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Hibbert’s Hotspots

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Hibbert’s share their favourite places to eat, drink and visit. 

We all love our food here! Here are some of our faves!

Best Local Pubs

The landmark pub The Railway, Hale where locals, actors and footballers brush shoulders unawares!

Also serves the best chilled beer! Choose if you want to be in the main pub or with their staunch regulars in the Vault!

Best Sunday Roast

Adrian says the Church Inn, Mobberley, Will’s fave is The Bulls Head, Mobberley…..take your pick!

Other faves at Hibbert Homes are…. The Rose & Crown Knutsford, beautiful 17th Century Building with a recently landscaped outdoor beer garden.

Earle, Hale always serves up delicious Sunday Roasts with the best Yorkshire puds!

Borage, Bowdon fine dining for Sunday lunch...perfect!

Best easy dining experience

Sigirya, Hale is an award wining Sri Lankan restaurant serving up the most delectable delights from the Indian Sub-Continent. Gets our vote for the most authentic Sri Lankan/ Indian food on par with some of London’s best!!

Yaara, Altrincham gorgeous Lebanese food and does the best Take Away!

Piccolinos, Hale is superbly located for people watching and Prosecco! Love the outdoor terrace and their chilli prawn linguine is a fave!

Stamford Arms, Bowdon after their revamp the pub now serves up some good old-fashioned pub grub!

We all love Chilli Banana, Wilmslow and Dee Thai, Hale…. hard to choose between the two!

For Italian it just has to be Sugo, Altrincham, authentic and just delicious!

Newcomers Tre Ciccios, Altrincham serves up yummy pizzas and for breakfast the poached eggs at Juniper, Hale get our vote!

Best Afternoon Tea

Without a doubt one experience stands out for us all…That’s afternoon tea at The Chester Grosvenor, Chester. Simply the best.

Favourite outdoor place

Adrian loves the long walks along The Edge, Alderley. The rest of us find it hard to choose between Devisdale Gardens, Altrincham, Arley Hall, Arley and Tatton Park. The Trans Pennine trail gets a mention too from the runners amongst us!

Favourite Hotel

Foxhill Manor, Broadway, Cotswolds, Adrian’s favourite romantic hotspot. Perfect for special anniversaries!

Hotel Gotham, Manchester, Will loves the indulgent yet classy chic of this hotel.

If price was no issue which road would you pick to live on?

South Downs Drive came out on top. Just beautiful!

What would be your most desirable luxury addition to your home?

Adrian went for an all singing and dancing Cinema Room, Will chose Alexa!

An indoor swimming pool, a car lift and a Butler were some of the rest of the Teams wants!

The one thing in your home you can’t do without!

Adrian said his bed, Will said his fridge!! Washing machine was up there too!

Here’s our guide to Local Council Tax bands

Trafford Council Tax Bands

BandMarket Value Range of Property (as at 1 April 1991)Council Tax Payable - 2018/19
A

Up to £40,000

£989.92

B

Over £40,000 and up to £52,000

£1154.91

C

Over £52,000 and up to £68,000

£1319.89

D

Over £68,000 and up to £88,000

£1484.89

E

Over £88,000 and up to £120,000

£1814.86

F

Over £120,000 and up to £160,000

£2144.84

G

Over £160,000 and up to £320,000

£2474.81

H

Exceeding £320,000

£2969.78

These are the current tax band values. To find out about your own individual property or a property you are thinking of buying or renting click on the link below which is The Council Tax Banding Checking Service

http://www.voa.gov.uk/cti/RefS.asp?lcn=0

Through the Keyhole

Create that Wow! factor with some stunning hallways

From minimalist state of the art kitchens to beautiful hand painted bespoke kitchens, discover something that matches your own tastes and styles!

Kick off your shoes, put the kettle on and relax at the end of a hard days work….seek inspiration from some our gorgeous lounges

Dine in style! Take inspiration from some of our sumptuous dining areas. From lavish dining spaces to clean and modern

The evenings are drawing in , cosy up in front of some of these gorgeous fireplaces…

These gorgeous bedrooms will mean you get the best nights sleep and the kids won’t want to leave theirs either!

Too many shoes, handbags, suits….take a look at these lovely dressing rooms!

Create your own piece of sheer indulgence, step inside these stunning bathrooms!

Nothing better than sipping a chilled glass of wine on a summer’s eve. Enjoy the best of some of these outdoor spaces….

Property Blog

Latest info on Buying and Selling your homes

Guide for landlords and tenants.

1. Installing inadequate ventilation in bathrooms


Mould and peeling paint can be a common sight in rental properties, usually because the bathroom isn’t properly ventilated after bathing or showering. This can be a big headache for landlords who must fork out redecorating costs.
This isn’t always the tenant’s fault and as a landlord, you should ensure that there is adequate ventilation to avoid the build-up of damp and mould. Make sure there is an extractor fan that is appropriately sized for the room which is well situated and that the window will open enough to let air circulate.
If the bathroom doesn’t have a window, you are required by law to install an extractor fan.


2. Ignoring your tenant’s requests


Sometimes requests from tenants may be unreasonable in your opinion but spending a bit of money to keep them happy will help keep your relationship a positive one.
If a tenant is happy with their home, they’re more likely to take greater care and may even spend their own money improving the property.
If you experience tenants asking for things that go way above what would be expected of you as a landlord firstly try and discuss this through with them. This can also be resolved through Citizens Advice or your letting agent.


3. Furnishings


Tenants usually require a minimum of white goods and window coverings when renting a property. Therefore, unless you already own furnishings, it is not necessary to purchase additional items to market a property to let’.


4. Not checking if the furniture is fire resistant


As a UK landlord, you’re required by British law to ensure all the furniture in your rental
property is fire resistant. Always check all existing furniture for the label that states if the item is fire resistant and the labels on any future purchases too.
You must be able to prove that the item is fire resistant, so if the label has come off, you’ll need to have it tested or replace it completely.
If an item is not fire resistant, then it’s illegal to put it in your rental property. You could face a fine of £5,000 per item and even imprisonment if there is a death resulting from a fire that is caused by the substandard furniture. It will also make your insurance invalid if there is a fire, so it’s very important to check.

5. Not refreshing the paintwork often enough


One of the most common requests tenants have when agreeing the terms of a tenancy is for the landlord to carry out a simple paint job before they move in.
While this may be a bit of a headache – especially when the property is furnished – it will benefit you in the long term if you keep the property looking clean and fresh. It’s amazing what a fresh lick of paint can do for a property and make it far easier to let!


6. Mismanaging the property


Perhaps you don’t live in the UK all year round, or you’re away on business a lot. If so, these situations can make managing your rental property a problem.
Understandably, your tenants expect a high level of service when they’re paying rent, so it’s important to make sure that you keep on top of what’s happening and respond quickly to any queries or problems.
If you don’t have enough time to manage the property yourself and need a helping hand, you should consider paying for a Property Management Service which will give you that peace of mind.

7. Disregarding the importance of gas safety certificates


A gas safety certificate must be obtained for your rental property every 12 months to show that the gas appliances are safe to use.
You also must keep a record of all the checks and be able to provide them at the start of each new tenancy.
Keep a note in your diary for a reminder for renewals of when the last checks were carried out and organise any upcoming checks with your tenants.

8. Not installing fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors


Fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors must be installed in your rental property as required by law.
It’s illegal to not provide them, although changing batteries is the responsibility of your tenants after the tenancy has started. It is important to instruct your tenants to make you aware if the alarms are faulty, as it is your responsibility to replace them as soon as possible.
You could face a fine up to £5,000 if you fail to install the alarms or replace faulty ones.

9. Ignoring energy efficiency regulations


From April 2018 due to changes in legislation in EPC ratings all rentals properties must now have a minimum efficiency rating of E.
If your rental property doesn’t reach this minimum required level and you fail to improve its rating, you potentially could face a fine and eventually be banned from letting the property.