The threat of Coronavirus is something that all companies should have plans in place for, both in terms of Customer Expectations as well as the welfare of Employees. At David Phillip Estate Agents we have plans for both, and today we are putting our plans into action as if it were the real thing. When we created our business at the end of 2018, we invested in all the best ‘cloud’ technology to ensure a 24/7 business, running from anywhere (although we do have a small office in Bramhope, North Leeds). So today, we are all working remotely with the following in place:-
25th February 2020
We were pleased to read a couple of days ago via Rightmove that the Yorkshire and Humber area have seen a 5.1% increase in house prices year on year. Miles shipside, the Commercial Director of Rightmove commented:- “Owners coming to the market this Spring face the best-selling prospect for several years with good demand for the right properties at the right price However, he also warned that “sellers should be careful not to get carried away with their pricing, as this still is a price sensitive market with stretched buyer affordability – those who overprice miss out on a window of activity that could run to at least the next Brexit deadline at the end of the year” We totally agree with his sentiment on pricing, and although at David Phillip Estate Agents we price competitively, we also want to be realistic too. Some agents often over-price to win an instruction, only to see a price reduction after a couple of weeks.
10th February 2020
As storm Ciara raged across the UK, Yorkshire too took a battering with the wind and rain causing damage and flooding. Friends who live locally posted on Facebook, and I was surprised at how much damage and flooding there was around the Otley area. If winds are blowing above 50 mph, then this is when you can unfortunately start seeing damage to your home, with trees toppling, power lines coming down and debris being blown around. All this relentless weather can leave you with a damaged roof and even cause leaks that can impact your home interior too. Once the storm has passed, it is important to check that your roof is not damaged, document any problems and work with your insurance company. By following these steps, you can ensure that any damage is noticed quickly-
24th January 2020
Dementia is one of the greatest challenges facing our ageing society. Two thirds of people living with dementia live in their own home with their families currently providing the majority of care and support, this can be tiring and stressful - physically, emotionally and financially. A large number of people with dementia also live alone and can be at particular risk of isolation.
22nd January 2020
With the recent fires in Australia, it has got me thinking about how I can be more environmentally conscious. Currently there is a great focus ion being eco- friendly. Not only can this contribute to a sustainable environment but can also help potentially save money too. So here are my top tips on making your home more eco-friendly.
2nd January 2020
The start of the New Year is a time when people think about the next stages of their careers and perhaps start thinking about looking for a new job. Most people ‘go to work’, but what if you look at it a different way and just ‘work’. Work traditionally may have meant traveling to an office and working from 9am to 5.30 pm, but in a society more focussed around 24/7 and with the benefits of modern technology and techniques, some forward thinking companies may offer working alternatives that not only ensure an improved Customer Experience but also provide employees with a more flexible, productive way of working too.
22nd December 2019
Christmas is a time when families travel far and wide to meet up at Christmas, the presents are loaded in the car, everyone is feeling festive but is your car prepared to travel for the long journey. Before you drive:-
21st December 2019
Recently I have been delivering leaflets promoting David Phillip Estate Agents to the residents of Bramhope, and as I walked around this lovely area in North Leeds I was impressed with the number of beautiful Christmas wreaths adorning many of the properties. We also attended the switching on of the Bramhope Christmas lights this year, which is a great yearly tradition for the residents of Bramhope too. This got me thinking about the Christmas traditions that we have not only in the UK but also around the world – here are a few.
18th December 2019
At David Phillip Estate Agents based in Bramhope, we have just been instructed to take on an immaculately presented cottage in Pool-in Wharfedale. The property is surrounded by private woodland, and therefore benefits from wildlife and wild birds in their natural habitat. The bird table in the garden was full of a variety of birds, which got me thinking about how we look after wild birds, particularly in the middle of winter when food might be scarce.
9th December 2019
Christmas is a wonderful time of year for families getting together and enjoying the festivities, however this can be quite a challenging and worrying time for people living with dementia, and their carers and relatives. For the 850,000 people living with dementia, Christmas can be a tiring and confusing time of year, routines are changed, more people are around the home, and mealtimes can be interrupted. It can also be a difficult time for carers or relatives who notice changes in their loved ones such as memory loss or confusion, but it can also be worrying for relatives making sure that their loved ones are having a good time too whilst also feeling involved. The Alzheimer’s society have provided tips on how to enjoy the festivities if you have someone staying with you over Christmas living with Dementia:-