May 21, 2020
As we try and adapt to living with COVID 19, The Heatons is slowly starting to move again as local businesses adapt. Eateries including Nook and Juniper, are starting to provide a takeout service and the wonderful Heaton Moor Golf Course has just opened to the delight of many of its members. With the talk of an impending recession, it is more important than ever that we all get behind our small local businesses.
Fingers crossed everyone survives the pandemic and we can see every four Heatons trader thrive once again in the very near future. The Heatons recent success has been massively impacted by the independent vibe and local events such as the Heatons Summer & Christmas Festivals which have been organised be the 4HTA.
So keep strong, stay safe and please Think Local.
April 20, 2020
For a small number of people, working from home will be the norm. But for the majority of the nation, the current climate has caused us to quickly adapt our working practices to home working for the safety of ourselves and those around us. In doing this, it is important to create healthy working practices to maintain motivation and routine throughout the day.
We’ve gained advice from those who regularly work from home so that we can share some top tips for the coming weeks ahead. Continue below for our top tips on how you can get the best out of home working:
1. Get ready for the day
Get up and ready for work as you normally would. Getting dressed out of your pyjamas and fresh for the day helps you to maintain a routine and get ready for a day of work. Doing this will signal to your brain that you are going to work and create a good mindset.
2. Have a routine
Working from home can get lonely, so a routine will prevent the day blurring into a mix of work and relaxation time. Creating a morning routine that will guide you into your work chair each day so that you can signal the separation between home and work. Start and finish work at your usual times so that you do not become overworked.
3. Create an office space
If you have a separate office space to work in, then that’s great. But even if you don’t, it is still important to create an area in your home that you can designate and associate with work. Whether that be at a desk, or if it has to be your dining room table, this will support you to keep a routine. At the end of the day, shut down your equipment and put it away. This will signal the end of your working day and the start of your own time.
4. Keep to your regular hours of a working day
With all your work equipment at home, it can be tempting to try and get ahead by setting yourself mammoth tasks that take you all evening to complete. Set yourself achievable goals (as you would when you go into work) so that you maintain your usual work hours and maintain your positivity and optimism. This will also allow you to keep a work life balance.
5. Have regular breaks
When you are in the office, you naturally take short breaks throughout the day. Whether that be to go and make a drink or go and discuss something with a colleague. These breaks away from the computer are crucial for your productivity and health. Breaks away from the computer screen help to break bad posture habits, help with concentration and productivity, and prevent fatigue. This should be no different at home. You can call a colleague for a chat, go and make a drink, or spend some time in a different room for a few moments.
6. Get some exercise
Living and working in the same space can be challenging at times so you may find it important to get a change of scenery. Stepping outside for a walk not only allows you to “leave the office” but also allows you to get valuable exercise (providing this is in line with Government guidelines). Some fresh air and natural light will do you the world of good. With people rarely leaving the house, a short walk could be all the exercise you get in a day so place importance on this. Alternatively, you may want to do a short home workout. There are tons of guides online to help you do this. Let’s not forget about those all-important endorphins.
7. Take your lunch break
You are still entitled to your full lunch break and it is important to take this. Ensure you continue to eat well and take time away from your work space to break up the day. Using this time to get some exercise (as advised in step 7) is a great idea too.
8. Get on the phone
Communication is so important during this time. Working from home can be isolating (especially if you live alone). To overcome this, ensure to keep up with regular team meeting via group calls. Check in with your colleagues throughout the day – even for a general chat not related to work. This is what you would usually do in the office and it is important to maintain this to make the day more enjoyable. Call people instead of email so that you can have proper conversations during the day which is so much more personal that email communication. You could even use Facetime for a more personal touch.
April 16, 2020
If you are living in one of the four Heatons and self isolating in the Covid 19 lock down but need help, then the wonderful people of SK4 are here to help.
It maybe you need help with some shopping OR the dog needs walking around the block. If so please email the neighbour outreach – email@example.com
If you would rather talk with someone, then simply call Stockport Council and they will get in touch with the team. Stockport Council Tel – 0161 217 6046.
Well done to everyone involved.
April 16, 2020
Located in the heart of Heaton Moor, our showroom windows have been taken over by the wonderful blue colours of the NHS. We wanted to show our support as Doctors, Nurses and Key Workers risk their lives on a daily basis to help Britain through this pandemic. It’s heart warming to hear some of the amazing stories of courage and determination as we unite to face this killer disease.
My favourite story has to be Captain Tom Moore, the War Veteran who has raised millions of pounds by walking laps of his garden. We salute you Sir and to every NHS & Key Worker………..THANK YOU!
April 2, 2020
In the midst of everything going on at the moment, it is more important than ever for us to keep our morale up and there are so many good people out there doing their best to bring everyone together (in spirit!) whilst we are social distancing and self-isolating.
March 19, 2020
Many local businesses are now diversifying and are offering delivery and collection options until official advice changes with regards Coronavirus. Most of the businesses are one person owners OR have very small teams so your support throughout theses tough time is crucial in the survival of the independent bar’s shops, cafes and restaurants.
March 19, 2020
There has been a special Facebook Group created in response to the Coronavirus which helps SK4 residents support each other as a community. With a membership growing daily (currently 1737), it’s amazing and underlines what I already know………….. Great Area, Great People – STAY SAFE SK4
March 19, 2020
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 the popular Italian restaurant based on Heaton Moor Road has taken the difficult decision to temporary close their doors to the public. With many local companies facing extremely difficult decisions, its crucial we support all our independent shops, bars and restaurants.
March 17, 2020
Listed For Sale less than a week ago is this newly refurbished one bedroom top floor apartment with an estimated gross annual rental yield of over 6%!
March 16, 2020
When it comes to buying property, it is important to keep in mind that it could potentially be the home you live in for the rest of your life. With this in mind, it is essential that when you view potential properties that you take the time to be thorough and get all the information you can.
To help make sure you don’t miss a thing and make the right choice when you do eventually make an offer, we’ve compiled the following list of tips to help you to view a property like a pro.
We all feel a bit strange viewing someone else’s home, but as we said earlier, you could be living in this property for decades, so don’t rush through this process! It’s vital that you spend close to 30 minutes exploring the property, asking questions and just getting a good sense of how it feels. If you just wander from room to room, taking a quick look and then moving on, you won’t get a good feel for the property. Taking that little extra time will mean you are well-informed when you come to make a formal offer.
Think about how much space there actually is
When it comes to property, space is one thing you can never have enough of. Whether you’re looking to fit in that Queen-size bed or you need somewhere to store all of the precious knickknacks that you have collected over the years, space is incredibly valuable. Pay attention to the way the current owner has laid out the furniture, as it will provide you with some insight into how to best make use of the property’s available space. It’s also an excellent opportunity to think about how much room your items take up and whether there is any scope for a little pre-move declutter.
Take a walk through the area
When you’re buying a property you’re not just investing in that building, you’re also investing in the neighbourhood itself. If you’re first-time buyers and looking to build a life in this new home, you have to ask whether the area is suitable for your family’s needs. Are there plenty of shops close by? How do the local schools perform? It’s best to wander around the area for a short while in order to see how it all feels, after all, if you’re going to be here for some time, you need to feel comfortable.
Once you’ve taken a good look, take another and maybe another
As we stated at the beginning, when it comes to buying property it’s best done the right way, but even when you do everything right, it’s always best to check things twice. No matter how thorough you intend to be there is always the possibility that you missed a couple of things the first time around. Most would advise visiting a property 2-3 times and at different times of the day – if possible – to see if you feel the same way each time. Buying a home can be very exciting, so it is worth visiting the property a few times.
Don’t forget that your agent is there to help you! Make sure you ask them questions about the property’s history and the local area, as they will be more than happy to assist you with your decision.