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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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5 Years…and £100million…Wow!

You might well think we've been around forever! - but actually, Ribston Pippin was only born 5 years ago.  We're really proud of what we've achieved in that time and have had the pleasure of helping hundreds of people find their perfect homes.... Let's have a closer look at what those 5 years have meant..- Human stem cells are successfully cloned...- Prince George of Cambridge was born...- Frozen", the highest-grossing animated film of all time was released... Quite a year wouldn't you agree!We're going to milk this 5 year anniversary malarky after looking over a few stats...!??These made us nearly choke on our cuppa.... We have sold over £100million worth of property The highest value property we sold was at £1,400,000, which we sold within a week Main Street is the most common address we have sold properties on Our most sold type of property is a three bedroom semi-detached property. We have carried out over 5000 viewings. We have sold 713 properties. We have carried out 2139 market appraisals/valuations. Our average asking price is £314065, our average achieved price is £301,480. We average 10 viewings to achieve a sale. We achieve an average price of 95.99% of asking price.Not bad for a little local estate agent eh

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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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Launching our Spring Special Offer with ‘A Tidy Mind’

First impressions are everything when selling your home - people make the decision to buy a house in the first FIVE minutes of viewing it* With this is mind and growing demand for home organising, we’ve teamed up with the lovely Kate from ‘A Tidy Mind’ to offer you two hours free help so your house gets the value it deserves.**Kate’s services really can work magic and make property hunters buy into a lifestyle and picture themselves living in your home. Whether you are thinking of downsizing and are over faced by the thought of clearing out your loft, or you have a busy family life and just can’t work out how to get your house ‘viewing ready’, we are here to help.A Professional Declutter Expert and a Board member of APDO (Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers), Kate is a graduate of the Certified Home Staging & Styling Professional Course and absolutely loves helping people who are overwhelmed by their clutter & disorganisation.Of her ‘home-staging services Kate says “You can make people want to buy into the life you have when they walk through your door and this is what triggers them to make that all important offer. In addition, by staging your home you will discover what you wish to discard and keep. This will make the impending move far easier, when the time comes”It’s not just us that recognise how important it is to prepare a property for sale, here’s some glowing feedback from some of Kate's many clients.“With very little investment, Kate gave me clear advice on what I should do to increase the appeal. After the tweaks were made and new photos taken, viewings immediately increased and led to a quicker sale.”JB – Ilkley“Turns out there were some quick, easy things I could do to hugely increase the saleability of my home. I’d recommend Kate 100% to any wanting to sell or just upgrade their house.”RC – HarrogateYou can book a free consultation with Kate or find out more information on her services atwww.atidymind.co.ukFacebook, Twitter , Instagram *according to research carried out by developer Harron Homes. **offer limited to first 10 households to instruct Ribston Pippin to sell their property and subject to our standard fee. Ribston Pippin reserves the right to alter the terms and conditions of this offer

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Menston For Sale…!..30 New Boards in 24 Hours…

You may have wondered why in the space of 24 hours a flurry of your neighbours have decided to up sticks and move out of Menston as 30 new Ribston Pippin boards were erected on the same day! Panic not, they are not all shipping out, they are supporting our most recent charity initiative. Here’s what’s going on…As a further strand of our charitable activity we’ve decided we’d like to support the amazing work done at St Gemma’s Hospice and want to shed light on the brilliant staff and all the hard work they do.St Gemma’s Hospice care for so many local patients here in Yorkshire, and Lisa has her own memories of her Grandma being well looked after, therefore it really was a no brainer when deciding which charity to raise funds for.We want to give something back to such a great cause and that’s why we’ve decided to donate £10 to St Gemma’s Hospice for each new board we post!The hospice can count on our support as a ‘Thank You’ for all that they do, and we'd love to give them the recognition they deserve. We hope others will join us to help back this great local charity.We’ve had a bit of fun promoting this and last weekend erected 30 ‘spoof’ For Sale boards, to help raise awareness. Thirty kind neighbours, friends and customers agreed to put our new boards in their gardens to help spread the word. Tongues wagged, the village was awash with interest in what we were up to - and it achieved our mission - getting people talking! We also have donated £300 for the 30 boards erected, so we’re off the starting blocks with our fundraising for St Gemma’s.We’ve already been overwhelmed by the support from the community. Thanks to everyone who has got involved so far, including the following people-Ian Cunningham who rang to ask if he could have a board, because “it’s a fantastic idea, a really good community initiative”Pippa Richardson who said: “It sounds like a great idea - maybe could encourage other local businesses to follow your lead too! We're happy to have a board as long as it's phoney ... definitely not ready to move again yet ?”Tiff at Aspire To Be who agreed to help as long as we didn’t freak out customers(!) as the cause was also close to her heart - “We’d love to help, the sign doesn't actually say for sale does it? We'd be getting tongues wagging! Hahahaha...I always support St Gemma's, you've chosen a very worthwhile charity, they looked after my dad before he passed away so anything we can do to help just let me know.”Bex Manson “Of course Lisa! No problem at all. Great initiative and would love to support”Hooman at Village News “Yes of course. Sounds really good great idea

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