Winkworth Southbourne
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    • Winkworth Southbourne has been established since 2007 and is proud to be one of the leading Estate and Letting Agents in the area. Our experienced, pro-active staff are extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the sales and lettings market and pride themselves on offering a truly professional, yet personal service. We pride ourselves on the excellent service levels we provide our clients and understand that the future growth of our business is dependant on our reputation. The Southbourne branch is owned by Ben Jesty and run by the Associate Director, Fergus Naylor who carries a wealth of knowledge and experience. Winkworth Southbourne has become one of the leading Winkworth offices on the South Coast.

    • Our recently refurbished Southbourne office is situated on a prominent corner position in the centre of the high street and is furnished with the latest state of the art LED window displays ensuring that all of the properties we market are displayed in the best possible way.

    • Winkworth was established in 1835 and, in 1981, became the UK's first franchised estate agency operation. Now, with a network of over 100 offices and, as an active supporter of industry regulation, Winkworth is a familiar and trusted feature of the estate agency landscape. Along with an extensive London presence, Winkworth has offices spanning the UK and an increasing international presence.

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Thinking of letting your property
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    Tried and tested

    In the UK, letting is a very popular way of making money from property. Whether you are a first-time landlord with a single property, or a seasoned professional with a large portfolio, Winkworth's unparalleled experience means your property is in very safe hands.

    What works for you?

    Quite simply; we get it. As a landlord, you want to rent your property out as quickly as possible for the best price. You want to avoid empty periods and guarantee a regular income. If you don't want to be bothered with the day-to-day management of the property, we'll sort all that out too.

    Letting property has been a core element of our business since we opened our doors in 1835 - we understand the complexities. Every landlord and every property is different, so we'll tailor our proposal to you. You want to be kept in the loop at every stage? We hear you. Prefer to leave it all to us while you get on with other things? No problem.

    With you all the way

    There are lots of parts to the process of letting. We'll advise you at all stages, or just step in when you want us to. Fees charged by Winkworth offices vary according to location and are displayed on your local offices microsite.

    Preparing the property, we'll advise on
    • Fixing up and decorating to suit the target tenant
    • Required safety checks
    • To furnish or not to furnish?
    It's all in the detail
    • Powerful marketing, targeting the right audience
    • Managing viewings with the minimum disruption to you
    • Coordinating feedback and offers
    Dotting the I's and crossing the T's
    • Full tenant checks
    • Preparing the tenancy agreement
    How much do you want us to be involved?
    • Want us to just market the property and find the right tenant?
    • Maybe we can offer a little more by collecting the rent every month saving you the hassle?
    • Or, perhaps we can manage the property for you ongoing? (No late night calls when the boiler conks out; guaranteed).

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Tips for Tenants
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    Choosing the area you'd like to live in

    Do your research and figure out the specific areas you'd like to rent in. Make a list of the things that are really important to you, like transport links, schools, access to shops and use these to focus your search. Be sure to share your list of 'must-haves' and 'nice-to-haves' with the local estate agents so they can start working for you.

    Dealing with the estate agents

    Identify which local agents are marketing the type of property you like in your preferred area/s and make contact with them. Make sure the agent registers you on the system and take care to give them all your contact details - the lettings business is fast-moving and you don't want to miss out on your ideal property.

    Be very clear about when you need to move into your rental property. If you need somewhere urgently, let the agent know. They'll be sympathetic and will do all they can to find you a suitable place.

    Viewing properties

    Try to be available and as flexible as possible. Yes, we've said it before, but the lettings business is incredibly fast moving and when a good property comes to the market there can be a rush to view and offers are often made immediately. You could miss out if you can't make yourself available within 24 hours of the agent contacting you.

    Don't necessarily be put off by details in the property. If you don't like the wall colour, or the sofa isn't big enough, have a chat with the agent. We encourage our landlords to be flexible and accommodate tenant's requests whenever possible.

    If you want the landlord to undertake any improvement works, or add/remove furniture, put in your request as soon as you decide to make an offer. It can be much harder to get these jobs agreed once you have moved in.

    Dotting the I's and crossing the T's

    Once your offer has been accepted you'll need to hand over your deposit. The agent will be responsible for putting it into an approved tenancy deposit holding scheme and they should pass on the details to you - make sure you hold on to these.

    All estate agents will need to conduct security checks on behalf of the landlord, so make sure you have details of all your previous addresses to hand. Likewise, let your employer, and any other referees, know to expect a request for a reference.

    Fees and charges

    When you agree to rent a property you will be expected to pay a security deposit and the first month's rent. There will be other administration fees that you will be liable for, too, like references and drawing up the tenancy agreement. All tenants fees can be found on local offices microsites.

    Within the tenancy agreement you may also find that extra charges will apply if there is an unexpected change of tenant and also at the time the tenancy is renewed. At the end of the tenancy it's common for the outgoing tenant(s) to be charged for the inventory check-out. Check your tenancy agreement to see if these items are covered.

    Once in

    Find out who is managing your property and make sure you have been given all their contact details. That way, if something goes wrong in the property, you'll know who to get in touch with.

    Look after the property as if it were your own. This reduces the likelihood of disputes over damage when the tenancy comes to an end.

    Remember that you should arrange insurance cover for your furnishings and personal property - the landlord is not responsible for insuring these items.

    Moving out

    If the property was professionally cleaned when you moved in, then the chances are you will need to arrange for the same to be done when you move out. Whoever is managing the property - be it the estate agent or the landlord - they will want to see a receipt for the cleaning.

    It goes without saying that you should leave the property in tip top condition and remove all your belongings, otherwise you risk losing part, or all of your deposit.

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    Ben Jesty MARLA MNAEA - Director
    Ben Jesty has been at the helm of Winkworth Westbourne since 2003. His knowledge of the Westbourne property market is second to none and Ben has taken the Westbourne office from strength to strength over the years with the help of his experienced, long-standing team and has built up a fine reputation within the local community. Ben is often asked to comment in both local and national property publications and his opinion and experience of the local market is valued by many. Ben strives to ensure Winkworth Westbourne remains the top performing office in the area by maintaining the high service levels he prides his office on. Ben also owns Winkworth Southbourne.

    Ben was born locally and now lives in Lymington with his wife Natalie, daughter Mia and son Jack. In his spare time, Ben is a watersports fanatic and spends most of his spare time either on the Solent or enjoying a long walk in the New Forest with his family and dog followed by a pint in his local pub!
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    Fergus Naylor - Associate Director
    Fergus worked in the Westbourne office for twelve years prior to taking the helm at Southbourne and has a wealth of experience in all aspects of the local sales & lettings market. His experience and focus on customer service has ensured that past and present clients continue to recommend Fergus to family, friends and colleagues. Fergus has worked extremely hard to progress through the business excelling in all aspects of the job starting as a weekend new homes sales advisor to become an Associate Director.

    Fergus lives in Parkstone with his wife and son and loves to spend time with his family. He is a gym enthusiast and enjoys spending his weekends cycling in the Purbeck Hills
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    Katy Gray MARLA - Lettings Manager
    Katy has worked in our lettings team since 2010 and has built up an impressive client base in her time with us. Katy is fully ARLA qualified and her knowledge of the ever changing lettings industry is second to none. Her excellent customer service skills coupled with her drive to constantly improve the business and the service we provide our clients has earned her an excellent reputation within the local lettings market. Katy is always happy to advise both landlords and tenants with any queries or questions they may have, hence the excellent relationships she has built with our clients.

    Katy lives in christchurch with her two children and loves to spend time with them when she's not in the office.
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    Tom Harris - Sales & Lettings Negotiator
    Tom joined us in the Spring of 2013 having trained with another local estate agent in the immediate area. He prides himself on his dedication to providing the highest standards of customer service and ensuring that each and every customer receives the service they deserve. This, combined with his consistent sales target achievement month after month ensures Tom is an integral part of the Winkworth Southbourne team.

    With a sporting background Tom enjoys spending his spare time playing football and running. This sporting background gives Tom a competitive edge and he is driven to succeed. After living in the area for all of his life Tom has a wealth of local knowledge.
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    Hettie Bell - Sales & Lettings Negotiator
    Henrietta joins the team at Southbourne having worked for British Airways, and so she brings with her an excellent ethos of customer service, which is a particular focus at Winkworth . Henrietta is incredibly motivated and likes to exceed expectations at every opportunity, something which will help her succeed and progress in the company. Henrietta lives locally and so knows the Southbourne area very well. When not working Hettie is a keen runner and can often be seen at the beach, in 2016 she hopes to run several charity runs as part of the Winkworth team
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    Alex Marle - Sales & Lettings Negotiator
    Alex joined Winkworth in 2013 and comes with a successful and proven customer service background. Alex prides himself on the personal service he provides to each and every client. Alex is very much a family man and married his wife Pippa, a local school teacher in 2015 and they have a beautiful daughter together. Alex is a keen sportsman and an avid Cherries supporter attending as many games as possible
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    Lorraine Wadham - Property Manager 
    Lorraine joined the busy lettings team in 2015 and has quickly become an important member of the team. Lorraine brings with her a wealth of customer service exprience and prides herself on the personal approach she takes with each and every one of her clients.

    Lorraine lives locally with her fiance and two children
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    Mel Pathak MARLA - Property Manager
    Mel started working with Winkworth in 2014 after relocating to the Poole area. Mel previously worked in a business London letting agency for a numnber years where she built up an excellent knowledge of all aspects within the industry. In the early part of 2015, Mel passed all of the ARLA examinations with flying colours.

    Mel lives locally with her fiance and two children.
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    Becci Norman - Weekend Assistant
    Beccy is currently a Masters student at the Anglo European Chiropractic College and works for Winkworth on a part time basis. Beccy has worked as a weekend assistant in estate agency in her home town of Henbury on Thames since she was 16 and therefore knows the business very well. She is a real asset to the team!
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    Hugh Dunsmore Hardy FRSA FNAEA MloD
    Hugh is an eminent figure in the industry and was formerly the president of The National Association of Estate Agents so his knowledge is second to none. Hugh ensures that Winkworth is constantly up to date with regards to compliance and regulation to ensure our customers are protected and receive the highest standards of service.

    Hugh has put in place rigorous service and compliance procedures to give our clients the confidence they are using a reputable, responsible and trustworthy agent they can rely on. He takes all feedback extremely seriously, following our approved complaints procedure.
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    Where we're active

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    Note: Markers represent the centre of postcodes, not exact locations

    Find us

    29 Southbourne Grove,
    BH6 3QT

    Telephone us

    Letting: 03339 873231  Local call rate

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    Testimonials from Landlords

    • Landlord Testimonial

      I would not hesitate to recommend Winkworth
      I must write to congratulate your team Katy Mel and Nicki on the very high standard of service and the way they conduct themselves in a very professional manner they have always dealt with my enquiries promptly and to my satisfaction. I would not hesitate to recommend Winkworth
    • Landlord Testimonial

      Really impressed with the service recieved
      Really impressed with the service received from all the team. Seamless process from start of my purchase right through to letting the apartment out. I felt as though my needs were being met and put first at all times. Thank you, Mrs K Steele.
    • Landlord Testimonial

      I would highly recommend them to anyone
      I have purchased and let several properties over the years with the Winkworth team. Ben and his whole team are extremely friendly, personable, trustworthy and reliable. Their knowledge of the local area is second to none and they have always gone the "extra mile" to provide the best tenants and solutions to problems. Katy and her letting team are extremely professional, approachable, helpful and enthusiastic and I always know however big or small a problem I have, it will be resolved in their very capable hands. I am so impressed with their service and the support I receive and would highly recommend them to anyone. Thank you so much for all you do!

    Testimonials from Tenants

    • Tenant Testimonial

      Always very quick to respond to queries
      I've been a tenant with Winkworth for a while now and honestly can't complain about anything. Always very quick to respond to queries, no matter how small, and very pleasant and approachable employees who get things done without fuss. Also very unobtrusive and flexible unlike some other agents out there!! Would definitely recommend them (and have done on numerous occasions).
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      I had an excellent experience with Winkworth
      I had an excellent experience with Winkworth, staff were very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. High quality service received, I would highly recommend for anyone looking to let or rent.
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