Boydens - Life at Home | Autumn 2022 | Issue 04

HOME LIFE AT –– A magazine exclusively devoted to proper ty buyers, sel lers, tenants and landlords –– GET AHEAD GOOD TIMING IS KEY TO REMORTGAGING Autumn 2022 Issue 04 THE PERSONAL TOUCH 170 years of family heritage built on service and trust Village Life Why Kelvedon offers the best of both worlds SIBLINGS ON AMISSION Exclusive interview with TV’s Scarlette & Stuart Douglas

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48 05 Life at Home Contents 6 Homes with style Browse our shopping pages for inspiration and ideas for your home. 11 News Check out what’s going on in the property market and pick up essential advice. 14 Time to remortgage? Mortgage consultant Chris Pargin looks at remortgaging and why it’s always best to plan ahead. EDITORIAL EDITOR Anna-Marie Casas ADVERTISING SALES EXECUTIVE Debbie Taylor CREATIVE ART DIRECTOR Lee Thomas MARKETING CREATIVE MARKETING MANAGER Dominic Littler SENIOR MARKETING EXECUTIVE Tyler Chase PUBLISHING PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Clara Perry MANAGING DIRECTOR Allistair Hunter CONTACT Life at Home Magazine, The DS Group, The Nexus, Systematic Business Park, Old Ipswich Rd, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex CO7 7QL Advertising Enquiries: 01206 585282 Editorial Enquiries: [email protected] Life at Home Magazine is published by DS Media on behalf of Boydens estate agency. The contents of this magazine must not be reproduced without permission. Life at Home Magazine is available FREE for property buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords registered with Boydens in North Essex and South Su olk. HOME LIFE AT –– A magazine exclusively devoted to proper ty buyers, sel lers, tenants and landlords –– GET AHEAD GOOD TIMING IS KEY TO REMORTGAGING Autumn 2022 Issue 04 THE PERSONAL TOUCH 170 years of family heritage built on service and trust Village Life Why Kelvedon offers the best of both worlds SIBLINGS ON AMISSION Exclusive interview with TV’s Scarlette & Stuart Douglas 18 54 Cover image Courtesy of Rangemaster 18 ‘I think we disagree more than we agree!’ We chat exclusively with property experts and TV presenters Scarlette and Stuart Douglas. 22 Family values Philip Boyden takes a walk down memory lane and explains why we have stood the test of time. 31 Hide and sleek Find out how to tackle clutter and create an organised space with some savvy storage. 42 Plain sale-ing Introducing the superstars who make your sale happen! 46 Meet our West Essex Branch team We catch up with the team at Kelvedon to find out how they can help you. 48 The best of both worlds Find out what makes Kelvedon and the surrounding area such a great place to live, work and visit. 54 The cherry on the cake We chat to ‘wonder baker’, author and TV cook Juliet Sear about her gorgeous new kitchen. 61 Don’t leave me this way What to do when a tenant abandons a property. 64 Moving expertise whatever the weather If you’re ready to move, check out some expert advice. Shopping 06 HOMES WITH STYLE 51L Stove, Contura, from £1,650 A wood burning stove is 60 per cent more e cient at heating the home as heat transfer is convected into the room rather than being lost up the chimney in the case of conventional open fireplaces. This low-leg, castiron stove with single air-control is ideal for recessing into an existing fireplace opening, and can heat a 120 sq m space with 5kW e ciency. LED Smart Bulbs, 4lite, from £9.95 Prior to the energy price crisis, a single LED lightbulb used £34 less electricity a year compared to an incandescent bulb. However, just one year on, LED bulbs will save 75 per cent more due to soaring electricity costs. Bright sparks at 4lite report the increased cost of energy means, from October 2022, switching to LEDs could save as much as £61 a year for every bulb at home. Based on 10 bulbs, this equates to a staggering saving of £611 a year of electricity – time to switch! Get inspired with our curated selection of products that are both energy efficient and on trend Hudson Burgundy Perfect Fit Blind, BlindsbyPost, from £25.44 In winter, windows can be a huge source of heat loss with up to almost a third of a home’s heating energy lost through them. Tightly installed blinds can reduce this by 40 per cent – equating to a 10 per cent saving in heating bills. Online blinds retailer BlindsbyPost has a number of di erent types of blinds that can provide insulation this winter, including thermal and blackout options. Classic Fusion Round Tap in Polished Chrome, Quooker, £1,150 Boiling water taps have tanks that store water at high temperatures under pressure. Quooker is the only hot water tap to store water at 110 degrees and dispense at a true 100 degrees. The average kettle uses 2,200 watts to heat up 1.7 litres of water and costs around 2.5p per boil, while a Quooker boiling water tap costs just 3p per day to run on standby. Mini Fixed Feet, The Radiator Centre, £185.81 Starting o at only 80mm high – in four heights, four depths and lengths up to 2.6 metres – this e cient radiator is powerful, churning out almost 5000 watts at its largest size. But even better, it features LowH20 technology with a super-conductive and ultra-fast heat exchanger giving maximum heat for minimum energy consumption.

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You can always talk to us about the Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax considerations you may need to take into account. 3rd December 2022, 11:00 to 16:30 20+ Makers' from Essex Christmas Workshops during November 2022 Christmas Stock now on display in the gallery Next to the Finchingfield bridge The Green, Finchingfield, CM7 4JS [email protected] W O N K Y W H E E L Christmas at Finchingfield MAKERS'S MARKET 11 News ‘Bills included’ becomes most searched for rental term New analysis from the UK’s biggest property website Rightmove reveals the effect the rising cost of living and record rents are having on people searching for a new place to rent. People looking for ‘bills included’ has jumped up to the top position for renters using Keyword Sort, a Rightmove tool that allows people to prioritise their property search results by choosing specific terms. It has overtaken those looking for pet friendly homes for the first time, and is now also higher priority than gardens and garages. Last year, ‘bills included’ was just outside the top five. Many people are also contacting agents about available rental properties across a much bigger area than four years ago, to have a better chance of finding somewhere available within their budget. Hybrid working is also a likely factor as many people have more flexibility about where they live. The average area renters are searching and contacting agents in has expanded from 70 sq km in July 2018 to 137 sq km currently. While the number of new rental properties coming onto the market is slowly getting better, there is still a huge imbalance between demand and supply. New rental properties were up 3% in July versus June, but total available rental properties remain 25% behind this time last year. The result is a fiercely competitive and fast-moving rental market, with prospective tenants seeing properties being snapped up twice as quickly as they were two years ago. Rightmove’s Property Expert Tim Bannister says: “People looking for a new place to rent are casting their net much wider than before, in the hope that it will help them find a suitable place that they can afford. Although it’s not as constrained as it was a few months ago, the number of homes is still nowhere near enough to meet demand from tenants. “The lack of homes is down to more people choosing to stay put and sign longer contracts, some landlords selling up due to more onerous taxes and others taking advantage of record house prices, and hybrid working shifting some demand to more rural and suburban pockets of Great Britain. This has all led to a fiercely competitive rental market in many areas with agents reporting that in some cases properties are being rented out in just a few hours.” Top five most popular search terms in Rightmove’s Keyword Sort, August 2022: 1 Bills included 2 Pets 3 Furnished 4 Balcony 5 Garden Top five most popular search terms in Rightmove’s Keyword Sort, August 2021: 1 Pets 2 Balcony 3 Furnished 4 Garden 5 Garage (Bills included was in position 6 in August 2021)

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Surprisingly, Brits who have spotless houses are most likely to have an active social life, loving hosting parties and entertaining (17%), compared to a national average of 10%. Over a fifth of the Brits polled (22%) are guilty of secretly judging other people with messy homes, with 38% of tidy people confessing they don’t understand how they can live in a dirty, untidy house. Meanwhile the research suggests that cleaning could benefit our mental health, as almost a quarter (23%) of the Brits polled reckon cleaning their homes from top to bottom makes them feel calm and relaxed. In fact, 36% say that when their house feels clean and tidy, it makes them feel serene, while a third say being in a messy home is a sure way to make them feel stressed and depressed. Also, while having people round (68%) and hosting dinner parties (49%) would be out of the question for someone with a messy house, 42% admit they can’t even relax on the sofa if their home is a tip. At a Glance: *Properties in Essex had an overall average price of £406,432 over the last year. The majority of sales in Essex during the last year were terraced properties, selling for an average price of £367,670. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £421,349, with detached properties fetching £610,458. Overall, sold prices in Essex over the last year were similar to the previous year and 13% up on the 2019 peak of £359,711. (Source: Rightmove, September 2022) *Properties in Su olk had an overall average price of £319,708 over the last year. The majority of sales in Su olk during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £469,222. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £285,619, with terraced properties fetching £234,892. Overall, sold prices in Su olk over the last year were similar to the previous year and 14% up on the 2019 peak of £279,373. (Source: Rightmove, September 2022) *Research by Comparethemarket has found that almost a third of homeowners whose fixed rate mortgages are nearing an end in the next three years will only consider remortgaging to a long-term fixed rate deal... see page 14 for more on remortgaging. Finances 14 Against a backdrop of rising interest rates, homeowners are rushing to secure a good deal before the fixed term on their mortgage ends. Mortgage consultant Chris Pargin, of Pargin Financial Solutions, discusses remortgaging and why it’s always best to plan ahead. TIME TO REMORTGAGE? The mortgage market is as busy as ever, and we have been receiving a lot of remortgage enquiries stemming from recent interest rate rises. The rate increases have caused concern for people looking for stability on their monthly mortgage payments, and as a result many mortgage borrowers are looking to see when they can start renegotiating their next mortgage product. Of course, a lot of people are looking at their overall outgoings with the cost-of-living increases, and the monthly cost of paying the mortgage is a huge part of this – and is usually the starting point when it comes to household budgeting. It comes as no surprise that we have seen an increase in remortgage enquiries at this time.

Finances 16 Lenders have been playing their part in offering their clients a solution early, and we have had lenders recently alter the point at which they are able to offer new product rates to their clients. This means that we can review their options earlier and secure a new product before we would have been able to, previously. As a general rule of thumb, if people are looking to find out when they can start looking at their options, we usually speak to our clients six months prior to their product fixed rate end date, as some lenders do enable you to secure a new rate this far in advance. Many mortgage offers will last for six months also, so this is the ideal time as it can enable options with alternative lenders to be considered alongside your current mortgage lender. This way, we can compare alternative products available and advise on the best route forward, and it does usually provide enough time for the mortgage lenders and solicitors to complete their process. Although re-securing rates and looking to save money is often the reason for remortgages, we do also receive many enquiries from people who have other plans. Where people are looking to raise capital from a property, they will often tie this in with their remortgage, so that they can secure this additional borrowing as one mortgage part with one product end date rather than have multi-part mortgages that are arranged on different products with different dates of rate expiry. Some of our portfolio buy to let clients have in the past used their mortgage review as a time to look to grow their portfolio. When we look to renegotiate their product, we will review the property value and mortgage outstanding, and if the client would like to look to add to their portfolio, there may be a potential option of raising “There are many options when remortgaging, and the point that your rate is coming to an end is a real opportunity to review your entire situation.” capital from the subject property, which can then be used as a deposit for an onward purchase. Another popular reason for remortgaging is to repay a Help to Buy equity loan. The Help to Buy scheme is a popular way that many have purchased new build properties with the assistance of an equity loan from the government. When revisiting clients on this, we have looked at the potential of raising capital from the property in order to repay the equity loan, and again when a mortgage product is due to expire it can be an ideal time to consider this possibility. There are many options when remortgaging, and the point that your rate is coming to an end is a real opportunity to review your entire situation and see what options are available to you. Rather than just select a new product, the remaining mortgage term and monthly payment should be considered, as well as your wider financial situation and insurance arrangements. A lot can be gained from paying attention to these areas and conducting a full review, so the advice to all clients is to diarise the point to take some time out to review your circumstances and try not to leave it until the last minute. We do contact all of our clients in advance of their residential or buy to let mortgage product coming to an end in order to arrange this review, which can be a real additional benefit of working with a broker to keep on top of things. Article by Chris Pargin, of Pargin Financial Solutions. You can contact Chris on [email protected] or 07398163663. Pargin Financial Solutions Ltd and Boydens are separate entities. For estate agents, Pargin Financial Solutions Ltd acts as introducers only

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Interview 18 ‘I think we disagree more than we agree!’ We chat exclusively with property experts and sibling TV presenting duo Scarlette and Stuart Douglas, who have recently been helping homebuyers make their money go further on Channel 4’s Worst House on the Street and alongside George Clark on Flipping Fast. About Scarlette and Stuart Scarlette’s property journey began when she bought her first flat at the age of 24. She became an award-winning television presenter with A Place In The Sun (2015) and since then, has been a regular reporter for BBC’s The One Show as well as presenting her own primetime Channel 4 show Holiday Secrets: Is Last Minute Best? (2020). Former professional footballer Stuart bought his first property in 1999 – a converted hat factory in St Albans. He redesigned, refurbished, and eventually sold it for a healthy profit. This proved to be the catalyst for him to buy and develop in the locations of the football clubs where he played. With Scarlette’s candid input, he has developed and sold numerous properties. Stuart was nominated for Best Debut Presenter at the New Voice Awards 2022. How did you both get into the property market? Stuart was the one that got into property first, kind of by accident. As a footballer, he invested his money into his first house by renovating it and made a great return without even meaning to. Thirteen years later, he took me under his wing and taught me the ropes. We’ve been developing as a duo ever since! Tell us about your first experience of buying a property together and how that progressed to a career in television. Our first place together was in Barnet. It was a ground-floor converted Victorian flat; one bedroom that we turned into two, of which we made a good profit. We continued flipping properties and a few years later, an opportunity came up for ‘A Place in the Sun’, who were looking for presenters with property expertise. I did a screen test, got the job and the rest is history as they say! How would you describe your working relationship as siblings – do you mostly agree with each other on property matters and how do you resolve any differences? I think we disagree more than we agree! We have learnt over the years that compromise is our best friend though! Stuart keeps emotion out of renovations, whereas I try to, but struggle! We’re very good at meeting in the middle and, ultimately, we want the best for our prospective buyers, so we always have that at the forefront of our minds when we may have a disagreement. What’s best for me may not be best for someone else. Image courtesy of Channel 4, Flipping Fast 19 Interview

Interview 20 Which is your favourite style of property interior and why? This is such a difficult question because no two properties are the same. I like to be as true to a property as I can. Yes, use elements of different styles and merge designs, but I like to be true to the period and build of the initial property. Traditional features are so beautiful, so enhancing and restoring them rather than removing does so much more justice to the house. If it was a new build? Go as modern as you like, but I would always say be gracious to the era of the house by at least giving a nod to the period here and there. Which part of a property (inside or out) gets you most excited when making an investment or starting a renovation project? The layout. A floor plan, honestly, is the thing to look out for when wanting to renovate. You can see exactly what can change and what can’t and how to make the most of the space on offer. Which simple home improvements do you think can add most value to a property? There are a few different ones here. A new kitchen and bathroom always add value to a property, but something that’s not too big of a job is sprucing up the kerb appeal. Having great outside space front and/or back really can add money to your home, and it doesn’t have to be expensive to do. What’s your biggest property success? Everything I’ve done within property I would like to believe has been a success. I never stop and rest on my laurels and am always seeking to surpass what I’ve already achieved, so I’m not sure I have seen my biggest success as of yet. And any property mistakes you care to mention? Every mistake is a learning curve so as much as I can’t think of any right now, I wouldn’t change them as I wouldn’t have the knowledge I have to date. 21 Interview What are your top 5 dos and don’ts for buying or selling a new home? 1. DO as much research as possible – it’s key to minimising mistakes and errors in your purchase. 2. FAIL to prepare, prepare to fail – if you don’t do your homework, you’re taking a big risk with your investment. 3. DON’T expect everything to be plain sailing – there are a lot of ups and downs with property, so you need to be adaptable (just because your o er has been accepted, doesn’t mean it’s definitely going to be yours, so be aware). 4. DO have a contingency fund just in case you need some extra cash along the way. 5. DO make your house look as presentable and appealing as possible to give it the best chance of getting the best o er! Business As a family business stretching back five generations, Boydens has quite a history. The fifth generation of the Boyden family, Philip Boyden now works in the business alongside his father David Boyden and, as Philip explains, this really is a family affair. 22 My involvement in the family business started at an early age. I remember making regular trips to the Colchester Branch in the early 1990s (or ‘Grandad’s Office’ as we referred to it), as my mum attended a cake decorating class nearby on Tuesday evenings. During this time, my sister Laura and I would spend time in the office where my dad and grandad were working. I recall enjoying a Tunnocks Caramel Wafer and still now, when I pass a certain point on the middle floor of the building, I sense a familiar aroma which takes me instantly back to those days. Values Family From left, Desmond Boyden who set up the residential property business in 1966; Desmond with son, David; and David who now works alongside his son, Philip

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN The Boydens story began back in 1852 when George Boyden, a master builder and Quaker, started his own business. His son, Aston, continued the building business which at its height employed 28 sta before being interrupted by the Second World War. Aston died in 1947. Aston’s son, Desmond, my grandfather, was too young to immediately join the building business, instead studying engineering and working for Woods of Colchester. For two years Desmond commuted to London working for a commercial Chartered Surveyors firm based in The Strand, before returning to Colchester to spend 11 years with local Chartered Surveyors firm, C M Stanford & Son, specialising in residential property and farms. THE EXPANSION OF BOYDENS In 1966, Desmond set up his own residential property business initially at Blackheath, Colchester and then onto Balkerne House in Crouch Street. Due to expansion, the business moved next door to Aston House in 1988, where the business has been based ever since. Desmond’s son, David, my father, joined the family business in 1976. In partnership with his father he developed the business, building Boydens’ reputation, taking the best of the family ethos – and combining this with the modern approach and expanding our business across Essex and Su olk. After graduating from university, I joined the family business in 2015. Home 34 Seeing the Boyden name in lights above the door and on the various sales and lettings boards on properties in the area, and knowing this was part of my family history always instilled a feeling of pride. A popular misconception at school at the time was that other pupils would remark that my family appeared to own a lot of houses! My more formal involvement in the family firm began when, aged 17, I spent my summer between school and 6th form college working in Boydens’ Property Management Department carrying out Routine Inspections on rented and managed properties. During my gap year before university, I spent time working in New Zealand for a farming firm, which was a wonderful experience. I then headed to university where I undertook a degree in Rural Property Management, which included a work placement for a year as a surveyor taking instructions from Savills, negotiating the installation of pipelines over farmland on behalf of Anglian Water. After successfully completing my surveying degree, I joined the family business full time in the capacity of Sales Negotiator, based in our Braintree Branch. During this time, my experience in commercial property was utilised in providing a source of advice for all of our branches, including our Coastal Branch, in commercial property sales and rentals. Busin ss 2 Main image, David Boyden looks through an archived newspaper advert for Boydens; below, Desmond Boyden during his working days; and an old sign for the original building business, established by Aston Boyden in 1852

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As a Senior Property Consultant, I love helping clients to successfully sell or buy their properties, getting as much pleasure from helping first-time buyers on their first step onto the ladder to those with high-end, bespoke properties. I enjoy the diversity of continuing to be the company’s specialist with the sale of land and commercial properties. There is no doubt that being part of a family firm is a source of pride to me, and makes working life so much more interesting. Dad and I are different characters, but we share the same core values and passion for the business to succeed and it is nice to work alongside him. I enjoy sharing the family history of Boydens with clients; to be able to do it as a member of the family does make it extra special and, I think, demonstrates that we really do care – with us it really is personal. I was particularly proud of my involvement in the rebranding of Boydens in 2016 which was a bold move in helping to modernise the company, and started a process which we continue to this day. We have faced challenges throughout our history – the property market is often used as a barometer of what is happening in the wider economy which has its ups and downs, but the quality of people working within Boydens is exceptional and so gives me great confidence in the future. This was never more prevalent than when we all faced the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic where we pulled together collectively to see us through what was a huge challenge for us, our staff, and indeed the whole world. 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BATHROOM As more and more of us crave the spa experience at home, demand has surged for storage solutions that help create the beautiful, soothing, sleek aesthetics befitting a calming sanctuary to escape and unwind. Bathroom bliss requires items such as ugly household cleaning products to be kept well tucked away. You want nice, luxury products on display, not bleach and toilet rolls! “Storage is often an afterthought when planning a bathroom, but when you consider how much stuff we keep in our bathrooms, it should be a priority,” observes Howard Birch, Director at luxury bathroom specialist, Aston Matthews (URL). “From spare loo roll to cleaning materials and cosmetics, if the bathroom is going to look smart and clutter-free, you need to incorporate as much storage as possible. “A basin unit is a useful option, providing drawers or a cupboard under the sink. Also, consider a mirrorfronted cabinet above the basin and if this also incorporates a light – even better.” Aside from the functionality provided, a vanity unit can provide a focal point in your bathroom. 39 Home Roseberry fitted furniture in London Grey; below, Aston Matthews S Line wall-hung basin unit in solid limed oak Home 40 “When it comes to the actual style of your vanity unit, it really comes down to personal taste,” comments James Stevenson, Creative Director at Imperial Bathrooms ( “Perhaps you prefer a model with design flourishes and features such as glass legs or period handles, or maybe you’re more inclined towards a simple, more pared-back aesthetic with a classic look and clean lines. Whatever your preference, bear in mind that your vanity unit can play an all-important role in maximising your bathroom storage.” Maximise your space with fitted furniture that makes the most of tight corners and awkward spaces, adds Helen Clark, Head of Marketing at bathroom expert Utopia ( “In terms of interior storage, look for deep drawers and adjustable shelving to allow for those taller bottles. Compartmentalised drawer spaces are also excellent for organising make-up and personal grooming items.” Organise makeup and toiletries in drawers in transparent containers to make it easy and quick to grab and go – especially at peak times like the school run. Freestanding wall storage can be used to create a focal point, while in smaller bathrooms, wall-hung cupboards provide the ideal solution, creating the illusion of more space by maximising the visible area of the floor. A towel rail on a wall-hung unit or utilising the unused space on the back of a door for hanging towels and bath robes also incorporate practicality in a smaller setting. If your bathroom is really bijou, consider running a shelf above the bathroom door or utilising the wall space above the toilet for a storage unit. Orthex at Groups running Monday - Saturday Monday PM - Shrub End Tuesday AM - Monkwick Tuesday PM - Wivenhoe & Highwoods Wednesday AM - Old Heath Wednesday PM - Greenstead & Stanway Thursday AM - Highwoods & Stanway Thursday PM - Grt Horkesley & Stanway Friday AM - Shrub End Saturday AM - Highwoods & Shrub End Check website for details AJ SLOWGROVE YOUR LOCAL CLOCK REPAIRER Covering Colchester and the surrounding area Over 50 years Experience All repairs, servicing and restoration Monday – Friday 10am to 5pm Contact Andrew Today! Tel: 01206 381782 Mob: 07889 336059 01206 212207 | 07803 273324 [email protected]