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Finalist in the Rural Business Awards

In January 2018 I celebrated five years of being a HouseWow Interior Styling Consultant, specialising in staging homes for the market.

Something that is very important to me is working with environment friendly products and ethical companies while also outsourcing and working with other small rural businesses like myself.

Being environmentally conscious also flows into our home life, where upcycling and recycling are the norm and solar panels help run our home while also charging our electric van.

I am thrilled that my work ethic and professional services have been recognised by the Rural Business Awards who have nominated Sassy Property Styling as a finalist in the Best Rural Professional Services Business category.

The aim of the Rural Business Awards is to give recognition to business operating right across the rural sector, to acknowledge the breadth and depth of opportunity presented by the Great British countryside, as well as to celebrate the achievements of our rural businesses, from engineering through to artisan food producers and professional services organisations.  So, the competition is very strong.

There are thirteen award categories which are decided by an independent panel of judges drawn from the rural business sector, official agencies and rural charitable organisations.  The aim of the Rural Business Awards is to grow businesses operating in the rural community.  To be nominated and shortlisted for this award is becoming the UK’s most prestigious and respected award for rural businesses across the UK.

Which is why I am excited to be have been chosen as one of five finalists.

Winning combination

I have been working with Paul Rolfe Estate and letting agents in Scotland and together we are seeing excellent results when properties that have been on the market for a long while, sell within weeks of being staged.

“We are seeing excellent results by working with Sassy Property Styling and it means we have increased the service we offer to our clients” said Paul Rolfe Director of Paul Rolfe Estate agents. “When you can sell a half a million-pound house for £30k to £40k above the asking price then it’s definitely worth engaging Anne,” explains Paul.  “I would rather show a client how to make the most of their house in order to gain the extra price than risk putting a property on the market that’s not ready and won’t sell easily, or worse, the owner gets a low offer.”

I enjoy working with estate agents and have been known to travel long distances from home in Cumbria to stage a house.  All too often sellers don’t understand the instant they put their house on the market they’re entering into a very tough competitive market, every house in the same location, even those not for sale, are the competition.  So, the seller has to ensure their house is looking good, first from the outside and then it has to create that wow factor when prospective buyers walk through the door.

In Paul’s experience if a house is average then buyers will only be willing to pay an average price for it and may even try to crank the price down. “On the other hand,” he explains “if the house looks amazing and creates a surge of positive emotion in the buyer then they are more likely to pay top price for it.”

Sellers don’t always have the time or the inclination to stage their house correctly for the market.  They may have lived in the property for many years and not see the glaringly obvious elements that will lose them the sale.

This year is a very positive year for me, with lots of work and now this nomination in the Rural Business Awards.

Anne Sowerby, Sassy Property Styling, www.sassypropertystlying.co.uk

info@sassypropertystyling.com, Mob 07725246434, Tel  016873 20762

Graythwaite is situated on the west side of Lake Windermere amongst thousands of acres of woodland. Is has been in the same family for over 500 years. As a way to diversify The estate is looking into ways to use sustainably grown timber and take it to market.

We have had a sawmill on the estate since the 1800’s and have recently upgraded to the Woodmizer LX450 with a custom bed extension for large dimension beams. The new mill allows us to process larger quantities at a faster pace to a greater accuracy. We have slab wood and bagged sawdust for sale as a bi product of milling so nothing goes to waste. We have a stock of air drying hardwoods as well as green and we also have access to lots of European larch and sitka spruce. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary then please ring Martin Phillips in the sawmill – 01539530752 -and he will try his best to accommodate you.

Working along side the sawmill we have a Posch firewood processor and log deck which means we can process a huge amount of logs which we sell by the cubic meter, either soft or hard wood or mixed. We can produce kiln dried logs as well to order if you ask in advance. For more information on this please call Andrew Robinson – 07469159336

Alternatively please visit our website to see what else we do at www.graythwaite.com

Office – 01539531248


Zero Dry Time strives on believing that your home should be treated like your castle. Previously being a Royal Marine Commando, Ian takes the commando enthuses of courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness and remembering his coveted Green Berets, uses these to ensure dirty carpets and upholstery are of numbered days!

‘I am rightly proud of my military background and I put to work the commando ethos’ said Ian 55 years old from Barlaston near Stone. ‘My work is second to none and each time I take a job on, I will not leave until I cannot get it any cleaner.’

Ian continues with ‘I am very aware of the notion of being in someone’s home and my actions follow accordingly. I focus on the job in hand until it is completed to its fullest potential. I ensure constant, exceptional results which have an almost immediate walk dry finish.’

So let the draw bridge down and call a carpet cleaner you can trust. Ian, the Commando Carpet Cleaner from Barlaston ready to clean your castle.

Linney Cooper Ltd is a family run company that was established in Colwyn Bay in 1964. From its early days Linney Cooper has grown in to one of the leading flooring suppliers in the country. Our trained and skilled installers have tackled every conceivable flooring challenge. When we install a carpet we endeavour to make sure that the fitting is of the highest standard possible. As a company we employ all our domestic fitters ensuring that you the customer gets the best service and quality.

At Linney Cooper we offer every possible service from consultancy and on-site surveys a free  estimating service to hand stitching of rugs and carpets. Linney Cooper pride ourselves on the interest we take in every installation we do wether it is a small domestic bathroom to a historic house or luxury yacht.

Our well informed retail consultants have extensive flooring and industry knowledge and will be able to advise what would be the best option for your floor and help you through the whole process from your initial enquiry right up to the successful installation of your new carpet or floor.

Why choose carpet?  Carpets are available for many different applications with a wide selection of colours, appearances designs and textures, to suit any budgetchoose carpet because carpet can help to bring a room to life. Carpet can help to reduce noise and retain warmth in a room, carpet can add to the comfort of your environment and can transform a room.

Why choose Linney Cooper, because we have an unrivalled passion for flooring and carpets. We offer a wide selection of carpets and floor coverings from some of the world’s leading manufacturers.

7 Home Improvement & Remodelling Ideas that Increase Home Value

1. Remodelling the Kitchen

Most people consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home, and because of this, updates in this room pay off.  Just don’t go overboard. A basic rule is that you should never make your kitchen fancier than the rest of the house, or the neighbourhood.

2. Bathroom Addition

If your home only has one bathroom, you can recoup a large chunk of your investment by adding another one. When it comes to finding room in your house for an extra bathroom, take a look at any extra rooms or underutilized spaces. Consider other spaces, such as closets or areas under the stairs, too. If you want a half-bath you need at least 18 square feet. If you want a full bath, including a stand-up shower, you need at least 30 square feet. If you want a bathtub, make sure you have at least 35 square feet to work with.

3. Reinventing a Room

Adding more square footage to your home with a new room can be an incredibly expensive project. Although you can recoup some of your investment, anywhere from 50%-83%, this project’s costs can quickly spin wildly out of control. Instead, reinvent the existing space in your home to save money. Finish a basement, or convert the attic to a bedroom. Many homeowners can also add small apartments in, or over, their garages – which they can then rent out as a room. But just before you start demolishing walls and rafters, try to think about the ways that you, and potential buyers, can use the space. Versatile rooms have greater appeal to potential buyers. Basements frequently work well as second living rooms, or game rooms. Many people also turn this space into a small apartment for an ageing relative or a tenant. Attic spaces often work well for craft rooms and game rooms, especially if they have high ceilings.

4. Adding Energy-Efficient Windows

These days, buyers shop for homes with energy efficiency in mind. Old, drafty single-pane windows are a major turn off.  You will also save loads of money in the long term and have a warmer home.

5. Deck Addition

Adding a deck increases the value of your home. Outdoor livings spaces are becoming increasingly more desirable. If you make your deck and your backyard more appealing, your house will be more appealing to prospective buyers when you decide to sell.

6. Energy-Efficient Insulation

If your home lacks basic insulation, and has old doors that let in plenty of hot and cold air, home inspectors working with potential buyers will include this in their reports. Homes that haven’t been modified with energy efficiency in mind cost more to live in and maintain. Updating your home to save energy doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and can make your home more appealing to potential buyers. You can add extra insulation to your attic for very little, and this small change can save you hundreds each year on your utility bill. Also, seal cracks around the house to save even more money on energy costs. Anytime you feel a draft or cold spot, you’re in an area that leaks air. A very cheap and rewarding energy efficiency thing to do is to replace all your light bulbs with, yes you guessed it, energy efficiency ones.  And if you need to replace your hot water heater, consider spending a bit extra to purchase a high-efficiency water heater. Savvy home buyers know these water heaters can really trim energy bills.

7. Basic Updates

Basic updates add the most value to your home. Keep the paint fresh, fix the roof when it leaks, replace wood that rots, and get rid of any mould that you find. These types of chores keep your home from deteriorating over time. Buyers want a healthy, solid, safe home, and they look carefully for signs of routine maintenance.

For more information on how to advertise your business within this section please email our sales team on sales@colstonmedia.co.uk

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