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On the way back from a meeting with a client in Stockport I went past an old pub in the marketplace called ‘The Cocked Hat’ and their signage says ‘purveyor of good times’ which I loved. This landlord is telling everyone that you go in there and you have fun, it is a good place to be. He is selling the experience not the facts and figures.
It made me think about what we sell, yes, we sell and let property for people; they are the facts. However our role is much more that that, we manage people’s move and help them to get to the next chapter of their life which could be first time buyers moving into their first home, young families upsizing for more space or older clients looking to downsize for less space!
A lot of our business comes from repeat clients such as professional developers or people who move regularly and recommendations from previous clients. This is because the experience they have in dealing with us is impressive, we take care of our clients and we do the little extras that make all the difference such as being available to talk on our mobiles seven days a week, liaising with the full chain during a sale and negotiating for our clients on the property they are buying. We are a local business and we really care about making the whole move happen.
So, if the Cocked Hat landlords are purveyors of good times, I would say that we, Snowden Wilkinson, are purveyors of your next chapter, purveyors of peace of mind and purveyors of easing stress.
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We all met up this week with Fiona our old lettings manager.
Fiona used to look after our managed properties for landlords and for the past two years has lived in Vietnam teaching English.
She met us with her mum and it was great to catch up over a quick bite to eat in the village.
Fiona who has travelled to some places that require more nerve than luggage was “nervous” about a trip to the hairdressers the next day as she was having her hair (longer than rapunzels) cut short. Not a conversation I normally find my self in and nothing miraculous about that, but the why she was getting it cut really is.
She was donating her hair to a charity that makes wigs for children who are undergoing treatment for cancer, so on her short trip home to catch up with family friends and her “snowden wilkinson fam” as she calls us she found the time and had the heart to do that!
I suppose because I’m of a certain age I’m guilty sometimes of the “all they do is sit on their phones and take pictures of themselves” attitude but if you saw Fiona taking a picture of herself this week that’s why she wAs, to show us her new look and send off the rest to a charity that will perform an every day miracle for a child she doesn’t know.
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I started my time at Snowden Wilkinson in February and what a blast of fresh air it has given me!
Working within a village that I live in and love couldn’t be a nicer experience. The Snowden Wilkinson office has the most beautiful outlook over Oak Meadow Park and more recently we have been privy to some amazing afternoon sunshine through the window.
My walk to work down some of the most desired roads in Cheadle Hulme has given me the 10 minutes of calm needed to motivate me for a busy day in the office. The phones ring off the hook, local clients drop in to do business or just say hello, and friends and family wave from car windows as they wait for a green light.
The team at Snowden Wilkinson have welcomed me with open arms. Each of them has been patient with me and spent time showing me the different aspects of the business. I have learnt so much in such little time and that is down to the open and honest nature of each person that works here.
We have recently been out together for drinks to welcome me to the team and for a girls night to support one of our regular clients charities. Both nights were a lot of fun and laughter is something that is definitely not missing in the Snowden Wilkinson office.
As some of you will know, Snowden Wilkinson has been part of my life for much longer than me starting in the office in February but I now feel truly part of the family. I can only thank each member of it for making my start here such an exciting and happy one and I hope it is only the beginning of great things to come.
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Most of us are back to work this week after a few glorious days in the sun, either at home or on the beaches of Wales, what a weekend!
On Good Friday Ian Mel and Beth went to the Tree house Children’s Ward at Stepping Hill Hospital and delivered around 350 eggs that had been kindly donated and dropped in to our Office on Station Road, thanks so much to everyone who took part in this collection.
We were open for viewings on Saturday and the quiet roads were a bonus with all viewings attended and everyone in a great Easter weekend mood.
We were treated to an Easter service in Oak Meadow park opposite our Office which was well attended by local families and a lovely way to celebrate Easter
For those not looking at houses it was clear that the fantastic local Pubs and Restaurants were a good option as driving between appointments our team were a little envious of people of Cheadle Hulme sat outside the Millington and Gusto, but duty calls and our last viewings were 4.30 so a glimpse of the late afternoon sun was still possible, ice and lemon please.
A hop on the train from Cheadle Hulme Station was another popular option, Kate from our office took full advantage of a day off and there are bottomless brunches galore to be had in the great City that is Manchester, you can forget with so much to offer here in Cheadle Hulme that “Town” is only a few stops away, and if you’ve not been for a while, give it a go, the Northern Quarter offers something for everyone and is just a short walk from the Station.
For me I tidied the garage, found the two tape measures I had lost (and replaced) pumped up the tyres on my bike, and after work pedalled to the ………..Millington
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My name is Beth and I am one of the Sales team here at Snowden Wilkinson.
Myself and my Fiancé are planning a move this year with our two young Children. I have been asking around for hints and ideas from anyone who has moved with Children before and thought I would share the top tips:
- Pack up their things last and unpack them first. This should give them some familiarity straight away and help them settle quicker in their new rooms.
- Don’t change their bedding! (this is an easy one) they will have the scent from their bed to comfort them on the initial few days in your new place. Some people have suggested spraying a scent or room spray in their old room in the days leading up to the move and then the same spray in the new room when you move.
- Involve them and make it an adventure. Talking to them and being enthusiastic about the move will make it a fun experience
- Keep their routines if you can; Mealtimes & Bedtimes.
- Make a treasure map of your new house and garden and explore with them!