Maidenhead Advertiser

Forget the DIY, it’s all ready for you

For sale: Get ready to sit back and relax in smart, new homes by the water

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Shanly Homes’ Waterside Quarter offers downsizers the perfect opportunit­y to live in a home that offers so much more than the average proper ty.

This collection of stylish apartments occupies a tranquil waterside setting along Maidenhead’s rejuvenate­d waterway and promotes a peaceful and calming place to reside in later life.

Residents have the luxury of unwinding in a new home that is already perfect, meaning no distractin­g DIY projects are needed to make the home their own.

A prime location for those looking to downsize, these new builds require far less maintenanc­e than a second-hand home, and reward residents with endless possibilit­ies.

Offering a selection of one- and two-bedroom apartments, the needs of buyers have been considered with the convenient inclusion of an exciting new restaurant, retail and leisure quarter on the doorstep. The contempora­ry apartments are the focal point of this picturesqu­e waterside location, spearheadi­ng Maidenhead’s exciting regenerati­on, and the pleasing outdoor aesthetic of the York Stream is matched by sleek modern interiors that are both spacious and stylish.

The impressive homes at Waterside Quarter feature welcoming open plan living areas that offer the perfect environmen­t for entertaini­ng, with plenty of space for grandchild­ren to feel at home.

Kitchens host a number of integrated appliances, including an induction hob, fridge/freezer and a dishwasher. Helpful design touches like the elegant en-suites in the primary bedrooms ensure that convenienc­e is at the heart of every apartment. This is supported by built-in wardrobes and underfloor heating, providing ultimate luxury and comfort.

Maidenhead town centre is a short walk away, where a wide selection of shopping opportunit­ies await in the form of boutiques, independen­t and high street shops as well as a regular continenta­l farmers market.

The surroundin­g Chiltern Hills provide residents and visiting family members the perfect place to explore, and picturesqu­e towns and villages such as Windsor, Henley, Cliveden and Ascot will provide the backdrop of memorable days out with loved ones.

Transport links are also second to none, with Maidenhead Station a short walk away, and regular bus routes throughout the town.

Prices at Waterside Quarter start from £270,000 with Help to Buy available for first-time buyers.

For more informatio­n, please visit: www. shanlyhome­s.com or call our agent Roger Platt on 01628 773333.

Amid the ongoing pandemic and the continuing squeeze on household purses, everyone is looking for ways to make their money go further.

The car leasing experts at LeaseCar.uk have come up with some top tips to help keep the running costs of your vehicle down to help save the pennies:

Shop around for your

MOT: Consider contacting numerous garages for quotes on how much it will cost to have an MOT carried out. You might be able to save money or hook in extra deals where a garage offers further maintenanc­e checks at a discounted rate.

Prepare in advance of your vehicle’s MOT: There is nothing to stop motorists from doing their own ‘preMOT’ tests, in fact it can actually be a very sensible decision.

By taking an active interest in key areas the MOT will explore, in advance of your vehicle going into the garage, you can pinpoint and address some issues yourself. You might identify light bulbs are faulty or other issues which you can fix before you take your car in. This will also lessen the chance of your vehicle failing its MOT.

The importance of a service: A good rule is to book your car in for a service as well as an MOT at the same time. At first glance, this may seem counterpro­ductive as you will be paying for more than just the MOT, but in terms of the long term health of your vehicle it can be extremely helpful to have a service done at the same time. Annual checks of oil, water and antifreeze are just some of the things undertaken as part of a service, keeping your vehicle shipshape for the next 12 months and less prone to a costly breakdown in the near future.

Act on advice given: Sometimes MOTs come with advisory notes on things that won’t fail a test, but that the mechanic has noticed requires repairing at a time to suit you. Don’t put off or ignore an advisory about a rusting bracket, for example. Invest in getting the repair done before it gets worse over the coming months as you may well end up having to pay more in the long run if left to get worse.

Engine care: In terms of running your vehicle, it pays to invest in good quality oil to ensure your engine gets the most effective lubricatio­n and protection and help reduce wear and tear.

Fuel factor: Consider investing in a mobile phone app which lets you know about difference­s in prices for petrol at service stations in your locality. One garage might be a few miles further to travel, but worth it if the weekly tank fill-up works out cheaper than opting for a fuel station closer to home.

Drive economical­ly: Driving at a speed of 50mph is said to help conserve fuel, but on busy roads this is not always possible. However, motorists can consider techniques which will put less strain on the engine, such as changing gear early, and careful use of the car’s throttle, as this will help save fuel in the long run.

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