Here at Pendle Hill Properties we are delighted to work on some fantastic projects with our customers, one of which saw us instructed by Graham Effemey to sell three beautiful cottages following a wonderful barn conversion.
We recently caught up with Graham to talk about the process…
“For the best part of 30 years, we have bought unmortgageable wrecks, done them up and then the profit we leave in, we do a buy-to-let, put in tenants and move on, which has left us with a reasonable portfolio of rental properties.
For this particular project… I was looking at retiring, we have got two grandchildren in the East Midlands, and we saw this barn conversion come up with planning permission, it hadn’t sold, so we made an offer which was accepted. The idea was to convert the barn into three cottages, which we called Bluebell, Primrose and Snowdrop.
Not soon after we started on the project, COVID-19 started and it was difficult on occasions in the first lockdown to get materials and skilled tradespeople.
We actually moved into the area while the project was underway, living in Roughlee. It is a very nice area of outstanding natural beauty and you really need someone who knows the area to understand it and to do the correct marketing, so via word of mouth we chose Pendle Hill Properties.
Andrew Turner is very pro-active and when we made enquiries, he said “right let’s meet up on site” and he was very enthusiastic, very hands on, his team are very helpful and it was all a really good experience.
We worked with the whole team at Pendle Hill Properties – Andrew, rightly so, is very proud of his business and there’s not a lot that goes on without him knowing. Andrew is very hands on, which is a great benefit.
When you know that the owner and the Managing Director is very interested in what goes on, not just sitting back and letting the others do the work, it’s brilliant. He’s a very personable guy, very approachable and we would have no hesitation about working with Pendle Hill Properties again.
There is one situation which particularly stands out. We had planning sign off and then on the first sale, the buyer’s solicitor said because the gardens were previously pasture land, ‘do they need change of use from agriculture to domestic dwelling?’
We eventually had to go through a change of use, I asked Andrew if he knew anyone and immediately he put us in contact with someone which was absolutely brilliant. Andrew was on first name terms with everyone at Pendle Borough Council planning department and it went through straight away.
In property development, cutting corners is sometimes a false economy, and if you want the job done, get the professional to do it.
Pendle Hill Properties also manage lettings, they have good contacts with local tradespeople which was a godsend – when you want someone quick, it’s fantastic to have someone with good local contacts.
All the cottages have now sold, we are very happy with the outcome, and we do believe that the new owners are happy with their new homes.
To anyone thinking of selling their house with Pendle Hill Properties, they are the local experts. There are a couple of other firms based in Barrowford but the fact that they call themselves Pendle Hill Properties was a big pull for us. They are the specialists in that area and I would recommend them to anyone.”