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Customer Satisfaction Reviews

18th April 2018 – Prestbury

We dealt with the Prestbury office.  We were very pleased with the service received and found the staff to be professional, approachable and knowledgeable.  We always received prompt responses to queries and the feedback following viewings was very good.  JH

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30th April 2018 – Marple Bridge

I found Richard to be honest and down to earth in his appraisal of my property (unlike other estate agencies).  His team are very professional, always giving feedback when appropriate.  Of note, it was they who contacted me as and when necessary, unlike the usual case where one normally has to do the chasing round.  JF

 

30th April 2018 – Heaton Moor Lettings & Sales

I found all the staff at your Heaton Moor branch to be amazing, especially Allison who I worked with while renting my property out and Anna who dealt with the sale of the same property.  I would recommend your branch to anyone without reservation and I thank you all very much for your hard work on my behalf.  CW

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30th April 2018 – Financial Services

The team at Heaton Moor were friendly and helpful in assisting me with the purchase of my first home.  They kept me well informed.  Tom was great at arranging my mortgage for me.  Thankyou! CL

3rd May 2018 – Stockton Heath

Chris and Karen have been wonderful, throughout a very fraught transaction.  We’ve been kept fully informed, they’ve been unfailingly pleasant, patient and professional; and most importantly they’ve been tenacious when things got difficult.  Their problem solving and proactive approach have made all the difference.  Thank you! RK

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8th May 2018 – Heaton Moor Lettings

We chose Gascoigne Halman to rent out our property on a friends recommendation and we are so glad we did!  Both Alison and Rebecca were brilliant, keeping us updated regularly, patiently answering our questions and offering sound sensible advice.  Throughout the whole process Rebecca was friendly, extremely helpful and totally professional.  She genuinely cared about us as people and did a fantastic job of finding us lovely tenants within the first week! She is a real asset to the company.  We would have no hesitation in recommending Gascoigne Halman to others in the future.  Thank you so much! JO

 

8th May 2018 – Wilmslow Sales

Markus, I hope you’re well.  We made it! I just wanted to drop you a quick email to let you know how very happy I’ve been with the service offered by you and your team.  Estate Agents are often given bad press but I have nothing but praise for you all.  Lewis, in particular, has been a star! GE

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8th May 2018 – Alderley Edge

The service we received was outstandingly from all the staff at the Alderley branch.  Lesley was our main contact and she was outstanding throughout.

 

15th June 2018 – Sale

The whole process from putting the house on the market, negotiating and the post offer acceptance service was excellent.  I would single out Andrew Buckley the Manager, Dan and Julie Chapman and Annie for commendation.  They dealt with a purchaser from abroad with care and tenacity where it was required leading to successful exchange of contracts.  JM

 

15th June 2018 – Didsbury

Gascoigne Halman really have been excellent over the past months through the process of selling our flat.  From start to finish they have gone above and beyond our high expectations of a local estate agent, nevermind the online variety.  When buyers went quiet, they followed up and moved the sale along.  When sales fell through they followed up on previous interest and made a subsequent sale in a very short period.  Every member of the team is committed not just to getting offers on your property but to seeing the sale through from start to finish.  They really do earn every penny! In particular we do have to commend Gemma for her sterling efforts driving the actions on the side of the buyer and buyers solicitor.  I have already recommended GH and the conveyancing firm they recommended to friends and family members who are having similarly positive experiences. CW

15th June 2018 – Bramhall Lettings

Moharram on the Lettings side dealt with my enquiries.  She was always polite, patient and very pleasant.  She gave some very valuable advice when I needed it.  I bought a house from GH when I moved to Manchester from West Midlands 2.5 years ago.  I was now contacting GH because I wished to purchase a property for an investment.  I was very cautious as I did not know the area very well and Moharram not only gave me some good advice but went out of her way to help me.  I very much appreciate her help and professionalism at all times and feel she is an asset to the company.  FD

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15th June 2018 – Marple Bridge

The whole team were very helpful and patient in dealing with a difficult sale involving probate, tenants, and powers of attorney. We achieved a very successful outcome, handled in a professional and friendly manner.  At all stages we were kept fully informed of progress.  I would recommend this agent.  JC

 

15th June 2018 – Heaton Moor

Anna was a SUPERSTAR!  She guided us all the way and kept us up to date at all times.  She did her best to keep a long chain sorted out and put in a lot of hard work.

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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

Rural vs Town living

When you’re buying a house it is important to recognise which kind of location you prefer, country living or suburban life? Buying a great house in the wrong location is a compromise that can’t be fixed with a lick of paint!

We have provided some hints and tips to help you determine which location suits you best.

 

Reasons to live in the countryside

The views

If you love rolling hills and luscious green fields then the scenery of rural living is a ‘must have’ when considering the location of a property. For many people the view from a house can make or break a sale, waking up to beautiful English countryside could be the perfect way to start your day.

 

The countryside

The countryside is full of public footpaths and rural walks, scattered in between local pubs and idyllic villages. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the fresh air with pets in tow. If getting back to nature sounds appealing, the space and surroundings of a rural lifestyle could be for you.

 

The character

In many old rural properties you can’t miss the low hanging beams and crooked staircases, these period features add character and charm to a property. If you appreciate the quirkiness of an old country cottage or a quaint rural village, a move to the countryside might have more to offer you.

 

The people

There are strong rural communities in villages across the UK but inevitably, the countryside has considerably fewer people than many towns and cities. If you prefer to be amongst the wildlife rather than the nightlife you might feel more at home in the countryside.

 

The peace and quiet

The tranquil setting of the countryside can be a great escape from the busy 9-5. The commute from work could be the perfect opportunity to destress and leave behind noisy roadworks, motorways and traffic jams. But bear in mind, popping out for a pint of milk or getting a takeaway isn’t as easy in a rural environment.

 

Reasons to live in a town

The convenience

Living in the heart of a busy town most amenities are a short walk away. The convenience of 24 hour shops, petrol stations, public transport and nightlife on your doorstep are fantastic benefits of town living.

 

The People

Living in a town can make it easier to keep in touch with friends, socialise and meet new people that are right around the corner. If you enjoy the company of others, town living might be the perfect setting for your social life.

 

The buzz

If you enjoy being right in the heart of a lively community, with thriving high streets and social networks, town living may provide the best environment for you.

 

The variety

Town living provides access to a variety of restaurants, shops, bars, cinemas and even work. If you love the choice, variety and convenience of a high street then town living may offer the best variety for you.

 

 

Winter proofing your home

The dark nights and wintery weather are upon us and it’s a good time to give your home a winter MOT! We are advising all home owners to check their properties over the next few weeks and get ready for the cold winter months ahead. Any extremes of weather can take their toll on our homes and gardens which can result in large repair bills; a surprise nobody wants in the run up to Christmas!

We have listed some simple hints and tips, which may save you time and money in the long run.

 

Windows and Doors

It is important to make sure all windows and doors are in good condition. If you have old, cracked or broken frames you may want to seal the gaps or use draught excluders to stop the cold weather from creeping in!

 

Attic or loft space

An important area to check, which is often forgotten, is the attic or loft space in your home. You need to check the area is well insulated to keep your home warm and cosy this winter as well as keep your heating bills low.

 

Boiler

This time of year is perfect for your annual boiler service to make sure it’s in tip top condition. The last thing you need in the midst of winter is a broken boiler, and a freezing cold house.

 

Radiators

A really easy way to keep your home warm this winter, is checking your radiators are heating properly, if they are cold at the top and hot at the bottom, it’s a sign they’ll need bleeding.

 

Decking and Paving

Wintery weather coupled with outdoor decking and paving are a lethal combination. The freezing weather can cause paving to crack causing trip hazards whilst leaves and water can collect and freeze on decking to create a dangerously slippy surface. It’s important to be aware of any changes to avoid nasty falls.

 

Gutters and Drains

Leaves, plants and other debris can quickly clog gutters and drains, a clear out before winter is essential to prevent water over flowing and causing damage.

 

Roof

It is important to regularly check your property’s roof to prevent small problems becoming a major issue. Cracked or missing tiles can allow rain into your home, potentially causing damp.

 

Garden furniture

Buying new garden furniture every year can become costly, try bringing in or covering your outdoor furniture so it doesn’t get ruined beyond repair!

 

Top tips on childproofing your home

Often we forget how dangerous our homes can be – especially for young children.

These tips are aimed at increasing your awareness should you have children yourself or small visitors coming to see you.

Here we take a walk through a typical home and suggest things you may wish to check on:

 

Bathroom

  • Bathrooms present a slip hazard, especially when floors are wet from splashing in the bath or sink. You can safeguard this area by using non-slip mats, in and out of the bath and shower areas. This will reduce the risk of any nasty falls.
  • Our bath and shower trays are typically laden with shower gels and shampoos. These should to be moved out of harm’s way.
  • Be particularly vigilant if you have razors of any type in the bathroom – these should be placed in a high cabinet or a lockable cupboard.

 

Another hazardous area is the kitchen with a number of dangers in close proximity

  • Make sure all knives, forks, scissors and all other sharp utensils are kept safely out of sight and out of reach. It is a good idea to install a childproof catch to prevent any accidental openings of drawers.
  • In the majority of household kitchens, the cupboard directly beneath the sink houses all manner of cleaning products, including bleach and harsh chemicals. These will need to be either moved to a higher place where they cannot be reached by young children, or a safety catch needs to be added.
  • Children are too young to realise potential dangers and will routinely explore their surroundings. When cooking, ensure all saucepan handles face inwards to prevent being pulled over. Also, there should be no stools or obstacles positioned near the oven as young children will tend to climb onto these.
  • If you still have a stair gate, use this to place in the doorway. This will enable the kitchen to be free from any little roaming explorers, whilst still being able to have contact with you. This will allow you to keep an eye on them whilst they are in the next room, and you can cook without the hazard of a small child at your feet.

 

It is a fact that young children will fall, often! A lot of the time, young children will be in the sitting room with adults. But this doesn’t mean that there are still no hazards present.

  • Any hard or sharp edges of furniture need to be removed or cushioned. A coffee table is a magnet for young children, as they can reach everything on there. They can pull themselves up as well, meaning that there is a greater risk of injury.

 

Bedroom

  • It is always worth investing in a good baby monitor for use when children are in there own room. These need to be placed next to the cot where it is out of reach from tiny hands.

 

If you are conscious of missing a key point, then get down on your hands and knees and view your rooms from a toddler’s eye level. This will open your eyes to any dangers you might have originally overlooked. Always ensure hallways, stairs and passages are well lit to avoid any accidents.

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