Summer Heatwave 2018

We have had a very strange summer, very hot, hardly any rain. Good for sun seekers, not so good for gardeners.

Here are 15 tips to help keep you cool during this heat.

1. Cotton sheets

Keep away from the satin and silk and opt for the cooler linen and cotton sheets. Light-coloured bed linen made of light fabrics (take Egyptian cotton for example) are breathable so better to sleep in.

The Egyptians had it right, in fact, they even had their own method for keeping cool. Known as The Egyptian Method (original, we know) they’d dampen a towel or sheet in cool water and use it as a blanket. It may be a good idea to lay the damp sheet on top of a towel first, no one likes a wet bed.

2. Freezer tricks

Speaking of sheets, you can stick them in the freezer for a few minutes before you’re about to go to sleep. No, we haven’t lost our minds, just make sure you put them in something like a plastic bag before you pop them in. You don’t want your sheets smelling of pizza and ice cream. The trick won’t last all night but it will give you a breather so you can get to sleep.

3. Don’t cook a roast

…or any hot meal. Summer is never the time to be whipping up a casserole or hot meal. Put the slow cooker away, step away from the stove and have a salad.

4. Use that hot water bottle

Buy yourself a hot water bottle. While we’re used to filling them with hot water in the winter to keep toasty, in the summer sticking it in the freezer instead creates a lovely ice pack.

5. Turn your fan around

Fans are great in the mild heat, but when it’s cranked up they just blow hot air around so it’s all about strategic placement. If you point them outside, slightly towards the windows, they push out the hot air. If you have a ceiling fan set them counter-clockwise to pull the hot air away.

6. Ice fan

We’ve already mentioned fans, but there’s so much more to be said. At school we used to use those little iceboxes to keep our food cool, so this idea comes from that. It’s sort of a DIY aircon system. Use a roasting pan, or box and fill it with ice and put it in front of a fan. When the ice melts the breeze from the fan picks up the cool air coming from the ice’s surface, creating a nice cool mist.

7. Cross breeze

More of the fan tricks. Strategically place numerous fans around a room. Put a fan by the window, and then another further inside the room so they both push the cooler air around the room.

8. How low can you go

Hot air rises so sleeping in a room on the ground floor means you’ll feel cooler. If you’re in a one-storey flat you can move your sheet to the ground to make life easier.

9. Don’t get steamy

We imagine you’re continually hopping in the shower to cool down, just make sure the water is tepid rather than warm/hot. Steam hangs about and makes a room that much hotter.

10. No lights

This should make sense. Light bulbs – even if they’re environmentally friendly – give off heat, so switch them off. The sun shines for longer now anyway so keeping the lights off not only saves on your energy bill, but cuts down on the extra heat.

11. Hang a wet sheet

Yes, you read that right. Hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window will help bring down the room’s temperature.

12. No electronic devices

The same applies here as the lights. Unplug your phone and devices, do not charge them when you are asleep. Everything radiates heat and you don’t need that when you’re trying to catch some zzzs.

13. Use grains

Buckwheat pillows don’t absorb heat like cotton does so getting one is a good investment for summer.

14. Closing curtains

In the daytime. If you think about when the sun is at its hottest those rays are coming through the window hotting everything up. Close the curtains and your room is instantly cooler.

15. Use your garden

If you plant the right trees and shrubs around the house they will provide you with much needed shade. Vines work well too. Of course that won’t work for this summer, but next year you’ll be thanking us.

Rented Property Updates March 2018

It has been another crazy start to the year for the lettings industry.

Ever changing legislation always keeping landlords on their toes.

The Energy Performance Certificate will only effect some properties which have a low grade. Please check your EPC, making sure it is in date as it only lasts 10 years and mainly, making sure it is higher than grade E.

New tenancies from April 2018 wont be allowed if the grade is lower than E. Also existing tenancies have to bring the grading to a minimum of E by April 2020 to comply with the regulations.

For agents, the tenant Fee Ban will be coming into force most likely in October 2019. We understand why the government are enforcing this. We charge £140 per property (no other tenant charges) but most agents charge around £300/£400. Which from a tenants point of view is a very high cost.

We believe the fee should be capped at say, £100, as work still needs to be done to let a property. Travelling to viewings, time spent and the paperwork involved is a lot of work. We can only see rents going up even more. Good for landlords but not so good for tenants. A cap may prevent rents shooting up, however the government are firm on a complete ban. Only time will tell how it really pans out.

Thank you for reading and we wish you the best for the remainder of 2018.

 

Local Events in Peterborough 2014

A busy time in Peterborough at the moment, naming just a few with the fireworks @

Peterborough Lions Rugby Club, Bretton Park, Friday 31st of October

Peterborough Arena (Showground), Saturday 1st of November

Also the Christmas Lights @

Queensgate Shopping Centre, Friday 7th November, 5-7pm with Pepper Pig

Serpentine Green, Thursday 13th November, Santa’s Grotto opens at 4pm, Heart FM from 5pm and Warick Davies from 6.15pm with the lights on at 6.30pm.

Great Eastern Run

Just a heads-up folks.

The Great Eastern Run will be disrupting the Peterborough area on 12th October. Please check the route before making travel arrangements.

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AGT has a new website!

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AGT is happy to announce the launch of this new website!

This particular area is our blog, and will be where we  post all important information. It could be law changes, new properties coming, or even Christmas opening times, so visit this page for frequent updates.

Over time our website will feature homes from in and around the Peterborough area, both to rent and to buy. Until then, feel free to contact us and see what options we have available for you.

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