Herald - Issue 365

v THE HERALD - AVAILABLE ON LINE - ON ALL DEVICES v Page 68 • The HERALD • 6th December 2018 v ON THE HOME FRONT v SALES & LETTINGS: 023 8084 4131 7 & 9THE MARSH, HYTHE Chalet Bungalow An opportunity to purchase a 2 bedroom chalet bungalow situated in an ideal location on the bottom of Hollybank. The property consists of lounge/dining room, kitchen, utility room, downstairs shower room, conservatory, bedroom on the ground floor. A first floor bedroom with en-suite WC and eaves storage. The property also benefits from PVCu double glazing, gas central heating and garage with power and light connected with personal door to garden. Offered at £285,000 withNOCHAIN. An internal viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate this property. For more details and an appointment to view, telephone Pearsons on 023 8084 4131. Have you... • Confirmed details of your move with the removals company? • Checked for anything left in the loft? • Arranged for meters to be read? • Advised services, insurers, etc of your new address? • Cancelled newspaper/milk deliveries etc? • Organised redirection of your mail? • Emptied and defrosted the freezer? • Before you close the door for the last time on your old home, take a good look around every room, shed, garage etc to double check that your haven’t left anything (or anyone!) behind. Before You Move.. New Forest Residents Urged to Follow Home Security Tips As the nights draw in, New Forest residents are reminded to follow some simple tips to increase their home security. Here are some simple tips: • Use timer switches (available from most DIY stores) to switch on lights, radios and television while you are away from the home to make it look and sound occupied. • Ensure you shut and lock windows and doors when you return home and settle down for the evening. • Ensure you have used padlocks on side gates to deny access to the rear of the property. • Check your outside lighting is in working order (consider low level ambient light on a dusk to dawn sensor - this will activate even when you are not at home). • After the summer, secure your garden tools and equipment in a locked and alarmed shed or garage for the winter so that they cannot be used to gain entry to your home. Shed alarms are not expensive and very easy to install. • Mark your belongings with your house number and postcode, keep a list of any makes, models and serial numbers. Take photos of jewellery. Register your items for free at www. immobilise.com. Using this service will assist the police in returning property to the rightful owner should it be stolen. • This is a good time to address your security - fit extra door and window locks. If you are feeling vulnerable or are elderly, ask for a free home safety and security survey by the Bobby Trust or call 0300 777 0157 for an appointment. A Bobby fitter will then be able to fit extra locks on your door and windows free of charge. • Walk around your house and look in through the windows to see what a thief would see – is there anything of value that could motivate them to break in? Can you put these items somewhere else where they won’t be seen? HITTING THE COLD SPOTS Keeping your home warm can be expensive and sometimes difficult. Cold weather not only makes life uncomfortable, but can also lead to serious health problems such as respiratory diseases, asthma, depression, heart disease or stroke. The Hitting the Cold Spots scheme, funded by Hampshire County Council, has a dedicated team who can offer practical advice and support including help with alternative heating measures, such as electric oil filled radiators if you are without heating; can access funding where available for boiler repairs and replacements and first time central heating, and check eligibility check for grants, discounts and local energy efficiency schemes, as well as practical support and advice with debt, money and benefits. The team can also refer for a Home Safety visit, which can include a carbon monoxide monitor, smoke detector and fire safety plan, and assist to switch your energy provider or tariff to help give you savings on your fuel bills. Some of these services are subject to availability and conditions apply. For more details telephone free on 0800 804 8601 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (the call may not be free from mobiles) or call 023 8033 6172 for landline rates. Your call will be answered by a member of the Hampshire-based, friendly and knowledgeable team from the Environment Centre. If you are aware of a family or individual who is struggling to keep warm and well then contact the team. 1. Work Out How Much You Can Afford 2. Get a Mortgage Agreement in Principle 3. Choose Your Home 4. Hire a Solicitor 5. Make an Offer 6. Have a Survey and Valuation Done 7. Do Any Necessary Legal Work 8. Arrange for Life Assurance 9. Finalise Your Mortgage 10. Exchange Contracts 11.Organise Your Move 12. Finalise Your Contract Details 13. Move In! Before You Begin... if you are selling a property as well as buying one, and the purchase of your next home is dependent on selling, it is strongly advisable to sell your home before you get down to serious house-hunting. If not, you could end up frustrated and disappointed, as well as having noticeably less money in your bank account. The Buying Process: A Step-by-Step Guide