Posted on

Moving back into your student house

Welcome back!  We hope that all our students had a restful break and a very happy new year.  We’re sure that you’re all eager to move back into your student properties and get back into the uni lifestyle after a few weeks at home with your families, but what should be at the top of your to-do list now that you’re back?  Here are our suggestions…

  • Open a couple of windows.  In order to avoid condensation which can lead to mould, crack open a window or two and let some fresh air in.  The house should have been all locked up over the winter break which, while safe, can cause it to become stuffy and prone to condensation.  Let some air flow through while you’re home, but don’t forget to lock up again before you go out!
  • Have a quick clean.  While things should have been spick and span before you left, an empty house can lead to dust, and any forgotten abandoned food may have gone bad and left a nasty smell.  With exam and coursework deadlines looming, you may be spending a lot of time studying (and celebrating afterwards!) in the common areas so make a pact with your house mates to keep it clean.  A quick wipe down of the work tops and a sort through your cupboards and fridge can make a big difference, so start the year as you mean to go on!
  • Check for any problems.  Whether it’s the harsh winter weather taking its toll on the property, resulting in fallen roof tiles or frozen pipes, or whether you’ve just sprung a leak, drop us a line right away and the Mistoria team can get things fixed up as soon as possible.  Give us a call on our emergency maintenance number 07794 913 390 and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
  • Sort out your student housing for next year.  If you’ll still be studying in the next academic year and haven’t yet sorted out your accommodation, make sure to get it booked so you don’t lose out.  If you’ve grown attached to your student house this year, give us a call and rebook for 2014/15.  The process is quick and easy, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can keep your digs for another year.  Contact us to arrange a viewing on 0800 500 3015 or through our website – we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have.

We hope you all have a fantastic second term in your Mistoria property and that you’ll consider rebooking with us for next year.  If you have any questions or comments, as usual don’t hesitate to contact us – whether by phone on 0800 500 3015 or through our website.  We’d love to hear from you!

Posted on

Merry Christmas from Mistoria Estate Agents!

The term is coming to a close. It’s time to finish off half-written coursework, pack up your dirty laundry and travel home for the Christmas holidays – at last!

To those currently living in a Mistoria student house, we hope you’ve had a pleasant first term and are enjoying your stay in our property.  Make sure everything is locked up while you’re away, and be sure to check out our tips for keeping your student house safe over the Christmas holiday.  We look forward to seeing you again after your much deserved break!

We’d also like to extend a big thank you to those who have recently put down a deposit for a student house with us for the next academic year – have a happy new year and we’ll see you in 2014.  If you’re still looking for next year’s digs, why not check out our available properties and give us a call on 0800 500 3015 – we’d love to have you with us next Christmas!

On behalf of everyone at Mistoria Estate Agents, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – eat, drink and be merry! See you next year.

student house

Posted on

Is your student accommodation booked for 2014?

As the term draws to a close, now’s the time that most students are beginning to sign for their student accommodation for the next academic year. To avoid the rush and to save yourself weeks of stress trying to find a decent pad next year, it is recommended that students get a room booked before Christmas break. At Mistoria, we’ve been working hard to renovate all our properties to the highest standard, and we’re pleased to report that many houses have already been let for 2014/2015. Here are just a few of our favourite available properties – feel free to have a browse, and don’t hesitate to contact us if a house takes your fancy. These properties are sure to go fast, so get in touch before Christmas to ensure you end up with a dream house for you and your friends next year!

Liverpool – 28 Connaught Road

We love this 5 bedroom property in Kensington, Liverpool. Renovated to Mistoria’s Platinum Standard, this student house has 5 beautifully decorated bedrooms, plus a bright open-plan kitchen/living room, complete with plasma TV and iPod docking station. Two bathrooms means no squabbling over the shower in the morning and as if that isn’t enough, all bills are included! Click here to view more.

student property Liverpool bedroom   student property Liverpool living room

Salford – 1 Duncan Street

This 10 bedroom house is perfect for a group of friends who just don’t want to be parted when it’s time to move out of halls. Fully furnished to the highest standard and complete with bills and broadband, this property really is something special. Each room, whether a double or an en suite, comes with a bed topped with a memory foam mattress for maximum comfort, as well as plenty of storage space and, of course, a desk. Interested? Why not get in touch…

student property Salford bedroom   student property Salford bathroom

Preston – 6 Balcarres Road

Studying in Preston? We may have just the property for you! This 4 bedroom property is tastefully decorated and beautifully laid out, with an open-plan kitchen/living room and four great sized bedrooms. This house was recently renovated, meaning everything is in top condition – including a top spec plasma TV! This is a very unique property, perfect for those looking for a student house with a bit of extra character. Take a look here to find out more or to arrange a viewing.

student property Preston bedroom   student property Preston kitchen

At Mistoria, we pride ourselves on our exceptionally high standards, and we think our properties reflect this. All our houses are decked out to the highest standard and are inclusive of all bills, meaning you can relax knowing all the hard stuff is taken care of. Properties are being snapped up fast, so now’s the time to act or risk missing out on your perfect student pad. To browse all our available properties, take a look at our website. Alternatively, you can contact us on 0800 500 3015 or via our contact page to get more information or to arrange a viewing. You can also download our student property guide for advice on how to house-hunt, check-lists for moving in and out, and other top tips!

Posted on

Leaving student housing secure over Christmas

Everyone needs to protect their home over the Christmas period, but student housing is often more vulnerable than most.  Leaving a house empty for up to a month requires security precaution, and the possibility of snow, storms or floods needs to be considered.  Here are our top tips for keeping your student home safe over the Christmas break…

  • Set the heating to a timer so that it comes on (on a low heat) a couple of times a day for a couple of hours.  This will stop your pipes from freezing and prevent any other frost damage.  It will also ensure that your home will not be freezing cold when you return. 
  • Clean!  You will kick yourself if you come back to a dirty house, which has been festering for weeks.  Take out the bins, empty the fridge (no-one wants find mouldy month-old pasta!) hoover and check under the bed for any old food or stinky socks!
  • Now’s the time to check your locks.  If you think any may need changing, bring this up with your landlord now.  You’ll need to lock everything before you leave to prevent break-ins, so if there’s any doubt, get it fixed.
  • As a further precaution, set up lamps on timers to make it look as though the house isn’t empty.  Cancel any deliveries such as milk or catalogues which could build up and indicate there’s no-one home.
  • Let your landlord know when the house will be empty.  They can then check on the property in the event of bad weather and keep an eye on things.  If you know anyone else on your street who will also be around, ask if they can let you know if anything seems wrong, or even give them your landlord’s number for emergencies such as a burst pipe or collapsed roof.

If you’re starting to property hunt ready for the next academic year, check out our available student housing now, and be sure to download our student housing guide.  It’s full of tips for finding a student house, as well as handy hints on how to save money, what you can expect from your landlord, and check-lists for moving in and out of student accommodation.  Feel free to contact us with any queries on 0800 500 3015 or using our contact form.

Posted on

Finding a place to call home in Media City Manchester

The development of Media City Manchester has made Salford and Manchester two of the most popular places to live in the UK.

Media City Manchester has been designed to provide a purpose-built home for creative and digital businesses. The first phase, spread over 36 acres, was completed in 2011 but there is the potential to use up to 200 acres of land over the next decade.

With a wealth of exciting employment options, restaurants, shops and entertainment outlets, Media City Manchester is a wonderful place to live, and an amazing hub for students and young professionals.

The idea to create Media City begun when the BBC signalled its intention to move out of London in 2004, and the Salford Quays site was chosen in 2006.

The BBC has relocated much of its broadcasting services; Children’s, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Research and BBC Sport. ITV Granada followed in March 2013, with the first phase of its move to Media City from their historical city centre site in Manchester.

Mistoria Estate Agents has a fantastic selection of properties right on Media City Manchester’s doorstep, and we are committed to helping you find a great place to live.

Renting with us is easy, check out what properties you would like to view through the search function on our home page. We’ll then take you on some viewings, and you simply pick the place you want to live! We’ll charge an administration fee of £100, payable when booking the property. Then before you move in we require a deposit for every tenany, which is equal to £200. It really is as straight forward as that!

For more information or help please call us on – 0800 500 3015 or send an email to – info@mistorialettings.com and we’ll do everything we can to assist you.

We are one of the leading lettings agencies in the UK.  Providing high quality accommodation for students, professionals, residential and commercial tenants, we operate in Salford, Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and across the entire North West region.  With a solid vision for future growth, we aim to be managing in excess of 1000 houses by 2015.

Posted on

Number of people looking for a house to rent reaches all time high

The UK’s rental market has gone from strength to strength in recent years as demand for a house to rent is ever increasing. More than 8.5 million people in England now rent, and that number is constantly growing. In turn the number of people who own their own property has reached its lowest point in many years and it seems we are now ‘Generation Rent’.

New figures from the Office for National Statistics show a record number of people now forced to rent as levels of home ownership have slumped to just 64 per cent, its lowest levels since the mid-1980s when Margaret Thatcher declared her ambition to see more people able to buy a house.

Experts put it down to first-time buyers struggling to get on the ladder as soaring prices have far outpaced incomes. The Office for National Statistics say high house prices, low wage growth and tighter rules imposed by lenders are to blame for the number of people living in and looking for a house to rent.

As a prospective tenant you must realise that renting holds many benefits

Renting allows you to choose where you like to live and lets you move freely. In most cases you can break a rental contract after 6 months, allowing you to move to a new location or type of house. Or if you are hoping to buy in the future it provides you with the chance to test out a new location before you commit to buying in the area.

In addition as a renter/ tenant you are not going to fall foul of any housing market related conditions. You will of course have to pay rent but you’re not tied into monthly mortgage repayments and therefore cannot fall into negative equity.

Another thing we find that our tenants enjoy, is not being responsible for the maintenance of the property, therefore as a renter there are no costs to pay for decoration or upkeep.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR HOUSES TO RENT CALL US ON 0161 707 6106. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.