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Landlords’ energy efficiency and opportunity

06/04/2017

The countdown has started for landlords towards the introduction of new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards – “MEES” – which is to be implemented on April 1 next year. MEES will require residential rental properties to achieve a minimum ‘E’ energy rating and will apply to new leases and renewals from April 2018.  

Head of Lettings at Balfours, Charlotte George, MARLA, explains: “The regulations mean that properties with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of F or G are classified as ‘sub-standard,’ exactly a year from now. From April 1, 2018, agents and landlords must not grant a lease on a sub-standard property. 

“We are encouraging all our landlords to be proactive to ensure that properties coming on the market meet the minimum MEES regulation requirements, within the 12 month time frame. Key to that is to understand how lease terms, break dates, renewals dates and planned refit periods fit within the MEES timetable.

“A vacating tenant gives opportunity to explore the potential of increasing rental and asset value through making energy efficiency improvements and combining these with other refit upgrades, while satisfying the new standards,” Charlotte adds.

For the past year, tenants living in private rental sector property with F and G rated homes have been able to request improvements, such as more insulation. The landlord has been legally bound to bring the property up to at least an E rating, although not if it requires upfront costs.

She concludes: “We are encouraging all our landlords to be aware as the MEES regulation will be further tightened in April 2020, when residential landlords must not continue to let out sub-standard property.” For more information call Charlotte George on 01743 277069.

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New build in village setting

04/04/2017

New and perfectly formed, the five bedroom “Felton” design executive home sits within the Tedsmore Grange development on the edge of West Felton.

Built to exacting standards by Dennis Edwards Homes and marketed with Balfours, detail includes attractive stone window lintels and a pretty open fronted porch. Underfloor heating achieves not only a cosy economically heated home, but opens up additional wall space, traditionally occupied by radiators.

Ground floor accommodation comprises of reception hall off which the cloakroom kitchen dining room and lounge are found. Double doors create a statement to the lounge, with good design maximising space, with a log burner central to two windows and French doors opening to the garden.

The kitchen diner is a wonderful open plan space full of natural light from four windows to three aspects.  It is fitted with a full range of high end units and electricals, while the adjacent utility has space for a washing machine and tumble dryer.  On the first floor there are two en-suite bedrooms with a further three bedrooms sharing the family bathroom.

Head of sales at Balfours, Alistair Hilton, he says: “The Tedsmore Grange development is found in wonderful parkland setting with numerous green spaces, local shops, school and other facilities just a short walk, offering a fabulous village lifestyle, in a new home. The towns of Shrewsbury, Chester and Oswestry, are all within an easy commute – and a double garage is part of the package.”

The Felton is marketed with a guide price of £335,250, for more information call Alistair Hilton at Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Classic frontage cocoons contemporary appeal

31/03/2017

The best of both worlds is to be found in this classic double fronted period terrace house, which belies its internal presentation and contemporary appeal.

Number One St George’s Street is found in the quiet Mountfields area, near Frankwell. The town centre, the Quarry Park and River Severn – with glorious walks, are all close-by, plus a good selection of private and state schools within walking distance.

This period home makes no compromises on layout, from the reception hall the living room and dining room, are to either side, each with their traditional fireplaces and each with access to the kitchen breakfast room.

Wow factor is on the menu in the kitchen breakfast room: A central island provides both storage and worktop including the kitchen sink, while the cooker is recessed into the old fireplace. French doors to the patio provide a perfect outlook from the breakfast table – and of course on a sunny morning, croissants alfresco are only a step away on the patio.

Stairs ascend from the hall to three bedrooms, including one en-suite and a family bathroom. Beyond the patio is a garage. The A5 can be easily accessed, linking to the Midland’s road network; alternatively it is a short walk to the railway station with direct links to Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and London.

Number One is marketed by Balfours with a guide price of £379,995, for more information call Alistair Hilton, head of sales at Balfours on 01743 353511.

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Assets and appeal of country contemporary

31/03/2017

Privacy, panoramic views and a swimming pool, pile on the appeal at Shotton Farm, near Halfway House. Key features don’t stop there. This four bedroom family home has a two bedroom guest or extended family annex, two acres, two offices with kitchenette and a double garage.

Located equi-distance, ten miles from Shrewsbury and Welshpool in the hamlet of Pecknall, Shotton Farm is found beyond a long private drive in an elevated position with fabulous views over the beautiful Breidden Hills and the Marches border country west of Shrewsbury.

Balfours agent Scott Kemsley, acknowledges: “This is a unique contemporary house, very well presented maximising its location. Both the kitchen breakfast room and the master bedroom maximise the views with 180 degree glazing. There are four reception rooms, plus reception hall, utility, pantry and freezer room. There is also a fabulous large snooker room.”

On the first floor two double rooms are en-suite and a further two bedrooms share the family bathroom. The annex comprises of hall, open plan living room with kitchenette, shower room and two bedrooms. Says Scott: “The total footprint at Shotton Farm, incorporating a double garage and two good sized offices account for 482 square metres.”

Balfours are marketing Shotton Farm with a guide price of £875,000, for more information call Scott Kemsley on 01743 353511.

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Shotton Farm Pool

Shotton Farm Master Bed

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Two bedroom cottage no chain

30/03/2017

A truly traditional and unspoilt two bedroom cottage, set in nearly a quarter acre, is on the market with Balfours.

Holly Cottage is located less than 8 miles from the M6, in the pretty hamlet of Sugnall, under three miles from the popular market town of Eccleshall and some ten miles from Newport, Stafford and Market Drayton. Overlooking an unspoilt rural landscape, the property is accessed via a gravel driveway.

The dining, reception hall leads to the living room and kitchen.  The living room has a traditional fireplace. The kitchen is fitted with a good selection of storage cupboards and worktop; beyond is the utility which gives another useful space for storage and household services. There is also a brick garden store.

There are two first floor bedrooms, one has a pretty fireplace, both share a bathroom across the landing. Exposed internal timber framework and beams endorse this traditional cottage which is presented freshly decorated throughout.

Agent, Duncan Scobie, of Balfours says: “This is a fabulous cottage, both unspoilt and in a great location for anyone wishing to enjoy the countryside with wonderful rural walks, including Sugnall Walled Garden, close by; Yet with easy access to the motorway network and London via Stafford station.

Balfours are marketing Holly Cottage with a guide price of £225,000, with no upward chain. For more information call Duncan Scobie on 01743 353511.

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Prime location - prestigious apartment

29/03/2017

Prime location and refined living, best describe qualities of this one bedroom apartment within a Shrewsbury landmark listed building.

Number Six, Kingsland Bridge Mansions is located in a conservation area - within a short walk of Shrewsbury town centre – and even closer to the Quarry Park and River Severn. Accessed from the ground floor main Mansion entrance hall, the apartment also enjoys its own private hallway with all rooms off.

The main accommodation is a fabulous semi open plan set of rooms with the kitchen dining room divided by a gallery and two steps down to the sitting room area.

The living room is true to its architectural calibre with high ceilings, an abundance of natural light thanks to sash window and French doors to a charming balcony. From the balcony a wonderful vista reveals itself of the landscaped courtyard with lawns – a true sanctuary, but without the horticultural commitment in this shared space.

On the market with Balfours, head of sales, Alistair Hilton comments: “This is a prestigious and well-presented apartment, achieving a superb living space in the heart of the town. All amenities, from commerce to retail and from leisure to restaurants within walking distance, though the property does come with a parking space.

Six Kingsland Mansions is marketed with a guide price of £240,000, for more information call Alistair Hilton on 01743 353511.

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