homes4u take part in Christmas Jumper Day 2017

This year we once again took part in Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for the Save the Children fund. On Friday 15th December everyone put on their colourful, festive jumpers (and one jacket!) and got into the holiday spirit. There were even the odd Santa hat and reindeer ears...


Ten tips for your student house at Christmas

Christmas is here and the first term of the year has already drawn to a close. Those pesky assignments have been handed in and you can almost smell the turkey. If you are leaving your student home for the Christmas break, please take every opportunity to keep your house secure...


Signage up, the countdown for Deansgate begins!

As work starts, the countdown to the grand opening of our new flagship branch on Deansgate begins. The signs have now been put up in our exciting new flagship branch and we have to say they look great. You can expect to see our new agency concept opening in early 2018. We will...


homes4u’s Top 25 Christmas Songs

At Christmas time there is nothing we like better than sitting in the office and singing our hearts out to Christmas songs all day. So, to get you as festive as we are we have created a playlist with all of our personal favourite songs! All I Want For Christmas Is You &ndash...


homes4u at the Crystal Maze

On December 2 nd homes4u headed out to the Crystal Maze for our annual company Christmas party. From the moment we stepped foot inside the building the excitement from the team was already bubbling. This was going to be a night to remember! Before we were given our briefing by...


November Property Update: Hammond abolished Stamp Duty for first time buyers

On the 22nd November Philip Hammond introduced a host of new housing measures in his second budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Hammond presented several key housing announcements, the showpiece of which is that Stamp Duty has been abolished for first time buyers on properties...


homes4u, FSB’s Property and Construction Business of the Year 2017

We are very proud to share that on 30 th November we were announced as The Federation of Small Business’s (FSB) Property and Construction Business of the Year at the second annual Greater Manchester awards. It has been a successful awards season for us. This award comes a...


homes4u launch pop up shop at the Footage

Last week marked the launch of homes4u’s first ever pop up shop. On Wednesday 22 nd November we set up at The Footage on Oxford Road to and help students find their perfect pad for the next academic year. The team will be at the The Footage every Wednesday and Friday...


Manchester Christmas Markets

Christmas is truly a magical time of year in Manchester for everyone. There is the spectacular of the Christmas light switch on, festive shows and seasonal performances throughout the city. There is one annual occurrence that draws visitors from miles around at this time of year...


Party games to play this Christmas

Christmas is a time for food, family and most importantly, party games! Here is a list of five of our favourite Christmas party games for you to play with family and friends this holiday season. These games are perfect regardless of your age or party size! Chess A true game of...


Top tips to sell your home in winter

It is widely believed that the summer months are traditionally the best time to sell your property. While this may put you off a winter sale, don’t lose hope! With the right tips you can maximise your property’s selling potential and give someone a new home to settle...


Top tips to improve your home security

It pays to secure your home. As we approach the end of the year, the nights are drawing in faster and the days are getting darker. Protecting your family starts with protecting your home. Thieves look for an easy target, so making your home look like a difficult mark will...


The Negotiator’s Silver Property Management Department of 2017

We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday 31 st October 2017, we were awarded Silver Property Management Department of the Year at the 2017 Negotiator Awards. The Negotiator Awards is one of the largest and most prestigious awards ceremonies in the residential property...


How to de-ice your car safely

Winters coming! And the one thing all drivers dread is the constant day to day de-icing of their car. There is nothing worse than being forced to scrape away all the ice that has built up on your windscreen before you can make the mad dash to work. But are you aware that doing so...


October property Market Update

As we move into the winter period, Rightmove’s latest figures show that the average asking price of a property coming to the market remains steady with an increase of 1.1% from last month. Year on year this marks an increase of 1.4% from October 2016, with the average...


Five last minute Halloween costume ideas

So it’s nearing Halloween and you still haven’t got your costume sorted. But don’t panic! Here’s some inexpensive and quick to put together costumes to help you fit right in this Halloween. You might even get a few laughs! Bob Ross It seems these days...


homes4u renew partnership with the University of Manchester Cycling Club for 2017-2018

It gives us great pleasure to announce that for the third consecutive year we are the official main sponsor of the University of Manchester Cycling Club. The partnership is a fantastic fit as both we and the cycling club support the same local charity, Maggie’s Cancer...


Four movies you need to watch this Halloween

I’m sure you will all agree there is no better time to watch a horror film other than Halloween. The costumes, decorations, candy and a few drinks! So grab some of that hard earned candy and get ready to watch some of these Halloween flicks. Saw If you’ve seen one...


homes4u shortlisted in the Federation of Small Business awards

We are very excited to share that on 19 th October we were announced as being shortlisted for three awards at the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Greater Manchester and North Cheshire Business Awards 2017 . The winners will be announced on the 30 th November at the Hilton...


Oktoberfest Manchester - What's on

Beer, beer and more beer! 23,000 litres of it to be exact.  Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810. So get ready, as Oktoberfest is on its way to Manchester. Here’s all you need to know. From Wednesday October 18th...


Spotlight on: Canal Street

Canal Street, home to Manchester’s Gay Village is undoubtedly one of the friendliest and welcoming places on earth. A brief history Canal Street started its development during the completed construction of the 1804 Rochdale Canal. This allowed businesses to flourish as...


homes4u’s top 4 arcade games

It has been over a decade since I last took a trip in to a ‘real’ arcade. Of course I’ve been to the odd smaller one from time to time but they can hardly be classified as ‘arcades’. You know the ones, claw and slot machines scattered all around with...


homes4u is official partner of Sale Sharks for 2017-2018

We are proud to announce that we will once again be an official partner of Sale Sharks for the second year running. We are thrilled to be able to team up with such a well supported local team and cannot wait to get started in making this year even better than the last. homes4u...


Spotlight on: Sale

Sale has been revealed as the fourth best place to live in the England according to a study undertaken by the Centre for Economic and Business Research in March 2017, but what gives it that status? A brief recent history As part of the town's post-war regeneration, Sale's...


homes4u's 5 tech items every home should have

Sometimes getting up to turn off your lights or answer the door is the last thing you want to do. Especially after a hard day’s work when all you can think about is your bed. Well here are five smart tech items that every home should invest in. Amazon Echo : Amazon - &...


Top five mobile apps you should be using if you love video games

If you just like to dabble or you're video game mad, we list our top five picks for the must have apps you need to have installed on your phone right now. Links to all the apps will be listed below our list.                  ...


Spotlight on: Rusholme

Rusholme is home to Manchester’s famed Curry Mile. Rusholme is an area that holds a very diverse collection of housing ranging from social housing, student accommodation and even Victorian villas. History Rusholme has undergone a massive transformation in the last few...


homes4u achieve silver Investors in People accreditation

We are pleased to announce that on 30th August, we were awarded the Silver accreditation against the 6th Generation Investors in People Standard. To be recognised as Investors in People demonstrates our commitment to helping the homes4u team develop and further their professional...


Manchester Culinary – Sapporo Teppanyaki

On my first visit to Teppanyaki the experience was enough to make me want to return for more. Due to positive reviews and recommendations from friends, I had high expectations. These were met and then some! But what actually makes Sapporo Teppanyaki one of the best Japanese...


Wythenshawe Family Fun Day 2017

On 27 th August we headed down to Wythenshawe Cricket and Sports Club on Longley Lane. We were there to help a local football club, Baguley Athletic to raise funds for their sports team and for the We Love Manchester Fund. It was a fantastic, sunny bank holiday weekend, perfect...


Top EIGHT practical things to know when getting your property ready for renting

Being a landlord is not an easy task. Whether you are looking to let out your former home, or are buying specifically to rent, becoming a landlord requires research and a lot of planning. Should you provide furniture? What type of tenants do you want to attract? There are many...


August Property Market Update

August’s report from Rightmove has revealed the average asking price of property coming to the market has dipped 0.9% from July. However, year to date the average house price is 3.1% higher than the same time last year. The average annual rental price has also risen, 2.8...


Manchester Pride 2017

Manchester Pride is an annual festival that will once again this year attract people from all over the world to Manchester to celebrate Manchester’s LGBT culture.  Pride’s main event, the Big Weekend , is taking place in the famous Gay Village and will run from...


SIX essential items every home should have

Every home should reflect the personality of the owner. Whether you favour modernist chic or a more Boeheim style, I believe there are some essential items that every home should have. Small kitchen appliances No kitchen is ever complete without those small appliances filling...


Manchester Culinary - TOPS Buffet

Manchester seems to have it all, incredible music, amazing people, a rich and proud history and of course fantastic food. TOPS is a restaurant that I stumbled upon a few years ago when I was looking for a fresh experience from my normal go to. After a near perfect first...


What to look for on a sales viewing

Moving home is one of the most important things you will do in your lifetime, and buying a house is one of the biggest decisions you will face. Make sure to think about you and your families needs as this could be a home you will be with for the foreseeable  future. So what...


Best Outdoor Drinking Areas in Manchester

With the Manchester summer heat in full swing, we take a look at our top three outdoor drinking areas and what they have to offer that makes them so great...


Cotton Panic! at Manchester International Festival reviewed

Manchester, a city synonymous with the cotton industry, the home of industrialisation and the innovation and prosperity it brought along with it. This is the topic explored in Cotton Panic! as part of the Manchester International Festival, but not as you might expect. The...


The University of Manchester Cycling Club's year of charity events

This year marked the second successive year homes4u have been a sponsor of the University of Manchester Cycling Club and what another great year it has been. Another huge amount of money has been raised for our mutual charity, Maggie’s Manchester. It was at the beginning of...


homes4u are moving offices from Monday 10th July 2017

homes4u were one of the first agents to open in the city centre back in 1992 and it was in 2001 we moved into our branch at Manchester Technology Centre. This office was the first of its kind; a unique estate agency concept incorporating a relaxed environment with the inclusion...


Tenant Tips - Blocked Sinks

When it comes to the upkeep of your home, there is nothing worse than blocked drains. Here, Property Manager Christina Smyth gives a few handy tips on how to avoid and treat blocked drains...


Sale Sharks Teammates - AJ MacGinty

In our series 'TEAMMATES' we get some insight into the player's life at home. This time featuring Sale Sharks AJ MacGinty. Find out what he had to say by clicking the video below...


Tenant Tips - Preventing Pests

Do you know the best way of preventing unwanted pests at home? Here, Property Manager Christina Smyth gives a few handy tips on how to avoid meeting any unnecessary pests in the household. Hint: Clean, clean, clean!  ...


Manchester International Festival – What’s on

Manchester International Festival  the biennial international arts festival is due to start soon for what will be an amazing 18 days with many incredible acts being announced. It was only in February when Arcade Fire was announced and tickets flew out of the door...


Speak to the Specialist - Deposits

There is no better feeling after a tenancy than seeing the smile on tenants faces when we hand back their deposit. But what exactly is involved in the deposit process? If you are considering buying an investment property, are looking to sell your buy to let investment, or have a...


Landlords attend selective licensing seminar with homes4u

Being a landlord these days is not easy. With regularly changing legislation it can be difficult to follow it all. There are currently 160 laws creating more than 400 rules and regulations relating to letting a property, so it is no wonder it is a struggle for some landlords to...


Spotlight on: Wythenshawe

I find that my home turf gets a lot of stick for its historic reputation. But in the last two decades Wythenshawe is booming, full of new developments and in truth, the area has never looked better. There is a real friendly community feel that flows through it and I’m more...


Tenant Tips - How To Bleed A Radiator

Do you know how to bleed your radiators? In the first of our tenant tips series, our own Andrew Brownlee will walk you through our step by step guide to show you how...


Top Five Upcoming Manchester Summer Festivals

During summer there seems to be nothing better than sitting in a field with your friends, cold drink in hand listening to some great music. While I’m sure Parklife immediately comes to mind, you will find Manchester is home to many more festivals than you might have ever...


Property Management Inspections

homes4u are one of Manchester’s longest established Property Management companies and have been supporting landlords and tenants alike since 1990. As part of our Property Management process we conduct interval inspections throughout the tenancy as well as thorough checks...


homes4u's Top Park Recommendations in Greater Manchester

With the weather taking a lovely turn, it is  beginning  to look like a great idea to dust off the picnic set and have some family time in some of Greater Manchester's incredible parks. Here are our top three recommendations.  ...


homes4u and MyDeposits

mydeposits have been protecting tenant's deposits since April 2007 when the tenancy deposit protection legislation first came into force. At homes4u we have worked along MyDepoists for a number of years and recently they asked for a testimonial which we were of course, pleased to...


Top Tips To Improve Your Homes Efficiency

Cutting down your home’s energy use could have a big impact on your energy efficiency and reduce your fuel bills. Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed whenever a property is built, sold or rented. Here we give you a list of the top upgrades you can make to...


Manchester Nightlife – The Ruby Lounge

Two weeks ago I had my first and certainly not the last trip to Manchester’s Ruby Lounge. It was my 22 nd birthday and I had not really planned to do anything (boring I know). I had heard that my friend and his band Somos Muchos ( Check them out! ) were playing that night...


Is buying investment property still worthwhile? Our 7 top tips for success

There have been several changes to regulations affecting the Buy to Let market over the past year. Both potential investors and seasoned landlords would not be blamed for asking, ‘Is buying an investment property still worthwhile?’ Well, we like to think that with the...


homes4u landlord licensing event

With eight separate selective licensing areas in Manchester and Salford, either proposed or currently in place, it can be a minefield for Landlords. As part of our on-going commitment to keep landlords up to date with changes to industry legislation, homes4u will be hosting a...


Reasons You Should Choose Manchester Over London

It is common knowledge that Manchester is the greatest city in the UK. It is an incredibly diverse and friendly city that has become a home to people of many different cultures. But if you need some more convincing then our brief handy little infographic may do just that...


Spotlight on: Chorlton

It is a common joke I hear floating about that Chorlton is too hip and trendy for its own good. While these rumours may be true, it doesn’t take from the fact that it is an incredible place that you will quickly fall in love with.   History Chorlton is home to...


April Property Market Update

This month there is good news to report from the property market even in the wake of a recent unexpected call for a June general election. April’s report from Rightmove has revealed the price of property coming to the market has hit a new record high. The number of sales...


The household bills you will pay as a homeowner

As a homeowner there are certain bills and costs you will have to pay that you would not if you were renting, (or still living at home!) With the added independence of owning your own property comes added responsibility, he said, sounding like he was misquoting a Marvel movie...


Shaun's top must have contract phones of 2017

Getting a new phone on contract is a big deal, as you can be stuck with your decision for up to the next two years unless you choose to opt out early.  If you’re like me and your current phone contract is coming to a close, you will already be searching the internet...


What are house surveys?

Buying a home is a very big decision so it goes without saying that having all of the right advice and information at your disposal is a very important part of making informed choices. There are quite a few steps involved in the home buying process and surveys are one of these...


What to do in Manchester this Easter

With the long bank holiday weekend ahead of us, and the weather report not looking too shabby, we thought we would give you a round up of what’s happening in and around Manchester this Easter weekend.   The Manchester Duck Race 2017 Spinningfields Looking for some...


March Property Market Update

Property prices in Manchester have been reported to have seen the fastest growth across the UK over the last twelve months according to the latest figures from Hometrack. Year on year, the average house price in Manchester has risen 8.0% to March. This is above the national...


The Manchester Nightlife - Fab Café

Manchester’s nightlife is something incredible. It has to be the only place where regardless of what background you come from, you can always have fun and enjoy yourself. Just one of the other many effects of the Manchester nightlife. My first visit to Fab Café was...


Spotlight on: Fallowfield

Fallowfield lies roughly three miles south from the city centre and is bordered by Withington, Rusholme and Burnage. It is an extremely popular place to live due to not only its own amazing attractions and facilities, but also it’s easy access to Manchester’s cultural...


Dressing to Impress: A Few Tips for Selling Your Property

Are you struggling with a certain property on the market? Or simply determined to maximise the potential of your investment? Sally Ann Smith, Head of Residential Property at LOFT Interiors, shares her sure-fire tips for selling your property. Give it a “show home&rdquo...


homes4u form partnership with Mortgage Advice Bureau

At homes4u we are always looking for ways to add value to our customer service. At the beginning of 2017 we formed a partnership with Mortgage Advice Bureau through which, we can now offer market leading financial advice. Whether you are buying your first home, are an investor...


The Steve Diamond House Tour

A few weeks ago we had the privilege of visiting the Head Coach of Sale Sharks, Steve Diamond’s lovely home to film an MTV cribs style video tour as part of our partnership with the rugby club. This is my brief account of our day. The day started with an early half past...


Developments and Creative Exhibitions on Oxford Road Manchester

As the City Centre undergoes constant change from roadworks and the construction of new buildings, the Oxford Road area has also had a well-needed makeover with the demolition of some Manchester Metropolitan University buildings and the introduction of some new glass towers. I...


Organising bills in Student accommodation

Moving out of home into University accomodation is a big step and students have to take on new responsibilties. Living in a shared household and trying to organise bills can be difficult at best and at worse cause unnecessary arguments. Bills inclusive packages can be tempting...


Eco Houses

In our modern age, being eco friendly has never been more important. These days eco-friendly house designs are high on the agenda of many developers and we are starting to see more homes taking on this approach. In the not-too-distant future, it could end up being a requirement...


Pancake Day at homes4u

Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day as it is referred to by most has flown by again leaving me feeling full but content. It is one of those days that I enjoy the most not only because it involves food, but how it can bring people and families together. For this fun filled day our...


National Apprenticeship Week at homes4u

This week, to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, myself and Carolyn Mellor, the Owner and Managing Director of homes4u took on the challenge to swap roles for a few hours. In the role reversal, Carolyn took it upon herself to become the social media assistant, while I had a...


The Manchester Nightlife – Satan’s Hollow

Manchester is known by many people for its amazing nightlife, with so many options regardless of your taste. I’m sure I can’t be the only one who has found themselves outside a takeout at half past three in the morning chomping down a kebab, talking nonsense with your...


Who remembers the Classic Nokia 3310?

With the recent reimagining of one of the most iconic and well loved phones of all time. I thought it would be a great opportunity to look back at my experience with the ‘classic’ 3310 and assess how it holds up today. Typically you won’t find someone who doesn...


February Property Market Update

It is hard to believe that we are already coming to the end of another month in 2017. Where does the time go? With one week left to go in February, it is time once again to delve into the stats. Here we give an overview of what is happening in the property market. In January it...


The homes4u team is expanding...

Since the New Year it has been a busy few months for homes4u, in terms of business and also in terms of personnel. Due to continued growth the homes4u family has been expanding and we have had a few new starters that we would like to introduce you to! So without further ado...


The ten step guide to buying a home

We are at the beginning of 2017 and it is very clear that across the UK the demand for home ownership is still very high. We have always been a nation who has aspired to home ownership and that has not changed of late. It was announced recently that the amount of first-time buyer...


Social Media and Me

After working in a dead end job for the most part of my teen years, going into my twenties I wanted to find a career I was passionate about. A career where I could utilise my skillset. Thanks to the Juice Academy and homes4u I have the opportunity to do just that. So I guess the...


Drone footage gives a glimpse of exciting new development in Blackley

Stunning new drone footage has been released giving a glimpse of North Manchester’s most exciting new development, Blackley Mere. From a bird’s eye view the developments idyllic location is clear to see. Nestled among mature trees and relaxing waterways, will be 76...


January Property Market Update

One month down, eleven more to go. As we leave January many people are already calling time on a ‘cleansing period’ of sorts and gym attendances have started to dwindle. Some of you may have completed the popular start of year tradition ‘Dry January’, and...


Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) the basics

Landlords who rent out their properties often face complex legal responsibilities. If you currently let a property, do you know if it is an HMO? Are you aware of the current definition of an HMO and the associated regulations that go with them? If not and you do have an HMO...


What can we expect from the housing market in 2017?

As I reflect on 2016, it is hard to believe everything that actually happened. If last year was a movie, the strap line would be: ‘ 2016: Expect the unexpected. ’ With the introduction of a higher rate of stamp duty, the EU referendum result, the upcoming removal of...


Property market update how did 2016 end?

2016 was a particularly interesting year for everybody with the results of an election, a referendum and the passing of many beloved celebrity icons. I don’t think that anybody is sad to see the back of 2016 that’s for sure. Now the decorations have come down and the...


New Year New Home

Its that time of year that we all think about setting our resolutions and goals for the upcoming year. So what are yours for 2017? Maybe its this year you would like to move into your dream new home? Well if it is Blackley Mere could be the ideal location for you. With the first...