How to Hygge

As the dark nights draw in it’s time to embrace the cosy Danish concept of Hygge.

Scandinavians consistently top the polls as the happiest people in the world and the concept lifestyle of hygge is widely attributed to this.

Pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ the word is associated with well-being and has been developed into a way of living. The concept is adopted all year round but winter is when it really comes alive with warm firesides, hot baths with scented candles, hot drinks and a feeling of cosiness and togetherness.

Appreciating the small joys in life at all times, Hygge is the art of creating intimacy for social occasions or alone to experience frienship, warmth and contentment.

So as the nights draw in here are some tips to Hygge your home this winter.

Candles – Whether scented or unscented a candle creates a warming glow.

Add texture – Create warm and warming interiors with soft textures such as chunky knit cushions, faux fur throws and fluffy woolen rugs.

Remember the simple things – treat yourself to your favourite coffee, hot chocolate, bubble baths and scents.

Update your loungewear – Get comfy after a day at work in your favourite loungewear. Loungewear can be as relaxed or luxurious as you desire and is an essential cpomponent of hygge.

Time with friends – Hygge is best enjoyed with friends. Invite family and friends around and get baking and cooking !

Enjoy new hobbies – Curl up and read a book or enjoy trying a new hobby or outdoor walks.

Don’t rush – Life is busy but slow down and take it all in. Take time to enjoy a warming brew, extra time in the bath or in bed to make sure the daily stresses  have melted away. Savour a slice of cake or some home baking.

So whatever you plan to do , take time to enjoy the moments that make you smile.2 Roseberry Road, Roseberry Newhouse-16.jpgiStock_000010769345Large.jpg

Selling in Autumn

A decision to sell your property in Autumn can be a smart move. John Newhouse from Roseberry Newhouse discusses how to maximise sale opportunities at this time of year.

For many buyers, the summer holidays are over and children are back at school, which frees them up to concentrate on the property market.  In addition to marketing the property at the right price there are other ways to maximise your chance of a sale in Autumn.

If this is the first time you’re putting the property on the market, all of the basic preparations need to be undertaken. Focus on decluttering, both inside and outside. Store outdoor summer games and furniture. Be ruthless when it comes to clearing personal items. While you might enjoy having the family photos lined up on the mantelpiece and covering the fridge door, they detract from the sense of space. Buyers need to envision themselves in a property and depersonalising an area makes it easier for them to see how they will make the space their own.

The focus in summer is often on outdoor space, but in Autumn it changes to the indoor area. Don’t neglect the outdoor area, though. The garden still needs to be tidy, with spent flowers removed, roses pruned and autumn leaves cleared. It is still possible to add some colour in garden beds by planting winter pansies. For instant effect and additional colour, position pots of chrysanthemums that are sold in full flower.

The days are getting shorter and duller, so consider how you can lighten and brighten your property. Turning lights on just before a viewing can make a difference. Position lamps to brighten darker corners and open all of the blinds and curtains. Make sure the windows are clean to ensure maximum natural light. If the property needs a fresh coat of paint, use lighter neutrals and add autumn colour and texture to create warmth through accessories, such as cushions, throws and mats.

Having carpets and mats professionally cleaned can make a big impact visually and help the property to smell fresh. As the days cool, we tend to close the windows to keep warm. It’s also a time when we tend to dry washing inside, which creates extra moisture in the air. Before any viewings, open some windows to let fresh air in, especially if the property has been empty. Equally important is making sure the property is warm. Before your home goes on the market, check radiators for leaks and fix any heating problems. Turn heaters on at least half an hour before a viewing to create a warm inviting atmosphere.

Finally, make sure you get prepare your property for market as early as possible; moving at Christmas time is not appealing for most buyers.

For advice on selling or buying property, please contact John Newhouse on

07590 949809 or visit Roseberry Road, Roseberry Newhouse-16.jpg

How to upgrade your home

It doesn’t have to take a whole lot of effort to transform your home. All you need is the time to tackle your home improvement projects – and what better time than a bank holiday weekend? Here is my guide to what can be accomplished over a long weekend.

iStock_000022276595LargeYou can turn your property into the home of your dreams with a few quick fixes. Some property additions can even add value to your home. Take a look at our best tips to upgrade your home for less.

Paint your kitchen cabinets

If you’re looking for an easy way to update the look of your home, paint your cabinets. Freshly painted cabinets give your home the update it needs without the cost of a full kitchen renovation. Choose light colours to brighten up your space, but don’t be afraid of colour: light blue or pale green both look fantastic in a kitchen.

Update your fixtures

New cabinet door handles or knobs on the sink can make a surprising difference in any room in your house. Choose modern door handles to update your kitchen, and you can even consider painting your sink knobs to give them a much-needed facelift.

Add mirrors

Mirrors can make any space seem larger and are an easy way to ‘open up’ a room without knocking down a wall. Hang a large mirror on an open wall, or consider a gallery wall of smaller mirrors for a room that’s tricky to decorate.

Invest in landscaping

Kerb appeal is king, so be sure that the outside of your home is attractive. The entrance to your home should be neat and tidy, and consider adding some landscaping to the front of your property. A tree or two works well in a more rural environment, and never underestimate the power of a few potted plants in an urban home.

Add visible storage

Adding storage is a great way to add value to your property, and visible storage is an extremely easy way to make use of the more awkward spaces in your home. Look for spaces like nooks in corridors, eaves, spaces under stairs, space above sinks, and wall space for mounted cupboards. Adding visible storage in these places is a great way to showcase your personality as well as cut the clutter.

Add wooden floors

Wall-to-wall carpet is no longer a popular choice, as homeowners now prefer wooden floors that they can choose to put a rug on. Many types of wooden flooring are available on a budget, so consider vinyl flooring in a wooden pattern or get reclaimed wooden floors for less.

Freshen up your front door

First impressions count, and there’s nothing less appealing than a front door with peeling paint. You can stay classic and choose a front door in a neutral glossy shade, or pick a brighter colour with some personality.


Second Home Ownership

Whether you’re looking for a weekend hideaway, a second income, or a renovation project, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of purchasing a second home. I would like to offer some guidance on what to think about in regards to a second property.

The idea of purchasing a second home can be an exciting one, but it can also be daunting. Naturally, there are benefits. A second home can provide rental income, act as a money-making renovation project, or be a place to escape on weekends and holidays.

The first step is to have a clear idea of why you are re-entering the market, as this will ensure your new purchase is fit for purpose.

If you are buying as an investment, think clearly about your timeline. Buy-to-let properties tend to reap benefits as longer-term investments, while renovation projects are ideally shorter term. Long-term second home investments will generally accumulate value over time, depending on trends in property prices, and can generate a rental income in the interim. A short-term second home investment depends largely on your ability to spot a good-value property and make significant improvements to raise the value. The risk is greater with a short-term investment, as property prices tend to rise slowly over time, so clever renovation and commitment to completion is vital.

For UK properties, remember the Stamp Duty surcharge that has been in place since April 2016. Second homes are subject to a surcharge of three to 15 percent, depending on the value of the property.  It’s worth inputting the figures into a stamp duty calculator when you’re looking at your finances.

Financing your property is a key consideration. For a second property, it may be a cash purchase using savings, a new mortgage, or remortgaging.  Your lender will take into account your reasons for purchasing a second property and your repayment feasibility, so discuss the options with them before you start looking. Our Financial Services Department can offer independent advice.

Regardless of why you are considering a second home, or where you hope to invest, the process should be just as thorough as when you bought your first home. Think about your reasons for investing, get your finance in place, research potential locations thoroughly, and find an agent who knows the areas you’re considering, or with international reach if owning overseas is your goal.

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Luxury Cottages in North Yorkshire

As the Summer term starts next week it’s time to start dreaming about the Summer holidays !

With so many beautiful locations in our area why not consider a luxury cottage holiday in Yorkshire?

Located in Stokesley, Gorgeous Cottages offer a hand picked collection of the finest luxury holiday cottages in Yorkshire. From family-friendly barn conversions in the Dales to romantic boltholes by the sea, they have the perfect Yorkshire holiday cottage for you.

From walking in the Yorkshire Dales, relaxing on the North York Moors, enjoying a drink in front of a wood-burning fire and eating fresh fish and chips on the Yorkshire Coast there is fun for all the family.

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Before selling their home, most people try to spruce up their property by decluttering and doing a thorough clean. But many people forget the area that gives a first impression is the garden. We all like to get outside and enjoy a sunny summer afternoon, so make sure your garden looks appealing for a potential buyer. Here are some easy tips to follow to make your garden add value to your property.

1. Spruce up the space

Just like inside your home, some decluttering and garden maintenance can add value to your property. Always start with tidying and key maintenance.

“Depending on their situation, buyers could see the garden as entertaining space, a hobby, the place where their children will play, space for their pets, a source of food or a combination of any or all of these, so it is crucial that sellers place as much importance on the presentation of the garden as they would on the presentation of the house,” says Steve Thompson from Thomas Morris in Cambridgeshire. “Good gardens can add value to a home and poorly kept gardens can detract from it.”

Susie Davies from Debbie Fortune Estate Agents in Somerset recommends maintaining the lawns. “A manicured lawn always enhances the appearance of a garden and makes it look bigger,” she says.

Lee Hussell from Webbers in Devon has some practical advice. “The first place to start is to give your garden a good tidy up. Winters are never kind to our gardens and damage may have been caused to fences and trellis or maybe the larger shrubs and trees. Any dead growth can be cut back and fallen leaves and other debris can be removed and cleared away.”

2. Add some seasonal colour

Once your garden is tidy, it is time to make it into a key selling point that potential buyers will love.

“When showing your home, you want the buyers to visualise living there, so have pot plants filled with flowers to give it some colour and the lawn mowed to make it look tidy,” suggests Celeste Hannah from Hamilton Parkers in Hampshire. “First impressions count, and in the spring and summer months, you want to show your garden off to its full potential. This will definitely add perceived value and gives you a better chance to maximise the selling price.”

3. Focus on what is seen first

Struggling for time or budget? Start where your potential buyer will start and focus on this area.

“Never forget kerb appeal, and, more relevant in the online age, photo appeal. The first impression really does count, so always start with the front garden,” says Martin Moore from Morris Marshall & Poole in Wales.

4. Add a key selling point

A well-maintained garden will make sure a buyer is not put off your property, but something more can make them want to buy your property above any others they have seen.

“A nice summer house is a garden goal for many people,” says Phil Pritchard from Williams & Goodwin in North Wales. “It often feels like an extra room away from the main property and can be utilised as anything from a place to relax, an office, a man cave or a playroom for the children.”

There are ways to maximise the impact of an existing summer house, too. “If you have a summer house, it is worth making sure the wood has been treated so that it is weather proof and you can easily give it a face lift by adding a touch of colour,” suggests Andrew Lodge from Andrew Lodge Estate Agents in Surrey. “There are so many good quality garden paints available in neutral tones.”

Don’t forget the impact that a child’s opinion may have on the decision makers, advises John Newhouse from Roseberry Newhouse in North Yorkshire. “Buyers may love the idea of a summerhouse or man cave, and of course children will be drawn to tree houses or play areas.”

Simon Miller at Holroyd Miller suggests caution, though. “The truth is that some people like hot tubs or summer houses and some don’t. Additions of this kind shouldn’t be thought of in terms of re-sale, however, well looked-after and presented in the right way, they will certainly present something unique and a lifestyle image that potential buyers can see the value in.”

5. Add some shed-quarters

Sheds are not only practical, but they are coming back into fashion. They can be used from anything as a useful place to store bikes and lawnmowers to a garden retreat.

“By putting up a good-sized shed, you are adding a useful storage space for gardeners and families with outdoor furniture and even toys,” says Andrew Lodge.

Many people choose to work from home, and an insulated shed could provide the perfect home office. John Newhouse says: “Additional space in the shape of pods, studios or cabins provide potential work space options for house hunters.”

6. A little paint goes a long way

If you’re looking to spend less to add value to your property, don’t underestimate the impact of a good coat of paint on fences, sheds and other wood in the garden.

“Adding value to your home through the garden doesn’t have to break the bank. If you have decking or a perimeter fence, you could freshen it up with a coat of paint. If the garden is presentable it will be more attractive to viewers and could increase the price a potential buyer is willing to pay for your home,” suggests Jared Thomas from Emsleys Estate Agents in West Yorkshire.

7. Think about the patio

“We recommend investing in good quality patio, paving or decking,” says Andrew Lodge. “Having a professional job done will enhance the overall appearance of your outside space. Decent sized patio and decking areas add value as they are great for entertaining and alfresco dining. Adding some good lighting outside will also enable people to make the most of the garden on those long summer nights.”

8. Style your garden with furniture

You wouldn’t show a room to a potential buyer without any furniture in it, so why show a garden without a table and chairs?

“Depending on the size of the garden and who it will appeal to, ensure that the lawns are cut or the terrace is swept and ideally have the garden furniture set up so buyers can imagine themselves sitting out enjoying an al fresco evening,” said John Newhouse.

9. Secure the garden

If the people viewing the house have pets, they will want to see a garden that is fully secured to avoid an escaped dog.

“It is important that you invest in secure fencing, walls or gates,” advises Andrew Lodge. “People like to feel secure in their gardens so that they can relax. It also makes the garden more appealing to those with young children and pets.”

10. Make it private

If your home is overlooked by other homes or gardens, it’s a good idea to give the idea of privacy to the garden. If it isn’t too expensive, add hedges or trees in key spots. It will make the potential buyers be able to imagine themselves enjoying a peaceful afternoon outside in the summer.

Susie Davies advises that ornamental trees have a pleasing, aesthetic effect in a garden.

Is your house a …..

When I create property brochures for clients there are a few companies that they want specifically mentioned and one of them is Barker and Stonehouse.

A Teesside business started in 1946, they now have stores across the country offering furniture and design solutions for your home. Teesside Park is the home of the flagship Barker and Stonehouse store, an amazing state-of-the art shopping destination. You’ll find an eclectic edit of designer furniture, home accessories and lighting all under one roof, whether you’re looking for sofas, bedroom furniture or standout exclusive designs for your home. The latest interior trends and collections, an extensive flooring department, and plenty of parking.

You can also enjoy coffee and lunch at  which I can highly recommend.

For top tips and articles from Barker and Stonehouse click here

Saltburn by the Sea

Beach-and-Huntcliff-at-Saltburn-by-the-Sea-Redcar-and-Cleveland-North-Yorkshire-Yorkshire-EnglanSaltburn by the Sea has maintained much of its original charm as a Victorian seaside resort including its pier, the colourful Italian Gardens and walks through Riftswood. Saltburn has the oldest water balanced cliff tramway in Britain that is still in operation, linking the town with the pier 120 feet below. You can park at sea level where the old fishing village straddles Skelton Beck. The Ship Inn remains as a focal point, steeped in smuggling folklore. The Cleveland Way passes through along the coastline and follows a steep path up to Huntcliff, once the site of a Roman Signal Station.

Visit the surf shack and hire boards and equipment or simply walk along the Pier or the beach. You can also hire beach huts for the hour or day.


Luxury Car Shopping

If you are like me you will like your luxury cars and Range Rover is up there with the best of them.  Established in a prime location just outside Middlesbrough and accessible from the A66, is Stratstone Land Rover where they sell a range (see what I did there!) of stunning Discoveries and Range Rovers, my favourite of course being the Range Rover Velar. So if you are new to the area I would highly recommend popping down to see the guys at Stratstone Land Rover. For more information click here

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Welcome to the Teesside Property Blog where you can find articles on the Teesside Luxury Property market. Teesside is used locally to refer to the area of TS postcodes. A diverse area surrounding the River Tees from the coast to the Cleveland Hills and North Yorkshire.

The area is traditionally known for its heavy industry and chemicals and now attracts high tech business’s and investment. Teesport is based on the River Tees and is currently the third largest port in the United Kingdom, and amongst the ten biggest in Western Europe. The area has one of the countries top Universities, Teesside University, and two major hospitals, Teesside Retail Park. Transport connections from Durham Tees Valley Airport, Darlington Railway Station and a Grand Central service from Middlesbrough to London. Access to the North Yorkshire Moors and the beautiful coastline are all within easy reach.image