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It’s quite possibly the saddest time of the student calendar. The year is over, and you are moving back from the vibrant nightlife of Newcastle to the boring, pub quiz ambiance of your home village in the middle of nowhere and morale has never been so low.

So, having to pack your increasingly small car with ALL of your things is the last thing you want to do – particularly after a heavy end of year night with your course mates.

So how can you pack your car efficiently? Well, Mansons has three top tips for storing your University life in a vehicle and still having enough space to breathe – just about anyways!


Donate unwanted goods to local charities!

This may seem obvious, but it’s amazing how many things you’ll throw out that could prove incredibly valuable to local charity shops in the region!

Basic things like plates and bowls take up a lot of car space and can be very heavy when packed together – getting rid gives you more room to work with, and also allows you the joy of a fresh dinner set when you come back to Newcastle in September!

A few charity shops that could potentially benefit from your unwanted possessions include;

- Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter on Chillingham Road in Heaton 

- St Oswalds' Hospice Shop Jesmond 

- Oxfam Shop Jesmond

2)  Bags not boxes

This can be difficult as boxes offer more security, but using bags where possible is a great way of saving space in the car.

Boxes take up a huge amount of unnecessary space due to their bulky texture – and you can never really fill a box completely!


3)  Make use of every space

Your car has so many hidey-hole's that you really need to take advantage of! Store small appliances down the back of the seat and in the side pockets, sit on your pillows/cushions and lie any flat items (eg. Corkboards and whiteboards) across the boot cover!


There you have it – you are fully prepared to make your way home, enjoy the summer and count down the days until you are back in Newcastle – where this guide may come in very handy yet again!


You’ve moved into your dream student home with Mansons and bagged the biggest room - but what do you do with all that space?

How do I fill that HUGE wall? Why are all my housemates’ rooms so much more picturesque than mine?

Fear not! We are here to run you through the top three ways to jazz up YOUR student room!


1)     1)  Add some intimate lighting

Natural day light is all well and good, but the addition of selectively placed lights is a great way to add some character to your room.

While fairylights usually do the trick for girls, it is just as easy to add a pixar-style lamp for the gents!

These accessories are usually fairly cheap and add great visual appeal to your room – even when they’re switched off!


2)  2) Spice up your room with personality-defining cushions

Your bed is the signature piece of your room – and you should treat it as such!

Adding cushions to your bed gives visitors a great visual representation of you as a person – they could be anything from a favourite movie quote to your favourite colour!

Just remember to not go too crazy – you’re the one who will have the pick them up off the floor when you wake up every morning!


3  3) Add Greenery!

Plants and small pieces of greenery are fantastic ways to add some intricate subtlety to your student room. Flowers are always guaranteed to brighten up a room, while the stubborn, prickly nature of a small cactus adds its own unique element to your student pad.

Place flowers in a uniquely designed watering can for extra style points!


So there you have it – follow these tips and you can have the stylish, lively student room you always dreamed of!


If you’re interested in moving to Newcastle in 2017, we’re sure you’d be desperate to know a little bit more about our beautiful city. Luckily for you, Mansons have compiled the top 5 things you need to know to make your move that little bit more interesting! Read on to find out:

1)     1)  Grey Street was voted the ‘finest street in the land’

A BBC4 Radio survey proved that Britons believe that Newcastle’s Grey Street is the ‘finest street in the UK.’ As it’s flanked with beautiful Victorian-era buildings, and an array of delightful bars and restaurants, it’s hardly surprising, to be fair!

2)     2)  Highest ratio of restaurants per person in Northern England

You definitely don’t need to worry about going hungry in Newcastle. In the city centre, you can dig into the finest gourmet meals cooked by internationally-renowned chefs, or you can grab yourself a locally-sourced oyster from one of our local take-away stores!

3)    3)  Incredible nightlife

If you’re moving to Newcastle this year, you best make sure to pack your dancing shoes! In Trip Advisor’s Annual Travel Choice Awards, Newcastle logged in at third in the best night life in all of EUROPE! With super-club Digital just a minute’s walk from Central Station, you’re bound to have a terrific night out.

4)    4)  Angel of the North significance

Greeting you just a few kilometres from the Quayside are the outstretched arms of the Angel of the North! It is the world’s largest angel sculpture, with a wing-span of 54 metres – that’s a bigger than a Boeing 767!

5)   5)   Geordie is the most attractive accent in England

Visitors from afar probably don’t know that the local dialect and territorial name of the surrounding area is Geordie. A few years ago, The Scotsman Newspaper conducted a survey of 2,000 people, revealing that the Geordie accent is the most attractive in the UK. Prepare to be woo’d, people!


Letting Consultant Required

Mansons Property Consultants - Newcastle upon Tyne NE2
£19,000 - £22,000 a year

Mansons are an established agency in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, looking for an outstanding performer, who has experience working within a letting agency and continually hitting or exceeding targets.

Previous experience is essential.

Key Responsibilities

Generating maximum lettings fees to hit or exceed agreed income targets
Maintaining own group of prospective tenants (applicants) via extensive contact / property viewings and face-to-face sales
Updating landlord clients on their property’s marketing
Confidently communicating with clients and tenants to negotiate the best possible deals for our clients
Maintaining strong and up-to-date knowledge of local property market, and available stock listed with the office
Maintaining strong knowledge of both local area and Newcastle with respect to public transport, local amenities, schools etc.
Administration in support of tenancy process
Achieving performance targets

Skills Required

Proven experience working within a lettings agency
Strong knowledge of the Newcastle area would be an advantage
Good understanding of the legislations of residential lettings
Excellent sales skills
Must possess the ability to hit and exceed revenue targets
Good IT skills (Word, Excel, MS Outlook)
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Good interpersonal skills and ability to quickly form professional relationships at all levels of seniority
Ability to prioritise and co-ordinate tasks efficiently ensuring all deadlines are met

Personal Specification

Maintains a positive attitude towards routine tasks
Accurate and exceptional attention to detail
Pro-active and enjoys working autonomously and as part of a wider team
Confident and assertive where required
Flexible approach to work
Understands and appreciates the importance of using discretion
Team player who deals effectively with colleagues and clients
Must be sales orientated with strong customer service levels

Full Time position.

Salary £19,000 to £22,000 PA (depending on experience) + Commission

Email your CV to

Job Type: Full-time


Saving energy isn’t all about saving electricity in order to be more energy-efficient – it’s also a great way to save money! While some of the biggest energy-saving methods require time and money, there are plenty of simple lifestyle changes that can do the trick! So, if you’re looking for ways to cut down on your spending, try these 5 free energy-saving tips…


1)    1) Cut costs, stay warm

Turning your thermostat down by 1 degree can save you as much as £60 over the course of the year. Keeping your heating on at a constantly low heat could potentially save you more money than switching it on and off in for large blasts of heat, too!


2)    2) Cosy up

Wear more layers! Sporting more jumpers, socks and slippers around the house, and cosying up in front of the TV under a blanket means you won’t be tempted to turn the heating up to full blast.


3)    3) Cook a few meals at once

If you’re going to use the oven, why not bake a few meals at the same time to make the most out of having your oven on? Ovens don’t allow us to heat one shelf at a time anyway, so why waste your heat?


4)    4) Shrink your bills, not your clothes!

Washing your clothes at a 30-40 degree will save you a significant amount of money in the long run. 90% of a washing machine’s energy expenditure is spent on heating the water, after all!


5)    5) Switch it off!

Unplug all appliances that aren’t used regularly! Phone chargers continue to use electricity even they aren’t charging the phone itself. Also, make sure you aren’t leaving appliances on standby – it may be easier, but it’s also guaranteed to waste more energy. It’s much easier to simply turn things off at the socket!


Every year, millions of children are hospitalised because of accidents around the home. That coffee table you just HAD to buy suddenly becomes a danger hazard and those curtains you love? You just know they’re going to get dragged down at some point!

But there is good news – you can easily lower those odds by thoroughly child-proofing your home, and here we list five ways in which you can do so!

1)     Spotting trouble

Keep an eye out for anything pointy, slippery, or potentially dangerous. Any remote risks may need to be removed from the home (or at least covered up) until your child is a bit taller. For furniture with sharper edges, it would be wise to invest in some bumpers. They may not look great, but they’re worth it!

2)     Lock up

Children are extremely curious. Turn your back for even a moment, and they’re up to something! To keep your home safe, it would be wise to lock everything down – and we mean everything!

3)     Reduce hazards

Check around your home for loose cords or wires. Curtain pulls and electrical cords, in particular, can be a problem and should be tucked away or tied down securely. It’s imperative that all electrical outlets are covered up too, in case your ultra-curious child starts poking around and finds out the hard way.

4)     Clean, clean and clean again

To maintain the safeness of your home, you would be wise to create and stick to a regular cleaning schedule! Check the floor often for anything that might have been dropped or items that may have slid under the furniture, because even the smallest of objects can represent a choking hazard to young children.


As a first-time seller, selling your home can be emotionally challenging as well as surprisingly time-consuming. People you’ve never met before will come into your home and poke around your prized possessions, and to top it off, they’ll offer you less money than you think your home is truly worth. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to give you five top tips to generate the highest possible price for your home - without the emotional distress!


1)     1) Setting an unrealistic price

Whether you’re working in conjunction with an agent or going it alone, setting a realistic asking price is key. To put it simply, overpriced homes do not sell – but setting a low asking price may, in theory, generate multiple offers and bids, leading to the property’s true value.


2)     2) Getting emotionally involved

Once you’re 100% certain about selling your home, it may be a good idea to start thinking of yourself as a businessperson, as opposed to a homeowner. Start looking at the transaction from a financial perspective, and you’ll distance yourself from the emotional aspects of selling your beloved home.


3)    3)  Hiding potential issues

Almost every problem with your property you try to mask will be found during the buyer’s inspection – so save yourself the bother. It would be easier to fix the problem ahead of time or market your house below standard value to account for the problem.


4)     4) Deciding not to hire an agent

Although a fee will be involved, trying to sell your home on your own could be very difficult. A good agent will help you identify a fair and competitive selling price for you home, and provide in-depth advice on all aspects of selling, including: potential value, presentation, demand, marketing and legislation. Comprehensive marketing both online (website, property portals and social media) and offline (buyer-matching via our existing database of buyers looking for a property like yours) are also of high importance. Accompanied viewings with feedback, handling and negotiating all offers, qualifying of buyer’s position, and drafting and sending of sales instructions to solicitors are also further points of concern an agent would help you with. Most local independent estate agents will do all of this on a no sale no fee basis!


5)     5) Not being properly insured

When hosting a viewing, you’ll need to make sure you are insured in case someone has an accident on the premises and subsequently sue for damages! It’s also key to make sure that there are no hazardous areas in the property, and that you make steps to erase them. For example, ensuring the family pet is not present if the children of potential buyers are around.


Newcastle last year was branded the ‘happiest place to live in the UK’ by the European Commission. We already knew that, of course – but it’s great to receive further confirmation!

From the serene views of the Tyne to the stunning Theatre Royal, those who live in Newcastle are surrounded by world class architecture at every turn. The 88-year-old Tyne Bridge is symbolic, as is the Georgian Grey Street in the city centre!

Newcastle is also a city steeped in history – Blackfriars is the oldest restaurant building in Britain, Newcastle University Medical School is one of the oldest in the world, and the Geordie accent is thought to be the oldest in the UK!

What’s more, the areas surrounding the city centre are a joy to live in, too. Jesmond comprises the tranquil calmness of Jesmond Dene Park, as well as the liveliness of Osborne Road – the suburbs main port of call for a social catch-up!

Furthermore, a 25-minute journey on the metro will take you to seaside town Tynemouth, where you can take in the air from the Northerly sea as you tuck into your fish and chips, if you ever fancy escaping the city centre’s booming atmosphere!

Should you opt for a move to the North East and Newcastle, Mansons are the perfect Estate Agents for you, as we offer a terrific range of affordable properties from across the region!


Both renting and buying have their own unique advantages. Renting, for example, allows you more expendable money in the short-term, whereas owning a property outright provides with a long-term sense of security.

Advantages of buying

-      -  When you buy a property, it is legally yours, giving you greater freedom in its use, without the restrictions of a landlord.

-     -   You gain creative control of the property and can alter it how you see fit – whether that be through changes to the décor or personalising its landscape.

-     -   You will have the option of buying to rent, which therefore enables you to generate income from renting out the property.

-        Potential capital growth.

Disadvantages of buying

-       - The additional costs that come with homeownership include deposit, survey fees, solicitors costs, stamp duty, insurance, maintenance and repairs, fluctuation in mortgage payments if on a variable rate.

-      -  You will run the risk of not making any profit through resale. This can be caused by external economic factors such as a recession or inflated interest rates.

-     -  You’ll likely become dependent on selling your home before being able to invest a new one.

Advantages of renting

-      -  Renting gives a tenant the opportunity to live in an area you would otherwise be unable to afford.

-      -  The only insurance you’ll have to cover is the contents of the home, while all maintenance work is the Homeowner’s responsibility.

-      -  After paying your rent, you may have the luxury of having additional money to spend elsewhere.

-        Flexibility to move at the end of your tenancy.

Disadvantages of renting

-      - You’ll be come bound by the rules of the lease agreement, impacting the way in which you live in a property.

-       - You won’t be able to make changes to your temporary home without the consent of the Landlord.

-       - There is no full guarantee that your lease will be renewed when the tenancy expires!


Open house viewings are becoming an increasingly popular part of people’s sales armoury in the UK. Sellers are trying a number of methods to improve the chances of marketing their home, and like anything else, there are pros and cons to this technique!


What are the benefits of open house viewings?

1.      1. Saving time!

If you only have to prepare for a couple of viewings, you’ll save on the amount of time, effort and work you have to put in to get your house in tip-top condition. A quick spring clean should suffice before each viewing!

2.      2. Potential increase in the asking price!

Buyers are competitive – it’s in the nature of the process. Bringing interested parties to view your house at the same time could cite a spike in their competitiveness, and therefore lead to a buyer moving more quickly and even upping their offer to avoid being out-bidded!


What are the disadvantages of open house viewings?

1.      1. Difficulty of answering group queries

It may become difficult when separate viewers are demanding your attention at the same time, and you’ll have to prepare for the awkward queries and criticisms, which can be stressful as a first-time seller, in particular!

2.      2. Security issues

To put it simply; inviting lots of people into your home at the same time is a risk. Of course, it’s highly unlikely that an open house viewing will entail any such issues, but the chance of your home being damaged increases. It would be wise to counterbalance this risk by hiding key valuables and being vigilant throughout!

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