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Love your Home……. Valentine’s Day has arrived and the shops are crammed with presents and cards for the one you love.

But what about your home. Have you fallen out of love with your home? Does yours need a bit of love and attention? A thorough clean throughout and a lick of paint, adding a few smelly candles and some flowers will make you fall in love again with your home.

To start you on the road, I found Mary Berry has recently brought out a book “Marys Household Tips & tricks. It covers everything from sorting your wardrobe to organising your kitchen.

Lets get started.

  1. Declutter

Do you hold on to sentimental things still and cannot let them go because they hold treasured memories. If so, have you thought of making them into a piece of art. If you have any special Jewellery, theatre tickets, special occasion cards, baby clothing. Can these be professional framed and put on the wall? How about making a collage, there are plenty of companies on line that do this type of thing. How about having a project and do this for yourself. Get in that loft and start sorting.


  1. Cleaning

Making your home smell nice creates scents that can change your mood. I use lavender oil in a bucket with hot water to clean woodwork. There are plenty of aromatherapy oils that can be used. Gives my house a peaceful smell and keeps you calm. I prefer natural cleaning products instead of chemicals as using bleach is too harsh. Try using oils as a natural way of cleaning.

  1. Painting

If some rooms need a lick of paint, it does not have to cost the earth. There are lots of ideas on pinterest, internet and magazines with the latest trends. Wallpaper feature walls, colour ideas. Don’t forget though if you are looking to sell don’t go too wild!


  1. Light, action!

In these dark month, we all long for the summer.

To bring in more light, make sure your windows have been cleaned inside and out it is amazing how much light you get after this is done. Tie back your curtains, use light and space paint which is said to be twice as reflective as other paint. Whites and off-whites will reflect a lot of light. Warm up your room with a colourful comfy chairs, sofas, blankets and cushions.

Don’t forget to add the flowers. These do not have to be fresh. Lots of department stores now sell some fantastic artificial ones that look real. Place in an elegant vase, add some mirrors on the wall. Homemade potpourri. Hey Presto done.


  1. Finally, don’t forget to take care of yourself.


If you love reading, knitting or sewing. Make a cosy corner for yourself adding your favourite chair, throw, table and a lamp.

Add a personal item, maybe a favourite photo or something that brings great memories that make you smile. Add your latest book that you are in to and take time out. Finally, put your feet up, chill and have a Great “Valentines Day”.






In 1980 Havering opened a state of the art pyramid roof swimming pool / leisure centre "The Dolphin". Great days were spent here swimming, teaching our children to swim. It provided a good place for meetings, exhibitions and social events. 

So it was sad that in 1995 it was closed to the public due to safety fears, costs to repair and operating costs. 

A new swimming pool was promised, but instead the council sold the land to build what is there today a residential tower block and a shopping center.

Now after 23 years, too long in my opinion, on the 3rd February, we will be getting our new Sapphire Ice and Leisure which is named after the sapphire reign of our Queen Elizabeth. Longest reigning monarch.

This will enhance Romford for sure, bringing in extra revenue to local shops as people flock from all over Havering to enjoy this multi million pound leisure centre which includes an ice rink, which will see the Raiders Ice Hockey team return, swimming pools, fitness area including saunas and steam rooms and dance studios. 

I am looking forward to this long awaited leisure centre as having lived in Havering for over 30 years, it is nice to see something good coming in for us residents. May this be a start for our Haveringinarians!  who could not travel too far to now have a fitness centre that the young and old can use for many years to come and improve our fitness and well being.



We all have great hopes for the new year and set ourselves sometimes, unrealistic goals.

Why, just because it is January 1st do we put ourselves under so much pressure to make changes that we will never keep. Diets, smoking, keeping in contact with people, learn a new language, cook healthier meals, write a book, work harder, get out more. Phew, the list is endless.

I am not going to make any resolutions, why? because I think you should make the changes for you, not because you feel you have to be one of the crowd and do what everyone is doing. Stop.

Think of just one thing that you would like to do that you enjoy, really enjoy, that makes you happy. Forget the diets, going to the gym, because if you are happy you will eat better anyway. 

Owning GBP Estates and being head of lettings. I enjoy what I do. There is nothing more satisfying than finding that perfect home for your tenant and that perfect tenant for your landlord. But, it does come with stressful times.

You are governed by so much legislation that you have to make sure everything is compliant with the property and your paperwork together with making sure your tenant is who they say they are!!. Believe me, you have to have a good nose for this. With many years experience, I have come across quite a few who think they can dodge my checking system.! False bank statements, ID. It can be hard work making sure they are the right ones. Our team has to make that decision to move those tenants in. Failure is not an option here.

Working hard 6 days a week and having brilliant staff to support me. I am now able to take a day off and have decided  to contact our local animal charity in Essex to volunteer. Having a dog of my own a Miniature Schnauzer, I just love dogs. Looking after the animals, finding them new loving homes is a great feel good factor. If you feel good, you feel better in yourself.

Watch this space with my volunteering news.

Good luck to you all on what ever you decide in the New Year.


Throughout the month of December, our team here at GBP Estates teamed up with Time 107.5FM in their ‘Give a child a Christmas’ campaign. What a huge success this was, for everyone involved!

We recognise the importance of supporting local charities and organisations in Romford and the surrounding areas. As a local business ourselves, with local members of staff, we know the importance of relating to the community.

Our campaign was a big success with over 300 presents that were generously donated by the local residents of Romford to help give many children the Christmas they deserve.

It was not only the local residents and our clients who got involved. We had some very generous donations from various local businesses who helped support our campaign.

We can only imagine the faces of the children who will be receiving these presents and we are already planning on making this bigger and better for 2018.

We know that it is not all about selling or letting properties. It is important for us to ensure we help support the community and those who live within it.

On behalf of the team here at GBP Estates, we would like to thank everyone who got involved and helped make this campaign so successful and so rewarding to those children.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Great New Year.



GBP Estates joins national award scheme recognising the best estate and letting agents in the UK.

GBP Estates, the Romford based agent has entered The ESTAS, the largest award scheme of its kind the UK residential property sector.  The scheme recognises the best agents, brokers and conveyancers for customer service based on ratings from thousands of customers around the UK.  The competition enables firms taking part to gain valuable transparent feedback from clients which enables them to improve their services for the future.

The ESTAS Awards take place every May at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London when the country’s favourite property expert Phil Spencer announces the winners in front 1,000 of the UK’s top property professionals.


Spencer says “I think it says a great deal about a firm who takes part in The ESTAS.  They care about their reputation, they care about their customers and they care about their business.  Taking part sets companies apart from their competitors.  It sends a clear message that they are passionate about customer service, prepared to go that extra mile for their clients and keen to listen to feedback”.


Gary Taylor and Julie James owners of GBP Estates said “We take our levels of customer service very seriously because we know clients have a choice.  We have always been very proud of the personal service we provide, and this is great way to demonstrate how good we really are.”

Please vote for us by clicking the below link. All votes and comments are confidential and you could win £1,000

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