STAFF INTERVIEW: LIZ MORGAN

What is your job role within Joplings?

I am the Residential Sales Manager for the company, covering both the Ripon & Thirsk offices. I manage all details relating to the residential sales process. I oversee two very successful & enthusiastic teams plus undertake the Valuations in both areas whilst promoting the company to the best of my ability.

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PROPERTY OF THE WEEK 06.01.14

NOW UNDER OFFER ALREADY !!

41 Clotherholme Road Ripon

£199,999

An extended, good sized three bedroom Semi-Detached house. It would make an ideal Family Home. The property is in an excellent location close to Ripon’s secondary schools and walking distance of Ripon City Centre with all its amenities.

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OUR PROPERTY OF THE WEEK 23.12.13

Florentines Court, Ripon

A Modern First Floor Flat situated within Ripon City Centre close to Schools, and all Amenities. The property comprises of Secure Communal Entrance Hallway, Private Entry to Flat, Lounge, Kitchen with white goods, Two Bedrooms (One with Ensuite). Main bathroom. Allocated parking. Available Now.  Continue Reading…

Our Christmas Opening Times

Our Christmas Opening Times are as follows:

Friday 20th December 2013: OPEN 9.00am – 12.00pm

Saturday 21st December 2013: OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

Monday 23rd December 2013: OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

Tuesday 24th December 2013 – CLOSED

Wednesday 25th December 2013 – CLOSED

Thursday 26th December 2013 – CLOSED

Friday 27th December 2013 – OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

Saturday 28th December 2013 – OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

Monday 30th December 2013 – OPEN 10.00am – 2.00pm

Tuesday 31st December 2013 – CLOSED

Wednesday 1st January 2014 – CLOSED

Thursday 2nd January 2014: BACK TO NORMAL WORKING HOURS

STAFF INTERVIEW: MICHAEL STEPHENSON

What is your job role within Joplings?

I am the General Manager of Joplings, overseeing and responsible for the running of the business. Working closely with the management team to support staff and develop the business. I am a Chartered Surveyor and registered valuer with the RICS. Part of my time is spent providing professional advice, relating to a wide range of property related matters. I also carry out building surveys and valuations for residential and commercial property, along with providing architectural design and construction advice relating to building projects. Continue Reading…

TOP TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR HOME IN WINTER

  • Check the roof.  Have any broken or missing tiles or slates replaced and other damage repaired.  Keeping the rain out is one of the most important things you can do.
  • Clear out the gutters. Clear out leaves, moss and debris from rainwater gutters, downpipes and gullies.  Reset any displaced joints.
  • Check the roof insulation. Birds, squirrels, rats and mice can displace the insulation in the roof, and so can we when rummaging about. So, check the insulation and consider increasing it, as this could help keep down your heating bill. It needs to be at least 10-11 inches (270mm) thick of insulation.
  • Boiler Serviced. Have the boiler and heating serviced and check that all thermostats and programmers are working and set at a sensible temperature. And when the house is unoccupied, turn the temperature down. Again this will save on heating bills.
  • Don’t get too cold. If you have a large old brick or stone house with thick walls, don’t let the structure get too cold as it will take a lot of energy to rebuild a comfortable temperature. Doing so may cause condensation on the walls, which sometimes results in mould and spores. These can prove a hazard particularly for those with breathing difficulties and should be avoided.
  • Draught proofing.  As to keeping the heat in your home, ensure outside doors and the windows fit well and consider fitting draught proofing strips where there are gaps between the frames.  Keep doors inside the house closed to reduce heat loss from unnecessary air circulation.
  • Don’t forget the curtains. Draw them after dark and use thicker ones if windows are single-glazed.
  • South facing windows. Keep south-facing curtains open during the day to take advantage of the sunshine, which will help heat the house.
  • Check the woodwork. Check the woodwork on windows and repair now if necessary. Otherwise, there will be a risk of penetrating damp affecting the interior of the house.
  • Check the paintwork. Check the paintwork on the window frames and redecorate before the weather deteriorates.  Thorough preparation of the surfaces and use of good quality paint is key to providing a durable finish.
  • Bleed your radiators. A great way to warm up your home is to bleed your radiators. This releases any trapped air, allowing hot water to fill every part of your radiator and warm your home more efficiently.
  • Find your stopcock. Make sure you know where your water stopcock is located. If you suffer a burst pipe you’ll be happy you found it in advance!
  • Create a power-cut kit. Be prepared for the possible winter power cuts by putting together a power-cut kit i.e. torches / blankets etc.
  • Sweep your chimneys. If your chimneys are in use, make sure that they get swept every year. This will remove the build up of dirt and grime from your chimney walls.
  • Smoke Alarm Check. Make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are in full working order.
  • Emergency Numbers. Keep a list of useful numbers handy in case of emergency. Include your plumber, gas installer, electrician and doctor

AND IF YOU ARE AWAY FROM YOUR HOME….

  • Leave your heating on for at least an hour a day while you are away from home
  • In severe weather, or if severe weather is forecast, you should leave your heating on day and night at your usual temperature setting
  • Check that loft insulation is laid over, and under pipes in the loft
  • Consider asking a friend or relative to visit your home every day while you are away. This will mean that, if you do suffer a burst pipe, it will be detected as soon as possible. Make sure that they know where the stop tap is located.
  • If high winds are forecast, make sure objects such as garden furniture or ladders are fully secured

 

Please call in to discuss your requirements - our friendly staff are always happy to help

10 North Street, Ripon North Yorkshire, HG4 1JY Telephone: 01765 694800 Fax: 01765 694801 ripon@joplings.com
19 Market Place, Thirsk North Yorkshire YO7 1HD Telephone: 01845 522680 Fax: 01845 526055 thirsk@joplings.com