29th November 2019
Each year the famous sales weekend which follows Thanksgiving Day and starts on November 29th this year, sees a significant amount of shoppers head to the high street stores and on-line brands in an attempt to find the best deals. Ahead of Black Friday several retailers including Amazon and John Lewis have already launched a range of early offers with more discounts to follow this week But what is the history of Black Friday, that originated in the USA – here are some facts around this day of bargains
4th September 2019
Recently we have listed a few properties that either already have dressing rooms or have the potential for adding or converting a room to a dressing room. If you are a clothes enthusiast but are short on storage space, then a dressing room could be just the thing for you. Adding a dressing room adds to your clothing space considerably whilst also giving you the freedom to organise your clothing, accessories and shoes in a way that is easily accessible, this can make getting ready for work or a night out stress free and also much easier, it can also make your clothes look nicer and last longer too. Having a dressing room eliminates clutter in your sleeping area and storing your clothes elsewhere will contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment – you will also get a better night’s sleep. Having a dressing room is your own private sanctuary where you can enjoy privacy and comfort, put on your make-up or unwind after a busy day.
The property Portal on the Market has found that if you live on a street with a name that is regal or titled, such as Royal, Place, Lord and Bishop it can boost the value of their homes lining their pavements.
I read with interest the article on Property Eye today, written by Zoopla Managing Director Charlie Bryant who writes ‘the way agents operate has changed significantly over the last five years, you are no longer reliant on the portals for marketing homes – that is as it should be. Digital Marketing has empowered agents to take matters into their own hands to a far greater extent. Different audiences will also respond in varying ways to the myriad of communications channels now out there and often a message needs to be seen or heard across multiple platforms to resonate.’ He also writes, ‘In May, Zoopla surveyed 2,000 people who have either sold their property in the last 18 months or who were currently looking to move or sell over the next year and a half. An over whelming proportion of these house-hunters (70%) told us that they use a combination of estate agency websites and property portals when searching for their next home. This reflects the savviness of the general consumer in the digital age The research demonstrates that a hybrid strategy when marketing a home is key to maximising eyeballs to ensure it is sold or let out as quickly as possible and for the best possible price.’ Great words from Charlie Bryant, and at David Phillip Estate Agents we total agree:- One Size doesn’t fit all
In today’s busy working world, the distance from home to work can often be a long and difficult commute. The impact of driving to work can also eat into your working day, whilst also impacting on the environment – home working can reduce your carbon footprint with car emissions as well as saving travelling expenses. Today you do not necessarily need to physically go to work, you just work regardless of the location, and as long as you have the right environment in which to work, supported by the best technology and it works well for you as well as for the company you are employed by then this can be a viable alternative If you are a small business then, working from home can also provide the advantage of not paying hefty business charges too. So how do you make this transition from travelling to work to arriving straight to your ‘desk’ which can be a bit jarring first thing on a morning! - go straight to your ‘ to-do’ list and by starting first thing, this can be much more effective than starting with breakfast and allowing the morning sluggishness to set in – have your breakfast mid-morning when you are ready for a break
14th June 2019
At a time when there has been so much profoundly moving coverage of the D Day landings, there is a very special exhibition taking currently place at Leeds town Hall. The War on Waste Exhibition uses Second World War publicity techniques to draw attention to the environmental challenges facing us today.
6th June 2019
I was walking around RHS Harlow Carr Garden at the weekend and was so impressed with what they are doing to help the environment, as well as providing the right surroundings for bees and wild animals. Bees perform a task that is vital to the survival of pollination and agriculture – one third of the global food supply is pollinated by bees including 70 types of crops and contribute £400 million pounds to the economy, as well as making 6,000 tonnes of honey and who, quite simply keep the plants and crops alive – bees need good food in order to provide us with food too. There are so many changes to our environment it can be hard for bees to find enough flowers and therefore food, so…. What can we do to help support this critical friend.
3rd June 2019
open to view this Saturday the 8th of June between 3pm and 4pm. So those interested in viewing, by appointment, contact either David Phillip Estate Agents – 01134 676 400 or Hopkinsons Estate Agents – 01423 501201 – Directions recommended.
13th May 2019
The number of rural and urban hedgehogs is declining. As we celebrated National Hedgehog week from May 5th – May 11th here are some top tips on making your garden hedgehog friendly:-
10th May 2019
If all the trappings and stresses of modern living are not for you, then looking to live that off-grid dream may be the perfect solution and the vision of an ideal lifestyle. So if you are looking for a simpler sustainable life, where do you start and what does off-grid living actually mean? To some people it may mean living off the main national grid, but to other people, this may extend to a life of total self- sufficiency, without relying on public utilities or water supply.