Win £2000 of holiday vouchers*
If you’re thinking about selling your home it’s easy to start looking for the agent who has the lowest fee charges. But this is just one part of the whole home selling process. What should be at the top of your list is an agency who can confidently handle your sale, in a professional manner with efficiency. So before you make that decision, do a little research and find an estate agency, like ours, that has solid experience in selling properties, like yours.
At Harrison Murray and the Nottingham Estate Agency we have been selling homes for years and as such we know the areas we sell in. We have excellent knowledge of the neighbourhoods you live in and those you want to live in. We also know what you’re looking for, which is why we have a good pool of potential buyers on our books.
They will be able to go through the whole process of moving, timescales, how similar houses in the area have sold and ensure the move is as efficient as possible.
If you’re thinking about moving, give us a call. And if you instruct us to sell your property between the 1st November 2013 to 28th February 2014, you will be able to enter a prize draw to win a lovely relaxing holiday of your choice, with £2,000 in Thomas Cook holiday vouchers*.
We know this won’t be the reason why you choose us. You’ll choose us because of our expertise and experience, but wouldn’t it be nice to get your home sold and have a lovely holiday courtesy of us?
To find out more contact your local branch
*Closing date 28th February 2014. Terms and Conditions apply. Entry is in branch.
Harrison Murray estate agents will be putting the kettle on later this month to help raise funds for charity.
The team at the Duston branch of the independent estate agents will be brewing up in aid of the Macmillan Coffee Morning – around a month before the official event because of staff holidays.
Staff, friends, family and customers are invited to dig deep in their pockets on Friday August 23rd – when tea, coffee and homemade cakes will be on sale in the branch at Bordeaux Close.
This is the second year that the branch has taken part in what has become a popular national fundraising event for a cause which is particularly close to the heart of Harrison Murray branch partner Paula Scinaldi.
Paula – who recently raised £300 after taking part in the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK in memory of her husband Tony – explained: “I have personally been with Macmillan for the last four years and as a team we wanted to support and promote the wonderful work the charity does. As many of us as possible wanted to be involved – which could only happen if we staged our event a month earlier, so we would love to see lots of public support.”
The event takes place from 9.30am until 12.30pm when shoppers and customers are invited to stop by for tea / coffee and cake.
Tea’s up ! Harrison Murray senior negotiator Claire Appleby and sales manager Kameron Hutchinson at the branch’s coffee morning with the company mascot.
When it comes to community spirit – estate agents Harrison Murray’s cup positively overflows with it!
The Market Harborough agent enlisted the help of the Harrison Murray mascot bear to announce details of the charity coffee morning at the branch, which saw local shoppers and business people chinking teacups in the name of Cancer Research UK.
The coffee morning collection and donations collected at last month’s Market Harborough Carnival have totalled £50 for the charity.
In addition – there was the Naming of the Bear competition announcement – with the adorable teddy being christened Charlie, and won by Harriett Muggleton.
Branch sales manager Kameron Hutchinson said: “The coffee morning was a brilliant success and our thanks to everyone who popped in to support the event. It also gave people the opportunity to find out a bit more about Harrison Murray, meet our friendly team and learn a little about our diverse range of services.”
With the long summer holidays just around the corner, there may be a chance to enjoy, rather than dread, a house move with the children around.
Moving home can be stressful enough for the adults, but spare a thought for the younger members of the family, and channel their energy in a positive and helpful way. In all the excitement of moving it may sometimes be difficult to remember that the young children in the family are also facing a change.
Harrison Murray development director Jackie Scotten said: “Selling the home and moving house can seem very daunting for some children, leaving them facing a huge change in their lives with new surroundings, new friends and possibly a new school.
“However old the children are, try and get them involved in the moving process by talking about the move, taking them on a fun trip to see a new school or new parks and places to eat, and give them little tasks to complete.”
Here’s how to get the children involved:
- Initially, chat to them about the family’s plans and get them on side when talking about moving to a new home in a new area – with lots to explore.
- Many children are expert hoarders, so introduce some eye-catching storage boxes and challenge them to sort out their toys/ belongings into things they really want to take with them and those to say goodbye to – this will help with de-cluttering too!
- For younger children, try and make sure that their boxed toys – with a label they can make themselves – are last into the removal van for easy access on arrival at the new home.
- Get your children involved in labelling other boxed items – with older children writing lists of contents.
- If possible, allow your younger children to select their new bedroom, decide on a colour theme and treat them to some new cushions, throws etc – but don’t overlook the favourite belongings that they may insist on taking.
- Let them say goodbye if you are moving out of the area. Take photographs and collect contact details from your child’s friends so they know they won’t lose touch.
- Ideally on the day of the move, have friends or relatives look after your children. If this isn’t possible, keep the children in the loop as to what’s happening and try and give them small tasks to do – but keep them small so that it doesn’t make the process more stressful for you!
- On arrival at the new house, encourage them straight away to put out a few initial belongings in their rooms to help make their mark on the new home.
A week or two in the sun may be just what you need if you’ve been trying to sell your home lately – but don’t forget to add your estate agent to any pre-packing preparations!
In all the excitement of a long-awaited break it may be easy to overlook a few important tasks to add alongside the ‘ticket, money, passports’ checklist.
Some simple steps can help sellers not only overcome the house selling blues whilst they are away – but could actually result in someone putting in an offer in their absence.
“When the weather is nice, people are more inclined to view houses, and a property always looks better on a sunny day,” said head of estate agency at Harrison Murray, Nick Salmon. “So when sellers go away, they should ensure that their house is still looking its best. While sellers enjoy a well-earned break, their estate agent will continue to work hard on their behalf.”
“There are a few steps sellers can take to ensure that there are no missed opportunities when it comes to viewings in their absence. Unfortunately, it is a situation estate agents experience time and time again – the seller goes on holiday and forgets to leave a key with the agent for them to show potential buyers the property while they are away.”
“This is easily resolved. If you are planning a break this summer, we would advise letting your agent know, and also to put together a simple checklist so that you don’t miss out on that potential sale.”
- Inform your estate agent that you are going away – and above all, leave them a key. There is nothing worse than having to turn away interested viewers because the agent has no access to your home.
- Ensure the house is clean and tidy before you leave. Place a couple of air fresheners around the property to compensate for having to keep windows closed and locked.
- Check for anything that might go off and smell – bread, fruit in a bowl and even flowers in a vase – and throw it away.
- Empty household rubbish bins, make sure all work surfaces are clean and tidy, clear out magazine racks, ensure that draining boards and sinks are clear of washing up and the dishwasher is clear of dirty crockery.
- Cut the lawn prior to your departure.
- If your refuse bins are due for collection while you are away, ask a neighbour to pull them back from the kerb to a suitable place once emptied.
- Make sure your agent also has a contact number in case they need to call you about that all important offer – even if you are sunning yourself abroad!
To find our where you nearest Harrison Murray branch is, or for more property tips, visit www.harrisonmurray.co.uk
Swapping the surroundings of their town centre branch for the fairway, Harrison Murray estate agents have been tee-ing off for a worthy cause.
Harrison Murray got behind the Aldwickbury Golf Club Charity Weekend in aid of the Hertfordshire Air Ambulance by sponsoring the 18th hole.
The Harpenden branch of the independent estate agents and valuers were among the many local business to turn out at the Aldwickbury Golf Course for the Harpenden Charity Golf event.
The tournament was held to boost funds for the £10,000 appeal in aid of Hertfordshire Air Ambulance, with Harrison Murray sponsoring the 18th hole.
Members of the air ambulance team, which landed the helicopter close to the 18th hole, were greeted by the Harrison Murray golfers as well as the company’s mascot!
Harpenden branch partner John Carini said: “It was a great day and we were delighted to be involved in not only an event which was a lot of fun but one which raised money for such a worthwhile, vital and local cause.”
What goes up must come down! Harrison Murray sales negotiator Diana Rugge from Northampton was exhilarated by the charity skydive.
Back on terra firma after plunging 13,000 feet from a plane is Northampton estate agent, and now charity skydiver, Diana Rugge.
After spending the past few months selling cakes and creative works of art, the Harrison Murray sales negotiator put her real fundraising efforts to the test with a skydive at Brackley Airfield in support of Action Aid.
Diana, who works at Harrison Murray’s town centre office, says the charity has had a huge impact on her life over the past five years. Not only has she sponsored a child in her birth country of Zimbabwe, but earlier this year she travelled the thousands of miles to meet nine-year-old Linnet and her family.
Action Aid is dedicated to helping communities in disadvantaged countries. Raising just shy of £600, Diana (23) knows just how important the donation is towards funding the charity’s work.
Diana said: “My huge thanks to everyone who has supported me and who truly understands just how much this charity and its work mean to me – particularly as I have had the honour of meeting one of the many families it helps. It was very emotional – not only to go back to my homeland, but to visit rural areas I had never seen before. Action Aid is currently building a new classroom at Linnet’s school, which was wonderful to see. The skydive was an amazing and exhilarating experience, and something I will remember for a very long time.”
Did you know:
- £25 could supply water to 250 people for four days in East Africa.
- £50 could give 100 children in Uganda sports equipment like footballs, volleyballs and nets.
- £100 could run a medical hospital in India for five days, treating over 1,000 people.
- £200 could provide a school of 1,000 pupils in Malawi with a guaranteed meal of nutritious porridge for two weeks.
Harrison Murray’s Market Harborough team – and special guests – at the town’s recent carnival.
Kind-hearted estate agents from Harrison Murray’s Market Harborough branch are continuing to boost their community involvement, with a new fund-raising initiative.
One of the most community-minded estate agents in the town, Harrison Murray recently joined in the party atmosphere alongside other businesses, visitors and families at the annual Market Harborough Carnival.
Joining sales manager Kameron Hutchinson and his team for the event was a smartly dressed company mascot – and a mini mascot looking for a new home!
As one of the newest business in the town, Harrison Murray staff were able to chat to event-goers and give them an insight into the estate agency – as well as handing out branded goodies and running a ‘Name the Harrison Murray Bear’ competition.
Kameron said: “The carnival was a lot of fun and as the only estate agent present, we were delighted to be able to chat to people thank them for their support in not only welcoming us into the town, but helping us to vital raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
“I am a firm believer in community involvement, both on a professional and personal level – and the feedback from local people has been fantastic.”
The bear competition is still running at the High Street branch, where customers can call in and pay a £1 to name the furry fella – and raise funds for Cancer Research UK at the same time.
A coffee morning to further boost coffers will be held at the branch on Tuesday July 9 from 10am until 1pm – after which a total raised will be announced, and the teddy officially named.
Buying a home can be a daunting experience – particular if you are going through the process for the first time or it has been many years since you last moved house.
Knowing the right questions to ask can sometimes be confusing in what, for some, may already be an uncertain process.
However, with some professional advice and top tips from independent estate agents and valuers Harrison Murray, buyers can shed light on issues they need guidance on, never thought of, or dared to ask in the first place!
- What is the position of the sellers? It is vital to know if the sellers are serious or toe-dippers. If they are in a hurry to sell then it may be easier to negotiate with them.
- What’s included in the sale? Through your agent, try and ensure that the sellers have an inventory which sets out their intentions surrounding fixtures and fittings – from curtain poles and carpets to garden ornaments.
- Does the property have its own private drainage, and who will be responsible in the event of environmental damager or spillage onto private land?
- Is the house listed and does it stand in a conservation area? This is important to know if you are planning an extension or even want to paint the outside of the property a particular colour in the future.
- Which way does the house face? It may seem trivial but if you like early morning and evening sun, an east/west facing house might suit – but a south facing garden may appeal more to those with green fingers!
- What’s your legal right of way? Check to see if the house has a shared driveway and what the implications are, as well as where the boundaries of the property lie.
- What are the neighbours like? Visit the property at different times of the day to try and monitor what’s happening at nearby houses – barking dogs or trampolines in the back garden could signal noise!
Harrison Murray head of estate agency Nick Salmon said: “There are so many questions that potential buyers don’t always think about at the time of finding what they feel is the property of their dreams. Knowing the true intention of the sellers is paramount, and subsequent answers to a number of questions could avoid the dream property turning into a house of horrors!”
With summer finally here many of us are likely to spend more time socialising or relaxing in the garden, or away from home altogether on a seasonal break.
While latest figures from The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) show substantial falls in property crime, Harrison Murray estate agents have some tips for keeping your property safe and secure during the summer month.
Head of estate agency Nick Salmon said: “Many of us seem to let our guard down slightly in the summer – with the warm evenings and sunny weekends meaning we spend more time outdoors. It just takes an opportunist thief to spot an open window and ruin your summer.”
- Check your doors, windows and patio doors are fully closed and locked before you go to bed.
- If you are in the garden, make sure the windows at the front of the house are closed – it’s easy for someone to enter your house unobserved via an insecure window or door.
- If you are planning to go away, ensure all moveable valuables like handbags, laptops and mobile phones are hidden from view upstairs.
- Use automatic timer-switches to turn on a light and perhaps a radio when it gets dark.
- Don’t leave your curtains drawn for the duration of your holiday – it’s fine in the evening but during the day it is a give away that the house is empty.
- A pile of post hanging out of your letterbox is a clear sign that you are away. Ask a trusted neighbour to pick up your post, or use Royal Mail’s ‘Keepsafe’ service; they will keep your mail for up to two months.
- Never leave keys anywhere near the front door, in line of sight from your letterbox; burglars know where to look.
- If you have a burglar alarm make sure it is serviced and you have mutual arrangement with a neighbour to hold keys and check the property. False calls are annoying and the genuine one may just get ignored.
- If you are selling your home, ensure you leave a key with your agent.
- Make sure the garden looks cared for and that passers-by can see the front of your home so that a burglar can’t work without being spotted. Some people think large overgrown hedges help hide their property, but they can be a blessing to those wanting to break in.
- Remove and secure items that may be used to break in or climb up such as ladders and garden tools – and don’t leave any equipment, like lawnmowers, unattended in your front garden.
- Secure gates and sheds, and fit security lighting on a movement detector.
- Fix garden statues securely in place.
- If you are putting in a new shed, try and place it in view of your house.
- Never leave your garage door open for others to view the contents – even for just a short time. They may make a mental note of what is in there and return later.
- Fit an alarm or heavy-duty lock to the garage.
- Make a note of model and series numbers of any bikes or tools stored in garages or sheds.
The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) shows substantial falls in property crime, with levels having fallen by half since they peaked in the mid-1990s. These were driven by large reductions in high volume crimes such as vandalism, vehicle-related theft and burglary – http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/crime-stats/crime-statistics/focus-on-property-crime–2011-12/index.html