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Cooper Adams scoops award

Cooper Adams scoops 4th in the South East and  Top Agent in East Preston at the National ESTAS  Estate & Letting Agent AWARDS 2012


Phil Spencer said “The ESTAS are the most important and valuable awards in our industry. To be shortlisted requires a lot of hard work, over a very long period of time.”

Simon Brown, owner of the awards added “Agents that take part in the ESTAS believe passionately in providing the highest quality customer service. They are prepared to go that extra mile, prepared to take criticism as well as praise and prepared to invest and develop their businesses accordingly”.

The results of the competition were determined by research carried out amongst customers who are asked a series of questions about the service they have received from their agent. Over 33,000 votes were received making it the biggest consumer survey of its kind in the property industry.

Shaun Adams said “Everyone here at Cooper Adams are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted an award at the ESTAS. The awards means so such because it’s our clients who have rated us not a judging panel. We pride ourselves on high levels of customer service as this award shows we must be getting it right!”

Radon Gas information in the UK

radon gas

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas given off by the decay of uranium in soil and rocks.

Radon has no colour, taste or smell. Levels vary from country to country, region to region and even from house to house in the same street. In open spaces, when radon mixes with air, it is quickly diluted into the atmosphere. But when air containing radon rises from the soil and rocks beneath your home it may find its way in – mainly through cracks in floors, walls and gaps around service pipes.

High radon levels in existing houses can usually be reduced by changes to the ventilation system, such as improving underfloor air bricks.

A fairly common enquiry received at the Council is that of a house-buyer wanting to know about radon levels in the property they are about to purchase as a result of information from a survey.

Radon is one of a family of elements known as inert or noble gases. Inert gases are all colourless, odourless and have no taste or smell, making them difficult to detect without instrumentation. Radon has a property unique to the inert gases in that it is radioactive and is usually formed from the radioactive decay of uranium. When uranium decays it first forms radium and then radon. As it changes from radium into radon it also undergoes a physical transformation as it turns from a solid into a gas and therefore escapes from the rock or soil into the air. Eventually, radon will further break down into harmless elements as the radioactive decay sequence is completed. Radon is a very rare element and at ordinary background levels it poses no health risks to people or animals.

However, certain types of rock contain relatively high concentrations of uranium and in these areas, radon concentrations can be many times higher than normal background levels. There are several areas of Britain where this is the case, including most of South-West England, West and North Wales, South and East Midlands, the Pennines and Northumberland.

This area, along with a large number of other areas has been designated as a “Radon affected area.” The definition of a “Radon affected area” is one where more than 1% of homes are expected to be above the Government’s Action Level of 200 Bq/m3. If a survey indicates the presence of radon gas in a particular post code it does not mean radon gas has been detected at any particular  property.

The Cooper Adams Monthly Residential Housing Market Report

BN16 Market Review March/April 2012

Sales up 50% on last March

  • Local properties for sale down 26% since March 2011
  • Cooper Adams viewings up 17% since February 2012
  • In March 53% more new buyers registered compared to February 2012

Reviewing the market place – we can positively report that activity to purchase property has continued to remain strong with March being an extremely good month. With the amount of properties coming onto the market still low and available properties in the local area down some 26% than March last year, this has continued to fuel demand.

However, BN16 asking prices have dropped slightly by 2% in the last month; on a personal note we have experienced closer offers and in some cases the full asking price. Reinforcing that a realistic price is still the key to obtaining a suitable buyer.

Nationally asking prices have increased slightly overall varying on which part of the country although the London market remains strong which usually fillters out to the surrounding counties. We have also found an increase of buyers registering with ourselves up by 53% than the previous month resulting in an upturn on our viewings by 17% with our sales increasing significantly as a result.

Hopefully in the coming weeks more property will reach the market. If you are considering a move then with the weather likely to improve this will give you an opportunity to market your home showing it at its best light.

With the letting market also exhausted with tenants seeking properties with limited supply available an opportunity to rent a property is also a good option with our Letting Department extremely busy.

Disclaimer: This report is produced for general information only. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication. The content remains the property of Cooper Adams under copyright and reproduction of all or part of it in any form is prohibited without written permission from Cooper Adams. Cooper Adams obtained information via Rightmove.co.uk on national & local pricing and trends. The properties were on sale by estate agents on 1st April 2012 and advertised on Rightmove.co.uk.

April Gardening Tips

April, Week One

1. Time Saving Tip: Use a “ weed and feed” treatment on the lawn. The weedkiller and fertilizer are combined in one application.

2. Money Saving Tip: Use twigs off trees, especially birch as support for peas and herbaceous plants.

3. Dig a deep trench for sweet pea plants. Line the base with newspaper to help hold water and backfill with a mixture of soil and moisture retentive compost.

4. Remove any growths which appear on the stems of standard roses below the grafted head. Cut them as close to the main stem as possible.

5. Rake the lawn with a wire rake before cutting the grass. Any runners of buttercup and clover will be raised and cut off reducing the rate of spread.

6. Where bindweed is a problem among shrubs insert canes. The weed will grow up the canes where it can be sprayed with weedkiller without damaging the shrubs.

7. Old hedges are a constant source of weeds. Dig a trench 18 inches (45 cm ) deep in front of the hedge and line it with polythene to stop the weed roots spreading out into the garden.

April, Week Two

1. Time Saving Tip: Fill a hessian sack or an old pair of tights with chopped up barley straw and place in the pond with a weight to make it sink. It will control algae and green water.

2. Money Saving Tip: Some shrubs such as camellia, rhododendron and hamamelis are expensive. They will root by layering branches which bend to ground level. It will take at least 12 months but you will have a large rooted plant.

3. An effective method of preventing an attack of carrot fly is to surround the young plants with a 24 inch (60 cm ) barrier of horticultural fleece. They can’t fly over the “wall” to lay their eggs.

4. If you collect rainwater off the roof use an old pair of tights over the end of the gutter to strain out any debris or leaves.

5. Sow a few lettuce every two weeks to have a continuous supply through the summer and autumn.

6. Don’t buy cheap grow bags for your tomatoes.You get what you pay for and it may contain peat without any nutrients.

7. This is a good time to repot house plants. Use a pot one size up and leave the top inch free of compost to allow for watering.

8. Newly planted hedges should be pruned back by one third to encourage the plants to become bushy with good side shoots.

April, Week Three

This weeks’ tips are methods of controlling slugs and snails. Good luck!
1. Time Saving Tip: Training wall grown shrubs and fruit trees to wires is quicker than individually tying branches to masonry nails.

2. Money Saving Tip: After burning branches use the wood ash round the root area of fruit trees.It is high in potash.

3. Surround treasured plants with coarse grit or crushed egg shells. The don’t like crawling over the surface on their bare tummies.

4. If using pellets hide them under stones where other animals can’t eat them.

5. Plants in containers can be protected by coating the rim in vaseline. They won’t crawl through it. Make sure none are lurking in the plant or compost.

6. Use beer to trap them. A lovely way to drown!

7. They are attracted to the skins of citrus fruit. Remove them each morning to the bin.

8. If pellets are used remove the bodies each morning. They may not be dead.

April, Week Four

1. Time Saving Tip: Cut the broken handle of a spade down to 12 inches (30 cm ) and sharpen the end. Now you have a good dibber.

2. Money Saving Tip: Foliar feed leafy house plants which are looking tired. Don’t use it on Begonia rex or Saint Paulias.

3. Before spraying horsetail weed with glyphosate crush the stems with a stick or your feet.

4. If your soil is heavy,wet or clay, plant summer bulbs such as gladioli on a layer of grit or sharp sand for drainage.

5. Fill gaps between shrubs with annuals for summer show.

6. Flood glasshouse soil two weeks before planting tomatoes. It will help to wash out unwanted salts, the residue of last year’s feeding. The soil will have drained by the time you plant.

7. Earth up the early potatoes with soil to protect the emerging shoots from frost damage.


Courtesy of http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/gardenerscorner/calendar-april.shtml

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