Forces Help to Buy Extended to December 31st 2018

Forces Help to Buy Extended to December 31st 2018

The Forces Help to Buy scheme is a scheme designed to help those in the armed forces get their boots on to the property ladder. The pilot scheme, which launched on 1st April 2014 has now been extended until 31st December 2018.

The scheme allows service personnel to borrow up to 50% of their annual salary, interest free, to a maximum of £25,000. This can be used towards a deposit and other costs such as solicitor’s and estate agent’s fees.

The grant, which comes from the MOD can be used in conjunction with the standard Help to Buy scheme. You can also apply for the Forces Help to Buy scheme on your chosen property up until the extension date (31st December 2018) but proceed with the purchase after this date.

Who can use the scheme?

All personnel who:

  • Have completed the pre-requisite length of service
  • Have more than six months left to serve at the time they apply
  • Meet the right medical categories

For more information on how to register, please visit: https://www.burringtonestates.com/forces-help-to-buy/

To view our current developments, visit: https://www.burringtonestates.com/new-homes/ and contact us to find out what homes we have available

 

 

Burrington Estates New Homes Highlights Help to Buy Scheme to Help New Home Buyers in the South West

Burrington Estates New Homes Highlights Help to Buy Scheme to Help New Home Buyers in the South West

Following recent reports of up to a third of millennials ‘face renting their entire life’ Burrington Estates New Homes promote the benefits of the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme. The Government funded scheme allows you to buy a brand new home with just a 5% deposit and a 20% equity loan from the Government. Burrington Estates offers the promise of high-specification with exceptional standards in finishes and design across all of their new homes, meaning customers will not need to pay extra fees for flooring, turfed gardens and integrated appliances, that may come as an additional cost with other house builders.

Help to Buy is available to first time buyers and existing home owners who can use the scheme to move to a new property. The scheme is available on selected new homes valued under £600,000. Burrington Estates currently have new home developments operating in Cornwall, Exeter and Plymouth.

Colin Palmer, Managing Director says; “Help to Buy enables both first time buyers and existing homeowners to put down a 5% deposit for their new home and take advantage of the Governments 20% equity loan, providing access to more affordable mortgage rates. The recent stamp duty cut also benefits first time buyers with stamp duty abolished on homes under £300,000 and reduced rates up to £500,000.

For more information on Help to Buy, or to view one of the show homes in the stated desirable locations, please contact Burrington Estates Sales team on 03333 445757 or email info@burringtonestates.com

Tips to get Your Home Ready for Summer

Tips to get Your Home Ready for Summer

We’ve come up with 8 easy steps that can be taken in order to help you enjoy the time you spend at home this summer.

The new season is just around the corner, so why not get started today?

 

1. Let the fresh air in!

Now that its getting warmer, it’s time to open the windows and air out your rooms that have long been stifled by central heating! It’s amazing how much better and fresher your home can smell, when you air it out regularly.

2. Indoor Mould

In the warmer months, mould can be a potential issue! So we recommend that a large part of your summer indoor cleaning is dedicated to preventing the appearance of mould in your home.

a) In the Kitchen

Kitchen appliances can be a big problem area! During the summer, don’t forget to always keep the dishwasher and washing machine door closed. If you do forget, and can start to smell mould, we recommend that you run an empty cycle, with hot water and vinegar. This will help prevent mould from reappearing.

b) In the Bathroom 

The bathroom is also a major mould target! When showering, and for 10 minutes after, always run the bathroom fan. If you don’t have a ventilation system, opening the window and leaving the curtain or bathroom door open will help. Mirrors and tiles can also get dirty more easily in the summer, and be a victim of mould! Remove it by simply wiping a solution of vinegar and cold water on them. After cleaning, do not rinse the solution, but leave the bathroom door open to air the area.

3. Get the bugs out!

Leaving the windows open in summer means pollen and bugs are a potential problem. Help keep them at bay by installing filter screens/blinds on your windows.

Also, don’t forget to ensure that everything is sealed properly! Fix drafts or gaps, and the sealing around the doors and window. Spraying your outdoor perimeter, baseboards, doors, windows and sinks with pesticide can also help!

4. Prevent Wardrobe Humidity

Humidity and clothes are not a good combination. Prevent mould in your wardrobe by regularly airing your clothes or placing 1 or 2 silica gel packets on each wardrobe shelf. Alternatively, placing a few pieces of chalk in the wardrobe can be an effective solution.

5. Wash the windows!

Winter weather can leave a residue of salt, dirt and grime on your windows. To let the sunshine in, clean the windows, both inside and outside! You will really notice the difference! Simply fill a spray bottle with a white vinegar and water solution, spray it onto your windows, and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. You can remove any salt with a plastic bristle brush, and we recommend that you tackle any remaining dirt with a traditional window cleaner.

6. Keep bins clean and odour-free!

Higher summer temperatures can result in food residues going bad very quickly! To prevent the smell of rotting food when changing the bin bag, rinse the bin with a water and vinegar solution then dry it well. Baking soda can also be sprinkled onto the bottom of the bin to prevent odours.

7. Flip your mattress! 

Did you know that most mattresses today have both a winter and a summer side? If yours is one of them, now’s the time to flip it! The material on each is designed for different temperatures.

Summer is also a good time to clean your mattress – with warmer temperatures and everything drying more quickly. This can eliminate risk of dust or mould on the mattress fabric. Mattress toppers also help eliminate this.

8. Spruce up the garden for summer!

A simple tidy up and cutting the grass can do wonders for your garden! Planting a few flowers or putting out a few flower pots definitely brightens up the outside area. Take time to clean any decking or patio, and start bringing out the garden furniture.

Follow these tips and be well on your way to a summer ready home!

What’s going on near Seaward Park this spring?

What’s going on near Seaward Park this spring?

We’ve put together a list of fun-filled days out to spend with family or friends, near Seaward Park, Clyst St George this spring! The perfect location, there’s always so much going on nearby!

1. Easter at Crealy Adventure Park (1st April – 16th April): 

Why not treat the kids to a Crealy trip this Easter, a guaranteed fun-filled family day out! From 1st – 7th April, Crealy will be showcasing a full programme of brilliant live shows, fantastic rides and attractions… and of course, the Crealy Easter Egg Hunt!

Find out more here: https://www.crealy.co.uk/events/easter-at-crealy

2. Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Killerton (1st April – 20th April): 

An egg-citing Easter Trail around the stunning National Trust’s Killerton garden and parkland, what’s not to love? On your journey, explore the winding paths on the way to the bear’s hut, chapel and ice house. When you’ve reached the end, tuck into your well-deserved Cadbury chocolate prize!

Find out more here: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/c34a49b9-3f93-4d39-8cf9-13ff267c877a/pages/details

3. Budleigh Salterton Food and Drink Festival (8th April – 9th April): 

Celebrate with food, drinks and family at this not-to-be-missed festival, with a focus on sustainable food and drink! Enjoy real ales, local cider, cooking demo’s, local food, live entertainment and family fun.

Find out more here: http://www.budleighfoodanddrink.org.uk/

4. Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink (28th April – 1st May):

The ultimate foodie event, held annually in Exeter Castle’s courtyard and the surrounding Northernhay Gardens. Indulge in top-notch food and drink from the South West, as well as enjoy cooking demonstrations, workshops, and family hands-on activities! The Festival also includes three After Dark Music Festivals, including live music and chef demos.

Find out more here: http://www.exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk/

5. Devon County Show (18th May – 20th May):

Known as Devon’s Big Day Out, the occasion showcases aspects of work and life in the country, as well as shopping, food and entertainment! There’s a plethora of activities and things to see for all of the family, with guest performances held in the show arena!

Find out more here: https://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/

6. Exmouth Festival (26th May – 3rd June):

The annual Exmouth Festival offers a fantastic week of family entertainment! Enjoy live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and a great selection of food and drink!

Find out more here: http://www.exmouthfestival.org.uk/

7. Exeter Corn Exchange (Ongoing):

There’s always plenty going on at the Exeter Corn Exchange! Some of the fantastic upcoming events include music by Feast of Fiddles, Exeter Comedy Club Nights and Naomi’s Wild & Scary, a family show packed full of fun and surprises.

Find out more here: https://www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/

8. Michael Caines Restaurant, Lympstone (Ongoing):

Be one of the first to experience the exceptional Michael Caines Restaurant in Lympstone Manor, opening on 3rd April!  The contemporary country house hotel overlooks the stunning Exe Estuary, enjoying a setting of 28 acres of gardens, grounds and parkland.

Find out more here: https://lympstonemanor.co.uk/dining/michael-caines-cuisine/

9. Exeter Picture House – National Theatre Live Screenings (Ongoing):

A trip to the theatre can be the perfect choice for an evening or those not so sunny spring days! Check out the listings for fantastic upcoming live screenings.

Find out more here: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Exeter_Picturehouse

10. Exeter Racecourse – Racedays (Ongoing):

Why not get involved in the thrilling racedays at Exeter Racecourse. The prestigious Racecourse sits on Haldon Hill, just outside of Exeter, enjoying incredible views down towards Dartmoor, and has been described as one of the fairest tracks in the country!

Find out more here: http://exeter.thejockeyclub.co.uk/

11. Exeter Chiefs Match Day (Ongoing):

For guaranteed family fun, why not head down to Sandy Park Stadium for an Exeter Chiefs match? The perfect choice for a sunny spring day!

Find out more here: http://exeterchiefs.co.uk/

Don’t forget to put them in the diary!

If being on the doorstep of all these fantastic days out appeals to you, why not check out our Seaward Park Clyst St George website:

Seaward Park, Clyst St George

 

 

Why Buy New versus Old?

Why Buy New versus Old?

Whether to buy a home new or old can be a difficult decision. Although we love older buildings, which can bring a wonderful ‘character’ and ‘charm’ to a home, new builds offer numerous advantage. These are in areas such as safety, design and comfort which can really make a difference to your living experience. Take a look at the list of benefits we’ve come up with…

 

  1. Little Maintenance Required: Most new homes are fitted with high-specification, modern materials and features. New builds must also meet the latest building regulations, and have the most current heating systems and insulations. This advantage means that you can enjoy settling into your new home upon moving in, rather than face maintenance and DIY expenses, which can come with an existing home.
  2. Personalisation: Fit your brand new home according to your taste! In many new home developments you are free to make several options and colour choices*. These are usually for features such as kitchen worktops and flooring. In a new home, you’re also able to freely decorate the home according to your preferences. This is not always as easy to do with an older property, which will be decorated to the previous occupants taste.
  3. Specification: New homes are generally to a higher specification, most come with a fitted kitchen and integrated appliances as standard.
  4. The Emotional Benefit: There’s nothing quite like owning something that’s brand new, really making it your own.
  5. No Chain Involved: There is no moving chain involved in a new home purchase, which could affect the completion date of the property purchase. This can remove some of the stress which can come with buying a second hand property.
  6. Safety: New homes are built to the latest safety standards using fire-resistant materials and linked smoke alarms. Certain rooms are required to have accessible opening windows, large enough to allow for exit in the event of a fire. 
  7. Be Part of an Emerging Community: New home developments offer an emerging community of others, within which you can make new friends. 
  8. Greater Energy Efficiency: New homes are said to be six times more energy efficient than existing homes, generating approximately 60% less CO2 emissions per household. Consequently, an energy-efficient new home, can save you hundreds of pounds every year on energy bills!
  9. New Homes Warranty: Buying a new home will come with a warranty. Burrington Estates new homes have a 10-year warranty certificate upon completion, issued by the National House Building Council (NHBC), the leading home warranty, insurance provider and standards-setter for UK house-building.

At Burrington Estates, we ensure that you will find these benefits and more in our new homes.

Check out our latest developments here:

https://www.burringtonestates.com/residential/

*Options and Colour Choices are dependent on build stage

Christmas Festivities near Seaward Park, Clyst St George!

Christmas Festivities near Seaward Park, Clyst St George!

At Seaward Park, Clyst St George, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas festivities going on nearby! We’ve come up with a list of our top 10 favourites.

 

  1. Darts Farm, Exeter: You can’t go wrong with Darts Farm for a family day out in the Christmas period! You can tuck into cosy, comforting treats in the cafe or restaurant, and have a wonder around the delightful shops, stocked full of goodies for adults and children alike! In the Christmas period, Darts Farm also often runs delightful events, such as Christmas Wreath workshops, Festive Indulgence Evenings and Cooking Demonstration Workshops!
  2. Devon’s Crealy Adventure Park: Children will love Crealy at Christmas! The award winning family attraction not only offers fun-filled rides and play houses, but at Christmas, you can visit Santa in his grotto! Listen to magical tales about his adventures, and receive a special gift from Santa!
  3. Christmas Market on the Cathedral Green: In the picturesque setting of Exeter’s Cathedral, you can take a wonder around the stalls offering unique and handmade decorations, food and gift items. The annual market really cannot be missed!
  4. Northcott Theatre, Exeter: One of our favourites, a trip to the Northcott Theatre is a lovely occasion for all of the family! This year, the theatre is showing Peter Pan from 2nd December to 1st January!
  5. Poltimore House Christmas Fair, Exeter: The lovely Poltimore House Christmas Fair annually offers a festive atmosphere, and a gorgeous array of stalls, offering beautiful handmade gifts to purchase!
  6. Christmas Shopping Fayre, Westpoint Exeter: Westpoint offers 3 days of fun filled festive shopping around the Christmas Period, a must see in the festive season! Admission also includes a free visit to Santa’s grotto.
  7. Powderham Castle: Powderham Castle always feels very festive around this time of the year. It offers warming treats in its beautiful restaurant, and the perfect farm shop for Christmas goodies! Head to Powderham Castle this December to also take part in a Christmas Wreath Making workshop! The beautiful deer in the park at Powderham Castle really create that Christmas feeling!
  8. St Leonard’s Christmas Fair, Exeter: The St Leonard’s Christmas Fair in Exeter doesn’t disappoint, with a variety of stalls offering Christmas goodies, and plenty of entertainment!
  9. Street Food Night Markets, Exeter Quayside: You’ll find an impressive variety of cuisines of street food at the Quay in December! The cuisines include Vietnamese, Spanish, American, African, Egyptian, Caribbean, Locally Reared and more! There’s also relaxed live music in the area, showcasing the local talent – what more could you want?
  10. Exmouth Town Concert Band Show, Exmouth Pavillion: Annually, the Exmouth Town Concert come to the pavilion for their Christmas Concert! The concert includes seasonal sing-alongs and festive favourites. It really is a fun occasion for all!