Month: December 2017

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!


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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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a fabulous buy-to-let opportunity in chelburn court, stockport

Dear Readers!

We couldn’t go outside today to produce a video for you as the weather wasn’t great, so we decided to stay in the office and use the brilliant map that we have in our office to bring you another fantastic buy-to-let opportunity in Stockport.  If you would like any more information or if you would like to discuss this property with me please give me a call on 0161 474 8668.

Thanks, Gemma!

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Average property prices by type

Quarterly analyses of house price movements are a great way of seeing year-on-year changes. This chart is a particularly useful way to look at the market because it strips out seasonality, which can distort things and lead us to show things that might be inaccurate.

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2018 set to be a year of opportunity for the Stockport property market

As one year ends and another begins, we thought we’d take a look at what’s happened in the Stockport market over the last 12 months, and what a year it has been. It’s true that something of a ‘cold front’ has been moving across most of the country, but the strong fundamentals which underpin the Stockport market mean that we’re well placed to weather any storm.

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Annual sales levels split by property type

In this analysis we’ve looked at how sales of property types have stacked up over time (literally!). For each of the last eight years we show what number of sales are accounted for by flats, terraces, semi-detached and detached homes. This analysis is very useful because it shows not only the total number of sales, but the types of properties it comprises.

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