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    Why Use Strawberry Lettings and Sales

    Our company was borne from a desire to offer the services of a traditional agent without the frustrations. We are a local, independent company and this allows us to be masters of our own destiny, however what makes us truly different is our attitude towards what we do.......

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    We know our clients

    We always maintain the right balance within our business; yes we love being successful and growing but we never lose sight of the fact that we want to know all of our customers individually, know what is of utmost importance to them, know every detail of their property and how we can market it to appeal to as many buyers as possible.

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    We work very hard upon our clients' behalf
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    There are very few companies who approach the market as pro-actively as we do. We don't rest until we achieve the desired end result; there's no sitting back and waiting as far as we are concerned- we go and get it! We make the very best use of technology, use the best property portals and social media and develop our own website to be fast, interactive and globally accessible.

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    We know what we're doing

    Having been in the business for over 30 years, there's nothing we don't know about selling or letting homes, including all the legislation and the potential pitfalls - and that's greatly advantageous to our clients at a time when good, trustworthy support is essential.

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    We attract attention upon your behalf
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    It starts with the striking Strawberry 'To Let' boards and the hard-to- miss minis and carries through everything we do. We have a great reputation for our pro-activity and our reassuringly different approach and our customers, past and present, love to recommend us to others.

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    We make sure your property look its best

    We use good and strong descriptions in our particulars to let the tenants know exactly what a property has to offer. Viewings are an important art of the process but many people have already started to make their decision before even setting foot in the property - it's all to do with the details.

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    We maintain a high level of activity

    By regularly changing high quality photographs and descriptions we make sure that we capitalise on every single opportunity. Rightmove believe we have no longer than 2 seconds to catch the attention of a buyer - if the images aren't great or are stale there's a risk of simply being overlooked.

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    We keep our charges sensible
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    As well as offering competitive fees we also strive to keep the 'extra costs' as low as possible. That's why we can offer the extra little things you might need (such as an Energy Performance Certificate) at a low cost; the kind of additional services to which some companies might attach a premium. We'll also help you as much as we can by providing lists of trusted tradesmen and service providers who will strive to be as competitive as possible without compromising on quality.

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Strawberry looking after Landlords
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    Lettings - it's in our roots!
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    The origins of Strawberry lie in Lettings and we've never lost sight of the importance of this side of the business to our success and to our future. Many Sales agents will offer a Lettings service to protect their existing business but these same agents soon find that the skills they need are not the same and the service levels then sadly fall away. 

    We started our business through frustration at the lack of knowledge and experience in the marketplace and we like to think that we have been very successful, not only in providing an excellent service ourselves but also in exposing those other companies who just don't try hard enough.
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    Our commitment to Landlords
    At Strawberry we love rental property but we love looking after our landlords even more. Lots of agents will make many promises in order to manage your property (or your property portfolio) but then deliver very little as soon as they get it.

    We are different and we take our landlord promise very seriously - so seriously in fact that we have absolutely no intention to break it in any way. We know we are the right choice; we just want to give you the confidence to find that out for yourself!
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    Support and guidance to stay legal and profitable
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    Strawberry are active members of ARLA and as part of our membership we place great emphasis on maintaining our market knowledge and constantly reviewing staff training.  We not only ensure that we ourselves stay abreast of all existing and forthcoming requirements, we produce concise and accurate support documents for our landlords. These Helpful Guides set out the important facts and highlight any actions which must be taken to protect both tenant and landlord. As soon as a new piece of legislation is announced the Strawberry communication machine springs into action and we send emails to every landlord and tenant who may be affected. 
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    Management Packages to suit every kind of Landlord
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    Within our service portfolio we have a number of packages from 'tenant find only' to full property management. The aim is to complement the individual ability of each landlord and 'fill in the gaps'.

    With many new responsibilities being placed at the feet of the modern day property owner and legislation becoming even more stringent, the day to day job of being a landlord looks very different to what it was just a few years ago. The organisation and scheduling abilities of the Strawberry Lettings team introduce a level of efficiency which can actually make even the full management package very cost effective. 

    With tenant screening (including the new 'right to rent' checks), obtaining and vetting references, lodging of deposit, meticulous inventories, rental collection, r egular property visits, management of maintenance issues and legislative compliance, w e encourage all of our landlords to have a look at what we can do to make their lives as stress-free as possible.
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Strawberry looking after Tenants
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    At Strawberry we believe that the secret to a happy and stress-free renting process is confidence. Firstly, we make sure that we do everything we possibly can to make you confident in our abilities as the managing agent - the right qualifications, training, experience and attitude to do our job really well. In addition to that we like to keep you well informed every step of the way; this includes letting you know what to expect from the very beginning, what your landlord's responsibilities are and which tasks fall to you - essentially giving you just the right level of detail to allow you to maintain your own 'check' on things.

    With this in mind we produce a series of very useful checklists to cover the topics which are of greatest importance to you as a tenant. Some of the points we mention may seem a little obvious to begin with but experience has taught us that often it is the simplest of tasks that get overlooked when there is just so much to do. (There has been more than one occasion where we have had tenants who have woken up on moving day to realise that they still have a loft-full of possessions they forgot to pack up!)
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    Support and guidance to stay on top of things
    Strawberry are active members of ARLA and as part of our membership we place great emphasis on maintaining our market knowledge and constantly reviewing staff training. We not only ensure that we ourselves stay abreast of all existing and forthcoming requirements, we produce concise and accurate support documents for our clients. 

    Our Helpful Guides set out the important facts and highlight any actions which must be taken to protect both tenant and landlord. As soon as a new piece of legislation is announced the Strawberry communication machine springs into action and we send emails to every landlord and tenant who may be affected.
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    Confidence and security from the very beginning
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    As a tenant you must be aware of your responsibilities in terms of maintaining the property in a good state of repair, minimising any damage and adhering strictly to legal requirements and landlords stipulations.  Provided that you have kept to your end of the bargain then your initial deposit should be safe and be returned to you at the end of your tenancy.

    Sadly this is not always guaranteed but at Strawberry we take the subject of deposits very seriously and use the Deposit Protection Service (The DPS) who operate a custodial scheme.  By this  the DPS holds the deposit throughout the whole tenancy and its management  is dealt with entirely through them - safely and fairly, just the way it should be.

    This step, in conjunction with our super detailed initial inventory and thorough checkout procedure, means that everything relating to your tenancy is 'above board' and just to all parties involved.
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    An even faster way to resolve maintenance issues
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    We've always believed in getting things sorted out quickly; that's why we've now updated our system to be able to field tenants' maintenance issues or queries and send them directly to our landlords.

    Our tenants need only put brief details of their requirements on an e-mail and send it through to our direct maintenance service. The details of the query will not only be logged by us but will be instantly forwarded to the landlord to action. This removes the possibility of there being any delay in the series of phonecalls which previously would have been required. (We're quick off the mark on all things service-related but the reality of everyone's busy lifestyles means that it's not always possible for landlords or contractors to answer their calls!).

    For tenants who prefer to hear a human voice that's also not a problem. We're available as always to take calls but we've also provided a dedicated maintenance number to ring. We can't promise we'll be able to get a response from a landlord instantly but we'll do everything we can to make it happen as quickly as possible.

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A little bit about our company
  • Introduction

    Throughout our website you'll find lots of information about Strawberry and the services we offer; hopefully you'll see how everything is driven by our passion for what we do - a passion which came to the business with our owner Nicola Hickinbotham but has very quickly passed to everyone else involved in the company!
    A good time therefore to hear a little bit about the Strawberry ethos from Nicola herself.......

    "The first part of my 17 years in the property industry was spent very much within the corporate sector where I gained a great deal of experience and training. During this time my passion for letting and selling was born but I also started to realise that customer service wa,s in general, not the highest priority of the main players within the marketplace. I decided that I wanted to offer something truly different; to mix knowledge and professionalism with the kind of pro-activity that always put the customer's needs first. So here I find myself today at the helm of Strawberry Lettings & Sales, a company I love and thankfully is loved by its clients. When we say that we offer great customer service that's exactly what we do and part of that is providing accurate valuations and genuine advice to achieve sales and lets quickly but also at the right price."

    We are a small but very perfectly formed team of dedicated people, ready to help and to get you the result you want regardless of whether you are buying, selling, letting or renting. Here's just a little more information about 'Who's Who'......
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    Nicola Hickinbotham - Owner
    Nicola is the owner of Strawberry Lettings & Sales and is still very much involved in our property valuations. It's not just her great experience of the market which helps her do this so well as she also lives in the local area (and has done for some time) and works hard to maintain her knowledge of everything going on in the locality. On top of this, her positivity and confidence is what keeps us all on track, making sure that each and every new instruction is valued realistically and achieves its full potential. When she's not doing valuations to her meticulously high standard she is mostly involved with the growth of the business, looking into our service offering, the future needs and desires of our clients and our pro-active marketing strategies. It is Nicola who ensures that we continue to be a very important part of the local community, not only by over-seeing our charitable donations and sponsorships, but also by attending networking events with other local, regional and even national businesses. This keeps the Strawberry finger on the pulse and means that we benefit from the sharing of best practice with other successful companies.
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    Claire - Office Admin Manager 
    Main areas of expertise - Property Maintenance & Sales Progression

    Claire is our super-efficient Office Administration Manager. When you call our Barrow office she is the lady who will make sure that your needs are dealt with professionalism and promptness. Being just as meticulous as Nicola when it comes to attention to detail, Claire is very much suited to the handling of all maintenance queries, pre-scheduled tasks, unforeseen repairs and insurance claims - all of which are very important tasks and need to be handled in a methodical and efficient manner. Her tenacity ensures that she sees a job through to the end (taking no prisoners!) so who better to see the sales process through to completion, keeping vendors and buyers up to date at every stage. Whether you are a landlord or tenant, buyer or vendor, you can rest assured that nothing gets missed when Claire is on the case!!
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    Kim  - Sales & Lettings Negotiations
    Kim takes care of the majority of our valuations and also carries out most accompanied viewings. Her job doesn't stop when the viewing ends; she ensures that she gets valuable feedback from each potential buyer or tenant and makes sure that this is presented to the vendor or landlord in regular update calls. You are in very safe hands with Kim who introduces every property to market as if it is her own. Her talent for achieving a swift sale through quick property matches is amazing, thanks mostly to her ability to accurately recall details of conversations she has had with prospective buyers. Just like Nicola, Kim has an in-depth knowledge of the area and can recognise the best features of every new instruction and highlight them in a viewing. In the midst of some of our more 'challenging' sales or lets she will remain positive (when even the most patient of us will start to lose faith) and is always willing to go that extra mile.
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    Amanda  - Applications & New Tenancies
    Amanda is in charge of the applications process and all matters associated with new tenancies, including the receipt and checking of references. Quick to spot a potential issue, she will efficiently address anything which arises when vetting new tenants. Whilst we always have an obligation to protect the landlord as much as we can at Strawberry, Amanda makes sure that we are also fair to every potential new tenant and use all of the information at our disposal to make a sound recommendation. Amanda's 'firm but fair' attitude within her role ensures that everyone's best interests are taken into consideration, whilst her ability to stick to the task at hand makes the applications process so much easier!
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    Mel  - Photographer
    Mel is our resident David Bailey, taking very professional photographs of our properties and making sure that they make the very best first impression when we present them to the potential buyers or tenants out there. As a business we learned very early that good images were a key part of the marketing package and we've seen a few really, really bad ones in our time..... . His background in property maintenance also puts him in the perfect position to recognise any potential long term issues for landlords and allows us to suggest timely and long- term cost saving preventative measures. This meticulous attention to detail also comes in very useful when he is putting together inventories, making sure nothing is missed and both landlords and tenants are fairly treated from day one.
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    Natalie - Valuations, Viewings & Check-outs
    Natalie is most definately a multi-tasker and the provision of great customer service is the key element through everything she does. Stress just doesn't register with Natalie so she is the perfect person to liaise with our customers at the times when they themselves can be feeling the pressure. As with every member of the Strawberry team, it is professionalism balanced with genuine enthusiasm which shines through at valuations and property viewings. When it comes to the check-out process she ensures that no detail is overlooked and that the tenant and the landlord part company on the best of terms.
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    Hannah - Negotiation, Bookings, General Enquiries
    Hannah joined the Strawberry team relatively recently but instantly made an impact. As the 'young blood' of the office she makes sure that we stay very much in the 21st century and don't become stale in our attitude or approach to new marketing opportunities. Whilst she is always friendly and most definitely professional, she is ruthless in her quest to ensure that our database only contains genuine buyers and tenants. This means that when she books a viewing on any of our properties she knows that 'time wasting' won't be an issue. Being born into the world of Strawberry she understands every element within the process of moving home and this makes her perfectly positioned to assist those who have questions or concerns when they are right in the middle of it. Her experience certainly belies her years!
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    Where we're active

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    Find us

    Strawberry Cottage,
    4 High Street,
    Barrow Upon Soar,
    LE12 8PY

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    Buying: 01509 431126  Local call rate
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    Lovely words from our lovely landlords and tenants
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      The customer is always our No.1 priority
      Strawberry is indeed a business and therefore we do need to at least make some money however we measure ourselves by the level of satisfaction we achieve within our clients - both landlords and tenants alike. The property world can be a very hectic place to live, especially at the time when a big move is under way and whilst we often receive a verbal 'thank you' from most who utilise us as their agent it is always particularly special when someone takes the time to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and tell us exactly what they thought about the service they received......

    Testimonials from Landlords

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      Our thanks to the lettings specialists
      "Now the dust has settled after a hectic few weeks getting our property restored to its former glory I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help and advice in letting the property"
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      Rental income in super-quick time
      I'm very impressed you managed to get such a favourable rental income and in such a short time. I think it was bearly a week before I received news of the interest of the new tenants.
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      A stress-free letting process
      In the first instance Nicola advised me on the property I was letting, being direct, friendly and informative in her assessment. I did what was suggested to achieve my maximum letting potential and after the thorough survey which included great photographs and detailed floor plan, my input was minimal. Within 10 days from being advertised the tenant was found at a very good monthly return, Strawberry dealt with everything efficiently and with clear communication, this took the stress out of the whole process of letting.

    Testimonials from Tenants

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      An honest, personal service
      Actually, really, of all the EAs I have dealt with, you have been by a long shot the most informative, experienced and offered the most honest and personal service (rather than some smarmy salesman who is only interested in commission through volume!). I really wish you all the best for the future and if I am buying or letting in your area again in the future, I will definitely be back in touch!" - thanks Andy
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      A great standard of service and quality properties
      As someone new to the rental market I was very impressed by both the standard of service from Strawberry and the quality of properties. When I commented on this you told me that you wouldn't want to rent out somewhere that you wouldn't like to live in yourself. This really impressed me and will keep me coming back to you in the years to come.
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      Organised and easy to access
      Your level of organisation is also very impressive. You set out very clearly what you needed me to do and made the process of renting easy and straightforward. Once the rental was up and running you have kept in the background but I have always felt comfortable in being able to access you by email, phone or just by popping into your local office."
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      We know our clients
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      We always maintain the right balance within our business; yes we love being successful and growing but we never lose sight of the fact that we want to know all of our customers individually, know what is of utmost importance to them, know every detail of their property and how we can market it to appeal to as many buyers as possible.

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      We work very hard upon our clients' behalf

      There are very few companies who approach the market as pro-actively as we do. We don't rest until we achieve the desired end result; there's no sitting back and waiting as far as we are concerned- we go and get it! We make the very best use of technology, use the best property portals and social media and develop our own website to be fast, interactive and globally accessible.

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      We know what we're doing
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      Having been in the business for over 30 years, there's nothing we don't know about selling or letting homes, including all the legislation and the potential pitfalls - and that's greatly advantageous to our clients at a time when good, trustworthy support is essential.

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      We attract attention upon your behalf

      It starts with the striking Strawberry 'For Sale' boards and the hard-to- miss minis and carries through everything we do. We have a great reputation for our pro-activity and our reassuringly different approach and our customers, past and present, love to recommend us to others.

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      We make sure your property looks its best
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      We use good and strong descriptions in our particulars to let the buyers know exactly what a property has to offer. Viewings are an important art of the process but many people have already started to make their decision before even setting foot in the property - it's all to do with the details.

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      We maintain a high level of activity

      By regularly changing high quality photographs and descriptions we make sure that we capitalise on every single opportunity. Rightmove believe we have no longer than 2 seconds to catch the attention of a buyer - if the images aren't great or are stale there's a risk of simply being overlooked.

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      We keep our charges sensible
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      As well as offering competitive fees we also strive to keep the 'extra costs' as low as possible. That's why we can offer the extra little things you might need (such as an Energy Performance Certificate) at a low cost; the kind of additional services to which some companies might attach a premium. We'll also help you as much as we can by providing lists of trusted tradesmen and service providers who will strive to be as competitive as possible without compromising on quality.

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    Strawberry looking after Vendors
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      Working hard upon your behalf
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      At Strawberry we love property but we love looking after our customers even more. Many agents will make all sorts of promises in order to get your instruction but then deliver very little as soon as they get it.

      We are different. We take our commitment  very seriously and we have absolutely no intention to break it in any way. We know we are the right choice; we just want to give you the confidence to find that out for yourself!
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      Our promise to vendors
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      As you might expect we could give you an endless list of reasons why we think you'd be much better off using Strawberry to handle your house sale but realising that we might just be a little bit biased it's maybe best to let you know about our 9 point promise which we are pleased to be held to time after time after time.

      The details of the promise cover the entire process from our fair and realistic valuation to the notification of the sale completion. It sets out the high standards we maintain in the speed of our reaction, the quality of our communication, the depth of our knowledge and the true support we offer from beginning to end.
      If you'd like to see what really makes us stand out from the crowd then please just have a look at the Strawberry 9 Point Promise for yourself on our main website.
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      A truly pro-active service from Strawberry
      In terms of professional qualifications Strawberry have everything you would expect from a reputable agent - active membership of the Association of Retail Letting Agents (ARLA) and the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) to name but a few - but our desire to be the very best extends far beyond our certification and awards and fuels the unrivalled level of pro-activity we apply to each and every new instruction we take.

      We are delighted that this hasn't gone un-noticed amongst our clients and here's just some of areas upon which we get fabulous feedback:-

      • Noticed, known and highly thought of - a reassuringly fresh approach, starting with the striking For Sale boards and the hard-to- miss cars and evident in everything Strawberry do
      • Positivity, proactivity and, well, just lots of activity! - working hard to gain your instruction but even harder to sell your property
      • Keeping it fresh and enticing - regular changes to photographs and property descriptions, capitalising on every view and capturing the imagination of prospective buyers
      • Detail, detail, detail - good and strong descriptions in the particulars to let everyone know exactly what the property has to offer
      • Dedicated to individual property - knowledgeable about the exact detail of every property with the right amount of time to devote to each and every client
      • Great customer service with excellent communication - regular updates and advice without the need to chase
      • Old school service partnered with up to date technology - a high street office providing the personal touch but embracing every new technology and using it to its best advantage
      • Access to the information you need, when you need it -a genuinely local person on the other end of the phone
      • Realistic valuations every time - getting the valuation right from the beginning; optimistic but realistic at the same time
      • Realistic fee structures offering real value for money - very competitive fees with no extra hidden charges
      • Offering advice, useful contacts and access to other products and services-giving easy access to other trusted companies who can provide peace of mind and facilitate a stress-free move
      • Retaining business by keeping clients happy - with fair minimum contract terms, Strawberry's clients stay because they are happy, not because they are tied in
      • Independent, experienced and fully trained - small but perfectly formed, with 30 years of industry experience and professional training but the flexibility of an independent
      • Local knowledge with a global reach - never assuming where buyers are coming from and using every tool on-line and within social media to have properties seen around the globe
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    Strawberry giving buyers confidence
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      Strawberry understand that in most cases as a buyer you don't have any say in the choice of agent handling the sale of a property. When it comes to organising a viewing you fairly much find yourself in the hands of the vendor's chosen company - and having been buyers ourselves in the past we know just how frustrating this can sometimes be.

      Our 9 point promise to our vendors means that all of our clients start with a very clear understanding of how we will handle every stage of the sales process - efficiently and professionally and with everyone's best interests in mind. As a buyer you too will benefit as our experience, friendliness and desire for clear communication will eliminate the more stressful elements within the 'waiting game' of property buying.
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      Let Strawberry find the right property for you
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      If you don't have a specific property in mind or are just at the beginning of your buying journey then Strawberry can help on a number of levels. By simply calling us or popping into our Barrow High Street office we can gain an understanding of exactly what you would like and check your 'wish list' against our database of properties for sale - maybe even those which we know are just about to come onto the market. The reputation we have within both the Sales and Lettings marketplaces means that we receive new instructions on a daily basis and the relationships we build amongst our past and present vendors and our Landlords means that we stay very much 'in the loop' when it comes to up and coming properties for sale. Wouldn't it be great to get the very first viewing on what might just be your dream home?

      Our extensive local knowledge also allows us to advise on the kind of budget you would need for specific property types across the region (and beyond). If you are amongst the braver sector of buyers and are willing to embark upon 'a bit of a project' we can also help you cost for renovation works, giving you access to our list of trusted contractors and providers of the kind of services you will most probably need.

      All in all I think it's fair to say that we aren't your standard Estate Agent so the more standard 'find a property first' rules needn't apply - a quick chat with Strawberry early in your search might just be the best decision you ever make.
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      Buy to Let
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      Many people know that the origins of Strawberry lie within the lettings market but perhaps not so well known is the fact that we are specialists in the field of buy to let. With over 30 years of experience (spanning a vast range of market conditions) we know exactly what constitutes a good investment and how best to manage that asset in order to realise the full rental potential.

      We understand that buy to let can seem a little daunting and we therefore ensure that we assist our clients at every stage of the process and remove as much risk as possible; from finding the very best property through to getting everything 'rental ready' we provide accurate advice, access to trusted contractors and a single point of contact to offer support every step of the way.

      Even if you are an existing landlord and you are looking to expand your portfolio we can help. In addition to finding the right properties to compliment your existing collection we can offer you a landlord management service which will simplify the time consuming task of keeping everything in check. With a dedicated Strawberry portfolio manager and quarterly review meetings you remain in full control despite having just the minimum of involvement in the day to day chores associated with property letting.

      Our property finding service  is entirely free for Strawberry Landlords or Landlords-to-be - just ask us for more details.

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      Relocation
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      Many agents will claim to be experts in relocation. Unfortunately what they usually mean is that they can sell houses and therefore deal with buyers - how much more difficult can it be to deal with a buyer who's unfamiliar with the locality? Hmm.....
      Well, at Strawberry we believe that a very different set of skills is required to assist someone who is relocating. 

      Everyone knows how stressful the house buying process can be anyway but add a strange area into the mix and the whole process can be even more daunting. It's less about simply finding a good property and more about understanding the client's real needs and doing in-depth research into the features, facilities and amenities of an area; geographical match-making if you will!

      Nicola's career in property was very much founded in the relocation business as that is where she learned the art of providing exactly the kind of information people need when making what can be the most important decision of their lives. Strawberry continues to provide this service with the same amount of passion and tenacity that we're now famous for in our more traditional lettings and sales. We liaise with well-established contacts nation-wide and can arrange visits to explore an area with appointments with local schools or childcare providers and even a tour of the leisure facilities - basically we cover everything that might just help the whole family settle in that bit more easily!
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      We understand the world of Sales and Lettings very well and there's not very much we don't know about the property market, both locally and nationally. One of our key strengths however is knowing when and where to utilise the talents of other professionals and that's why we are able to cover much more than just the standard things you'd expect from an agent.

      The aim is not to 'hold you to ransom' or stipulate exactly which companies you should use, we simply want you to know that you can access most of the other services you'll need without the hassle of having to carry out exhausting searches.

      Our own high standards mean that we expect only the best from those we work with and we will only recommend those whom we think are truly worthy. We don't operate on a commission or introduction basis and the contact you make is therefore entirely within your own control.

      With our trusted partners at hand these are just  few of the many additional services we can provide:-

          • EPC surveys
          • Financial advice
          • Surveys
          • Landlords Rental Protection Insurance
          • Home staging 
          • Removals
          • Plumbing
          • Building works/ repairs
          • Damp proofing
          • Painting & decorating
          • Gas/ electricity installations, repairs and servicing
          • Aerials
          • Double glazing
          • Drains
          • Gardening/ landscaping


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      Regardless of whether you are a vendor, buyer, landlord or tenant we will provide you with a list of useful contacts so that you can easily access the services they provide at any time.

      Trusted contractors are very valuable but, as always, we're very happy to share our knowledge as part of the Strawberry service!

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    A little bit about our company
    • Introduction

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      Throughout our website you'll find lots of information about Strawberry and the services we offer; hopefully you'll see how everything is driven by our passion for what we do - a passion which came to the business with our owner Nicola Hickinbotham but has very quickly passed to everyone else involved in the company!

      A good time therefore to hear a little bit about the Strawberry ethos from Nicola herself.......

      "The first part of my 17 years in the property industry was spent very much within the corporate sector where I gained a great deal of experience and training. During this time my passion for letting and selling was born but I also started to realise that customer service wa,s in general, not the highest priority of the main players within the marketplace. I decided that I wanted to offer something truly different; to mix knowledge and professionalism with the kind of pro-activity that always put the customer's needs first. So here I find myself today at the helm of Strawberry Lettings & Sales, a company I love and thankfully is loved by its clients. When we say that we offer great customer service that's exactly what we do and part of that is providing accurate valuations and genuine advice to achieve sales and lets quickly but also at the right price."

      We are a small but very perfectly formed team of dedicated people, ready to help and to get you the result you want regardless of whether you are buying, selling, letting or renting. Here's just a little more information about 'Who's Who'......

    • Team Member

      Nicola Hickinbotham - Owner
      Nicola is the owner of Strawberry Lettings & Sales and is still very much involved in our property valuations. It's not just her great experience of the market which helps her do this so well as she also lives in the local area (and has done for some time) and works hard to maintain her knowledge of everything going on in the locality. On top of this, her positivity and confidence is what keeps us all on track, making sure that each and every new instruction is valued realistically and achieves its full potential. When she's not doing valuations to her meticulously high standard she is mostly involved with the growth of the business, looking into our service offering, the future needs and desires of our clients and our pro-active marketing strategies. It is Nicola who ensures that we continue to be a very important part of the local community, not only by over-seeing our charitable donations and sponsorships, but also by attending networking events with other local, regional and even national businesses. This keeps the Strawberry finger on the pulse and means that we benefit from the sharing of best practice with other successful companies.
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      Claire - Office Admin Manager
      Main areas of expertise - Property Maintenance & Sales Progression

      Claire is our super-efficient Office Administration Manager. When you call our Barrow office she is the lady who will make sure that your needs are dealt with professionalism and promptness. Being just as meticulous as Nicola when it comes to attention to detail, Claire is very much suited to the handling of all maintenance queries, pre-scheduled works, unforeseen repairs and insurance claims - all of which are very important tasks and need to be handled in a methodical and efficient manner. Her tenacity ensures that she sees a job through to the end (taking no prisoners!) so who better to see the sales process through to completion, keeping vendors and buyers up to date at every stage. Whether you are a landlord or tenant, buyer or vendor, you can rest assured that nothing gets missed when Claire is on the case!!
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      Kim - Sales & Lettings Negotiations
      Kim takes care of the majority of our valuations and also carries out most accompanied viewings. Her job doesn't stop when the viewing ends; she ensures that she gets valuable feedback from each potential buyer or tenant and makes sure that this is presented to the vendor or landlord in regular update calls. You are in very safe hands with Kim who introduces every property to market as if it is her own. Her talent for achieveing a swift sale through quick property matches is amazing, thanks mostly to her ability to accurately recall details of conversations she has had with prospective buyers. Just like Nicola, Kim has an in-depth knowledge of the area and can recognise the best features of every new instruction and highlight them in a viewing. In the midst of some of our more 'challenging' sales or lets she will remain positive (when even the most patient of us will start to lose faith) and is always willing to go that extra mile.
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      Amanda - Applications & New Tenancies
      Amanda is in charge of the applications process and all matters associated with new tenancies, including the receipt and checking of references. Quick to spot a potential issue, she will efficiently address anything which arises when vetting new tenants. Whilst we always have an obligation to protect the landlord as much as we can at Strawberry, Amanda makes sure that we are also fair to every potential new tenant and use all of the information at our disposal to make a sound recommendation. Amanda's 'firm but fair' attitude within her role ensures that everyone's best interests are taken into consideration, whilst her ability to stick to the task at hand makes the applications process so much easier!
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      Mel - Photographer
      Mel is our resident David Bailey, taking very professional photographs of our properties and making sure that they make the very best first impression when we present them to the potential buyers or tenants out there. As a business we learned very early that good images were a key part of the marketing package and we've seen a few really, really bad ones in our time..... . His background in property maintenance also puts him in the perfect position to recognise any potential long term issues for landlords and allows us to suggest timely and long- term cost saving preventative measures. This meticulous attention to detail also comes in very useful when he is putting together inventories, making sure nothing is missed and both landlords and tenants are fairly treated from day one.
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      Natalie - Valuations, Viewings, Check-outs
      Natalie is most definitely a multi-tasker and the provision of great customer service is the key element through everything she does. Stress just doesn't register with Natalie so she is the perfect person to liaise with our customers at the times when they themselves can be feeling the pressure. As with every member of the Strawberry team, it is professionalism balanced with genuine enthusiasm which shines through at valuations and property viewings. When it comes to the check-out process she ensures that no detail is overlooked and that the tenant and the landlord part company on the best of terms.
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      Hannah -Negotiation,Bookings,Gen. Enquiries
      Hannah joined the Strawberry team relatively recently but instantly made an impact. As the 'young blood' of the office she makes sure that we stay very much in the 21st century and don't become stale in our attitude or approach to new marketing opportunities. Whilst she is always friendly and most definitely professional, she is ruthless in her quest to ensure that our database only contains genuine buyers and tenants. This means that when she books a viewing on any of our properties she knows that 'time wasting' won't be an issue. Being born into the world of Strawberry she understands every element within the process of moving home and this makes her perfectly positioned to assist those who have questions or concerns when they are right in the middle of it. Her experience certainly belies her years!
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      Note: Markers represent the centre of postcodes, not exact locations

      Find us

      Strawberry Cottage,
      4 High Street,
      Barrow Upon Soar,
      LE12 8PY

      Telephone us

      Buying: 01509 431126  Local call rate
      Letting: 01509 431127  Local call rate

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      Lovely words from our lovely customers
      • Introduction

        The customer is always our No.1 priority

        Strawberry is indeed a business and therefore we do need to at least make some money however we measure ourselves by the level of satisfaction we achieve within our clients.

        The property world can be a very hectic place to live, especially at the time when a big move is under way and whilst we often receive a verbal 'thank you' from most who utilise us as their agent it is always particularly special when someone takes the time to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and tell us exactly what they thought about the service they received......

      Testimonials from Sellers

      • Seller Testimonial

        Pro-active , keeping stress levels to a minimum
        Strawberrys estate agents were proactive throughout the sale of our house keeping us informed and up to date on viewings and offers etc. They did their best to keep everybodys stress levels to a minimum and working as the co-ordinator between purchaser and solicitors etc. Thanks
      • Seller Testimonial

        Polite, return calls and is generally efficient
        Just wanted to say thank you very much for what you did to seucre the sale of Kingfisher Road, it all went through smoothly and we havent heard anything so they must be happy. If I can offer some feedback as well, Claire must be one of your most valuable assets, she is always polite, returns calls and generally efficient, a real asset you your company
      • Seller Testimonial

        One of the best in the county!!
        Having used other agents previously to strawberries I would say there one off the best in the county!

      Testimonials from Buyers

      • Buyer Testimonial

        Excellent, friendly and professional service
        We have only ever received excellent, friendly and professional service from Strawberry. We were particularly impressed with how quickly they managed to get us into our new home - from initial viewing to getting the keys took only 7 days! Living in the same village as the office, it's always a pleasure to see the staff around, Strawberry is very much part of the community.".
      • Buyer Testimonial

        Help and service....everything sorted quickly
        We would like to thank you and your team at Strawberry for the help and service that you have given us over the past few months with the property in Mountsorrel. Everything that needed to be done has been sorted very quickly.
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      Find Us

      Branch address

      Strawberry Cottage,
      4 High Street,
      Barrow Upon Soar,
      LE12 8PY

      Get in touch

      Buying: 01509 431126  Local call rate
      Letting: 01509 431127  Local call rate
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      Disclaimer

      The content on this Microsite has been uploaded by Strawberry Lettings & Sales, Loughborough. Rightmove Group Limited makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the content, any queries should be sent directly to Strawberry Lettings & Sales, Loughborough. Where properties are displayed on a page, this comprises a property advertisement. Rightmove Group Limited who operate the website Rightmove.co.uk makes no warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the advertisement or any linked or associated information, and Rightmove has no control over the content. These property advertisements do not constitute property particulars. The information is provided and maintained by Strawberry Lettings & Sales, Loughborough. Please contact the agent directly to obtain any information which may be available under the terms of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 or the Home Report if in relation to a residential property in Scotland and if you have any query over the content.

      *Guide Price: An indication of a seller's minimum expectation at auction and given as a “Guide Price” or a range of “Guide Prices”. This is not necessarily the figure a property will sell for and is subject to change prior to the auction.

      Reserve Price: Each auction property will be subject to a “Reserve Price” below which the property cannot be sold at auction. Normally the “Reserve Price” will be set within the range of “Guide Prices” or no more than 10% above a single “Guide Price.”

      Fees: This property may have associated fees with this, as it is an auction property. To find out more about the fees associated with this property please call Strawberry Lettings & Sales, Loughborough on .

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