Venture Properties Blog

Breath life into your property with a video tour

We’ve recently started offering our vendors and landlords video and audio tours to enhance the look of their properties on line and the feedback that we have received has been very positive from both potential buyers and potential tenants and they are actively encouraging viewings.

The beauty of a video tour is that it brings your property to life when it is viewed by someone on line and in a lot of cases it helps it stand out from the crowd as a lot of other properties don’t have one. The accompanying audio commentary will also emphasise features and stand out areas of the property that may have otherwise been missed by the viewer. We think they are a great tool to help promote your property (as long as they don’t go on too long!)

To look at a tour please hit the below link :

and if you’d like more information on them please contact your local office





Our Crook office celebrates first anniversary

Our Crook  office recently celebrated it’s first  year of successful trading and we’re delighted to announce that the office is going from strength to strength. Since opening, the team, led by Julie Mawson, have sold more than £4,437,900 pounds worth of property.

Julie said “We’re delighted to have done so well in our first year. Things are continuing to go from strength to strength and the signs are generally looking positive in the sales market so everything is pointing to another successful year of trading in 2014. The team here have worked very hard in achieving this success and we are determined to continue this by offering exceptional customer service to our clients. I’m delighted people have chosen to place their trust in the Company by letting us deal with their most prized asset”For any aspect of selling or renting call Julie or her team on 01388 741174



Welcome back Matthew

Matthew Laverick-Elliott has rejoined our team at our Darlington office after working as a teacher in South Africa for two years.

Matt, who qualified as a teacher after university, worked with us for several years before deciding to embark on the adventure of a lifetime teaching children in South Africa. Although he thoroughly enjoyed his time there he decided not to take up the offer of a further year on completing his initial contract and instead returned to blighty where we were only too happy to have him back!

It feels like he’s never been away in one respect, as he has taken up exactly where he left off ; organising things!

Matthew will be working predominantly in the lettings team focusing on the progression side of the lettings department but as he is also a good photographer he will also be out and about taking shots of properties going to market when he can.



Cockerton Village office now open

We’re delighted to announce the recent opening of the fourth office within the Company. The newest office is in Cockerton village in Darlington. This means we are now the only agent in Darlington with two offices servicing the town.

Both offices will work in tandem with each other so effectively properties will be marketed from both, giving our clients double the exposure to potential buyers and tenants within the town

Cockerton is an extremely busy place with a lot of footfall and we intend tapping into that and indeed already have. That side of town has already experienced development on a large scale which is continuing and of course includes the areas of Westpark and High Grange. The new office will make it easier for us reach people in this busy part of Darlington.

*We’re offering a 10% discount on fees as anintroductory offer* subject to Terms and Conditions*




Extended opening times introduced at Darlington office

Our Darlington office has extended it’s opening hours due to a rise in demand from clients. The office will now be open each Thursday until 7pm and is also now able to offer accompanied viewings every Sunday from 10am to 2pm.

The reason we decided to extend our accompanied viewing appointments to include a Sunday was due to the fact that our viewings diary was booked out on Saturdays over a week in advance and we obviously were very keen to accommodate those people who could only view at a weekend due to work commitments. This means if people can’t get an appointment on a Saturday we can offer the Sunday as an alternative. Staying open during evenings on Thursdays is also beneficial for our clients as it means anyone who is unable to speak to us during office hours is able to do so after work. We now offer late night opening and viewings seven days a week. We are also looking to bring in accompanied viewings on Thursday evenings once the nights get lighter. The more viewings we can secure clients the more chances we have of securing offers for their properties.



Chester le Street office celebrates 2nd anniversary

Our Chester le Street office recently celebrated it’s second year of successful trading and we’re delighted to announce that the office is going from strength to strength. Since opening, the team, led by Lynne Stephenson, have sold more than 15 million pounds worth of property which shows what a significant part we have played in the local property market.

Lynne said “We’re delighted to have done so well in the two years that we’ve been in the town and everything is pointing to another successful year of trading in 2014. The team here have worked very hard in achieving this success and we are determined to continue this on by offering exceptional customer service to our clients”

For a free valuation the team at Chester le Street can be contacted on 0191 372 9898


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Christmas message and opening hours

As another year draws to close we’d like to thank all of our clients for their business, loyalty and continued support throughout the last twelve months. We really do appreciate it.

2013 has shown signs of an improved housing market and all the signs moving forward indicate that this will continue into next year and we can assure you that we will continue to develop our business with new initiatives and ideas and we also have plans to open new offices within the area. On that subject our latest office in Cockerton village in Darlington will be open for business in the new year and we are very excited about that as it will make us the only agent in Darlington with two offices within the town and will allow us to market properties in two busy locations.

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


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Opening times over Christmas


NB please note the Darlington office will be open 9x3pm on Saturday 21st December

Our Crook office makes new appointment

Venture Properties’ Crook office may only have opened it’s doors a little more than six months ago but the office is already proving to be a key player in the local property market under the guidance of Director Julie Mawson. The branch has recently strengthened the team by appointing Julie Staples to the role of Sales Consultant. Julie joins the team having come from a background working within the industry and brings with her vital experience and local knowledge.

Julie Mawson Crook Director said “ We have seen an increased demand for our services over the last few months and decided that the time was right to expand. Julie has previous experience in this industry and a wealth of knowledge and has settled in really well.”

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From left to right : Angela Banks, Julie Mawson and Julie Staples

When condensation is the issue and not rising damp


The clocks going back is a reminder to everyone that winter is around the corner and that colder weather is on the way.

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.

Focus on… Joe Wynne our sales consultant

Joe Wynn has recently joined the Company as a Sales Consultant at our Darlington office and has been a welcome addition to our team. Joe has previous experience of working within the industry as he worked for an agent in London before moving back to his hometown of Darlington. He has also worked as an English language teacher in South Korea and in customer services for a large bank. Joe has an easy, approachable style and has fitted into the sales team perfectly.

Outside of work he enjoys socialising, sport – he is a keen Newcastle United fan, and snowboarding.

If you’re looking to sell your proeprty or looking for that perfect home please give him a call on 01325 363858