Monthly Archives: August 2014

Estate agents pedal their way to £1200 for charity

Estate agents tackle Trans Pennine Trail

Photo caption (l-r): John Martin, Richard Leece, James Coppock, Nathan Fitzpatrick

Four local estate agents from Gascoigne Halman braved one of this summer’s hottest days so far, in order to complete their very own version of the Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) earlier this month. The team who were inspired by this year’s Le Tour De France managed to raise over £1200 in sponsorship. They chose four charities to receive a share of the money including local charity The East Cheshire Hospice based in Macclesfield.

Keen to complete their cycle in just one day, James Coppock and Nathan Fitzpatrick planned a condensed version of the TPT, on which they were joined by Richard Leece who acted as the official paceman and Gascoigne Halman surveyor John Martin. The 60 mile challenge began at Southport Pier, passing by all the Gascoigne Halman offices before finally finishing in Didsbury.

Despite a late start and temperatures which reached up to 29 degrees, the team made it back to Didsbury just in time for closing. James commented, “We started off a little later than we planned which meant we had added pressure to complete the TPT in just 7 hours instead of 8. From Southport beach we passed through a mix of picturesque countryside, railways and canal towpaths before reaching Manchester Ship Canal. Carrying on through the scorching heat we headed next to Stockton Heath, passing through Lymm, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Sale Waterpark and Chorlton before screeching to the doors of the Didsbury office bang on 5:30pm, phew!

“I’m really pleased that we managed to achieve what we set out to do, we all had a fantastic day and are extremely proud to have raised such a significant amount money for East Cheshire Hospice. Our Just Giving Page is still available if anyone would like to make a donation, you can find it at: https://www.justgiving.com/James-Coppock.”

East Cheshire Hospice care for people suffering from life limiting illnesses as well as their families and carers, across Buxton, Congleton, High Legh, High Peak, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Poynton, Wilmslow and everywhere else in between. Gascoigne Halman have chosen to raise money for three local hospices this year, East Cheshire Hospice, St Ann’s Hospice and St Rocco’s Hospice.

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Jobs to do for the weekend

JFH 2014

If, like me, you enjoy your garden, you will be a regular viewer of Monty Don’s Gardeners’ World which each week features “jobs to do for the weekend” – a timely reminder of things that demand our attention.

If you are thinking of moving this autumn, or even just wanting to ensure you are doing things which will enhance the saleability and value of your home, then here’s a list of some of the things that may require your attention, not just this weekend, but over the coming weeks.

First impressions count.  The exterior of your property is the first thing a prospective buyer sees.  Keep it neat and clean.  The front door is particularly important as it is a focal point and people tend to drive past a house before making an appointment to view.  Don’t forget to keep your windows clean.

Even if you are not in Monty Don’s league, tidy the garden.  Ensure that lawns are well trimmed and keep the gardens neat.  A tidy garden looks great viewed from a window and also looks bigger than an unkempt one. Consider planting some winter flowering bulbs now in pots – you can position them by your front door to create some colour and a warm welcome during the autumn months.

Internally, if any part of your house needs decorating badly, redecorate it if possible.  It enhances the presentation.  Tidy wardrobes and cupboards look larger and give a good impression.  If cupboards and fitted wardrobes look over crowded a buyer may feel it would be too small for their requirements.

Resolve to sort out those irritating jobs (squeaky doors, dripping taps) you have been meaning to do. If your house contains stairways it is essential that these are kept clear as any objects on them are dangerous and present a crowded appearance.

Neat bedrooms help sales.  Make sure the beds are well made and that dress and table tops are neatly arranged.  Sparkling bathrooms are essential.

If your property is on the market, fresh flowers and plants in a home can make quite a difference to its appearance.  Most importantly, light rooms are cheerful rooms to a prospective buyer.  If a room is dark, try to keep it as light as possible by drawing curtains back and using carefully positioned lamps.

Also, please remember too many introductions are distracting.  Don’t have the whole family trailing inquisitively behind.  This enables a buyer to concentrate on the house.  Noise is a distraction and it is best to turn off radios and televisions.

Whilst I am sure that your pet is very dear to you, not everybody likes them.  Avoid Fido from becoming a distraction.

Finally, never apologise for the appearance of your home.  It will only draw attention to something that would otherwise have probably gone unnoticed.

I am sure, that you, like me with Monty, will find it difficult to abide by all of the tips, but if you manage the majority, it gives you a better chance to make your successful move this autumn.

John Halman is Managing Director of Gascoigne Halman, an estate agent with eighteen offices in South Manchester and is the North West Regional Residential Spokesman for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

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