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Living Al Fresco… Are you making the most of the sun?

Here at Ribston Pippin we have been enjoying the amazing sunshine recently and all the opportunities for some al fresco living… dining, relaxing, gardening and exploring the amazing countryside that we have right here on our doorstep!But, did you know that going out into the garden isn’t just great for fitness, health, wellbeing, leisure and pleasure… but having a well-kept garden can also add value to your property.   This property got snapped up and we think the gorgeous garden had a lot to do with it! https://ribstonpippin.co.uk/property/farnley-road-menston-ls29-6jp/Gardening is an upward trend with households enjoying gardening at an all-time high. It comes as no surprise that the overall gardening retail market is currently worth over an astounding £5bn annually.Outdoor spaces and al fresco living is becoming ever more popular and many more of us jump on the bandwagon when the sun is shining!Last year, a study* was carried out to find out how homeowners can make the most of their garden space to increase their overall property value. It revealed that the garden feature that adds the most value to a property is in fact - a shed or summer house! 82% of property professionals claim a decent-sized shed or summer house is the most cited feature to boost value.Check out the superb garden room at this property in Menston (which also has now sold!) - https://ribstonpippin.co.uk/property/norwood-drive-menston-ls29-6ge/The next on the list was a good quality patio or paving 76% and sturdy decking 62%.  This is crucial to have space to sit and enjoy your garden.  Additionally, comfortable seating is vital if you are trying to create a luxurious outdoor space. Simply bring all the comforts of the indoors to your patio, deck or other outdoor area via furniture, appliances and other amenities designed for alfresco enjoyment.Others that came high up on the list were secure fencing, walls or gates (72%), adequate outdoor lighting (66%) and water features (58%).A combination of these top garden features would come in handy when it comes to selling your property. The right garden can add anywhere between five to 20% to your property's value!Happy gardening! * Study by SellHouseFast.uk - in total they consulted 36 estate agents, garden designers and property professionals from across the UK

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Buy It, Build It, Sell It..We’re going full circle!

We're delighted to be working on some exciting projects at the moment which see us diversify slightly from our 'everyday' business -but we're using one of our team's expertise to extend our support in other areas. Introducing our 'New Homes' services....Prior to joining the Ribston Pippin team in March 2015, Bernie had worked as a Senior New Homes Sales Negotiator at Dacre Son & Hartley New Homes for 12 years, with an excellent track record of success, even when market conditions were challenging.She looked after various developer clients and whether the site had over 40 plots or just a couple of bespoke properties, the clients were assured of the same service.To support her practical experience, Bernie completed the NFOPP (National Federation of Property Professionals) Level 3 Award in the Sale of Residential Property and the ABBE (Awarding Body for the Built Environment) Level 3 NVQ in Sale of Residential Property.  She then passed 4 further exams for which she studied a variety of disciplines including property law, property appraisal, basic building construction and general practice relating to residential property sales - so we think she's pretty qualified to know what she's talking about and hope you would agree!Her father also had a building company do Bernie  spent many of her formative years calling at building sites on the weekends to check on progress, so she's just as happy on site with her boots, high vis and hard hat on as she is in the office.So what are we up to in this area?We have a couple of projects we are collaborating on at the moment where we have been involved in sourcing plots of land, selling land and managing the process of site development.This image is of Fairy Dell, a development we are supporting fellow Menston businesses Bankhead and Alf Construction with. We will be handling initial enquiries, viewings to site, choices of interiors such as kitchens and bathrooms, then taking the responsibility of seeing the sale through the legal process to completion.We're really excited about this new development to our services. Please shout up if you're looking for land, or thinking of splitting some off your property to sell - we have experience in this and would love to share it with you :) Our creative thinking could find you a new revenue stream, or a new dream home that doesn't even exist yet. Exciting times indeed! 

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Making a difference – through decluttering!

We really enjoyed working with Kate from A Tidy Mind, offering our clients the option of a professional decluttering service, and are delighted to have one of our success stories in the local press.This has enabled us to share the impact Kate's expertise has had on a local lady who really benefited from our collaboration.Not only does Kate's decluttering service help them break free from some of the 'stuff' they don't need to transport to their new home, it also helps the home they are selling become more of a blank canvas in the eyes of buyers, making it much easier for them to see past the existing owner's life there and start to imagine theirs.You can read more about it here - http://www.ilkleygazette.co.uk/news/15609028.__39_Declutter__39__expert_helps_Menston_resident_move_home/We are continuing to offer 2 hours of Kate's time for FREE for new clients who entrust us to sell their home

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Bank of Mum & Dad..Lisa comments on BBC Radio Leeds

With the news being released that the 'Bank Of Mum & Dad' is now the 9th biggest mortgage lender in the UK,  Lisa was called upon by BBC Radio Leeds to chat about this emerging trend amongst house buyers, as it was announced that  £6.5 billion is being lent by parents to their children this yearLisa wasn't surprised:She said: "I am not surprised - we regularly see substantial sums being offered by parents. They see it as an investment of their savings by helping their children. It is not just first time buyers - 2nd or 3rd time buyers with expanding families have parents who will put their hands in their pocket to help their children"Lisa also talked about the excitement people feel when they pick up the keys to their new home adding that they always give a gift of a bottle of fizz for them to toast their new home. Ribston Pippin really get to know local buyers and sellers so really feel a part of the process and being a part of the local community we get to keep in touch as families settle into the village too - we do love our job!Have a listen to the short interview on BBC Radio Leeds Breakfast

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