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It's estimated that 12 million (44 percent of) UK households have pets, yet most rented properties prohibit pets, usually due to associated risks. Looking to rent a property if you have a pet can be a difficult task, but not an impossible one. Propertymark have put together their top tips to renting with pets, including pet CV's and highlighting rules for renting with pets, which you can read here.

The Guild of Property Professionals have released their 2021 Winter Market Report, reporting that the market is busier than in any year since 2007. September was the third busiest month on record for housing sales, following June 2021 and March 2016 (HMRC). You can read the full report for South Wales here.

This week we're focusing on Crickhowell, a picturesque market town nestling in the beautiful Usk Valley.

There's so much to do in & around Crickhowell. Take a walk up the flat-topped Table mountain for some spectacular view. Visit art galleries, gorgeous cafes and local shops in the town centre. Take a break from shopping and look in on the ruins of the stone castle built in the 13th century, the remains of Crickhowell castle. Go caving or take a peaceful walk along the canal, Crickhowell is full of activities alongside beautiful scenery. It's no wonder it was one of The Guardian's top 10 market towns for a weekend break!

For further information on all Crickhowell has to offer, visit the Visit Crickhowell website here.

Winter can be a quiet time for gardens as the days get colder and shorter. Many plants are dormant in winter, which means there’s less weeding and watering to be done, however, there are many ways you can still enjoy your garden this winter.

In the run up to winter, there’s plenty of cleaning and preparing to do to help maintain your garden before the first frosts arrive. Clearing fallen leaves, tidying up green houses and clearing out last year’s compost from the compost bins are all important during autumn to help maintain your garden and get it read for the oncoming winter. For many trees and shrubs, winter is the perfect opportunity to cut back any branches that hang too low or look untidy.

Certain “tender” species of plants, such as begonias, dahlias, and cannas, can be at risk during the harsh winter, so protecting these in autumn can save some disappointment in the new year. If you have any tender species of plants, it’s best to gently lift them from the ground for the winter, cutting back their stems, cleaning the soil from them and storing them in trays of dry compost or sand in a cool, frost-free place until spring arrives.

While certain plants struggle during the colder months, other plants thrive under these harsh environments. Vegetables such as onions, garlic, peas, carrots and more can brave these cold winters, and make for an early harvest in the spring of the new year. There are many early flowering spring bulbs you can plant in the winter, seasonal favourites such as daffodils, crocuses, and primroses, as well as tulips, hyacinths, and snowdrops - often the first bulbs to flower in the new year. You can also plant some evergreens, which are sure to bring some colour to your garden during winter.

Most garden wildlife hibernates over winter, with freezing temperatures and a short supply of food making life difficult. However, some species, such as birds, small rodents, and squirrels, don’t hibernate, but could use all the help they can get to survive these harsh conditions. As insects and grub are harder to find, leaving out bird feeders and re-filling them regularly can help your local birds stay happy and healthy during the winter. Frogs, toads, and newts rise from their temporary winter slumber during warmer days in search of food. If you have a pond in your garden, it can be a good idea to leave a tennis ball or something similar floating to prevent it from freezing over completely, and it can be a good idea to create a near-by rock pile for them to take shelter during the cold. Nearly half of all hedgehogs die during their first winter, so providing a shelter such as a leaf pile, or creating a small “hedgehog house” out of spare wood, can greatly increase their chances of survival.

So, if you’re craving some time outdoors and your green fingers are itching, there’s still plenty to keep you busy during the winter months.

While it may unusual to some to sell a house over the festive period, the property market is very much still active at this time of the year. The number of post-Christmas home buyers to browse for properties on Rightmove increases every year, with visits on Boxing Day last year 54% higher than the previous year. People have more free time and motivation to make a change in time for the New Year, so it can be a great time to buy and sell.

The Guild of Property Professionals have put together their top tips for buying and selling over Christmas, which you can read here.

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