It has to be said we have a couple of creative geniuses in our midst in the form of our two photographers, Ush and Jack. We wanted to know more about that makes them tick so this is the first of a two part creative journey, beginning with the musings of Ush:
How long have you been a photographer?
4 years in Property photography, 5 years freelance event photography, 5 years event production and photography
How long have you been at Move Revolution? How many photographs have you taken?
A year and 10 months. My shutter count lies at around 40,000 for that duration.
What photographer/s do you admire most and why?
Ansel Adams for changing the way landscapes were photographed on a technical level. Also for creating his own methods for developing and printing to accommodate for the massive scale of his prints. It was groundbreaking at the time and his prints are still incredible in person. If you ever get the chance to visit an exhibition of his prints which tour the world. Don’t hesitate.
At the other end of the spectrum, Ryan Brenizer for embracing new technology and pioneering some methods for compositing that go relatively unnoticed to the casual viewer other than to create a visually appealing effect. One which is out of the realms of capability for the equipment used.
Don McCullin. Again, out of my realm and I think that’s what I’ve enjoyed most about his work. It’s so beyond comprehension. Don was an utterly fearless documentary photographer from London. He was born in the midst of World War II and quite literally lived with war his whole life. Be it the conflicts close to home in Northern Ireland, to far afield in Vietnam. One story he’ll always have under his belt is that his Nikon stopped a bullet which was sent his way. His work has been some of the most moving photography you could ever lay your eyes on. One of the first, along with Eddie Adams, to really go out of his way to communicate what war-time suffering is like. So much so that he was banned from shipping out to the Falklands conflict for fear of his photography scaring the Brits at home. Government level censorship at it’s best.
What is your favourite all time photograph, that you have taken & why
I change my mind far too much to nail this down to one photograph. I often like to revisit old photos to re-edit them. One image I’m I’ve really loved recently was this photo from Scotland when I visited with my Girlfriend and some friends. I love that the trees fill the frame and continue off the top, while my friends stand at the bottom of the frame, tiny in comparison. If I ever get a long tall wall. I’d love to get this printed out.
Here are some other more recent shots from a trip to Canada.
What is your favourite photograph (that you didn’t take!)
Again I could easily change my mind, especially with Ansel’s work. It’s easy to get caught up with some of the amazing images that are taken every day around the world and shared on social media. Standing back to appreciate the effort involved in a capture is worth a moment if your time. In this case. Ansel Adams has an image called Winter Sunrise, taken in Sierra Nevada. At first it’s a simple landscape shot, but it’s so striking with the intensely detailed snow caps on the mountains to the still-in-morning-shadow foreground peaks cutting straight through them. With the cloud cover, dark sky and grazing cattle on the bottom of the frame there is multiple horizontal layers of this image. Look at the way there’s a stream of light hitting the area where that cow is grazing! Ansel had a habit of getting up in the middle of the night to reach these places and staying there all morning or evening to wait for the right shot. If he didn’t get it one day, he’d check the weather and return the next. Now imagine this image printed by hand in a dark room on paper 4 metres wide. The monumental effort at the time is verging on overwhelming to somebody such as myself who’s more akin to shooting hundreds of images a day and sitting infront of a computer to edit them for an afternoon.
It’s this kind of image that drives me out to shoot for myself, and take the time. Photography can be therapeutic and relaxing if you know how to slow your pace down.
What is a normal ‘day’ like being a photographer at Move Revolution?
Every day and every house will throw a new challenge at you. It’s always nice to see photos taken by a previous agent and even other professional photographers and then visiting a property knowing you have to produce better work. Getting feedback from customers and on social media is addictive and motivating.
Thanks Ush, we love the fastidiousness you bring to the photography team and know you go the extra mile to bring out the best in every property you photograph.
Next time we’ll be with Jack, the other half of the creative team. Stay tuned for more insights!
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Is half term really nearly upon us?! We’re wondering where the last few weeks have gone since the children went back to school, are you?
Read below for a handful of suggestions from some of our Area Sales Managers for places to go with your family during half term, to keep everyone occupied:
Louise Simpson, Reigate and Redhill
Louise suggests Denbies near Dorking and this half term they have some great sounding activities, from spooky crafts, spooky storytelling, “The Spookiest Fairy Tale Ever Told”, and birds of prey. Many of the activities can be booked in advance here. We think the kids will love it!
Priory Farm in Nutfield has the great Spooky Trail, and fun is guaranteed as you wind your way up the hill and down again with lots of ghostly surprises in store. There is also the Witches Cavern across the road where you can go and choose your pumpkin to take home and carve.
Zac Ship, Tonbridge
Zac is planning to take his daughter to “Wear ‘m out” in Tonbridge, as a brilliantly handy place to go on a rainy day, he regards it as “always a winner”! There is a café there with healthy treats, so it’s easy to spend a few hours there while the childen have fun.
Paul Mulligan, Croydon
Paul recommends Kidsspace as somewhere to go on a wet weather day, it’s a fantastic soft play where the children have a great time running around the play frame.
He also enjoys the World of Golf, with the Dragon Quest course for children, which looks like great fun for a dry day!
Mathew Gurr, Haywards Heath
Mathew is planning to visit Washbrook Farm at Hurstpierpoint, where you can have a go at the “Guess the weight of the pumpkin” competition and the “cuckoo in the nest” quiz. There are even Halloween specials in the tearoom. Yummy!
Nicola Jordan, Marketing Director
Nicola has recently been to the Sealife Centre in Brighton with her daughter, and recommends following it with a walk through the tunnel to the seafront and having fish & chips on the pier.
She also wholeheartedly recommends Drusillas in Alfriston, especially as they have a special offer this half term for a child to go for £5 with a full price paying adult.
Sam Webb, Land and New Homes Manager
Sam loves taking her daughter to Hobbledown where they have pumpkin bowling, creepy crawlies and ‘The Spider’s Lair’ a puppet show which will take place in Topperpot’s Tepee Theatre. Sounds like great fun!
Mark Waldron, Sevenoaks
Mark has spotted the excellent sounding events at The Hop Farm, and let us know about it. With Pumpkin carving, face painting and a Zombie Shoot Out and Monster Mash Disco among other themed events, it sounds like a great day out.
He also spotted that Igtham Mote have a spooky spider web trail and a spider craft (craft on Thurs 26th Oct only) – dare you enter?!
If you’re looking for pumpkins, have a look at Crockford Bridge Farm just round the M25 near Weybridge. They have a fun play area, facepainting and an outdoor theatre performance (pre-booked tickets only). A great place to go for Halloween related fun.
One final place to mention is the delightfully named Pumpkin Moon, where you can grab yourself a colourful wheelbarrow, choose from 50 different types of pumpkins and squashes to take home and decorate for Halloween. It sounds wonderful!
We hope these ideas are helpful and you have a brilliant half term with your little monsters!
If you’re thinking of selling or letting your home, please give the team a call on 0330 223 1000.
post came via Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/october-half-term/
Are you looking for a fabulous family friendly fireworks display (that isn’t easy to say is it!) … then look no further than Reigate Parish Church Primary School! We love sponsoring and getting involved in events at the Reigate Parish school – and this event is a real treat, perfect for all ages.
Gates open at 5pm, as you go into the playground there is lots of fun going on.. dancing, glow toys on sale and a yummy cake stall. You will be able to pre-order your ‘Robert & Edwards’ banger in an ‘Oven Fresh’ bun as well as a vegetarian banger. Prosecco, mulled wine, beer, fine ales and soft drinks will all be available to purchase on the evening. For little ones (and big ones) that prefer things to be a little less noisy there is a quiet room with activities!
The spectacular fireworks display start promptly at 6.30pm – if you haven’t been before you will love this highlight of the evening.
We hope to see you on the evening, please remember that tickets can ONLY BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE.
Please download the order ticket order form HERE.
Looking forward to seeing you!
Thinking of selling or letting your home? Our team would love to help; call Louise on 01737 888220.
post came via Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/family-fireworks-reigate/
We are very proud to share some fabulous apartments with you in Horley. Built to an exacting standard, they are the perfect option for a shrewd investment.
From one and two bedroom apartments on Lumley Road, and Victoria Road to some yet to come two bedroom apartments in Albert Road, we have plenty to offer, all of which will present an excellent return on investment at around 5.5%.
Expected rental values are as follows:
1 bedrooms around £925.00
2 bedrooms around £1100.00
3 bedrooms around £1300.00
In 2016 our Lettings Manager, Hannah Gunn, came 3rd out of 60,000 agents for customer service in the Rater Agent awards. We were presented with our award and it now sits alongside our office awards. This year we’re hoping for gold!
Our award winning lettings team continue to impress the landlords they’re working with, as you can see from these reviews:
“Hannah was great from the start and dealt with the rental of our property quickly and efficiently. She was always available and was giving frequent updates. We alway knew what was going on and had complete confidence in her and she did exceptionally well on the speed of rental and the rent achieved. I will definitely use her again.”
“Hannah assisted me in renting a property whilst I am still living overseas.. A situation that could have been incredibly complex and fraught with problems was managed with extreme professionalism and the whole process became worry free and really quite easy.”
“Hannah has been a great agent to work with. Our situation was slightly different to the usual service needed but Hannah was able to adapt and provide exactly the right information and the procedure was extremely efficient. I am most grateful and i would recommend her to anyone considering letting their property.”
“We are extremely pleased with our service from Move Revolution, especially with Hannah Gunn. She is extremely professional and guided us through every step of the process whilst renting out our property. She found us Tenants within a week of appointing the rental, which was fantastic and a huge weight off our minds. The communication was excellent between Hannah and ourselves and we are very satisfied with the overall experience. After using an unprofessional company previously we have gained much more confidence in using Move Revolution for our rental management company. We will definitely continue to use Move Revolution in the future and especially Hannah who we have total confidence in dealing with our rental. Carry on the good work Hannah you’re a star!”
Our rental services
At Move Revolution we offer an unbeatable tenant finding service with transparent fees. We also offer an optional fully managed service, giving you the confidence that your property is being cared for, alongside out tenant find service and rent collection.
Our Exceptional in house lettings team are on hand to assist and guide you regardless of what service you use. Alongside our in house property management team we ensure that your property is properly cared for, inspected and find you the right tenants for your property.
As a standard across all of services we provide:
-We will visit your property and provide a free of charge valuation with no obligation.
-We will provide photographs of the property by our in-house professional photographer for the marketing of the property.
-We will provide advice on the legislation surrounding the letting of your property.
-We will market your properties to our extensive applicant list, via our website, on all the main property portals including Rightmove, Zoopla and Prime Location.
-We always carry out accompanied viewings at times that are suitable for prospective tenants and yourself, including weekends and evenings.
-We use BLINC tenant referencing, a market leader in tenant background checks to make sure we have secured the right tenant for your property.
-We will produce an assured short-hold tenancy agreement and include any special terms that you wish to add.
-We will collect a deposit and the initial rent and forward the funds to you immediately. We can transfer the deposit to our holding company or transfer to yourself if you have your own.
-We can also assist with the setup of rent payments for the duration of the tenancy.
-Finally we will check-in the tenant and handover the keys, making the process as hassle free for you as possible.
Should you be a first time landlord or just don’t want the responsibility for the property we can also handle the rent collection and management of the property. we will carry out regular inspections, collect rents and chase any that are overdue, arrange contractors for any property management issues that arise and ensure that your tenants are looking after the property as you would expect.
As an additional service we offer a rent guarantee service so should you wish to have the extra protection.
With the location of Horley and the amenities available, alongside being close to Gatwick, motorways, London and the trainline into London it makes a great location for investors with plenty of applicants currently searching!
We’d urge you to get in touch soon, the interest in these apartments is high! Call Hannah on 01737 888220, she’d love to help.
post came via Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/horley-invest-award-winning-lettings-team/
We are very proud to share some fabulous apartments with you in Horley. Built to an exacting standard, they are the perfect option for a first time purchase or a shrewd investment.
We’ve just launched some exceptional new one and two bedroom apartments in the heart of Horley town centre. Dartel House is on Lumley Road and the apartments have sleek modern kitchens, high spec bathrooms, video phone entry systems and an option to acquire off-street parking.
We also have a selection of affordable one and two bedroom apartments on Victoria Road. All apartments come fitted with video phone entry systems, have use of the lift and have the additional option of acquiring off-street parking space.
Finally, we have Beulah Court on Albert Road. With phase one complete and sold, there are six spacious 2 double bedroom apartments coming soon.
Horley provides brilliant shopping for local residents and offers a range of shops to cater for everyday needs alongside an eclectic mix of specialist shops and boutiques offering individual service. Two supermarkets, Waitrose and Lidl, are in the town too, both with free parking. The locally renowned department store Collingwood Batchellor and the popular Original Factory Shop are both perfect for home furnishings.
There’s a great variety of town centre cafes and restaurants that are great for a bite to eat. 51 degrees north and Il Sorriso are two of our favourites. We also love afternoon tea at Langshott Manor, and the food at the Six Bells is delicious too.
There are a number of local beauty salons (a favourite of ours is Beauté), and in 2011 the council invested £9,000,000 in a new leisure centre providing residents with a modern sports complex, 25-metre indoor pool, gym and sports hall. The Archway Theatre located, as its name suggests, under the railway arches, is a local theatre company who put on a range of productions throughout the year from plays to pantomime and names local actress Judi Dench as a patron. We always enjoy our visits to Bluebell Studio, a great place to relax and enjoy your creative side. Brilliant for childen’s parties too!
We love unleashing our inner racing driver at “Let’s Race” or perfecting our golf swing at the virtual golf simulator and with the soon to open soft play “Let’s Explore” on the same site, there is about to be a very strong offering for all members of the family.
As you can tell we have a soft spot for Horley; the market is buoyant and always great value, hopefully we’ve persuaded you to take a look! If you’re interested to find out more, please give Louise and Damian a call on 01737 888220.
post came via Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/in-praise-of-horley/
The season has suddenly changed and everything is feeling beautifully autumnal isn’t it. This is the latest in our series of Guest Blogs, with another great one from Renée Canter, also known as The Girl Who Gardens:
When we think of colour in landscape our thoughts turn immediately to Autumn first. The leaves turning all shades from red through orange to yellow on the trees and then carpeting the ground.
Autumn is nearly here and is actually the best time of year for planting as the soil is warm from the Summer but damper from the cooler Autumn temperatures. So now is a great time to be thinking about what plants or shrubs you could add to your garden to bring you some of that Autumn colour this year and next. Here are 10 of my favourites:
Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Herbstonne’)
These bright yellow daisy-like flowers can reach up to 2m high so are best planted at the back of a bed enmasse to get the full effect. They prefer full sun, flower into September (maybe even October) and might need some support to keep them upright.
Ice Maiden (Sedum spectabile ‘Brilliant’)
This looks like a succulent with its grey-green leaves. Its flat heads of pink flowers is loved by bees and butterflies and they flower from August to November and look great left as seedheads over the Winter, with them only needed to be cut down in March time. This is such an under-rated plant but brings great structure to the garden from May right through to March so works really hard! It’s almost indestructible too and doesn’t mind a bit of shade.
Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)
These are a 70s classic and I’m on a 1 woman mission to bring them back to our gardens as they are beautiful. There is a huge variety of colours; their tall spikes come in red, orange or yellow and sit high above evergreen strap-like leaves. Plant them in groups of 3s in your borders to give height, impact and a wow factor! They don’t mind a bit of shade and can grow up to 1.3m tall. Just cut back the flower spikes when they get too tatty over Winter.
Sneezeweed (Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’)
These dark copper red daisy-like flowers are beautiful when planted in groups. They reach 1.25m high; prefer full sun and baby plants might need some protection from slugs and snails! Any daisy-like flowers will keep on flowering if you deadhead them.
Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides)
Grasses have become very fashionable over the last few years and I love the evergreen ones that give interest all year round. This one creates a compact low mound with long-lasting brush like flowers from July onwards. It prefers full sun but all you have to do is remove any dead foliage in the Spring.
Golden Oats (Stipa gigantena)
This evergreen grass can reach 2.5m tall. It grows into clumps of green-grey leaves with arching stems of oat-like flowers from July. This one moves in the wind really gracefully and is stunning in the evening sun. Again it prefers full sun and you just comb through it in the Spring to take out any dead foliage.
Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis)
This shrub has aromatic grey-green leaves and beautiful lilac-blue flowers from August onwards. It sits beautifully in a mixed border and the bees and butterflies love it. Prune back the growth in the Spring for new growth and flowers that year.
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
Although these small trees lose their leaves in the Winter they do give an amazing Autumn show, they come in a huge range of colours; my favourites are the mahogany reds and the acid greens. New growth in the Spring is beautifully coloured but it is the Autumn when the leaf colours change that is incredible. They don’t mind sun or shade but you need to protect them from the wind. You can also keep them in a container; I’ve got one I’ve had for 14 years (in gradually bigger pots) on my patio that is still making me smile.
Smoke Bush (Cotinus ‘Grace’)
This is a large purple leaved shrub that produces plumes of fluffy purple/pink flowers in the Summer. The leaves turn a brilliant red in the Autumn before they fall. Shrubs are out of fashion, but they are easy to look after and there is such a huge variety that they give us interest all year round.
There is a huge variety of these small trees that are great for any size garden. They work so hard for us giving us Spring Blossom and then fruit in the Autumn, some of the fruit are just ornamental but there are some that be used for making jelly! They can reach up to 7m high and when you plant them incorporate lots of organic compost and stake them well.
TOP TIP: You may have a hunch that you’re not happy with how your garden is looking but can’t put a finger on it. Take photos every month and they will show you where there are gaps in colour or interest and that should help you decide what you need to change and where.
Renée is also known as The Girl who Gardens. She provides planting and garden design advice and aims to make dream gardens a reality for families in Surrey and the surrounding areas.
If you’re thinking of selling or letting your home, call the Move Revolution team on 0330 223 1000.
post came via Alexis Bush Blog http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/autumn-colour-year-next/
We had the most incredible day at Run Reigate 2017 with our Kids Active Village; one of our favourite events of the year! We were so impressed with all of the runners and the atmosphere on the day was wonderful. Special mention to all the children who ran with such determination and grit – we are really proud of you. Well done! Another special mention to our own Jack Beard who ran the Half Marathon in a sub 2 hour time which is something to be proud of too! Well done Jack!
We are very grateful to all of the sports clubs, organisations and businesses who bring such great activities to our village, year after year. This year we think the standard was higher than ever before, and we saw so many huge smiles and tonnes of enjoyment which is what it’s all about for us. Children having fun and getting active! The dancing with Boogie Monsters was brilliant fun, and we loved the “Move Revolution Rap”!
We took lots of photos on the day, and we couldn’t wait to wrestle them from our in house photographer! Here they are…can you spot yourself?
If you see your friends in any of these photos, make sure you share this blog with them! Watch this space for exciting news coming soon – #movekids!
If you’re thinking of moving, the team would love to hear from you. Give them a call on 0330 223 1o00.
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We have been quietly in awe of Jack Beard, who is part of our in house photography team. He set himself the challenge of getting ready to take part in Run Reigate and he’s made it look so easy! We were intrigued about how he’d done it so we asked him to put this blog together:
My name’s Jack and I’m one half of the in-house photography team here at Move Revolution.
So as some of you may know, every year Move Revolution are one of the sponsors of the Run Reigate event – a 10K, Half Marathon and kids race that takes place through the streets of Reigate. I wouldn’t consider myself an athlete by any means. The most energy I’ve ever exerted generally involved trying not to miss a train. However, I saw Run Reigate as an opportunity to set myself a goal to achieve. Now most rational thinking human beings who have never entered in a running event would generally go for the smallest distance. Not me….
I made the decision to enter with 8 weeks to go, so I knew I had a realistic time frame to train properly as not to embarrass myself. I found a suitable training plan online that was tailored to Half Marathon prep, and along with the advice of my step-dad (who runs several marathons during the year) I was starting to feel a little more confident about the task at hand.
I would say the hardest thing about starting a training plan like this is getting yourself out the door in the first place. It’s far too easy just to switch the alarm to snooze, or say “I’ll just go a little later” (which never ever happens). I felt I really had to dig deep for motivation, but once you get yourself into a structured pattern, it soon becomes part of your daily routine. I personally found that running first thing in the morning was a lot easier than running after a day’s work. A lot of day is spent travelling in my car or sat in front of computer editing, so I find it hard to motivate myself to exercise when I’ve been sat down for most of the day.
Diet is a hugely important factor when it comes to training. As I don’t eat meat, I had to research suitable alternatives to make sure I was getting enough protein in my diet. I found that having scrambled eggs with avocado in the morning gave me a slow release of energy (as well as being super healthy) that would take me all the way through to lunch. I prepped my lunches in advance, cooking with Quorn (a great meat alternative that is incredibly high in protein with a fraction of the saturated fat that you find in meat). I would also include lots of vegetables with rice. I found that making my lunches in advance would stop me from buying lunches when out on the road, when there aren’t a lot of healthy options available.
Now what surprised me at first was the amount of progress I was seeing in my stamina as well as my running times. When I signed up for the Half Marathon, I set myself a goal 2-hour completion time. To achieve this, I need to average 9 minutes per mile. Within the first week of training, I was already running below 9 minutes which gave me that extra motivation to carry on and see how quickly I could run. At the time of writing this blog post, I’m in the penultimate week of my training plan. The weekend just gone I ran 11 miles in 1 hour 35 minutes, so I’m on course to beat my 2-hour target. And I’m also a stone lighter than when I first started so that’s an added bonus! Now I’m starting to wind down and run shorter distance to give my muscles the chance to recover in time for the big day.
If I were to offer any advice for anyone looking to start running for the first time, it would be to keep yourself focused and motivated. It’s far too easy to not go out for a run, or to order a beer with your lunch, or give in to the temptations of a Friday night Domino’s. But I found that setting myself a goal helped keep myself on track. Whether you sign up for an event like I did, or you’re just looking to lose some weight, set yourself a target to work towards and you’ll get there! A good music playlist is also key in my opinion. Create a playlist that will keep you pumped throughout your run, and you’ll find you’ll be able to fight through the fatigue a lot more easily.
Run Reigate takes place on Sunday 17th September, so if you’re in the area, pop on down. There will be great food, live music, fantastic free activities for children and the Move Revolution team will be there joining in all the fun at the Kids Active Village.
If you’re thinking of selling or letting your home, the team would love to hear from you. Come along on Sunday and have a chat, or give them a call on 0330 223 1000.
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We’re delighted to welcome Abbie Curd back with another great guest blog, all about bringing colour to your home: As an interior designer, the subject of colour is very close to my heart; I love researching, designing and creating new...
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Our final blog to introduce our partners joining us at the Move Revolution Kids Active Village at Run Reigate on 17th September – we can’t wait! We are thrilled with the list of sports clubs and businesses we have joining...
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