Christmas charity starts at home

They say Christmas is a time for giving and although there have been no signs of any snow as yet, just a few frosty nights, the festive period is well and truly upon us. Travelling around Manchester the decorations are up, the lights are on the tree and the tinsel has been hung...


Sale and Leaseback Investments

There are a lot of property terms out there and it can all get a bit confusing, this much we understand. One such property term is ‘sale and leaseback.’ At homes4u we like to make things as transparent as possible for people, so here is a brief explanation. What...


Autumn Statement 2016 What does it mean for the property market?

Philip Hammond recently delivered his first Autumn Statement as Chancellor since taking over from Northern Powerhouse enthusiast and Tatton MP, George Osbourne. How has he put his own stamp on the economic announcement? Here are the key points relating to the property industry...


What To Do With The Kids This Christmas

The Christmas Holidays can often leave parents counting down the days until school starts again. Here are 5 ideas for what to do with the younger ones in Manchester this Christmas.    ...


Key103's Mission Christmas Cash For Kids Appeal

This year at homes4u we have once again signed up all of our Greater Manchester branches as drop off points for Key 103’s Mission Christmas Cash for Kids Appeal. In 2015 over £2 million was raised in gifts and cash that supported over 51,500 local children...


Top 5 Christmas Advert 2016

So every year the whole nation waits upon the big reveal of the John Lewis advert. This year there seemed to be very mixed reviews on it. Personally I loved it! But I have to say, it wasn’t my favourite of all the adverts this year. Here I’ve compiled a list of the...


Roald Dahl's Gloriumptious Christmas Mansion - Tatton Park

On Friday 25th November, we took a trip to Tatton Park to check out their amazing Christmas Mansion decorated as Roald Dahl's Gloriumptious Christmas Mansion. The weather couldn’t have been better, clear blue skies and crisp cold air made for the perfect winters day...


The University of Manchester Cycling club riding for Charity

We want to say a huge thanks and well done to our friends at The University of Manchester Cycling Club. Last Thursday members of the club undertook a gruelling 24 hour stationary cycle challenge on Oxford Road in the City Centre. Yes you are reading that correctly, cycling for 24...


5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Bills Down In Winter

It’s that time of year when your heating usage often soars and unfortunately that means so do your bills. Nobody likes paying more unnecessarily and why do it if you don’t have to? Follow some of these simple yet effective tips to take a significant chunk out of your...


Manchester Christmas Markets

On Tuesday, we took a trip into Manchester City Centre to, of course, visit the Christmas Markets. I had envisioned myself drinking hot chocolate from one of the stalls in the crisp cold with the winter sun shining down on me from a clear blue sky, wrapped up in my winter...


How To: Survive The Office Christmas Party

It's now mid november which means the Office Christmas Party Season is nearly upon us. This can be a daunting time for some, and often a little awkward. Here, we've made a guide to help you survive this year's office Christmas Party.            ...


Top 10 Things To Make Your Property Shine

Selling your house can often be a stressful task. So why not make your home into a buyer’s dream? Here, I’ve compiled a list of the top things that will make your property shine! Let’s start of with central heating. You’re probably thinking, ‘c&...


National Vanilla Cupcake Day - Funfetti Cupcakes

So, it’s National Vanilla Cupcake Day. What more fitting than to bake some vanilla funfetti cupcakes with chocolate buttercream icing. Let’s get straight into this one! These cupcakes are great for a small snack as they’re slightly smaller than usual, but of...


five alternative music venues in Manchester

Most of us in Manchester have been to see some of our favourite artisits at the Manchester Arena, the Apollo or Manchester Academy at some point. If you are looking for a slightly more intimate venue where is there to go? Well, we have made a list of five alternative music venues...


What’s trendy for your home this winter?

  As I’m writing this blog, I’m staring out of the window at the pouring rain and dark gloomy sky, with only one way to describe it… November in Manchester. Although the evenings get darker, the temperatures drop and the heavens seem to open every day...


clients rate our service five stars

It's always great to hear from our clients about the service they have received from the team. In the last quarter we recieved 99 five star reviews on our Google and Facebook  pages.  If you are looking for a property to rent or buy, have a look at our current...


Bonfires and firework displays in Manchester 2016

It’s that time of year again, the time we’ve all been told from an early age to ‘remember, remember the fifth of November.’ November 5th is the national day synonymous with fireworks, bonfires and celebration. But what does the day recognised for over four...


Breaking The Code at The Royal Exchange Theatre

Alan Turing is credited for having saved over 14 million lives and bringing WW2 to an end two years early. Breaking The Code is his story; On Monday 31st October, we took a trip to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester to watch it.   This performance was...


October Property Market Update

Following on from a slowdown in the property market this summer, higher levels of both buyer enquiries and agreed sales have been reported by Rightmove. After a dip in the average asking prices in July and August, the market has bounced back over the last two months. The asking...


Halloween Treats

As we get deeper into the spooky season of Halloween, what could be more fitting to bake than some scary mummy cupcakes; (using the word ‘scary’ very loosely that is)! For me, this time of year has always been about the yummy treats on offer above anything else. As I...


Five scarily easy Halloween recipes

It’s that time of year again. The time where ghouls, witches and monsters come out to play with all of the inappropriately dressed nurses and I’m guessing this year a lot of Harley Quinn’s. Whether you’re trick or treating or going to a house party, treats...


What to look for in an estate agent

It would be fair to say estate agents have not had the best reputation in the world but the likelihood is we will all need to use them at some point in our lives. Whether you are moving into a house with friends at university, buying your first home or even selling your first...


What to look for on viewings

Moving home is a big life change. It is something we will all do at some point in our lives and it is important to know exactly what you are doing whether you are buying, selling or renting. When viewing a home it is easy to be distracted by the size of rooms and the d&...


Spotlight on Withington

Withington is the birthplace of homes4u. Our very first branch opened on Wilmslow Road, near the library, back in 1990. We are still part of the Withington Community and our branch is still in the same building, although it looks a lot different these days. Withington is just...


The cost of renting a home

The cost of renting a home involves more than covering the monthly rent alone. Initial cost such as set up fees, deposits and initial rent payments can add up so it’s a good idea to get a budget together in advance. To figure out how much rent you are able to afford...


Royal exchange theatre ticket offer

We have once again teamed up with our partners at The Royal Exchange Theatre to offer you the chance to see BREAKING THE CODE for just £6. For eight exclusive dates in October and November, under 26's and students can grab one of the tickets available and save up to 80% on...


Buying A Property Pros vs Cons

There is a lot to consider when buying a house. Buying can be cheaper than renting on a monthly basis but the upfront costs required are a lot higher. You can put your own stamp on the property but the costs will all be coming to you! To highlight all of the pros and cons of...


Market Update September

100 days after the whole Brexit debacle, and where are we? Yesterday the IMF reported that Britain will be the fastest growing economy this year and overall the latest figures on the property market paint a positive picture. The price of property coming on to the market in...


Manchester Student Nightlife - Oxford Road Corridor

The temperatures have taken a turn for the worse, the X factor is back on our screens and the students are back in town. Three fundamental signs that summer is well and truly over and winter is coming...Made you think of Game of Thrones didn’t I.  For all those coming...


How To: Get On With Your Housemates

In life there are a few certainties. One of these certainties, is that everybody is different! There is no better place that you learn this very quickly in life than at university. Whether you are moving away from home for the first time and going into halls or living in a house...


Student Safety Tips

Moving to a new city to start University is an exciting time. Meeting new friends, exploring a new city, its easy to get caught up and let your guard down security wise. We wanted to share some tips which we hope will be useful whilst not hindering your fresher’s week...


Viewing property for rent our top tips on what to ask

We all know the process. You find a few properties that you like, you view said properties and choose the one that you like the most then move in. It is easy to get swept up by the surface aspects of a property during a viewing. You don’t want to be nosy and invade someone&...


Getting ready to sell your home

Are you looking to sell your home? Perhaps you have had it on the market for a while without much luck. Is it time to re-evaluate? Are you doing everything you possibly can to help a sale or are you blaming bad omens like that ladder you walked under last year re-decorating the...


Recipes for first time cooks

So you’re moving out of home for the first time? Or maybe you’re just a really bad cook and on a budget! It’s time to get a plan together of some easy to do, cheaper meals as let’s face it, there is only so long you can survive on takeaway...


Spotlight on Castlefield Manchester

It is said that the greatest secrets are found in the most unlikely of places. I know I have found this to be true. You find a great little restaurant on a back street or a quaint coffee shop just off the beaten track. Although Castlefield lies on the edge of Manchester city...


Freshers week survival tips hangover cures from around the world

It’s that time of year again as students descend upon towns and cities all across the country for freshers week. One thing that is certain during freshers week, is that there will be one or two parties, a smidge of alcohol and of course the dreaded hangover. Alcohol can be...


Manchester property the rise of city centre living

Manchester, my home town, is a very special place. It is undoubtedly one of the UK’s fastest growing cities. Clearly there is some bias here, yet there is an undeniable buzz across the city at the minute. Everywhere you look there is a cordoned off site, drilling, or a...


8 apps no student should be without

Freshers week 2016 is nearly upon us so we thought we would put together a guide of some of the top aps students should not be without. From feeding yourself to getting around a new city, help with referencing to taking better notes there's an app for that! ...


Property Market Update August

Rightmove’s latest property market statistics for August have been released and they make for interesting reading. Some of the key points are; The average price of property for sale coming to the market is in line with seasonal trends. First-time buyer and second-...


What to look for when choosing an Estate Agent

Selling your home can be both emotional and stressful, just choosing an Estate Agent can seem like a daunting task. How can you ensure the agent you choose is going to achieve the best sale for you? Whats their experience? Are they qualified? We wanted to share with you some tips...


Why you should invest in Manchester

So you are thinking about investing in property, why choose Manchester? The population of Greater Manchester is reported as 2.7 million and it is one of the largest metropolitan boroughs in the UK. Greater Manchester has a wealth of attractions for its residents and those...


Seven top tips for success during clearing

Get your UCAS application in late? Got your results and they are not what you are expecting? Every year over 64,000 students find a place through clearing and that number is set to increase again this year. Clearance is open from results day on 16th August. So how can you make...


Spotlight on The Northern Quarter Manchester

The Northern Quarter has a reputation of being the most fashionable and bohemian area in the City Centre. It is unique in its creativity- the home of small creative companies, galleries, independent shops and the location for festivals. It is made colourful with street art daubed...


What to look for in a property management agent

So you have taken the plunge and decided to rent out your property. Whether it be yours or a partners former home, or if you bought for investment, being a landlord can be both rewarding but also a mine field. It can also be a time consuming task and with time being such a...


Four things to be aware of with short-term lets

In the last few years, companies like Airbnb and Couchsurfing have established themselves online across the globe. Essentially, they are short-term letting services that allow people to advertise either their spare rooms or full flats/houses. Is renting short term a better option...


Home ownership in the UK

Home ownership is a very prevalent topic in the news at the minute. Many people are talking about the lack of supply and growing unaffordability of housing in today’s market. We wanted to take this opportunity to plot what has happened to home ownership levels over the last...


Spotlight on: Didsbury, South Manchester

The village of Didsbury is a highly desirable area to live in South Manchester. There are three distinct sectors to the area; East Didsbury, Didsbury village and West Didsbury, with a population of just over 30,000. To the East there is a modern entertainment centre that is...


Five tips to help sell your home faster

You have decided its time to move, next step is to get your home ready to put on the market. Check out out Five tips to help sell your home FASTER...


July Property Market Update

The latest property figures were announced earlier this week, and the initial sentiment seems to be one of reassurance. In the two weeks post referendum, the amount of new properties coming to the market has increased by 6%. Property across the UK is following the traditional...


Renting pros and cons

There are a whole heap of things to consider when you are making the decision whether to rent or buy. Buying can be cheaper on a monthly basis but the up front deposit required will be higher. When renting you can be limited when it comes to putting your own stamp on your home...


Top tips for a stress free tenancy

You have found your perfect new pad, got the keys, unpacked and its starting to feel like home. When you are renting how can you help make the tenancy run as smoothly as possible? We have been letting and managing landlords properties for over 26 years. Over this time we...


Property market update for June

It was a historic month in June as the UK voted to leave the European Union. In the months that lead up to the referendum, there was a level of uncertainty in the marketplace. Despite this, property portal Rightmove reported that the average UK house price rose for the sixth...


What effect will Brexit have on the UK property market

It’s official, the UK has voted to leave the European Union. We’ve had a couple of weeks to let it sink in and now we are all left thinking about what’s to come. The decision to leave is one that will undoubtedly have a effect on the property market. In the...


5 reasons to buy off plan investment property

Property remains one of the most popular ways to invest in the UK. For property investors there are several opportunities available including buying off plan investment property. In this infographic we aim to give you 5 reasons why to buy off plan investment property...


Top tips for selling your home

So, you have decided to move home but where do you start and how can you ensure your home gets the best price? Check out our handy infographic with our top tips for selling your home...


Letting Agent of the Year Best Social Media Gold Award

We are thrilled to announce that last Friday we were awarded Best Social Media Gold Award at The Lettings Agency of the Year Awards 2016 in association with The Sunday Times and The Times and sponsored by Zoopla Property Group. It was an early start for the homes4u team...


What’s happening in the UK property market?

House prices soared in March as many looked to avoid an increased stamp duty tax for second homes. We saw an 80% surge in the amount of property transactions and a record breaking average UK property price that topped the £300,000 mark. Nearly two months later where does...


Maggie’s on the runway 11th June supported by homes4u

Maggie's on the Runway helped to raise £175,000 for the charity Maggie’s Centres on Saturday 11th June. Two grand events took place under the nose of Concorde at Manchester Airport. Around 500 guests were in attendance for the first event, a Fashion show with a...


Moving to Altrincham

Whatever your motivation to move home, whether for work, family or just a desire for change, re-locating any distance can mean massive upheaval. Simply choosing which area to start looking can be daunting. If you are set on a move to the suburbs, Altrincham is one of the prime...


Letting a property furnished VS unfurnished

Before deciding to let your property furnished or unfurnished, its important to consider the market you are looking to attract. Families and long term renters tend to want un-furnished accommodation  as they will usually have larger items of furniture such as beds...


New Property Managers Join Our Team

We would like to welcome two new property managers to the team at homes4u. Robyn Young and Colm Maloney have joined the Property Management team based in our  Withington Branch . On a day to day basis they look after a portfolio of properties, ensuring high levels of...


Property Investment: 12 Reasons to buy in Manchester

So you have decided to buy a property investment, but can’t decide where to invest. Here are 12 reasons you should choose Manchester for your property investment.   Manchester boasts one of the largest economies in the country. Manchester has been voted ‘Best...


Duchess of Cornwall opens new Maggie’s Centre in Withington.

Soap stars, royalty and homes4u were all in attendance at the grand opening of the newest Maggies Centre at The Christie Hospital in Withington on Tuesday 26th April. Maggie’s Centres are situated all across the UK and provide practical, emotional and social support to...


12 steps to buying a home

Buying a home is often the biggest investment that we make in our life time, understandably it can be quite daunting. Here at homes4u we aim to make the process simple and stress free for you. We have created this handy infographic which we hope you will find useful...


UK property market sees an increase of transactions during March.

As expected, March was a busy month for the property market with a host of broken records and rushes to complete on property transactions. Many scrambled attempts were made to beat the new Stamp Duty surcharge on second homes and buy-to-let properties that came into effect on the...


The True Cost of Buying a Home

After weeks or possibly months of searching, having seen more living rooms and kitchens than you would care to admit, you have finally decided to take the plunge and buy your first home. So, how exactly do you go about it? What are all the fees involved? What is the true cost of...


The Budget 2016 What does it mean for the property market?

Mid way through last week George Osborne unveiled his eighth budget as Chancellor in a speech that lasted just over an hour. He called it his “Budget for the next generation” with lots of talk of looking to the future. So in what ways will the property market be...


The Most Influential Manchester and Cheshire Independent Estate Agent on Social Media

We are thrilled to have made no 22 in Zoopla's Property Power 100. We are the highest ranking Manchester and Cheshire based Independent Estate Agent. Estate Agents are sometimes behind the times when it comes to technology....not us! We were well ahead of the times when we...


Whats happening in the UK property market?

Residential property deals in the UK increased by nearly 10 per cent year-on-year to January according to recent statistics from the HMRC. The amount of property transactions that took place at the start of the year was significantly higher than at the same point in 2015, with...


Great Start to the Year for the Property Market

It has been a positive start to the year for the property industry, with rising levels of buyer enquiries seen across the UK. In the first working week of 2016, property portal Rightmove saw an increase of 21% more website visits compared to the same point in 2015. Leading...


homes4u and University of Manchester Cycling Club gearing up for charity ride

After a very successful first fundraiser last November, we will once again be teaming up with the University of Manchester Cycling Club (UoMCC) for a charity cycle taking place on Saturday 19th March.  So what is the plan? 50 members of the UoMCC will be cycling from The...


New additions to the homes4u teams.

We would like to introduce you to the newest additions to our Property Management and viewings teams.                 Adele Turner has taken up the role of Compliance Officer and is the second member of our Compliance Team, part...