to make arrangements for them as soon as you can – don’t leave it until the last minute! The good catteries and kennels can get booked up months in advance so make sure you secure a place if you need one.

Alternatively, think about asking a friend or relative to house and pet sit which is also great from a security point of view.

 

Get rid of any spare keys

That spare key that you hide underneath the flower pot… get rid of it! There is no point in risking the security of your house while you are away. Give the key to the neighbour or friend for safe keeping.

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