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"How is the Market?"

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Published: 18/10/2018   Last Updated: 18/10/2018 16:05:02   Author: Jessica Chalmers    Tags:

“How is the Market?”

‘How is the market?’, is a question we get asked by customers in the office daily, on the high road by previous vendors and buyers we bump into and by friends and family at every party and social event.

Well the honest answer is it’s pretty tough. The market is unstable with property prices falling and the uncertainty of Brexit isn’t helping the situation. However in light of the tricky market we are lucky to have an abundance of registered buyers across all price brackets from £300k to in excess of £3 million. We have a number of chain free buyers and are also able to spend time building chains with great success: As buyers find a house we are working up and down the chain securing people to properties.

Our success during this time has meant that we are on course for a record year. Outlined below are a few examples of how Whitman & Co have shone in this unsteady market and highlight why we continue to hold our position as Chiswick’s leading estate agent: (Latest Rightmove report prove that Whitman & Co agreed 93 sales this year v’s the next closest competitor who has agreed 26 sales.)

  • A Chiswick property had been on the market with an agent for 7 months without success so Whitman & Co were instructed and marketed it for the same price and within 2 weeks we had 4 offers and a subsequent sealed bid.
  • Another Chiswick estate agent was struggling to sell a property so Whitman & Co were instructed and sold the property after 1 viewing for the full asking price.
  • “James Matthews was so good when we sold my mother’s flat that we went back to him and Whitman and Co when we had another difficult property to sell. Exceptionally good and knowledgeable, they deserve their reputation as the best Estate Agent in Chiswick.” Google reviews
  • “I would highly recommend Whitman & Co to anyone looking to buy or sell a property in Chiswick. The professionalism, knowledge and expertise demonstrated by James Matthews and his team was exceptional. Thank you.” Google reviews
  • “Best agent in Chiswick.”  Google reviews
  • Not forgetting our recent GOLD award for being the best single estate agent in West London, proving we are in the top 0.5% of the country offering an exceptional level of service! (A blog on that coming soon..)

If this has got you thinking that now might be a great time to take advantage of the market whilst being in very safe hands. Give us a call, we would love to meet you and have a chat: 020 87478800.

Autumn Half Term

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Published: 17/10/2018   Last Updated: 18/10/2018 09:50:48   Author: Jessica Chalmers    Tags:

Autumn Half Term

It only feels like yesterday that we were bundling our children off on their first day back at school in their crisp white shirts and half term is already upon us. But never fear Whitman and Co have got your half term covered with some fab activities for your children, big or small.

The Best Bossy Bum Bonkers Party Ever  
Mon 22nd – Sat 27th October
Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, Chiswick, W4 1LW
Hilarious interactive comedy set up in the guise of a birthday party where YOU are the guests. Have the chance to join in the fun party games and watch the brilliant team from the ‘School of Comedy’ reminisce the mischief they got up to during their parties. Go on, book your tickets and have an uplifting, carefree and uproarious hour!
The Best Bossy Bum Bonkers Party Ever

Siyander Protector of the Plants
20th – 28th October: 11am, 12am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm
Temperate House, Kew Gardens
Join Siyander the winsome life size African puppet in her 30 minute educational and engaging show. Based in the newly refurbished Arican zone of the Temperate House, Siyander will teach the children about the plants and why it is so important to look after them. If you haven’t been to the recently opened Temperate House now’s your chance!
Siyander Protector of the Plants

My Little Boarders
Monday 22nd – Friday 26th October               
My Little Boarders is London’s top children’s skateboarding club. This fantastic club specialises in teaching 6-14 year olds how to skateboard in a fun and safe environment. As well as offering weekend clubs, after school, private lessons and parties My Little Boarders also offers holiday camps; With two fantastic locations to choose from the skateboarding holiday clubs covers skate park skateboarding (in the morning) and street skateboarding (in the afternoon). They cater for beginners, intermediate and advanced skaters. The club has been designed so that the parent can choose how many sessions they would like to do from half a day to a few days. Also bear in mind that all equipment is supplied so there is no need to rush off and buy a skateboard and there are pick up and drop off points in West London! So if your child is aged between 6-14 years get in touch and let’s get them skating this Autumn!
My Little Boarders

Make and Take
Tuesday 23rd - Thursday 25th October 10:30 – 12:00pm
Gunnersbury Park Museum, Gunnersbury Park House, Popes Lane, London, W5 4NH
Inspired by Black History Month and some of the incredible people exhibited in the galleries children of all ages are invited to join in and create something fun to take home with them. The activity is free and there is no need to book.
Make and Take

Curious Creepy Crawlies
Thursday 25th October 11am – 3pm
Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve, Bollo Lane, London W4 5LW
All mini beast enthusiasts should head to Chiswick’s best kept secret, Gunnersbury Triangle on Thursday to celebrate all things creepy crawlie! There will be lots of fun and free activities to keep your children entertained: Making clay creatures, decorating spider’s webs and bug hunts (at 11am, 12pm, 2pm) are just a few of the activities on hand.
Curious Creepie Crawlies

Pumpkin Carving
Friday 26th October 10:30-12:00 & 13:30 – 15:00
Gunnersbury Park Museum, Gunnersbury Park House, Popes Lane, London, W5 4NH

Get your spook on this half term and head to this pumpkin carving workshop run by the brilliant Tim Norris. Tim is responsible for the wonderful wooden carvings in and around Gunnersbury Park. Carve a pumpkin that will have all the trick or treaters applauding! Pumpkins are provided and booking is essential.
Pumpkin Carving

Tales from the Temperate Lands
Every Sunday until 23rd December at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm.
Marianne North Gallery, Kew Gardens
Join Kevin Graal for a captivating story. Kevin has a unique way of drawing in both adults and children alike, as his tales unfold you find yourself lost within your imagination on an enchanting journey in the temperate lands. A must do for the Sunday in half term..or in fact any Sunday until 23rd December.
Tales from the Temperate Lands

School's Out For Summer!!

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Published: 17/07/2018   Last Updated: 17/07/2018 10:45:57   Author: Jessica Chalmers    Tags:

It’s that time of year again and for some the 6 week school holidays can feel like a long stretch of empty days waiting to be filled. Fear not you now have 6 less days to worry about. We have planned one day a week in and around Chiswick.. Every little helps.
 
WEEK 1

Harmonic by Cirque Bijou at Kew Gardens
26th May – 2nd September 

To celebrate the re-opening of the wonderful Temperate House Cirque Bijou have developed Harmonic; a fabulous, breath taking production of aerial spectacle accompanied to music. The 20 minute performances will have your children marvelling at the aerial acrobat suspended from the rafters. Performances occur at weekends and on bank holidays at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 and are included in the price of your Kew Gardens entry ticket.
Kew Gardens
 
WEEK 2

My Little Boarders

23rd July - 17th August
My Little Boarders is London’s top children’s skateboarding club. This fantastic club specialises in teaching 6-14 year olds how to skateboard in a fun and safe environment. As well as offering weekend clubs, after school, private lessons and parties, My Little Boarders also offers holiday camps; With two fantastic locations to choose from the Skateboarding Holiday Clubs covers Skate park Skateboarding (in the morning) and Street Skateboarding (in the afternoon). They cater for beginners, intermediate and advanced skaters. The club has been designed so that the parent can choose how many sessions they would like to do from half a day to many days. Also bear in mind that all equipment is supplied so there is no need to rush off and buy a skateboard and there are pick up and drop off points in West London! So if your child is aged between 6-14 years get in touch and let’s get them skating this summer!
My Little Boarders
 
WEEK 3

Dustys Wildlife Rangers at the Wetland
21st July – 2nd September

You are always guaranteed a fun day out at the Wetland Centre. Children can roam the urban oasis whilst being connected to nature; duck feeding, pond dipping, otter observing and bird watching are always available but come in the holidays and you’ll find our new Ranger Camp at the lodge. Here you’ll find out how to survive in the wild. Build your own shelter, learn how to start a fire or join the camp fire cooking workshop. And let’s not forget during this heat the brilliant adventure playground with the refreshing water play area..children will love running in and out of the showers (don’t forget swimming costumes). The café is open all day so head down and make a day of it.. tired children guaranteed!
Wetland Centre
 
WEEK 4

Alice in Wonderland – Kew Gardens
21st July -27th August

Enjoy Lewis Carroll’s classic story as it is brought to life in Glenn Elston’s highly acclaimed production, performed by The Australian Shakespeare Company. Set within Kew Garden’s beautiful grounds your children will be immersed in the enchanting story of Alice’s extraordinary adventure in Wonderland. Bring a blanket and abandon reality for a while – bliss.
Alice in Wonderland
 
WEEK 5

Hogarth Youth Centre
21st July – 27th August

This incredible facility for young children in Chiswick offers fantastic activities throughout the summer holidays in a warm, vibrant and safe environment. The summer programme, amongst others will include; cooking, multisport sessions (your child could try a new sport every day), arts, circuit training and the ever popular music production. The sessions are split into 3 categories: Junior 8-11yrs, Intermediate 11-14 yrs and Senior 11-18yrs. For children who have been involved in the activities during the summer there is also the opportunity to go on a 3 day residential trip to Kent at the end of the summer. Such a brilliant resource available to our Chiswick children and did I mention it’s free folks.. yes, FREE!!! Keep an eye on the website below for further details.
Hogarth Youth Centre
 
WEEK 6

Wind in the Willows at Chiswick House
21st August – 24th August
11:30am and 2pm 

This family classic is performed within the picnic area near the Ionic Temple. Grab a picnic blanket and watch the amusing musical story of Ratty, Badger and pesky Toad unfold as you move around with the characters in these beautiful surroundings.
Wind in the Willows

From all of us at Whitman and Co we hope you have a wonderful, fun filled summer holiday!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chiswick's Exercise Champions

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Published: 26/06/2018   Last Updated: 26/06/2018 13:27:01   Author: Jessica Chalmers    Tags:

Hooray the sun is out and if the forecast is to be believed it looks like it’s staying for a while! If the arrival of summer has you reaching for your trainers in a bid to shape up, here are some great Chiswick exercise champions that will have you felling fab in no time and all in the great outdoors!

Kim Saha Physiotherapy and Pilates
If Pilates is your thing and you live in Grove Park, Chiswick it is highly likely you will have heard of Kim Saha and her fabulous classes. Kim is a physio for the British Athletics Team and was also an ex pole volter – impressive huh?! Kim runs a physiotherapist taught, small, fun and friendly HiiT and Pilates classes on the grass in her garden. It’s a professional yet homely set up where you can keep your body strong, stable and beautifully toned. The classes happen every morning from Monday-Friday. She is also known to run the occasional ‘Kim’s Pilates and Pimms’ on balmy summer evenings..what’s not to like?!
kimsaha
07733004602

Terry Rodham Triathlon Coaching (TRTC)
Triathlons seem to be all the rage at the moment, I for one have many MAMIL (middle aged man in lycra) friends! Nobody knows more about this multidiscipline sport than Terry Rodham, the triathlon coach extraordinaire, who also happens to be one of the nicest men in Chiswick! You can’t help but feel motivated by Terry and his enthusiasm for exercise. Regardless of your ability, level or aspiration TRTC is all about accompanying you on your journey to be the best triathlete you can be. Terry works with his clients in the heart of W4 to progress their technique and times across the swim, bike, run disciplines which in turn improve race results and ultimately the enjoyment of the sport.
So if you’ve always fancied having a go at a triathlon, or you are seasoned triathlete who wants to improve upon one or all of the disciplines get in touch and have a look at the coaching and mentoring packages available. TRTC will provide the support you need to get fitter, faster and whilst loving your triathlon.
TRTC
07970106585

FitbuddiesW4
If laughter whilst lunging is what you're after, Rani Price is your girl. Rani who was a TV presenter for years realised after having 3 children that women can often have a tough time getting fit post babies and the journey can be lonely one. So she decided to do something about this and retrained and qualified as a personal trainer, who also happens to have life coaching and counselling certificates under her kick boxing belt! And so FitbuddiesW4 was born.. a place for mums to come together and get fit whilst having a laugh and supporting each other. Rani runs small group personal training sessions, which is a cost effective way of exercising; splitting the cost with your friends and exercising at a time which suits you. Other sessions available are the ‘School Run’ - meeting at Grove Park School at 8.55am on Monday mornings, this 35 minute class is a mixture of jogging and strengthening all the muscles you need to run. This is a great class for those who would like to start running and are beginners as you will slowly build up your distance, speed and overall strength. Also available is the Boxing Bootcamp which occurs on Mondays at 10am and Wednesdays at 9:15 at Chiswick band stand near Dukes Meadows. This invigorating all round work out is great for beginners and beyond and will energise you for the day ahead! So if you’ve been umming and arring about getting fit but weren’t sure which route to take.. Rani is a great place to start, her enthusiasm and fun outlook on life will have you feeling supported and entertained in equal measure as you embark upon your fitness journey.
07930616429

Go on, get your trainers on and give one of these champs a call!

Bedford Park Festival 2018

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Published: 05/06/2018   Last Updated: 05/06/2018 13:14:01   Author: Jessica Chalmers    Tags:

Bedford Park Festival 8th-24th June 2018

We are days away from Chiswick’s favourite fortnight: The Bedford Park Festival. This fabulous community event celebrates the arts whilst raising money for charity.

The festival kicks off with the Green Days Fete and Craft Fair this weekend on the green opposite Turnham Green tube station. The weekend is brilliant fun for all the family. Children can take part in the Peter Rabbit themed fancy dress parade, 5-a-side football matches, tombola and the fun fair. There are plenty of mooching opportunities around the Craft Village and the food and drink stalls. Our local thirst quenchers Fuller’s and Sipsmith are on hand to do just that whilst you soak up the live music in the sun (fingers crossed ). But before you get too settled don’t forget to call by the Cycle Zone and say hello to the Whitman and Co team who will be offering the chance to win a bike!

The Fete is followed by a fortnight of music, drama, talks and walks. Whether you are a devotee of Jazz or a Classical connoisseur there is music to suit your taste. Photography competitions, home art exhibitions, comedy at the Tabbard and poetry are amongst the cultural smorgasbord on offer.

For more information please have a look here.

We hope you have a wonderful time!

Green Spaces in Chiswick

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Published: 22/05/2018   Last Updated: 22/05/2018 22:20:11   Author: Jessica Chalmers    Tags:

Are you thinking of moving to Chiswick and wondering what green space it has to offer? Wonder no more! Whether you are a dog walker, outside exerciser, playground endurer, afternoon tea taker - or all of the above we have a park for you! Here are a few of our favourites:

Gunnersbury Park
Gunnersbury Park offers something special for everyone; you can feel miles from the masses in the parkland or take part in the weekly Saturday 5km ‘parkrun’. If nature is more your bag join the upcoming tree walk or simply brunch in the newly opened Benugo café, which is open daily from 8am-7pm.

www.visitgunnersbury.org
Google Map link

Chiswick House and Gardens
We are so lucky to have Chiswick House and Gardens on our doorstep with its 65 acres of gardens, the combination of formal gardens and woodland wilderness is a wonderland for dogs and folk alike! Throughout the year there are fun activities for all the family, past events have included open air cinema, opera and theatre performances, lantern festivals, a touring ‘village green’ circus and food festivals. Not to mention the historic talks and craft activities which happen throughout the year. So head down, let your dogs have a romp, your children rummage in the sand pit, and grab a delicious slice of homemade cake for yourself from the wholesome café.

chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk
Google Map link

Dukes Meadows
Dukes Meadows is a riverside park purchased from the Duke of Devonshire in 1923. The park can cater to a diverse audience whatever your recreational needs. On a sunny day bring your children to the paddling pool and cool down with an ice cream from the snack kiosk. If the children tire of splashing next door is a fabulous adventure playground which was designed through the imaginations of the local children. The large meadow is great for letting your dog charge around off the lead or flying kites on a blustery day. On a Sunday between 10am-2pm head to the brilliant food market, a social enterprise set up by the wonderful Chiswick Community. The delectable market offers fabulous produce from around the country.

dukesmeadowstrust.org
Google Map link

Acton Green Common
If you are responsible for little ones you won’t be a stranger to the playground and Chiswick has plenty on offer! Rather than list them all the mini Whitman’s have decided upon their favourite: A short stroll from Turnham Green is Acton Common Playground – a paradise for children with its giant sand pit, obstacle course, space to play football and usual fun playground paraphernalia. If the swing pushers and roundabout spinners are in need of a little pep, Lavelli Bakery opposite is on hand with a flat white and bacon bap!

www.actongreen.org.uk
Google Map link

If Chiswick’s wonderful green spaces have temped you that this could be the place to reside, please call our talented team on 020 8747 8800 and they will be very happy to help you further.

Property Vendors Question's Answered

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Published: 01/05/2018   Last Updated: 01/05/2018 10:13:35   Author: Jessica Chalmers    Tags:



Property Vendors Question's Answered

 

Are you thinking about selling your property? We’ve put our heads together and answered the questions most frequently asked by our vendors.

I want to sell my property what should I do first?
You’ve made the big decision to sell, your next step is to choose an estate agent. When choosing an agent Whitman and Co’s James Matthews stresses the importance of checking stock levels. ‘I would always advise looking at the company website,’ he says. ‘As a rule, the more properties listed, the larger the database of potential buyers; also, make sure the company is registered with Zoopla and Rightmove. It’s a snowball effect: if you have plenty of stock – which we do – then you attract more buyers, and if your team is open and knowledgeable, then you achieve excellent results.’

What is the minimum term of instruction and is there a notice period?
At Whitman and Co we pride ourselves on possibly being the only local Chiswick estate agent who does not have a notice period or minimum term of instruction. We are extremely confident that our talented and exceptionally experienced team will be giving our vendors the best possible service, therefore we allow the vendor to terminate our instruction at any time. We hear horror stories of people being tied into 20 week contracts with 4 week notice periods – bonkers! We seriously recommend you consider this when choosing an estate agent.

When is the best time to sell my property?
Historically Spring is a busy time of the year for houses to be marketed, this tends to happen because families want the move to have happened before the new school year begins. Flats tend to be less seasonal. The general rule of thumb is that you should be marketing to a ‘listening audience’, so make sure when you market your property people are around and listening! Perhaps the middle of the summer holidays and Christmas would be best avoided.

How much will it cost to sell my property?
• Estate agent fee: This varies from agent to agent and also depends upon whether you are using a sole agent or whether you have multiple agencies marketing your property.
• Solicitors fee: It is always worth choosing a solicitor with plenty of experience in conveyancing transactions, often your estate agent can point you in the direction of trusted firms.
• Removal costs: These will vary depending on the quantity of goods, distance you are moving and the service you require – whether you want them to pack and unpack for you for example.
• Potential capital gains


Do I have to pay stamp duty?
No, only the buyers pay stamp duty.

How long will it take to complete the sale?
One crucial factor which will determine the length of the sales process is whether or not you are in a chain, and the complexities of that chain. Don’t be put off though as often the demands of the chain can in fact make the process move quickly. If the sale is chain free with a cash buyer the process should be swift, we’ve seen an attended exchange and completion in 5 days - Although this is very unusual!

What are searches?
When you are buying a home your solicitor will carry out ‘searches’ on your behalf which will discover additional information about the property you plan to purchase. There are 3 searches normally undertaken:
Local Authority Search: Looks at the local land charges register and will let you know if the property is listed, or in a conservation area it will also tell you if you have any trees protected by the tree preservation orders. The search will also detail any planning or building regulation history for the house (or lack of!). Other considerations are new developments or planned extensions which may effect the property.
Water Drainage Search: This search confirms whether the property is connected to a public sewer, septic tank or other private disposal facilities. It will also confirm if the property is connected to a private or public water supply and provide details of how this is billed. Finally the report will confirm if the public sewers or water mains affect the property
Environmental Search: This isn’t a physical search, rather it is a desktop search which will involve looking through past land use records relating to the area and checking whether the land is likely to be contaminated land based on the Environment Protection Act 1990.

Where are my title deeds?
Title deeds are paper documents showing the chain of ownership for land and property. If they are not in your possession they could be with the solicitor who acted for you when you bought the property, or possibly with the mortgage company. If a property has been bought and sold many times finding the original deeds can be a challenge! Panic not, if your property is registered with the HM Land Registry you won’t need the deeds to confirm ownership as all deeds are now held electronically. However the Land Registry won’t hold the original paper copy – if you do have the original keep it safe as it can hold useful information about legal boundaries of the land.

How do I choose a completion date?
This date is hard to pin down until you exchange contracts. At the point of exchanging contracts you would set a mutually agreeable date to complete. If you want to simultaneously exchange and complete bear in mind mortgage funds can take 5 days to draw down.

Do I have to pay capital gains tax?
If you’ve owned the house for a number of years without renting it out and is your main residence you won’t have to pay any capital gains tax. If it’s a second home, investment property or rented out for a period of time you are likely to be accountable. We advise you check with an accountant.

What do I need to do get house ready
Good question! We have a blog answering just this!

Do I need to provide you with proof of ownership?
Yes, we would require photo ID and a recent utility bill. We would also run an anti-money laundering check.

Do I need an EPC?
In 2007 the Government introduced a scheme to record how energy efficient and environmentally competent your property is, it is now a legal requirement to have an up to date energy performance certificate before you sell or rent your property.  At Whitman and Co we provide it as part of our fee.

Do I need to be present for viewings?
No, we can hold a spare set of keys and we are pretty au fait with most alarms, locks and pets! Of course if you would like to be there that would be fine too.

 

Any other questions? Please call 020 8747 8800 and we will be very happy to help.



Chiswick Cricket Club 

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Published: 17/04/2018   Last Updated: 17/04/2018 11:55:50   Tags:

Whitman and Co are proud to continue our sponsorship of Chiswick Cricket Club. Founded in 1853 it has been at the heart of the local community for over a century and a half!

Chiswick Cricket Club welcomes boys and girls from the age of 6 with or without previous cricket experience. The youngest players will develop basic cricket skills and a love of the game. The club will work on individual programmes to develop the older players, focusing on applying skills in real match situations.

Weekly Sunday morning practices are held at the grounds in Riverside Drive, W4 2SP from 22nd April – July.
6 years old to under 11’s - 9am-11am
Under 12’s and above - 11am-1pm

There is a registration day on Saturday 21st April from 10am-12noon where there will be some mini games and activities while parents register before the sessions begin properly on the Sunday.

For more details please contact Helen Gilmour:

hj.gilmour@yahoo.com 

07961 868212

Chiswick Cricket Club


 

Easter

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Published: 29/03/2018   Last Updated: 29/03/2018 22:59:13   Author: Jessica Chalmers    Tags:

We’ve got a few of ideas to keep your Easter chicks amused over the next couple of weeks in Chiswick and the surrounding areas:


Easter weekend at Chiswick House


Bring the whole family to Chiswick House this Easter. The house is open all weekend and children go in for free! On Monday there will be a fun family crafting activity inspired by Georgian tea parties, you will have the chance to make and embellish your own tea pot decoration.


http://chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk/event/easter-weekend-opening/

 

Hogarth Youth Centre


If your children are aged between 8-19 and want to get involved in some brilliant FREE activities such as jungle survival skills, music production, cookery or beauty and health the Hogarth Youth Centre on Duke Road have got a great timetable over the Easter break. Have a look on the link below and get them booked in!


https://fsd.hounslow.gov.uk/kb5/hounslow/fsd/service.page?id=pA5nveNrpZE



Chiswick Theatre Arts


Are you used to being your child’s audience for their homemade shows?! If so they will LOVE the workshops at Chiswick Theatre Arts. The morning workshops for 3-8 year olds include fab themes such as ‘Under the Sea’ and ‘The World of Dr Seuss’.  Full day workshops are available for 6-12 year olds, budding dancers can learn the dance routines to Michael Jackson’s classic hits or pull together a ‘Play in a Day’.   Book your slot as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


http://www.chiswicktheatrearts.com/copy-of-spring-half-term-workshops



A Big Day Out with Peter Rabbit at Kew Gardens


Head to Kew Gardens for a botanical bunny adventure from Friday 30th March – Sunday 15th April. Fun, family activities include building a giant warren, exploring the food Peter would’ve found in Mr McGregors garden and creating your own bunny ears. Not to mention the delicious hot cross buns and other Easter treats you’ll find at their festival pop-up.


https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/a-big-day-out-with-peter-rabbit

 

Here Be Dragons


If dragons are more your thing Kew Gardens have got that covered too. From 30th March – 30th September follow the dragon trail and hunt for dragon sculptures.


https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/here-be-dragons



From all of us at Whitman and Co we hope you have a wonderful Easter.



 

 

Presenting your Home for Sale

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Published: 26/03/2018   Last Updated: 26/03/2018 11:51:29   Author: Jessica Chalmers    Tags:

Presenting your Home for Sale

With most property searches starting online, it is paramount that your home is presented in the best possible light. First impressions count and the images displayed may determine whether a viewing is booked or not. Follow our tips to ensure your property captures potential buyer’s interest and once they are in your home results in the most positive outcome.

First Impressions
You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression..make it count! A lick of paint on your front door works wonders. Tidy up your front garden, sweep the path and if necessary hire a pressure washer. Clean your windows and ledges and plant some flowers in your window boxes. Don’t forget the back garden either! If you live in a flat ensure communal areas are tidy.

Clean, clean, clean
Dust, polish, wash, repeat! If carpets are stained get them professionally cleaned or replace them, if your wooden floors have seen better days re varnish them. A really easy and affordable trick to make your bathroom gleam and look brand new is to re-grout and re-silicone. If the kitchen is looking tired new taps, cabinet and cupboard handles can make all the difference.

Declutter
Potential buyers want to see the space available, so make your house look spacious. Box up toys and books along with excess furniture and put it in storage, leaving the garage/loft clear for viewings, (it’ll be a few less things to box up on removal day).  We can all be guilty of the shoe and coat accumulation in the hallway and the piles of paperwork on the kitchen worktop but banish them and anything else that will be a distraction.


Fresh eyes
Detach yourself from the property and change what fresh eyes would change. Maybe the bright red dining room might not be to everyone’s taste. Often painting walls a neutral colour allows the potential buyer to see your property as a blank canvas and it will also make your home seem lighter and brighter. In the same vein keep décor simple to help buyers visualise themselves in your space.


Eliminate odour!
Bad smells are one of the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. Throw the windows open and air the rooms. Save cooking the bacon for after the viewing and instead brew some fresh coffee!


Be guided by these simple steps and your property will be primed for viewings. Good Luck!

 

 

For all your property enquiries please call 020 8747 8800 and we will be very happy to help.










International Women’s Day

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Published: 08/03/2018   Last Updated: 17/04/2018 11:47:06   Author: Jessica Chalmers    Tags:

International Women’s Day

In light of International Women’s Day we wanted to celebrate two talented, inspiring and fabulous local women: Olivia Horne and Alex Willis. Both ladies live and work in Chiswick and in doing so enrich our community:

Olivia Horne of Mamas Happy Place is a Happiness and Mindfulness Coach for Mums. Offering 1:1 coaching, group classes and workshops in W4. Olivia supports mums to bring more calm, confidence and compassion to the everyday chaos of family life. She also offers Relax Kids workshops and coaching, supporting parents to help their children with stress, anxiety and big feelings.

You’ve only got to be in Olivia’s presence for a moment before you are consumed by her calming and positive aura.  She truly has the ability to make you feel special and listened to. For all of us frazzled mummies out there Olivia really is the ‘Queen De-frazzler’!

 When I asked Olivia what she enjoyed about her work she replied; “I have the joy and privilege to work with brave, strong, determined women, who are looking for ways to embrace their new 'mother' identities, and seeking a more calm, balanced and joyful way to experience family life. I love helping them work out a new rhythm to fit the current chapter, and I love learning something new, humbling and inspiring from each of them, every time we meet.” What a gem! Let Olivia bring some calm to your chaos.

www.oliviahorne.com
Olivia@oliviahorne.com
www.facebook/findingmamashappyplace
www.instagram.com/findingmamashappyplace

Alex Willis's journey to set up her doTERRA business began after searching for a natural alternative to the pills she was taking for an illness, as is so often the case these pills had negative side effects. When she discovered doTERRA she was amazed how successful the oils and supplements were for helping her and also saw amazing results with her families health. This was the drive that made Alex want to share the benefits of these oils with friends and family and so her doTERRA business was born.
 
It isn’t solely the power of the oils that Alex is passionate about but also the fact that doTERRA source their oils indigenously, sustainably, and directly with small farmers working as a co-impact farming initiative. What’s not to like?!

Alex offers 1:1 sessions, workshops and Corporate Wellbeing which as we all know is so important now with stress in the workplace. So if your husband is suffering from insomnia, your daughter is having bad dreams, your son can’t shift a cold, your hormones are all over the place, your dog has a limp (ok made that last one up - although she probably could cure it!) the list goes on.. head to Alex and you will be bamboozled by her zesty enthusiasm, astounding knowledge and absolute desire to help you.  Form an orderly queue…

www.mydoterra.com/alexandrawillis
alex.willis.doterra@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/readysteadydo

Buyers Questions Answered

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Published: 26/02/2018   Last Updated: 26/02/2018 21:16:15   Author: Jessica Chalmers    Tags:

Buyers Questions Answered
 
Are you in the market to buy a property? We’ve put our heads together and have collated and answered the most commonly asked questions by ‘buyers’ over the last 12 months:

What is the vendor’s position?
This is a very simple but key question. A buyer’s primary concern is how quickly they can move into the property. In the majority of cases people are moving up or down the property ladder and you would generally expect an onward chain. Of course the ideal buyer scenario is a chain free property.

Do I need a mortgage agreed in principal to make an offer?
No, although it is always beneficial for a broker or lender to have looked at your financial criteria but it isn’t essential.
 
If I’m not under offer and want to make an offer will I be taken seriously?
It’s always good to show your intention as a buyer but until you are under offer we wouldn’t recommend a vendor accepting the offer. With this said, on the odd occasion a vendor may give the buyer a period of grace to go under offer.

Has the property market in Chiswick been impacted by Brexit?
Locally in Chiswick both sales and rentals have been significantly impacted by the uncertainty the vote has brought. Both markets have seen a decrease in value between 15-25%. However 2018 has started very positively for us so fingers crossed we’re on the up!

Is now a good time to buy?
YES!! Chiswick always has a knack of turning when you least expect it. Take advantage of historically low interest rates, decrease in value and low competition compared with a rising market. Chiswick is a desirable, thriving community 25 minutes from Central London. Bricks and mortar are a solid investment.

Should I get a survey?
A survey is intended to be a detailed inspection of a property’s condition and is very useful to help you avoid expensive surprises. There are different levels of surveys both in detail and price as outlined below. Depending on the property, a new build v’s a house with subsidence our advice for which survey to choose would of course vary.

Mortgage valuation: This is a simple valuation for the bank to satisfy the lender that the property is worth the figure the sale is agreed at. Any major visible issues will be flagged or a further survey report recommended. The surveyor will look at comparable sales within the area before finalising his report.

Condition report: This is the most basic survey looking at condition, it’s designed to complement the mortgage valuation. It provides ‘traffic light’ indications of the state of the property. Green means all fine, yellow there’s cause for concern and red serious repairs are vital.  It does not include advice or a valuation.

HomeBuyers Report: This is a more detailed survey and also includes a valuation and an insurance reinstatement value (how much you would receive if the property were to burn down). However the survey isn’t obtrusive so they wouldn’t look behind furniture, lift floor boards or drill holes.

Building Survey: These are expensive but worth it if you’re buying a very old, unusual, listed or timber framed property. These are also good if you are going to be doing some serious building works. The surveyor would look in the attic, behind walls, between floors and above ceilings and provide advice on repairs, prices and timings. However, unless specified, it probably wouldn’t include an insurance reinstatement value estimate or a market valuation.

Have there been any offers?
This is a valid question. Obviously if a property has been on the market for a long time and not had any offers, is there a reason? If there have been offers, you can work out what’s been rejected and potentially gauge the vendors expectations on the price they’re looking for. A picture is constantly being built on each property and situations change during the process. As agents we’re employed to get the best possible result for our clients (the vendors). It doesn’t necessarily mean the highest offer should be accepted. Factors such as flexibility on timeframes, cash/mortgage ratio, chain details etc. all need to be considered.

Any other questions? Give us a call and we will be more than happy to answer them 020 8747 8800.

Half Term Help!

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Published: 07/02/2018   Last Updated: 08/03/2018 07:19:52   Author: Jessica Chalmers    Tags:

Half Term Help!

 

Yikes half term is creeping up! How can we keep our little cherub's occupied next week?! Thankfully in Chiswick we are well placed with many activities to keep our little ones out of trouble..well maybe I should rephrase that..keep the little ones busy!

Here are our top 5 picks:

Hedgehog Activity Day
Thursday 15th - 11am-3pm
Head to Gunnersbury Triangle for free, fun, family friendly activities and learn all about hedgehogs. Whilst there take part in a hedgehog house building workshop (spaces for the workshop are limited so please email epooley@wildlondon.org.uk to book a place).
Location: Gunnersbury Triangle Nature Reserve, Bollo Lane, London, W4 5LW (opposite Chiswick Park Station)

www.wildlondon.org.uk

Mella Mella's Pottery
Get creative at Mella Mella's Pottery play cafe. Relax with a cuppa whilst the little ones paint pottery and enjoy the Kids Corner and garden.
Contact:  020 8995 6337 / info@mellamellas.co.uk
Location: 8 Essex Place, Chiswick, London, W4 5UT

www.mellamellas.co.uk

Rocks Lane Soft Play
Great new soft play in Chiswick! Let the children scramble in the soft play whilst you sit back and enjoy a coffee and slice of cake from the cafe. Even lunch is sorted with their onsite pizza oven!
Contact: 020 8994 1313
Location: Rocks Lane Multi Sports Centre, 60 Chiswick Common Road, London, W4 1RZ

www.rockslane.co.uk

Watermans Art Centre
Ok, so not strictly Chiswick but I couldn't leave it out! Watermans as always is on hand to help fill the half term days with the Bear and Butterfly show, a giant butterfly making workshop and the Woodland Discovery: a musical storytelling adventure. Grab your tickets now..
Contact: 020 8232 1019
Location: Watermans Art Centre, 40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS

www.watermans.org.uk

Chiswick House and Grounds
If all else fails we always have the lovely Chiswick House with its den building, sand pit rummaging, dog watching, hot chocolate drinking joy!
Location: Chiswick House and Gardens, Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London, W4 2RP
www.chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk

Whitman & Co are delighted to sponsor Turnham Green Polytechnic Cricket Club.

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Published: 24/06/2014   Last Updated: 21/12/2016 17:06:41   Author: Katie    Tags:

Whitman & Co are delighted to sponsor Turnham Green Polytechnic Cricket Club. We felt it particularly poignant to sponsor the team as Gerry Chalmers headed up the Turnham Green Colts in the 1990’s. Father of Chris in our sales team who also played for the team, he sadly passed away earlier in the year. They once  pulled off a combined father and son caught and bowled! We are also delighted to be sponsoring the Shooting Star CHASE Charity, Belmont School Fete, Opera in the Gardens and West London Sinfonia.

  

Green Spaces In Chiswick

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Last Updated: 22/05/2018 12:48:35   Author: Jessica Chalmers    Tags:

Are you thinking of moving to Chiswick and wondering what green space it has to offer? Wonder no more! Whether you are a dog walker, outside exerciser, playground endurer, afternoon tea taker - or all of the above we have a park for you! Here are a few of our favourites:

Gunnersbury Park
Gunnersbury Park offers something special for everyone; you can feel miles from the masses in the parkland or take part in the weekly Sunday 5km ‘parkrun’. If nature is more your bag join the upcoming tree walk or simply brunch in the newly opened Benugo café, which is open daily from 8am-7pm.

www.visitgunnersbury.org
Google Map link

Chiswick House and Gardens
We are so lucky to have Chiswick House and Gardens on our doorstep with its 65 acres of gardens, the combination of formal gardens and woodland wilderness is a wonderland for dogs and folk alike! Throughout the year there are fun activities for all the family, past events have included open air cinema, opera and theatre performances, lantern festivals, a touring ‘village green’ circus and food festivals. Not to mention the historic talks and craft activities which happen throughout the year. So head down, let your dogs have a romp, your children rummage in the sand pit, and grab a delicious slice of homemade cake for yourself from the wholesome café.

chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk
Google Map link

Dukes Meadows
Dukes Meadows is a riverside park purchased from the Duke of Devonshire in 1923. The park can cater to a diverse audience whatever your recreational needs. On a sunny day bring your children to the paddling pool and cool down with an ice cream from the snack kiosk. If the children tire of splashing next door is a fabulous adventure playground which was designed through the imaginations of the local children. The large meadow is great for letting your dog charge around off the lead or flying kites on a blustery day. On a Sunday between 10am-2pm head to the brilliant food market, a social enterprise set up by the wonderful Chiswick Community. The delectable market offers fabulous produce from around the country.

dukesmeadowstrust.org
Google Map link

Acton Green Common
If you are responsible for little ones you won’t be a stranger to the playground and Chiswick has plenty on offer! Rather than list them all the mini Whitman’s have decided upon their favourite: A short stroll from Turnham Green is Acton Common Playground – a paradise for children with its giant sand pit, obstacle course, space to play football and usual fun playground paraphernalia. If the swing pushers and roundabout spinners are in need of a little pep, Lavelli Bakery opposite is on hand with a flat white and bacon bap!

www.actongreen.org.uk
Google Map link

If Chiswick’s wonderful green spaces have temped you that this could be the place to reside, please call our talented team on 020 8747 8800 and they will be very happy to help you further.
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