Venture Properties Blog

Step by step guide to make a DIY wreath this Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! While we still have a few more sleeps until Santa Claus comes down the chimney, we are thinking all things decorative here at Venture. We always say that when selling your home, it is important for the exterior of your property to make a good impression – […]

Wildlife to look out for in your garden this Winter

Brrrr, it’s getting cold outside. While many of our usual garden creatures are hibernating or in search of warmer environments at this time of year, we are sure to spot other wildlife this Winter. Even we can struggle with the sudden change in temperature when the weather takes a turn for the worse and it […]

Panto season is upon us

Oh yes, it is! If you love family outings to the pantomime during the festive season, then we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a handy guide of the panto’s taking place in the North East this year. Be sure to get your tickets soon, as they will quickly sell out! (Boo! Hiss!) Darlington Cinderella […]

Property scams tenants need to be aware of

The cause of the problem Given the nature of the market in Darlington at the moment, people are desperate to secure new rental homes due to high demand and low stock levels. As a result of this, there’s been a sizeable increase in people happy to take properties without viewing them – this is often […]

Section 21 notices – all you need to know

Over the course of the pandemic, the Government implemented a variety of measures designed to make life easier for buyers, sellers and renters – not to mention the market as a whole. And while the Stamp Duty Holiday was probably the most attention-grabbing, another of the Covid-19 initiatives has recently come to an end. At […]

How to create a herb garden

What a Summer it’s been! With the great weather over the past couple of months, there has been plenty of opportunity to spruce up the garden. But as we head into the colder months, you might be thinking how else can I test my green fingers? If you love cooking up a storm in the […]

Holidays are over – in more way than one

All good things must come to an end, and that goes for the stamp duty holiday too. We’ve written about this market-boosting scheme here and here, but, as of the end of September, it will draw to a close, reverting to being payable on properties over £125,000 in October. The holiday was intended by Chancellor […]

Three things the Venture team have been digging

It’s Summer and that means one thing – getting out and about. Whether it’s walking our pooches or getting away from it all with a mini break, the Venture team love getting outdoors and enjoying the warmer weather. In the ninth instalment of our exciting feature, lettings consultant Hope Macdonald from our Darlington office has […]

Three things to do this Summer

With the weather (apparently) warming up, the Covid vaccination drive in full swing and restrictions easing across the country, we’re all ready for a little fun. We’ve rounded up our top three things to do in the North East this Summer – although I’m afraid we can’t guarantee the weather. Turning back time at Beamish […]

The craziness of Darlington’s lettings market

Venture Lettings Manager Matthew Laverick-Elliott has worked in the industry for over a decade and during that time he’s never experienced the rental market to be as competitive as it currently is. In this blog, Matthew discusses his thoughts on the market and shares his advice to landlords and renters.  Pre-Covid, we generally worked on the assumption that […]