Venture Properties Blog

New office in Bishop Auckland now open!

We’re delighted to announce that the Company has expanded into its sixth branch in Bishop Auckland as we continue to grow throughout the North East.

The new branch has now officially opened it’s doors and  will be managed by  Leanne Henderson.

We have decided to go to Bishop Auckland as it is within close proximity of two of our existing offices, Darlington and Crook, and would service the area in between those two offices and we  are frequently asked to go to there for valuations and this was a main factor in our decision-making.

We now have offices in Darlington, Cockerton village, Chester le Street, Crook, Durham and Bishop Auckland, with our Durham office only opening in September of last year.

We’re very excited about the future and genuinely believe we can offer clients something that is different from a traditional estate agency.

For a free valuation please contact Leanne or Hollie at our new office on 01388 741188

 

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When condensation is the issue and not rising damp

 

One subject that returns with the colder weather like clockwork, is the subject of dampness and condensation within properties so we’ve decided to put a few pointers down so that people can perhaps understand this better

‘Condensation dampness’ is a condition that affects millions of homes in the UK and is particularly common in houses which are poorly heated and insulated i.e. have more cold surfaces and usually gets worse in winter. This problem can lead to staining and mould growth damaging wallpaper, wall surfaces, window frames, furniture and clothing. The tiny spores produced by this mould and higher numbers of dust mites due to the moist conditions can also increase the risk of illness such as asthma and bronchitis.

What is condensation?

All air contains a certain amount of ‘invisible’ water vapour. The higher the temperature of the air the more water vapour it can hold. Condensation frequently occurs when air carrying vapour comes into contact with a cool surface. At this reduced temperature less water can be held and it is deposited. It is for this reason that the bathroom mirror steams up after a shower or a window when you breathe on it.

Where does condensation dampness occur?

The most vulnerable areas will either be rooms where a large amount of moisture is produced, i.e. bathroom/kitchen, or on cold surfaces in other rooms where this moisture can travel to. The effects of this process may be visible, for example droplets of water on gloss painted windowsill’s, but often the water droplets will soak into the wall and a problem will not be diagnosed until black mould patches start to appear.

The following areas are particularly prone to condensation:

  • Cold surfaces such as mirrors, single glazed windows (above) and metal window frames.
  • Kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Walls of unheated rooms.
  • Cold corners of rooms.
  • Wardrobes/cupboards and behind furniture against an outside wall.
How to tackle condensation dampness

The major difference between condensation and other forms of dampness is that you have the ability to reduce or solve the problem just through changing behaviour in the home. Try following these steps:

Reduce the moisture: Normal activities such as bathing, washing and cooking all produce moisture which cannot be avoided. Simple changes however can prove effective in tackling condensation dampness. Steps to consider are:

  • Keep lids on saucepans while cooking.
  • Tumble driers should be vented to the outside.
  • Avoid the use of bottled gas and paraffin heaters as these produce high levels of vapour.
  • Dry washing outside when possible.

However, the most effective course of action you can take is:

  • When creating steam in the kitchen/bathroom open windows and close doors to these rooms. This will let moisture escape and prevent it from spreading through the house.

Increase ventilation: This is required so that moist air produced can escape, simply opening a window will do. A suitable level of ventilation will allow this without making occupants uncomfortable by causing draughts and making the room cold. It may be quite difficult to strike the right balance. It is for this reason many houses have built in ventilation measures such as trickle ventilators and extractor fans.

Kitchen and bathrooms with severe condensation problems should not be draught proofed.

Heating: Condensation is most likely to be a problem in homes which are under heated. Try to keep temperatures in all rooms above 15°C as this will reduce condensation forming on external walls.

Insulation: Following these steps should significantly reduce any condensation dampness problems you may have. If a problem still exists, insulating your home will have a three fold value in tackling the problem through:

  • Warming the surface temperature of wall, ceilings and windows.
  • Generally increase the temperature of the home.
  • Reducing heating costs thus allowing the home to be heated to a higher standard more affordably.

VENTURE CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS

*Christmas opening hours are the same at all of our offices*

TUESDAY 23RD DECEMBER                 9 – 3

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CHRISTMAS DAY                                   CLOSED

BOXING DAY                                           CLOSED

27TH DECEMBER                                   CLOSED

28TH DECEMBER                                   CLOSED

29TH DECEMBER                                   10-3

30TH DECEMBER                                  10-3

 

31ST DECEMBER                                    9-1

1ST JANUARY                                       CLOSED

NORMAL OFFICE HOURS RESUME 2ND JANUARY 2015

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Happy Christmas from all at Venture Properties

As another year passes by at the speed of light we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients that we’ve worked with over the last twelve months. The support and custom that we have received across our offices is always greatly appreciated and never taken for granted.

2014 has been a busy and exciting time for Venture Properties as we’ve seen our Company go from strength to strength and continue it’s expansion by opening a new branch in Durham City. We’re also delighted to announce that we will also be opening in Bishop Auckland in January 2015, which will be our sixth office.

We intend making 2015 another success story and we look forward to working with more people.

We’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

 

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Our Chester le Street office celebrates it’s third birthday!

Our Chester le Street office celebrates it’s 3rd birthday this week  and continues to go from strength to strength.  The team have worked extremely hard to establish the brand within the local market and have most definitely succeeded. 

Lynne Stephenson, Director of Venture said “I’m extremely proud of the team and at how well we have done over the last three years, which have flown over.  There is always more to do and we are looking forward to pushing on and continuing to provide a great service to our clients.”

 

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New wheels and new deals

We’ve just added another three Citreon C1 cars to our fleet which will enable us to service our customers needs to the highest level. This means we will have even more valuers and accompanied viewers out on the road at any one given time.

We have also added some fantastic new packages to our selling portfolio which are “exclusively for you”  where our property valuers will talk through and set up a package which is specific to every customers individual needs and are tailor made to fit as every property is different and needs showing off in different ways. These options include 3D floor plans, premier listings on websites, video tours and the option of including an Energy performance certificate absolutely free, saving you up to £100 plus VAT*

 If you are thinking of selling or letting your property, make sure you call us, at any of our local stores.

*subject to terms and conditions

 

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The importance of property inventories

We strongly believe and advise all landlords that having a professional inventory carried out is essential when renting out your property. Here’s why..

 How do we do our inventories?

 Our inventories are done professionally and thoroughly by a trained member of staff. They combine a written element of each room, as well as accompanying photographs. We also take meter readings for gas, electricity and water (if applicable).

 What else does the inventory cost pay for?

 Our inventories provide good value for money and pay for a variety of things. Firstly, the inventory is very thorough and time-consuming, taking anywhere from between 1 and 4 hours, depending on the size of the property. When the Tenant moves in, we will also inform all of the utility suppliers for you, as well as the local Council Tax office and Northumbrian Water. When the Tenant moves out, we will meet with them at the property to go through the original inventory and ensure it has been left clean and tidy. If there are any issues with it, we will resolve the disputes using the Deposit Protection Scheme, which saves you lots of time and energy. We will also inform utility suppliers of final meter readings, as well as letting the Council Tax office and Northumbrian Water know your Tenant has vacated.

 My property is unfurnished. Do I still need an inventory?

 The answer to this question is a resounding ‘Yes’. Some Landlords believe because their property is unfurnished, they do not need an inventory. This is not the case. What about the carpets, walls, kitchen units, any white goods, skirting boards, ceiling, windows, banisters, blinds and curtains, locks and handles etc? What if it’s not been cleaned? The list goes on.

 What happens if I don’t have a professionally done inventory and the Tenant causes damage to my property?

 Without a professionally prepared inventory, any damage caused by the Tenant whilst in your property will be impossible to prove if the Tenant disputes your findings as there is no evidence as to the condition of the property before the tenant moved into it.  This means that the potential losses for a Landlord runs into the thousands of pounds.

 Can I do my own inventory instead?

Yes, you can but Tenancy Deposit Schemes where the Tenant’s bond is registered do not look favourably on inventories that are not done to a professional standard and that don’t include both written elements and photographic evidence, dates and signatures. The majority of invnetories that we have seen that have prepared by landlords are not done properly and do not contain information that a redress Scheme would rely upon. These Schemes have also have stated they prefer inventories that have been prepared by third parties.

 

 

MacMillan coffee morning success!

Each year all of our offices participate in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support, a fabulous charity which we have always been very proud to be associated with. Early this year we bacame the official sponsors and charity fundraisers of MacMillan and we aim to raise more money over the next 9 months with other fundrasing events.

After last year’s coffee morning we raised a fabulous £2,863, and a figure we were all determined to better this time round. We’re delighted to confirm that by the skin of our teeth we have managed to exceed that amount as this year’s total came in at £2,920.

We’d obviously like to thank a lot of people without whom, these coffee mornings wouldn’t be the success they are. All the people who donated their time and baked fantastic cakes, pies, biscuits, sausage rolls (the list is endless!) the local businesses who again have been so genrous in offering great prizes for the raffle. Special thanks must go to DMA Law who not only helped us by selling raffle tickets they also donated a wonderful food hamper for the second year running,the people who donated money and attended the coffe morning (some had been to be more than one) & bought tickets for the raffle, and thanks to our great team for all their hard work in putting this together and workig so hard throughout the morning.

RAFFLE WINNERS DARLINGTON  Hamper from DMA Law -  Susie Cosgrove  £100 restaurant voucher – Donna (Ali’s work) Day pass Alnwick castle – Patricia Franklin  Flowers from Eliza Blooms – Colin Meads  Gold day 4 ball Blackwell – John Ainslie  Hairdressing by Mojoa – Karen  Professional photo session with Stan Seaton – Jane Turner  Westpark Cafe voucher – Jacqui   Rockcliffe Hall Afternoon tea for two – Julie Mathieson   port – Lisa Ridehalgh Bottle of champagne – Boilers UK  Elan Clothing – Carol –  Gallerina   Box of chocs & bottle of wine – Mr Cardwell DMA Law   Cartride world voucher – Louise’s mam   Meat voucher from Fenwick’s butchers – Carol – Gallerina

RAFFLE WINNERS CHESTER LE STREET  12 month family ticket for Alnwick Castle – Tom, Franks Free conveyance – Joyce Openshaw £30 voucher for Davincis Italian Restaurant – Pat Stables £20 voucher for Wagamama Asian Restaurant – Andrew Beck Tea for two at Rockcliffe Hall – Tom, Franks Voucher for a cut and blow dry from Headmasters – Debbie Turner Voucher for a treatment at Creations, Nail and Beauty – Noreen Oliver Boquet of Flowers – Marian Teasdale Luxury Hamper – Judy Thompson Six bottles of wine – Sean, Market Golf Brolley – Tom, Davincis

RAFFLE WINNERS CROOK 

Luxury Hamper Pink 51-55 James
Meal for 2 at Corner House Green 636-640 Liz Mean
Staples Woodcraft Hamper Blue 191-195 Lia Banks
Escape Cut and Finish Yellow 536-540 Meg Barrass
Philosophy Blow Dry Blue 11-15 Tara Barras
Ria Hair cut and blow dry Blue 371-375 Sharon Barker
Foxs Biscuits Pink 101-105 Les Young
Personal Training Session Green 426-430 Young Albert
Marks & Spencer Chocolates Blue 496-500 Mrs Dunn
Quality Street Green 451-455 Albert Senior
Champagne Yellow 711-715 Anne Dobinson
Yankee Candle Blue 406-410 Kelly Stephens
Venture Hamper Pink 96-100 Margaret Smith
Sunderland Dogs Tickets Yellow 506-510 Freda Dixon
Milk Tray Green 541-545 Molly Raine
Meal for two at Green Green 741-745 Harold Rochester
Bottle of Wine Blue 156-160 Melanie Smith
Sunderland Dogs Tickets Blue 226-230 Stephen Staples
Sweet Hamper Pink 6-10 Mark Garthwaite
Meal for two at Farrers Blue 286-290 Stephen Staples
Car Valet Yellow 591-595 Tracy Wilkinson
Lucky Dip for Lotto Green 406-410 Sarah Richardson
Spotty Dog Wine Charms Green 776-780 Harold Rochester
Crook Hall Season Ticket Blue 421-425 Teresa Barrass
Box Of Thorntons Chocolates Yellow 561-565 Margaret Blakey
Sunderland Dogs Tickets Pink 71-75 Lynn Staples
Box of Black Magic Green 576-570 Eric
Spotty Dog Ceramic Plaque Blue 51-55 Mark Banks
Boiler Service Chris Penfould Blue 101-105 Clare Thompson
Dairy Box Blue 201-205 Lisa Little
Bottle Of Wine Green 801-805 Brenda
Sunderland Dogs Tickets Yellow 556-560 Marion
Sunderland Dogs Tickets Green 436-440 Billy
Sunderland Dogs Tickets Blue 391-395 Catherine

                                                                                 

 

 

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Our new office at Durham is now OPEN

We’re delighted to announce that we have now opened our fifth office at 4 New Elvet in Durham City.

Durham is vibrant and beautiful location and is an area that we’ve worked hard to expand into for some time. We’re thrilled that we now have the opportunity to work from here and we’re really looking forward to helping people move within the city.

To celebrate the launch of the new office we’re running an opening promotional offer for a limited time where we have 50% off all fees, so if you’re thinking of selling, renting, buying or letting, call in for a coffee and see what we can offer you.

The office will be open 9 x 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and is headed by Todd Armstrong. Todd has worked in this industry for eleven years and has spent most of them working in Durham so knows the area and the market extremely well. 

 He can be contacted on 0191 372 9797 or email durham@venturepropertiesuk.com

 

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Adam re-joins our Darlington sales team

We’re delighted to announce that Adam Pomoroy has re-joined our sales team at our Darlington office after working abroad in Abu Dhabi for a number of years. Adam will assist with valuations and will also work as a sales consultant within the office.

Adam had spent several years working within our sales team before embarking on new career experience on sunnier shores.  Prior to working with us Adam worked for a corporate agent in Darlington so he has a wealth of experience in his field.

“I  had a fantastic experience working in Abu Dhabi but when this opportunity arose I knew I wanted to return and work again with a great bunch of people and with a dynamic and forward thinking Company” said Adam.

Our Director Carl Jenkinson said “We’re absolutely delighted Adam has re-joined the team. He brings so much enthusiasm and experience with him. He’s joining a really strong sales team so that takes a bit of the pressure off him!”

 

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