Author: HOP Cat

Selling your home is a daunting experience for everyone, especially when you’ve never done it before.
When buying your first home your emotions are often clouded by excitement, but selling that much loved first property can be hard and often confusing too. There is a lot more to think about when selling, from choosing an Estate Agent and getting the property marketing ready, to completing legal documentation and answering enquiries about your home. The pressure can be overwhelming.
At HOP our aim is to make the process as seamless and stress free as possible. With our experienced sales team on hand every step of the way, we will guide you through every stage.

Where do I start?

If you are thinking of selling your home, it’s important you start by getting multiple valuations. We always advise homeowners to ask more than one Estate Agent to appraise your property, so that you can be sure you are getting a realistic valuation in the current market.

It is common for some Estate Agents to give a very top-heavy valuation to encourage you to list your home with them. Don’t be fooled! This could have a negative effect on your sale. It could put off buyers from making an offer on your property and also mean your property could stay on the market for longer than needed, resulting in less interest as it moves down the Rightmove rankings. Be sure to choose an Estate Agent who gives you an honest and realistic valuation, which in hand will result in more offers, a higher sales price due to bidding and also a quicker sale.

Once you have a realistic price in mind it’s important you consider carefully which Estate Agent you choose. There are three stages to selling your home successfully: – marketing, negotiating and sales progression. How your Estate Agent manages each stage is vital to a successful sale. Consider what marketing tools they use and the communication methods they offer to help make the process as smooth as possible.

Marketing My Property

Once you have chosen an Estate Agent to sell your home, its time to get the marketing in place. Prep your property for pictures by dressing the table, putting out a vase of flowers and hiding away any clutter. How your property is viewed online is essential to achieving your maximum sale price. This is often the first time a buyer will see your home and this will affect how they view the property going forward.

Getting the upmost exposure for your home is also the way to reach more buyers, and as a result – receive more offers. At HOP we provide our buyers with the best marketing there is, including Premium and Featured Listings on Rightmove, Matterport 360’ Virtual Tours and paid boosting on our social platforms, all of which help to give you ultimate exposure across the UK.

Using Matterport Virtual Tours to sell your home is proven to achieve a 9% higher sale price and results in you spending 31% less time on the market. Whilst Premium Listings result in 35% more brochure downloads and Featured Listings are proven to double the click through rate on your property… Why settle for less?

How Do I Choose A Buyer?

If you are lucky enough to receive multiple offers for your home, negotiating and choosing a buyer can be daunting. Remember: the highest bidder is not always the best buyer! There are a lot of factors that go with that offer such as the buyer’s chain, deposit size, lender, speed etc. At HOP we not only negotiate the best price possible, but we find a buyer that’s right for you. Our experts will gather as much information as possible from each and every potential buyer, to ensure you can choose a buyer that fits your goals and avoid wasting your time. Our team will guide and advise you where required to help you make the decision that’s is best for you and your journey.

What is Sales Progression and How Do I Do This?

Accepting your offer is often a weight lifted – you have a buyer in place and can start moving forward with the sale! However, this can be where the hard work begins. If you have never sold a home before, this part of the process can be very confusing and it’s easy to feel stressed when you don’t know your next steps.

At HOP we ensure you are kept up to date and guided through the process with exceptional customer service at every stage. You choose how you want to communicate with us, whether it be through day time calls, evening calls, Whatsapp, text message or email, whatever suits you.

To help you understand what is expected from you and your buyer throughout the process, the sales experts at HOP have put together a Sales Progression Checklist, to help you be ahead of the game and speed up your sale.
Click here to download our Sales Progression Checklist.

In a nut shell, selling your home for the first time, will be daunting, but at HOP we are here to make the process as smooth as possible. With our top-notch marketing, expert sales team, excellent communication and useful guides and checklists, HOP will take the weight off your shoulders and help make this exciting journey a positive one!

Selling your home is a daunting experience for everyone, especially when you’ve never done it before.
When buying your first home your emotions are often clouded by excitement, but selling that much loved first property can be hard and often confusing too. There is a lot more to think about when selling, from choosing an Estate Agent and getting the property marketing ready, to completing legal documentation and answering enquiries about your home. The pressure can be overwhelming.
At HOP our aim is to make the process as seamless and stress free as possible. With our experienced sales team on hand every step of the way, we will guide you through every stage.

Where do I start?

If you are thinking of selling your home, it’s important you start by getting multiple valuations. We always advise homeowners to ask more than one Estate Agent to appraise your property, so that you can be sure you are getting a realistic valuation in the current market.

It is common for some Estate Agents to give a very top-heavy valuation to encourage you to list your home with them. Don’t be fooled! This could have a negative effect on your sale. It could put off buyers from making an offer on your property and also mean your property could stay on the market for longer than needed, resulting in less interest as it moves down the Rightmove rankings. Be sure to choose an Estate Agent who gives you an honest and realistic valuation, which in hand will result in more offers, a higher sales price due to bidding and also a quicker sale.

Once you have a realistic price in mind it’s important you consider carefully which Estate Agent you choose. There are three stages to selling your home successfully: – marketing, negotiating and sales progression. How your Estate Agent manages each stage is vital to a successful sale. Consider what marketing tools they use and the communication methods they offer to help make the process as smooth as possible.

Marketing My Property

Once you have chosen an Estate Agent to sell your home, its time to get the marketing in place. Prep your property for pictures by dressing the table, putting out a vase of flowers and hiding away any clutter. How your property is viewed online is essential to achieving your maximum sale price. This is often the first time a buyer will see your home and this will affect how they view the property going forward.

Getting the upmost exposure for your home is also the way to reach more buyers, and as a result – receive more offers. At HOP we provide our buyers with the best marketing there is, including Premium and Featured Listings on Rightmove, Matterport 360’ Virtual Tours and paid boosting on our social platforms, all of which help to give you ultimate exposure across the UK.

Using Matterport Virtual Tours to sell your home is proven to achieve a 9% higher sale price and results in you spending 31% less time on the market. Whilst Premium Listings result in 35% more brochure downloads and Featured Listings are proven to double the click through rate on your property… Why settle for less?

How Do I Choose A Buyer?

If you are lucky enough to receive multiple offers for your home, negotiating and choosing a buyer can be daunting. Remember: the highest bidder is not always the best buyer! There are a lot of factors that go with that offer such as the buyer’s chain, deposit size, lender, speed etc. At HOP we not only negotiate the best price possible, but we find a buyer that’s right for you. Our experts will gather as much information as possible from each and every potential buyer, to ensure you can choose a buyer that fits your goals and avoid wasting your time. Our team will guide and advise you where required to help you make the decision that’s is best for you and your journey.

What is Sales Progression and How Do I Do This?

Accepting your offer is often a weight lifted – you have a buyer in place and can start moving forward with the sale! However, this can be where the hard work begins. If you have never sold a home before, this part of the process can be very confusing and it’s easy to feel stressed when you don’t know your next steps.

At HOP we ensure you are kept up to date and guided through the process with exceptional customer service at every stage. You choose how you want to communicate with us, whether it be through day time calls, evening calls, Whatsapp, text message or email, whatever suits you.

To help you understand what is expected from you and your buyer throughout the process, the sales experts at HOP have put together a Sales Progression Checklist, to help you be ahead of the game and speed up your sale.
Click here to download our Sales Progression Checklist.

In a nut shell, selling your home for the first time, will be daunting, but at HOP we are here to make the process as smooth as possible. With our top-notch marketing, expert sales team, excellent communication and useful guides and checklists, HOP will take the weight off your shoulders and help make this exciting journey a positive one!

Author: HOP Cat

How you market your property is one of the most important parts of selling your home. Poor marketing could result in less interest in your property and therefore fewer potential buyers. Whereas doing it properly can significantly increase your chances of securing more viewings, more offers, a better price and can even help sell your home more quickly.

At HOP we pride ourselves in providing only the best, high impact marketing for all our properties. We have tailored our techniques over the years to ensure our knowledge, listings and marketing are exceptional to achieve maximum exposure.

What does our top-notch marketing include?

✔️ 360° Virtual Tours

✔️Professionally enhanced photography

✔️Expertly drawn floorplans

✔️High quality PDF brochures

✔️Full property listings with well written descriptions, map, EPC and brochure included

✔️Marketing on our HOP website with an average of 3,000 visitors per week.

✔️Listings on all major portals including Rightmove, Zoopla, Onthemarket and PrimeLocation

✔️Premium Listings/Featured Property Listings on Rightmove and HOP website

✔️Eye catching branding and HOP ‘For Sale’ board outside your property

✔️Applicant matching and emails to our established applicant database

✔️Shared on our popular social channels including Facebook and Instagram

 

Why use 360° Virtual Tours?

Our virtual tours are done using Matterport, providing the best, high quality 3D tours of your home. Matterport is a three-dimensional camera system that creates realistic, fully immersive virtual experiences. Viewers can manually explore the every corner of your property from a variety of viewpoints on screen and get a feel for the space. The  platform allows us to promote your property to the market in a personal and interactive way, allowing potential buyers to view your property in their own time, 24hrs a day from their phone, tablet, laptop or desktop.

“Homes listed with 3D virtual tours spend up to 31% less time on the market!” (Matterport).
“Real estate professionals can achieve up to 9% higher sales prices when listing with a 3D virtual tour” (Matterport).

Our use of 3D virtual tours has proven to sell our properties quicker and for a higher price, with potential buyers being able to offer within hours of a property being listed, from the comfort of their own homes. In addition, it also means buyers who do book to view your property are likely to be more serious about taking the next step having already taken a peek inside!

As well as the everyday benefits of Virtual Tours, the online viewing experience has been a lifeline for most during the difficult 2020/2021 year. With many buyers having to shield or unexpectedly isolate, HOP have enabled buyers to view the property virtually, meaning they haven’t missed out on their dream home. It also helped reach out to buyers who may be relocating and cannot make your viewing due to travel limitations, thus exposing your property to thousands more people up and down the UK and abroad.

Check out Property Investors latest article on how using  virtual tours can boost sales values.

 

Premium and Featured Listings on Rightmove

Rightmove is the most popular property portal in the UK, receiving c125 million views per month. It is likely that the first time your buyer will see your property is on Rightmove, therefore its essential you take advantage of the exposure the portal provides!

At HOP we offer Premium and Featured listings on Rightmove to all our vendors.
What is a Premium listing?

Premium listings are the properties that are highlighted in green when scrolling through Rightmove properties. The eye-catching enhancements along with showing 5 images instead of the standard 1 image, increase your click through rate by over 30%, subsequently resulting in more enquiries and in turn improving your chances of a quicker sale.

“35% more property brochures are viewed when Premium Listed” (Rightmove)
What is a Featured listing?

Featured listings provide the ultimate exposure on Rightmove. They are guaranteed to appear at the top of the search result when buyer’s criteria match your property as well as at the top of generic searches too! This means that no matter whether Rightmove has listed 20 other properties in that area on that day, your property remains at the top of the search results. They also display 3 much larger images which makes the property stand out against other standard listings.

According to Rightmove, “Featured Listings generate twice as many detailed views”.

Our fresh approach and our bespoke marketing packages ensure your property receives the exposure it needs to sell faster and for more money!

Why settle for less when you deserve more?
Call our sales team today find out how we can give you an all-round top-notch service – 0113 322 9533

 

How you market your property is one of the most important parts of selling your home. Poor marketing could result in less interest in your property and therefore fewer potential buyers. Whereas doing it properly can significantly increase your chances of securing more viewings, more offers, a better price and can even help sell your home more quickly.

At HOP we pride ourselves in providing only the best, high impact marketing for all our properties. We have tailored our techniques over the years to ensure our knowledge, listings and marketing are exceptional to achieve maximum exposure.

What does our top-notch marketing include?

✔️ 360° Virtual Tours

✔️Professionally enhanced photography

✔️Expertly drawn floorplans

✔️High quality PDF brochures

✔️Full property listings with well written descriptions, map, EPC and brochure included

✔️Marketing on our HOP website with an average of 3,000 visitors per week.

✔️Listings on all major portals including Rightmove, Zoopla, Onthemarket and PrimeLocation

✔️Premium Listings/Featured Property Listings on Rightmove and HOP website

✔️Eye catching branding and HOP ‘For Sale’ board outside your property

✔️Applicant matching and emails to our established applicant database

✔️Shared on our popular social channels including Facebook and Instagram

 

Why use 360° Virtual Tours?

Our virtual tours are done using Matterport, providing the best, high quality 3D tours of your home. Matterport is a three-dimensional camera system that creates realistic, fully immersive virtual experiences. Viewers can manually explore the every corner of your property from a variety of viewpoints on screen and get a feel for the space. The  platform allows us to promote your property to the market in a personal and interactive way, allowing potential buyers to view your property in their own time, 24hrs a day from their phone, tablet, laptop or desktop.

“Homes listed with 3D virtual tours spend up to 31% less time on the market!” (Matterport).
“Real estate professionals can achieve up to 9% higher sales prices when listing with a 3D virtual tour” (Matterport).

Our use of 3D virtual tours has proven to sell our properties quicker and for a higher price, with potential buyers being able to offer within hours of a property being listed, from the comfort of their own homes. In addition, it also means buyers who do book to view your property are likely to be more serious about taking the next step having already taken a peek inside!

As well as the everyday benefits of Virtual Tours, the online viewing experience has been a lifeline for most during the difficult 2020/2021 year. With many buyers having to shield or unexpectedly isolate, HOP have enabled buyers to view the property virtually, meaning they haven’t missed out on their dream home. It also helped reach out to buyers who may be relocating and cannot make your viewing due to travel limitations, thus exposing your property to thousands more people up and down the UK and abroad.

Check out Property Investors latest article on how using  virtual tours can boost sales values.

 

Premium and Featured Listings on Rightmove

Rightmove is the most popular property portal in the UK, receiving c125 million views per month. It is likely that the first time your buyer will see your property is on Rightmove, therefore its essential you take advantage of the exposure the portal provides!

At HOP we offer Premium and Featured listings on Rightmove to all our vendors.
What is a Premium listing?

Premium listings are the properties that are highlighted in green when scrolling through Rightmove properties. The eye-catching enhancements along with showing 5 images instead of the standard 1 image, increase your click through rate by over 30%, subsequently resulting in more enquiries and in turn improving your chances of a quicker sale.

“35% more property brochures are viewed when Premium Listed” (Rightmove)
What is a Featured listing?

Featured listings provide the ultimate exposure on Rightmove. They are guaranteed to appear at the top of the search result when buyer’s criteria match your property as well as at the top of generic searches too! This means that no matter whether Rightmove has listed 20 other properties in that area on that day, your property remains at the top of the search results. They also display 3 much larger images which makes the property stand out against other standard listings.

According to Rightmove, “Featured Listings generate twice as many detailed views”.

Our fresh approach and our bespoke marketing packages ensure your property receives the exposure it needs to sell faster and for more money!

Why settle for less when you deserve more?
Call our sales team today find out how we can give you an all-round top-notch service – 0113 322 9533

 

Author: HOP Cat

The clock is ticking and time is running out!

July is fast approaching, and with only 2 weeks to go the clock is ticking for Tenants to snap up their student home in readiness for the new academic year. There’s still time but you need to be quick!

Whether you are looking for an 8 bedroom property for the ultimate student experience or a 1 bedroom apartment to knuckle down in your own space, HOP have something ready and waiting for you and, we’re here to make your student letting experience as simple and stress free as possible.

We still have a few HOP properties left for a July move in as well as some with Tenancies starting in September, so have a browse and see if anything takes your fancy.

Virtual Tours

There is a lot to think about when planning your next move into a student house. Once you have decided who you want to live with, where you want to live and how much you want to spend, finding a day and time that everyone is available to view the property can be a difficult task. It can can sometimes result in you missing out! That’s why at HOP we have introduced Virtual Tours on all our properties, making viewing and securing your next HOP home quicker and easier than ever before.

Search our properties to take Virtual Tours of what’s available and secure your next HOP home today, all from the comfort of your sofa.

All Bills Included

All our student accommodation comes with bills and rent all included in one simple monthly payment. This includes your utilities, superfast fibre broadband, TV licence and even content insurance with laptop cover. So the price you see on our adverts, is the total all-inclusive price that comes out of your bank account each month, it’s as simple as that!

  • Hassle-Free as we’ll set up all utilities ready for your move in date.
  • Saves you time as we will find the best deals so you don’t have to!
  • Budget easy when you know in advance your monthly outgoings for the year.
  • Keep the household sweet with no arguing over the bills.
Why not go Premium? For an additional £4 -£7 per person, you can get some choice added extras:
  • Unlimited energy use
  • The fastest Broadband available in your area
  • Free 40” smart TV
  • TiVo Box with 260 channels
  • Sky Sports HD
  • Sky Cinema HD
  • BT Sports HD

Yes you’re right, WOW – It really is as simple as that!

Read more about our All Inclusive accommodation.
We still have some available properties ready to let from July and September. Don’t miss out and get in touch today!

Our friendly HOP team are ready and waiting for you! Just pop us a call on 0113 322 9324 to find out more.

The clock is ticking and time is running out!

July is fast approaching, and with only 2 weeks to go the clock is ticking for Tenants to snap up their student home in readiness for the new academic year. There’s still time but you need to be quick!

Whether you are looking for an 8 bedroom property for the ultimate student experience or a 1 bedroom apartment to knuckle down in your own space, HOP have something ready and waiting for you and, we’re here to make your student letting experience as simple and stress free as possible.

We still have a few HOP properties left for a July move in as well as some with Tenancies starting in September, so have a browse and see if anything takes your fancy.

Virtual Tours

There is a lot to think about when planning your next move into a student house. Once you have decided who you want to live with, where you want to live and how much you want to spend, finding a day and time that everyone is available to view the property can be a difficult task. It can can sometimes result in you missing out! That’s why at HOP we have introduced Virtual Tours on all our properties, making viewing and securing your next HOP home quicker and easier than ever before.

Search our properties to take Virtual Tours of what’s available and secure your next HOP home today, all from the comfort of your sofa.

All Bills Included

All our student accommodation comes with bills and rent all included in one simple monthly payment. This includes your utilities, superfast fibre broadband, TV licence and even content insurance with laptop cover. So the price you see on our adverts, is the total all-inclusive price that comes out of your bank account each month, it’s as simple as that!

  • Hassle-Free as we’ll set up all utilities ready for your move in date.
  • Saves you time as we will find the best deals so you don’t have to!
  • Budget easy when you know in advance your monthly outgoings for the year.
  • Keep the household sweet with no arguing over the bills.
Why not go Premium? For an additional £4 -£7 per person, you can get some choice added extras:
  • Unlimited energy use
  • The fastest Broadband available in your area
  • Free 40” smart TV
  • TiVo Box with 260 channels
  • Sky Sports HD
  • Sky Cinema HD
  • BT Sports HD

Yes you’re right, WOW – It really is as simple as that!

Read more about our All Inclusive accommodation.
We still have some available properties ready to let from July and September. Don’t miss out and get in touch today!

Our friendly HOP team are ready and waiting for you! Just pop us a call on 0113 322 9324 to find out more.

Author: HOP Cat

The safety of our Tenants, Staff and Contractors – and a commitment to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 – is of utmost importance.

If you are moving in to one of our properties in July, we’ve made some changes to our processes to keep everyone as safe and ensure your move is a smooth as possible.

Every year, the Student Changeover Period is the busiest time in our calendar with hundreds of tenants moving out, hundreds more moving in, and every single property to clean in between – traditionally within a 24-hour period!

Following Covid-19, we implemented new procedures for the key handover process. If you are one of our Student Tenants due to move in early July, we have already written to you to let you know how the new procedures will work in detail.

In summary, extra measures we are taking for your safety include:

  • Extending the changeover period to allow for thorough cleaning of the property between Tenancies and additional time between Tenants moving out and Tenants moving in.
  • Undertaking professional cleans of each property, by cleaners fully equipped with PPE, to minimise risk of infection.
  • Maintaining social distancing and controlling numbers of people coming to the office by offering key collection strictly by appointment only.
  • In addition, only one nominated person from each household will be permitted to collect keys on behalf of all housemates.
  • The office will be clearly marked to maintain social distancing at appointments.
  • Staff and contractors have also been issued with PPE including masks and hand sanitiser.
  • We will be issuing all relevant documentation for the Tenancy (such as the prescribed information, copies of your Inventory and Tenant Handbook) electronically after keys have been collected, instead of giving you a pack to collect with the keys.

 

Covid-19 Information

We are taking a number of precautions to ensure the safety of our Tenants throughout the changeover period. However, even with these in place, there are some circumstances that are beyond our control.

Positive cases of Covid-19 in the Hyde Park and Headingley areas are rising sharply and there are a significant number of households self-isolating. As cases continue to rise, unfortunately it is likely that this will affect the tenancy changeover period. We are in close communication with outgoing tenants to keep abreast of their circumstances, but if the existing tenants are self-isolating on the date of the move, you will not be able to move in to your property as planned.

The Government Guidance states”We encourage all parties involved to be as flexible as possible and to be prepared to delay moves, for example if one of those involved becomes ill with COVID-19 during the moving process or has to self-isolate…..You should not expect to immediately be able to move into any home where people have COVID-19 or are self-isolating.”

If this happens with your property, we’ll let you know as soon as we possibly can, but please be aware circumstances can change at any time, including on the date of the move. For further advice, and how to seek temporary emergency accommodation with the Universities directly, take a look at the Unipol website.

 

Collecting Your Keys

To make the key collection process as smooth as possible we ask that you double check you are fully prepared, before you come to your pre-booked key collection appointment:

  • Bring your ID: Keys will not be released without the nominated housemate’s ID (original passport or driving license).
  • Ensure Rent is Paid & Paperwork Complete: We cannot move anyone into the property until all paperwork is on file, including Application Forms, Guarantor Forms, and the first rent payment has been received in full, from everyone on the Tenancy.

 

Paying Your Rent

Your first rent payment must be in our account 2 weeks before your Tenancy Start date – for most Tenancies (starting 1st July) this will be Thursday 17th June 2021. Remember to use your unique payment reference, as specified in your Tenancy Agreement, so we know where to allocate your payment. This is made up of the property number, street name and your surname e.g. 88StreetSurname.

Your rent payment is due in line with your Tenancy Agreement, so if you have any queries regarding payments, please refer back to your Tenancy Agreement in the first instance.

 

Inventory

To minimize contact, we will be issuing the prescribed information and copies of your Inventory electronically, after you have collected keys.

You will receive a full photographic Inventory within 14 days of moving into the property. The Inventory is a full list of everything in the property and the condition it is in and must be checked thoroughly. You be given 14 days to go through it and respond. You’ll have the option to either
approve it or update it with any additional photos or comments.

Please note that feedback on the Inventory is not the same as logging a Repair or Maintenance request, which needs to be done on Fixflo – see below for more details.

 

Cleaning

Your property will have been professionally cleaned from top to bottom after the previous Tenants and you will find a cleaning card in the property to confirm this has been done.

Wherever possible, we will try leave each property empty for 72 hours after it has been fully cleaned. This will rely on the existing Tenants being able to vacate the property in good time, prior to the start date.

Should you have any concerns regarding the clean, then please contact the cleaning company directly using the details on the card within 7 days of collecting your keys. We ask that you text or email – as well as call – so that there is a written record of your comments.

 

Initial Maintenance

Any maintenance that you would like to report when you first move in will need to be reported on Fixflo , our online maintenance portal online, using the Move Ins button. To ensure your request is actioned correctly, please ensure you use Fixflo to make a record of your request. You can log any issues online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it also has details for what to do in case of an emergency.

The safety of our Tenants, Staff and Contractors – and a commitment to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 – is of utmost importance.

If you are moving in to one of our properties in July, we’ve made some changes to our processes to keep everyone as safe and ensure your move is a smooth as possible.

Every year, the Student Changeover Period is the busiest time in our calendar with hundreds of tenants moving out, hundreds more moving in, and every single property to clean in between – traditionally within a 24-hour period!

Following Covid-19, we implemented new procedures for the key handover process. If you are one of our Student Tenants due to move in early July, we have already written to you to let you know how the new procedures will work in detail.

In summary, extra measures we are taking for your safety include:

  • Extending the changeover period to allow for thorough cleaning of the property between Tenancies and additional time between Tenants moving out and Tenants moving in.
  • Undertaking professional cleans of each property, by cleaners fully equipped with PPE, to minimise risk of infection.
  • Maintaining social distancing and controlling numbers of people coming to the office by offering key collection strictly by appointment only.
  • In addition, only one nominated person from each household will be permitted to collect keys on behalf of all housemates.
  • The office will be clearly marked to maintain social distancing at appointments.
  • Staff and contractors have also been issued with PPE including masks and hand sanitiser.
  • We will be issuing all relevant documentation for the Tenancy (such as the prescribed information, copies of your Inventory and Tenant Handbook) electronically after keys have been collected, instead of giving you a pack to collect with the keys.

 

Covid-19 Information

We are taking a number of precautions to ensure the safety of our Tenants throughout the changeover period. However, even with these in place, there are some circumstances that are beyond our control.

Positive cases of Covid-19 in the Hyde Park and Headingley areas are rising sharply and there are a significant number of households self-isolating. As cases continue to rise, unfortunately it is likely that this will affect the tenancy changeover period. We are in close communication with outgoing tenants to keep abreast of their circumstances, but if the existing tenants are self-isolating on the date of the move, you will not be able to move in to your property as planned.

The Government Guidance states”We encourage all parties involved to be as flexible as possible and to be prepared to delay moves, for example if one of those involved becomes ill with COVID-19 during the moving process or has to self-isolate…..You should not expect to immediately be able to move into any home where people have COVID-19 or are self-isolating.”

If this happens with your property, we’ll let you know as soon as we possibly can, but please be aware circumstances can change at any time, including on the date of the move. For further advice, and how to seek temporary emergency accommodation with the Universities directly, take a look at the Unipol website.

 

Collecting Your Keys

To make the key collection process as smooth as possible we ask that you double check you are fully prepared, before you come to your pre-booked key collection appointment:

  • Bring your ID: Keys will not be released without the nominated housemate’s ID (original passport or driving license).
  • Ensure Rent is Paid & Paperwork Complete: We cannot move anyone into the property until all paperwork is on file, including Application Forms, Guarantor Forms, and the first rent payment has been received in full, from everyone on the Tenancy.

 

Paying Your Rent

Your first rent payment must be in our account 2 weeks before your Tenancy Start date – for most Tenancies (starting 1st July) this will be Thursday 17th June 2021. Remember to use your unique payment reference, as specified in your Tenancy Agreement, so we know where to allocate your payment. This is made up of the property number, street name and your surname e.g. 88StreetSurname.

Your rent payment is due in line with your Tenancy Agreement, so if you have any queries regarding payments, please refer back to your Tenancy Agreement in the first instance.

 

Inventory

To minimize contact, we will be issuing the prescribed information and copies of your Inventory electronically, after you have collected keys.

You will receive a full photographic Inventory within 14 days of moving into the property. The Inventory is a full list of everything in the property and the condition it is in and must be checked thoroughly. You be given 14 days to go through it and respond. You’ll have the option to either
approve it or update it with any additional photos or comments.

Please note that feedback on the Inventory is not the same as logging a Repair or Maintenance request, which needs to be done on Fixflo – see below for more details.

 

Cleaning

Your property will have been professionally cleaned from top to bottom after the previous Tenants and you will find a cleaning card in the property to confirm this has been done.

Wherever possible, we will try leave each property empty for 72 hours after it has been fully cleaned. This will rely on the existing Tenants being able to vacate the property in good time, prior to the start date.

Should you have any concerns regarding the clean, then please contact the cleaning company directly using the details on the card within 7 days of collecting your keys. We ask that you text or email – as well as call – so that there is a written record of your comments.

 

Initial Maintenance

Any maintenance that you would like to report when you first move in will need to be reported on Fixflo , our online maintenance portal online, using the Move Ins button. To ensure your request is actioned correctly, please ensure you use Fixflo to make a record of your request. You can log any issues online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it also has details for what to do in case of an emergency.

Author: HOP Cat

For most of our Student Tenants, we are now just a few weeks away from your Tenancy coming to an end and it is time to start thinking about getting ready to move. We hope you’ve enjoyed your time in the property and with HOP, but as your tenancy starts to draw to a close it’s time to start thinking about moving on. The student changeover period is historically our busiest time of the year, so it is more important than ever to be mindful of the new health and safety measures in place.

 

Due to Covid-19, we have implemented some additional health and safety procedures that you need to be aware of.

To help you get ready for this busy time, we’ve compiled you a handy list of Frequently Asked Questions to help make sure that both you, and your property, will be ready when it’s time to move out.

What if I’m not well?

If you are symptomatic, shielding or self-isolating you must let us know so that we can make arrangements. Please call the office on 0113 322 9324 to let us know as soon as possible.

How do I return my keys?

To minimise the number of people needing to come to the office, all keys must be returned by one Tenant only from each house. We have emailed every tenant directly with how to book a Key Drop-Off Appointment, but if you’ve any queries about, give the office a call on 0113 322 9324.

Please put all keys in a sealed envelope with the address of the property written on the front and post it through our letter box of our Leeds Office on Burley Road.

It’s really important to get all your keys back to us. If you don’t return them, we will have to replace the locks for security reasons, the cost of which is then charged back to you. The address for HOP Leeds is: Coburg House, St Andrews Court, Leeds, LS3 1JY.

When do I have to vacate the property?

You must be out of the property and returned all keys to the office at your allocated appointment time, before 11am on the date your contract ends. However, we ask that you book in a Key Drop-Off time in advance. If you can move out sooner than the end of your contract date, it will give us more time between tenancies.

Do I need to cancel my Standing Order?

Yes! It’s really important that you cancel your standing order with your bank straight after your last rental payment. This does not happen automatically so it’s something you need to add to your to do list ASAP. It is not easy for us to get any overpayment back to you right away and there are also charges for returning overpaid rent, so please make sure that you cancel it.

What should I do with my router?

If you are on Bills Inclusive Package, you will need to return your routers back to Virgin or there will be a £40 charge. Virgin will be sending you a return packs out directly around 20th June, so be sure to look out for it and take action.

How can I prepare for the move?

Your 2020 Student Tenant Handbook contains important guidance for you and advice on the kinds of things we’ll be checking for when we inspect your property on Check Out. Click here to download a copy 2020 Handbook.

How should I leave the property?

In short: as clean and tidy as possible inside and out! Make sure you give the property a clean, remove ALL of your belongings, put all rubbish in the external bins and move all furniture back to where it was when you moved in. You will also need to turn off any freezers to allow them to defrost and make sure you leave the boiler on, with the pressure topped up to the correct level.

Don’t forget, there are other things that you are also responsible for too:

  • Replace any missing or broken light bulbs. If we have to replace them for you, it will incur a charge because it means we have to send out our handyman to purchase and install them, ready for the next Tenant.
  • Outside any lawns need to be cut, edges trimmed and flower beds and borders to be weeded where garden equipment has been provided.
  • Take the meter readings and inform your suppliers, the council and anyone else that you are moving out.
  • Make a list of any maintenance items, if you haven’t already, and let us know what they are by reporting them on FIXFLO.

What about cleaning?

The best (and simplest!) thing to do is to get the property professionally cleaned, which is what we would advise you to do if that is possible. We have emailed you directly with some of our chosen contractors especially for End of Tenancy Cleans or get in touch with the Leeds Team to arrange this and save you and your housemates the hassle. Unless you are super-confident cleaner it’s well worth considering a professional clean, as often Tenants waste time and effort cleaning a property, only to find on the check-out inspection that it doesn’t reach professional standards!

What if I want to clean the property myself?

If you can’t stretch to a professional clean and must do it yourself, here are some tips to help you get things to ‘professional’ cleaning and inspection standards:

  • Leave enough time! You should allow about 7 hours to properly clean your house from top to bottom.
  • Vacuum all floors and carpets and clean any marks or stains.
  • Thoroughly wash any hard floor surfaces.
  • Make sure the oven, hob and extractor fan are clean and free of grease. When it comes to cleaning the oven, it’s best to put the oven cleaner on the night before. Leave it to soak in and do its thing and then get scrubbing in the morning before you go. Oven pride is recommended!
  • Move the fridge out and clean the area behind it.
  • Defrost freezers and clean dishwashers.
  • Clean all cupboards, drawers, shelves – inside and out in all rooms, including the pantry.
  • Get your marigolds on and clean shower cubicles, baths and sinks. They need to be free of any soap residue and grime. Plus make sure you clean the toilets inside and out.
  • Astonish Anti Mould Spray is really good for grout and silicon to remove the stains and mould. If the mould is really excessive though, it will need to be replaced.
  • Washing machines need washing too! Clean it and don’t forget the soap draw.
  • If there’s any mildew, this will need to be cleaned off ceilings or other surfaces.
  • Wipe down wall surfaces and woodwork – don’t forget to clean the tops of skirting boards, windowsills and internal windows. Light fittings, ledges, tops of doors and windowsills also need to be dust free.
  • Watch out for cobwebs! Get rid of any that may cling to ceilings, walls and floors.
  • Check and clean under beds, sofas and all other furniture to ensure the rooms are completely clean – you’ll be amazed at what you can find.
  • Put all rubbish in the outside bins and leave the outside area tidy.

What about maintenance items?

Please report to us via FIXFLO any items of maintenance, or any breakages at the property, so that we can log this and repair in time for the new tenants.

Who should I notify when moving home?

It’s such a stressful period, we know, but it really does help if you get organised and notify all the people who generally contact you at your address. We’ve made a bit of a list to help you get to started, click here to read the blog.

How do I get my deposit back?

The DPS is the Deposit Protection Service and they have been managing your deposit in a third party account if you’ve been living at one of our Managed Properties. Just visit https://www.depositprotection.com/ when you are ready to get your deposit back. You will need your Deposit ID and your Repayment ID for this, which will have been emailed to the lead tenant at the start of the tenancy by the DPS. Once we’ve given the property the all-clear and you’ve completed the process, your deposit is usually paid back to you within 5 days.

When will I get my Deposit back?

We understand how keen you will be to get your Deposit, but please be aware that there are a number of steps that need to be completed before it can be released. The whole process can take about 4 weeks. There are a number of things we need to go through for every property, which includes:

  • We need to complete a Tenancy Check-Out once everyone has moved out of the property and all keys are returned.
  • Checking the property is clean, tidy and left in the same condition it was in at the start of the tenancy
  • Agreeing any costs with Landlords and Contractors to put right any damage over and above fair wear and tear
  • Checking for any remaining Tenant rental arrears and identifying any outstanding charges such as lock change, key cutting or late payment charges
  • Checking for any End of Tenancy cleaning invoices as well as any possible costs for replacement bulbs and smoke detector battery costs etc
  • Checking that those on Bills Inclusive have not had any over usage of their gas and electric
  • As long as we are in agreement about any possible deductions from your deposit, then the deposit will usually be repaid directly to your bank account within 5 days

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on all of us and this has been an extremely uncertain and difficult period. We are so grateful for all your support to get through this challenging time.

Thank you for being one of our tenants, we hope you found this useful and that we see you again soon!

 

For most of our Student Tenants, we are now just a few weeks away from your Tenancy coming to an end and it is time to start thinking about getting ready to move. We hope you’ve enjoyed your time in the property and with HOP, but as your tenancy starts to draw to a close it’s time to start thinking about moving on. The student changeover period is historically our busiest time of the year, so it is more important than ever to be mindful of the new health and safety measures in place.

 

Due to Covid-19, we have implemented some additional health and safety procedures that you need to be aware of.

To help you get ready for this busy time, we’ve compiled you a handy list of Frequently Asked Questions to help make sure that both you, and your property, will be ready when it’s time to move out.

What if I’m not well?

If you are symptomatic, shielding or self-isolating you must let us know so that we can make arrangements. Please call the office on 0113 322 9324 to let us know as soon as possible.

How do I return my keys?

To minimise the number of people needing to come to the office, all keys must be returned by one Tenant only from each house. We have emailed every tenant directly with how to book a Key Drop-Off Appointment, but if you’ve any queries about, give the office a call on 0113 322 9324.

Please put all keys in a sealed envelope with the address of the property written on the front and post it through our letter box of our Leeds Office on Burley Road.

It’s really important to get all your keys back to us. If you don’t return them, we will have to replace the locks for security reasons, the cost of which is then charged back to you. The address for HOP Leeds is: Coburg House, St Andrews Court, Leeds, LS3 1JY.

When do I have to vacate the property?

You must be out of the property and returned all keys to the office at your allocated appointment time, before 11am on the date your contract ends. However, we ask that you book in a Key Drop-Off time in advance. If you can move out sooner than the end of your contract date, it will give us more time between tenancies.

Do I need to cancel my Standing Order?

Yes! It’s really important that you cancel your standing order with your bank straight after your last rental payment. This does not happen automatically so it’s something you need to add to your to do list ASAP. It is not easy for us to get any overpayment back to you right away and there are also charges for returning overpaid rent, so please make sure that you cancel it.

What should I do with my router?

If you are on Bills Inclusive Package, you will need to return your routers back to Virgin or there will be a £40 charge. Virgin will be sending you a return packs out directly around 20th June, so be sure to look out for it and take action.

How can I prepare for the move?

Your 2020 Student Tenant Handbook contains important guidance for you and advice on the kinds of things we’ll be checking for when we inspect your property on Check Out. Click here to download a copy 2020 Handbook.

How should I leave the property?

In short: as clean and tidy as possible inside and out! Make sure you give the property a clean, remove ALL of your belongings, put all rubbish in the external bins and move all furniture back to where it was when you moved in. You will also need to turn off any freezers to allow them to defrost and make sure you leave the boiler on, with the pressure topped up to the correct level.

Don’t forget, there are other things that you are also responsible for too:

  • Replace any missing or broken light bulbs. If we have to replace them for you, it will incur a charge because it means we have to send out our handyman to purchase and install them, ready for the next Tenant.
  • Outside any lawns need to be cut, edges trimmed and flower beds and borders to be weeded where garden equipment has been provided.
  • Take the meter readings and inform your suppliers, the council and anyone else that you are moving out.
  • Make a list of any maintenance items, if you haven’t already, and let us know what they are by reporting them on FIXFLO.

What about cleaning?

The best (and simplest!) thing to do is to get the property professionally cleaned, which is what we would advise you to do if that is possible. We have emailed you directly with some of our chosen contractors especially for End of Tenancy Cleans or get in touch with the Leeds Team to arrange this and save you and your housemates the hassle. Unless you are super-confident cleaner it’s well worth considering a professional clean, as often Tenants waste time and effort cleaning a property, only to find on the check-out inspection that it doesn’t reach professional standards!

What if I want to clean the property myself?

If you can’t stretch to a professional clean and must do it yourself, here are some tips to help you get things to ‘professional’ cleaning and inspection standards:

  • Leave enough time! You should allow about 7 hours to properly clean your house from top to bottom.
  • Vacuum all floors and carpets and clean any marks or stains.
  • Thoroughly wash any hard floor surfaces.
  • Make sure the oven, hob and extractor fan are clean and free of grease. When it comes to cleaning the oven, it’s best to put the oven cleaner on the night before. Leave it to soak in and do its thing and then get scrubbing in the morning before you go. Oven pride is recommended!
  • Move the fridge out and clean the area behind it.
  • Defrost freezers and clean dishwashers.
  • Clean all cupboards, drawers, shelves – inside and out in all rooms, including the pantry.
  • Get your marigolds on and clean shower cubicles, baths and sinks. They need to be free of any soap residue and grime. Plus make sure you clean the toilets inside and out.
  • Astonish Anti Mould Spray is really good for grout and silicon to remove the stains and mould. If the mould is really excessive though, it will need to be replaced.
  • Washing machines need washing too! Clean it and don’t forget the soap draw.
  • If there’s any mildew, this will need to be cleaned off ceilings or other surfaces.
  • Wipe down wall surfaces and woodwork – don’t forget to clean the tops of skirting boards, windowsills and internal windows. Light fittings, ledges, tops of doors and windowsills also need to be dust free.
  • Watch out for cobwebs! Get rid of any that may cling to ceilings, walls and floors.
  • Check and clean under beds, sofas and all other furniture to ensure the rooms are completely clean – you’ll be amazed at what you can find.
  • Put all rubbish in the outside bins and leave the outside area tidy.

What about maintenance items?

Please report to us via FIXFLO any items of maintenance, or any breakages at the property, so that we can log this and repair in time for the new tenants.

Who should I notify when moving home?

It’s such a stressful period, we know, but it really does help if you get organised and notify all the people who generally contact you at your address. We’ve made a bit of a list to help you get to started, click here to read the blog.

How do I get my deposit back?

The DPS is the Deposit Protection Service and they have been managing your deposit in a third party account if you’ve been living at one of our Managed Properties. Just visit https://www.depositprotection.com/ when you are ready to get your deposit back. You will need your Deposit ID and your Repayment ID for this, which will have been emailed to the lead tenant at the start of the tenancy by the DPS. Once we’ve given the property the all-clear and you’ve completed the process, your deposit is usually paid back to you within 5 days.

When will I get my Deposit back?

We understand how keen you will be to get your Deposit, but please be aware that there are a number of steps that need to be completed before it can be released. The whole process can take about 4 weeks. There are a number of things we need to go through for every property, which includes:

  • We need to complete a Tenancy Check-Out once everyone has moved out of the property and all keys are returned.
  • Checking the property is clean, tidy and left in the same condition it was in at the start of the tenancy
  • Agreeing any costs with Landlords and Contractors to put right any damage over and above fair wear and tear
  • Checking for any remaining Tenant rental arrears and identifying any outstanding charges such as lock change, key cutting or late payment charges
  • Checking for any End of Tenancy cleaning invoices as well as any possible costs for replacement bulbs and smoke detector battery costs etc
  • Checking that those on Bills Inclusive have not had any over usage of their gas and electric
  • As long as we are in agreement about any possible deductions from your deposit, then the deposit will usually be repaid directly to your bank account within 5 days

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on all of us and this has been an extremely uncertain and difficult period. We are so grateful for all your support to get through this challenging time.

Thank you for being one of our tenants, we hope you found this useful and that we see you again soon!

 

Author: HOP Cat

Moving house is a busy time for most, it’s easy to forget the simple things whilst trying to pack up the car and make sure you have the keys ready for your next home. If there ever was a time for a checklist, it’s moving house!

A good tip is to look through your bank statement and look at your direct debits and regular payments, then make a list of all the organisations you need to contact with your new address.

To start you off, here is the HOP Checklist of Who to Notify when you move:

1. Services, Utilities and Healthcare

  • Gas Company
  • Electricity Provider
  • Yorkshire Water
  • Mobile Telephone Company
  • Landline Telephone Company
  • Internet Provider
  • TV Licensing
  • Doctor
  • Optician
  • Dentist

2. Financial

  • Bank
  • Credit Cards
  • Store Cards
  • Loyalty Cards
  • Car Insurance
  • Home Insurance
  • Your Employer
  • Leeds City Council Tax Department

3. Motoring

  • DVLA
  • Vehicle registration
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Breakdown Recovery Company

4. Others

  • Delivery addresses on Amazon / ASOS / H&M / Boohoo etc
  • Sports Clubs and Gyms
  • Friends and Relatives
  • Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Subscription services
Good luck with your move and keep your eyes peeled for more useful tips and tricks on the blog.

 

Moving house is a busy time for most, it’s easy to forget the simple things whilst trying to pack up the car and make sure you have the keys ready for your next home. If there ever was a time for a checklist, it’s moving house!

A good tip is to look through your bank statement and look at your direct debits and regular payments, then make a list of all the organisations you need to contact with your new address.

To start you off, here is the HOP Checklist of Who to Notify when you move:

1. Services, Utilities and Healthcare

  • Gas Company
  • Electricity Provider
  • Yorkshire Water
  • Mobile Telephone Company
  • Landline Telephone Company
  • Internet Provider
  • TV Licensing
  • Doctor
  • Optician
  • Dentist

2. Financial

  • Bank
  • Credit Cards
  • Store Cards
  • Loyalty Cards
  • Car Insurance
  • Home Insurance
  • Your Employer
  • Leeds City Council Tax Department

3. Motoring

  • DVLA
  • Vehicle registration
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Breakdown Recovery Company

4. Others

  • Delivery addresses on Amazon / ASOS / H&M / Boohoo etc
  • Sports Clubs and Gyms
  • Friends and Relatives
  • Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Subscription services
Good luck with your move and keep your eyes peeled for more useful tips and tricks on the blog.

 

Author: HOP Cat

With restaurants and bars re-opening, hugs becoming a precious gesture and the sun finally knocking on our doors, we are all starting to take comfort in the ‘new normal’ that is on the horizon. Although there is light at the end of the tunnel, ensuring that we all do our part to keep each other safe is paramount to this journey.

Together at HOP we have joined forces with the NHS Track and Trace testing scheme, put in place to complement our existing Covid safe practices.

For everyone’s safety, every member of staff at HOP is now Covid tested, as standard, twice a week.

Regular testing and reporting allow us to work together seamlessly and provide the usual above and beyond service to all our customers in a safe environment.

Whether you would like to hop by one of our offices to meet the team, look around your dream home with a dedicated viewer or have a home visited valuation, we are here and safe to help!

What this allows us to do…
  1. All HOP branches including Horsforth, Pudsey and Leeds continue to remain open following Covid-19 guidelines.
  2. Customers are now free to come into our branch without an appointment and speak to a member of the team, although until the final restrictions are lifted, we do ask that you continue to wear a face covering.
  3. Face to face viewings and sales and lettings valuations are readily available through booking an appointment.
  4. All of the HOP staff are now safely back in the office and working from one of our three branches, allowing us to work together to help you with whichever property service you require.
Why not HOP by and meet the team – we are excited to welcome you back into branch!

We will also continue to offer our highly popular 360-degree virtual tours online of all our properties, so you can take a good look round what’s available from wherever you are.

Please note:
The new testing scheme will work alongside our current Covid safe guidelines. Masks are to be worn and social distancing adhered to on all appointments.

 

With restaurants and bars re-opening, hugs becoming a precious gesture and the sun finally knocking on our doors, we are all starting to take comfort in the ‘new normal’ that is on the horizon. Although there is light at the end of the tunnel, ensuring that we all do our part to keep each other safe is paramount to this journey.

Together at HOP we have joined forces with the NHS Track and Trace testing scheme, put in place to complement our existing Covid safe practices.

For everyone’s safety, every member of staff at HOP is now Covid tested, as standard, twice a week.

Regular testing and reporting allow us to work together seamlessly and provide the usual above and beyond service to all our customers in a safe environment.

Whether you would like to hop by one of our offices to meet the team, look around your dream home with a dedicated viewer or have a home visited valuation, we are here and safe to help!

What this allows us to do…
  1. All HOP branches including Horsforth, Pudsey and Leeds continue to remain open following Covid-19 guidelines.
  2. Customers are now free to come into our branch without an appointment and speak to a member of the team, although until the final restrictions are lifted, we do ask that you continue to wear a face covering.
  3. Face to face viewings and sales and lettings valuations are readily available through booking an appointment.
  4. All of the HOP staff are now safely back in the office and working from one of our three branches, allowing us to work together to help you with whichever property service you require.
Why not HOP by and meet the team – we are excited to welcome you back into branch!

We will also continue to offer our highly popular 360-degree virtual tours online of all our properties, so you can take a good look round what’s available from wherever you are.

Please note:
The new testing scheme will work alongside our current Covid safe guidelines. Masks are to be worn and social distancing adhered to on all appointments.

 

Author: HOP Cat

Find it, snap it and share it for your free gift and chance to win a top prize worth £250!

To celebrate the launch of HOP Horsforth, we’re hosting a whole week of fun competitions, festivities and prizes!

You’ve got to be in it to win it, so keep your eyes peeled for our #HOPinHorsforth goodies available all week from Monday 10th May 2021.

Find The Key

Find one of our oversized HOP keys hiding around Horsforth and you’ve unlocked yourself a FREE GIFT from HOP. Simply post a picture of it with the hashtag #HOPinHorsforth to Facebook or Instagram and then head to our office to pick up your free gift.

HOP Cakes

You’ll need to be quick for this one as they’ll go like HOP Cakes! Head to local plant-based eatery The Greenhouse Horsforth and pick up one of our extra special HOP Cakes to enjoy. Before you devour the tasty treat in its entirety, grab a snap on your phone and post it on Facebook or to your grid on Instagram with the hashtag #HOPinHorsforth then hop on down to our office to grab a goody bag!

HOP Balloon

If you’re passing the office or spot one of our team out and about in Horsforth with HOP balloons, be sure to pick one up! Take a picture, caption it with our hashtag and come and collect your free gift from the office.

The Top Prize

Amongst all the other goodies we are giving away, the most liked #HOPinHorsforth post (of one of our keys, cakes or balloons) will win a top prize of £250 to spend on drinks and dinner for four at your favourite local restaurant in Horsforth.

 

Happy Hunting!

For the full competition T&Cs click here.

 

Find it, snap it and share it for your free gift and chance to win a top prize worth £250!

To celebrate the launch of HOP Horsforth, we’re hosting a whole week of fun competitions, festivities and prizes!

You’ve got to be in it to win it, so keep your eyes peeled for our #HOPinHorsforth goodies available all week from Monday 10th May 2021.

Find The Key

Find one of our oversized HOP keys hiding around Horsforth and you’ve unlocked yourself a FREE GIFT from HOP. Simply post a picture of it with the hashtag #HOPinHorsforth to Facebook or Instagram and then head to our office to pick up your free gift.

HOP Cakes

You’ll need to be quick for this one as they’ll go like HOP Cakes! Head to local plant-based eatery The Greenhouse Horsforth and pick up one of our extra special HOP Cakes to enjoy. Before you devour the tasty treat in its entirety, grab a snap on your phone and post it on Facebook or to your grid on Instagram with the hashtag #HOPinHorsforth then hop on down to our office to grab a goody bag!

HOP Balloon

If you’re passing the office or spot one of our team out and about in Horsforth with HOP balloons, be sure to pick one up! Take a picture, caption it with our hashtag and come and collect your free gift from the office.

The Top Prize

Amongst all the other goodies we are giving away, the most liked #HOPinHorsforth post (of one of our keys, cakes or balloons) will win a top prize of £250 to spend on drinks and dinner for four at your favourite local restaurant in Horsforth.

 

Happy Hunting!

 

Author: HOP Cat

We have officially opened the doors on our brand-new branch at 111 New Road Side in Horsforth!

The new office spans two floors and not only offers sales and lettings to the wonderful residents of Horsforth, Rawdon, Kirkstall, Cookridge and Yeadon but also acts as a new home to our property management team and the company’s new training centre. In total 11 members of the team will be based in the Horsforth office, which opened with great fanfare on Monday 10th May.

To celebrate the launch, we’re hosting a whole week of fun competitions, festivities and prizes!
Join the hunt for the #HOPinHorsforth keys, pick up a tasty HOP Cake from local eatery The Greenhouse Horsforth or grab a HOP balloon for a chance to win free gifts and a top prize of £250 to spend on drinks and dinner for four at one of our favourite local restaurants. Click here to read more.

The HOP Horsforth Team is looking forward to welcoming you to our new premises and includes: Cris Fowler (General Manager, Lettings); Lucy Beddard (Senior Sales Negotiator); Kyle Bartley (Valuer); Grace Lindsay (Property Manager) and Rich Hare (Sales Manager)

The expansion is a key component of our ambitious growth strategy to provide a complete suite of property services – including lettings, sales and block management – to customers across the region. The move will see several of our HOP staff re-locating from existing branches as part of a team re-structure that has resulted in eight promotions across the business, as well as creating four new jobs.

Luke Gidney, MD at HOP and Horsforth resident, said: “This is a very exciting time for our business and the culmination of many months’ hard work and planning. When we re-launched as HOP, our aim was to bring the fresh approach that we are famous for in lettings, over to the sales market. To be able to open a new, bricks and mortar branch – especially after the challenges we all faced in 2020 – is quite the achievement, and Horsforth is the perfect location to do it.

In recent years Horsforth has become one of the most sought-after suburbs of Leeds and appeals to all types of home buyers. It has excellent rail, bus and road links to Leeds city centre, Leeds Bradford Airport is just 10-minutes away and there are fantastic schools to choose from and a huge range of shops, bars and restaurants on offer.

When all this is combined with a vast range of housing stock, including large family homes, plenty of period properties and smart new builds from both national and niche developers, the result is a very buoyant property market.

Horsforth is full of healthy competition when it comes to the property market, and we’re excited to offer customers a new, proactive and friendly way to sell, buy and rent their homes. If you are thinking of selling your home in Horsforth, we’d love to help.

We have officially opened the doors on our brand-new branch at 111 New Road Side in Horsforth!

The new office spans two floors and not only offers sales and lettings to the wonderful residents of Horsforth, Rawdon, Kirkstall, Cookridge and Yeadon but also acts as a new home to our property management team and the company’s new training centre. In total 11 members of the team will be based in the Horsforth office, which opened with great fanfare on Monday 10th May.

To celebrate the launch, we’re hosting a whole week of fun competitions, festivities and prizes!
Join the hunt for the #HOPinHorsforth keys, pick up a tasty HOP Cake from local eatery The Greenhouse Horsforth or grab a HOP balloon for a chance to win free gifts and a top prize of £250 to spend on drinks and dinner for four at one of our favourite local restaurants. Click here to read more.

The HOP Horsforth Team is looking forward to welcoming you to our new premises and includes: Cris Fowler (General Manager, Lettings); Lucy Beddard (Senior Sales Negotiator); Kyle Bartley (Valuer); Grace Lindsay (Property Manager) and Rich Hare (Sales Manager)

The expansion is a key component of our ambitious growth strategy to provide a complete suite of property services – including lettings, sales and block management – to customers across the region. The move will see several of our HOP staff re-locating from existing branches as part of a team re-structure that has resulted in eight promotions across the business, as well as creating four new jobs.

Luke Gidney, MD at HOP and Horsforth resident, said: “This is a very exciting time for our business and the culmination of many months’ hard work and planning. When we re-launched as HOP, our aim was to bring the fresh approach that we are famous for in lettings, over to the sales market. To be able to open a new, bricks and mortar branch – especially after the challenges we all faced in 2020 – is quite the achievement, and Horsforth is the perfect location to do it.

In recent years Horsforth has become one of the most sought-after suburbs of Leeds and appeals to all types of home buyers. It has excellent rail, bus and road links to Leeds city centre, Leeds Bradford Airport is just 10-minutes away and there are fantastic schools to choose from and a huge range of shops, bars and restaurants on offer.

When all this is combined with a vast range of housing stock, including large family homes, plenty of period properties and smart new builds from both national and niche developers, the result is a very buoyant property market.

Horsforth is full of healthy competition when it comes to the property market, and we’re excited to offer customers a new, proactive and friendly way to sell, buy and rent their homes. If you are thinking of selling your home in Horsforth, we’d love to help.

Author: HOP Cat

In a very disappointing turn of events, the Green Homes Grant has been scrapped by the UK government, which had promised £1.5bn of support for homeowners and landlords to help make their homes more energy efficient.

It was only in November last year that Boris Johnson announced an extension to the scheme, which was a fundamental part of his plan to ‘build back greener’ after the devastation of the pandemic. The grant also played a key part in helping to reach the UK’s key target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The initiative was designed to give homeowners a helping hand to make their homes more energy efficient, something not only integral to tackling climate change but, for landlords especially, it also provided a huge benefit to tenants too by helping to make their bills more affordable.

Under the scheme, Landlords could redeem a voucher for up to £5,000 to go against certain improvements but, despite being a heavily promoted campaign by the Government, the take up was low and roll out was beset by issues.

Despite being a very positive idea and great opportunity to help Leeds Landlords, the reality is that the scheme did not deliver what it promised with very few people managing to access the support effectively. We can only hope that a better solution will be forthcoming, because making homes greener and more affordable is so important for tenants, landlords and the environment.

– Neil Dawkin, General Manger, HOP

The scheme was heavily criticised for how difficult it was to use and the number of hoops it required applicants and contractors to jump through. There were delayed payments thanks to the enormous amount of red tape, which put even more pressure on the construction industry, as well as reports of some contractors overcharging for the works.

As a result of its poor implementation and take up, the Green Homes Grant has quickly been axed. Its execution was hampered by numerous issues and it is estimated that the eco initiatives only reached an estimated 10% of the intended 600,000 homes it was hoping to transform, leaving most of the money unspent.

It has been reported that the budget previously allocated for the grant will now go into a programme administered by local authorities, targeted at lower income households.

The good news is that if you applied for a voucher before the end of March 2021, your application will still be processed and may still be successful and any vouchers already issued can still be redeemed if used before the expiry date.  Find out more on Gov.uk.

In a very disappointing turn of events, the Green Homes Grant has been scrapped by the UK government, which had promised £1.5bn of support for homeowners and landlords to help make their homes more energy efficient.

It was only in November last year that Boris Johnson announced an extension to the scheme, which was a fundamental part of his plan to ‘build back greener’ after the devastation of the pandemic. The grant also played a key part in helping to reach the UK’s key target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The initiative was designed to give homeowners a helping hand to make their homes more energy efficient, something not only integral to tackling climate change but, for landlords especially, it also provided a huge benefit to tenants too by helping to make their bills more affordable.

Under the scheme, Landlords could redeem a voucher for up to £5,000 to go against certain improvements but, despite being a heavily promoted campaign by the Government, the take up was low and roll out was beset by issues.

Despite being a very positive idea and great opportunity to help Leeds Landlords, the reality is that the scheme did not deliver what it promised with very few people managing to access the support effectively. We can only hope that a better solution will be forthcoming, because making homes greener and more affordable is so important for tenants, landlords and the environment.

– Neil Dawkin, General Manger, HOP

The scheme was heavily criticised for how difficult it was to use and the number of hoops it required applicants and contractors to jump through. There were delayed payments thanks to the enormous amount of red tape, which put even more pressure on the construction industry, as well as reports of some contractors overcharging for the works.

As a result of its poor implementation and take up, the Green Homes Grant has quickly been axed. Its execution was hampered by numerous issues and it is estimated that the eco initiatives only reached an estimated 10% of the intended 600,000 homes it was hoping to transform, leaving most of the money unspent.

It has been reported that the budget previously allocated for the grant will now go into a programme administered by local authorities, targeted at lower income households.

The good news is that if you applied for a voucher before the end of March 2021, your application will still be processed and may still be successful and any vouchers already issued can still be redeemed if used before the expiry date.  Find out more on Gov.uk.