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**Guild Property Blog** What would you like the Chancellor to announce in his Spring Budget Statement 2018?

What would you like to see in the Spring budget regarding the property market?

On March 13th 2018, Phillip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, will present one of the shortest spring budget statements in years. Plans for: budgeting Brexit, diesel car tax and HS2, benefits and living wages will be touched upon. Most importantly for the property market, are stamp duty and tenant fee bans.

http://www.guildproperty.co.uk/news/post/1520514105/spring-statement-wish-list

 

 

**Guild Property Blog** Property Predictions for the Housing Market in 2018

What will happen to the housing market in 2018? There are lots of predictions, from big growths to slight falls in house prices, but overall, most experts predict a slight rise in prices of around 1%.

http://www.guildproperty.co.uk/news/post/1520417244/property-predictions-for-the-housing-market-in-2018

If you would like to discuss the market value of your property with a Guild of Property Professionals’ Valuer, please contact us at our Ripon Office on 01765 694800 or our Thirsk Office on 01845 522680.

 

 

The Guild Magazine Front Cover Images

We are so impressed by our local photographers that we wanted to try to take our own cover images for our magazines too.

The final property magazine image of 2017 was taken by Vicky in the Ripon office and is a view from North Bridge over towards Ure Bank Terrace.

Our first property magazine image of 2018 is an interior photo of a cozy fireplace and is taken by Stefan.  He is one of our Chartered Surveyors MRICS and our Ripon Residential Sales Manager.

If you would like to send in a photo in of Ripon, Thirsk or the surrounding villages/areas that you think would be a great cover image, please email vicky@joplings.com.  The photo needs to be at least 2mb in size so that it has a good print quality, thank you.

Planning Permission Approved!

Joplings has had a successful planning application approved by Harrogate Borough Council for the erection of a single dwelling in Minskip. Full design, layout, planning consultation and Building Regulation submission all undertaken before, on our clients’ behalf, inviting and obtaining competitive tenders from our list of approved contractors.

Please contact us for your next project.- http://joplings.com/architecture-building-surveying-2/

 

**Guild Property Blog** Advantages of upsizing or downsizing in 2018

“Finding your dream home can be a challenge. You might need a larger property if your family is growing, or if your children have left home, you might be looking to downsize. There are advantages of both upsizing and downsizing in 2018. We asked our Guild agents for their opinions and advice on what is happening in the market that makes it good for either upsizing or downsizing.”

http://www.guildproperty.co.uk/news/post/1516899980/advantages-of-upsizing-or-downsizing-in-2018

Start you property search here with Joplings.

Life Magazine – Kirkgate and Ripon Cathedral by Nick Rogers

What a dramatic photograph taken by Nick Rogers.  It is Kirkgate in Ripon leading down to the majestic Cathedral.  Please come into our Ripon office if you would like a copy of our magazine.

If you would like to send in a photo in of Ripon, Thirsk or the surrounding villages/areas that you think would be a great cover image, please email vicky@joplings.com.  The photo needs to be at least 2mb in size so that it has a good print quality, thank you.

 

TOP TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR HOME IN WINTER

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