stockport property blog

(covering SK1, SK2 and SK3)

The proportion of sales by house type

For this month’s market update, we’ve decided to take a look at what percentage of total sales each house type accounts for each quarter. Whilst it doesn’t show the actual number of sales, it’s very useful for seeing what each property type is contributing to the total level of transactions. It also permits year-on-year comparisons, which negate the impact of seasonality.

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Covent Garden Archaeology Open Day

Salford Archaeology will be hosting an Archaeology Open Day on Thursday 11th January between 12 noon and 2pm at Covent Garden (off Lower Hillgate), Stockport.

The Open Day will give residents the opportunity to see the ongoing archaeological works at Covent Garden, including former housing along Crowther Steps, Crowther Mill (a late 18th century silk mill) and the former Stockport Sunday School. Built in 1805 and demolished in 1971, the Sunday School was said to be the largest Sunday School in the world.

Salford Archaeology will have staff available around the site and will have information boards.

The Covent Garden area is set to be re-developed, bringing new homes in to Stockport town centre.

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How much does outside space really matter in Stockport?

Outside space has always been a sought-after commodity, whether it’s acres of land or a balcony with pleasant views. Most property searchers have a few items on their list when looking for a new home, with some form of outside space usually near the top. But remember, gardens, balconies and terraces aren’t just eye candy; they also add value to properties.

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First glimpse of the next phase of Stockport Exchange

A first glimpse of the next phase of Stockport Exchange has been revealed by Stockport Council and Muse Developments.

Building on the phenomenal success that Stockport Exchange has already achieved, the stunning new 60,000 sq ft office will be developed next to the recently completed One Stockport Exchange office.

The new six-storey Grade A office building at the award-winning business district is expected to create a further 350 jobs in the town centre. That’s over and above the 300 that have already been created by phase two… read the full article here

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Exciting Development Opportunity right in the heart of Stockport Town Centre

Impey & Co Commercial Agents are currently listing a potentially great development opportunity. It is a Grade II listed former bank, and is set right in the heart of Stockport Town Centre, close to the Market Place, Great and Little Underbank’s, and the new Redrock Leisure complex.

There is currently planning in place for residential accomodation to be added to the first, second and third floors. The current planning is for 4x one bedroom apartments and 2x two bedroom apartments, with a commercial unit on the ground floor.

Currently listed at Offers Over £300,000, this is a beautiful building and could be a great buy in a great location.

Find out more and contact the agent here

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Who are your community heroes

Whether it is a local band like Blossoms who are promoting a positive image of Stockport around the world or whether it is a person who tirelessly raises money for charity, Stockport Council would like to say thank you to Stockport’s special citizens.

If you know someone that deserves an award, nominate them here

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Top Tips for Landlords over the Christmas Holidays!

This time of year of my most exciting time of year!  I love the festive period and dressing up in my Christmas Jumper and eating mince pies – delightful!  It’s a great time and everyone is thinking about their Christmas Dinner, getting the family together and opening their gifts.  But this means that lots of people will be packing up their homes to meet up with family and therefore leaving their homes vacant over Christmas and New Year.  This is important to consider if you are a Landlord as your rental home could be being vacated for a couple of weeks and with Christmas ultimately comes the potential for bad weather be it snow, or icy conditions.

So, with this in mind I have put together a list of top tips for my Landlords this Christmas.

1. driving home for Christmas… Christmas is a busy season for burglars, so if your tenants are going away and leaving the property empty, make sure to remind them to secure the home properly. That includes closing all doors and windows, and even asking the neighbours to keep an eye out for you.

2. shine bright, dazzle dazzle… For added security, it may be worth setting a timer so lights come on at random if your tenants are away for an extended period of time.

3. its going to be warm this winter… As a landlord, you’re responsible for the maintenance of gas appliances, ensuring they’re kept in a safe, working condition. It’s usually at Christmas that boilers start playing up, so it’s worth checking the heating system is in order before things get really chilly.

Keeping heating on zero during a cold spell can cause damage to your heating, so if your tenants are spending Christmas elsewhere, it’s advisable to programme the heating to come on for an hour a day.

4. chestnuts roasting on an open fire… Make sure that tenants avoid fire risks and unplug electrical appliances – including Christmas lights – if they are heading home for Christmas. (This doesn’t include large appliances like the fridge or freezer!)   If your tenants are hosting Christmas at their rental property, ensure all alarms are in working order – not just for the turkey’s sake!

5. this year, to save me from tears… Landlords should ensure regular checks are carried out on boilers, showers and washing machines by qualified tradesmen. During the winter period, we advise all our landlords to ensure all pipes and tanks exposed to cold temperatures are well lagged. If your tenants are away for a long time, it may even be worth turning the stopcock off to minimise the chance of a water leak.

6. silent night!  Finally, if you’re jetting off to sunnier climes or retreating to the parents’ place, make sure the tenants have someone to contact – like a managing agent – if they are staying in London. There will always be a tenant who loses their keys after a festive Christmas do – so having somewhere nearby where spare keys are held is advised.

If you have any Christmas concerns or are thinking about having your property managed by a local agent then please do contact me for lettings and/or property management advice on 0161 474 8668.

Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Gemma

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Stockport’s historic White Lion Pub to be transformed in to mixed-use residential and leisure development

Laurus Homes, in partnership with Stockport Council, are set to transform Stockport’s oldest pub, the White Lion on the Underbank, in to a mixed-use residential and leisure development. The £2.4m scheme, once complete, will consist of 11 apartments (seven 1x bedroom, three 2x bedroom, and one 2x bedroom duplex apartment) plus a restaurant premises to the ground floor.

Read full details and comments from Councillor Kate Butler here 

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Distance to work

How far people travel to work says a lot about the nature of an area. For example if people live and work in market towns there is likely to be a lot more community spirit to experience in daily life. When people are travelling further afield to work, they effectively spend their days on two different communities. It will be interesting to see if community spirit increases as people work more from home.

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Winter Snow Garden at Merseyway Shopping Centre

Merseyway Shopping Centre have created a winter snow garden for the family to enjoy!

Brimming with fluffy artificial snow, children aged 9 and under can dress up a pair of frosty snowmen, throw soft playable snowballs and write a letter to Santa, all for free. Little ones can also make ‘Santa Stop Here’ signs every Thursday in free craft workshops. It has been running since the 4th December and will stay open until Saturday 23rd December. Opening hours are 11:00am to 4:00pm from Monday to Saturday and 11:00am to 3:00pm on Sundays.

There are still a couple of days left to get down there and have a look for yourself, find out all the details here

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