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Christmas Approaches

christmas wreath

christmas wreathYet again I cannot quite believe how quickly Christmas approaches, it only seems yesterday that I was struggling to write 2018 on the cheques, and now I am looking at welcoming in 2019. Where did the year go? For me Christmas is a time for quiet reflection, a celebration of life, and a time to remember loved ones who are no longer here. This past year has been especially poignant because on the 1st August 2018, Sheldon Bosley Knight merged with Timothy Lea & Griffiths Estate Agents Limited, a move which has worked particularly well for all involved, including our customers.

For many youngsters, Christmas is a time of great anticipation, will Santa Claus bring all the presents requested? How does Santa get the presents down the chimney? If there isn’t a chimney, how does he make the delivery? Does he really drink all the glasses of refreshment left out for him and do the reindeer eat all the carrots left out for them? There is still a quintessential charm relating to the story of Santa Claus, a certain magical mystery that even grownups still believe, hoping that they get the present they really want from their loved ones. I still wonder on Christmas night what is happening in the Heavens.

child at christmasWe must always remember that a lot of people have to work over the festive period, whether it be power generation, utility supplies, entertainment, health workers, police and the armed forces. For them it is business as normal. I always find it comforting to think that there are still people looking after us, allowing us the trappings of modern life to continue without disruption. The churches are also open for business, allowing worshippers to celebrate the nativity whilst enjoying company and friendship with the rest of the parish. Singing Christmas Carols is always fun, generating provocative memories of happy times.

In property terms, December is probably the quietest part of the year. The construction industry closes down for a fortnight, to take a well-earned break. The most active part of the industry will be DIY enthusiasts, who take the opportunity to complete tasks at home, relying on the big DIY sheds to supply all the requisite components needed to complete the task. Please take care while doing these jobs, make sure you are working well within your competency levels, and be safe while you are doing it. The classic problems are dust in the eye, breathing dust because you don’t have a proper face mask on and lifting loads which are far too heavy. With proper planning, these problems are easily avoided.

DIYMany people go away for the festive period. At the moment, the weather is benign, temperatures are un-seasonally high, and we are starting to receive our share of the winter rain. The weather can change quickly at this time of the year. If you are leaving your house for a few days, keep the central heating system running, but lower the temperature. If you are leaving for a longer period, then it might be better to consider draining down the water systems, pour salt into the WC’s so that if there is a prolonged period of cold the house will not be damaged by burst water pipes. There is no worse homecoming, to find water pouring out from under the front door, and inside the ceilings collapsed under a deluge of water.

Thank you for reading my articles, I hope you have found them an interesting read. On behalf of both Sheldon Bosley Knight and Timothy Lea & Griffiths Estate Agents Limited, may I take the opportunity to wish you all a happy Christmas, and a peaceful prosperous new year.

Tony Rowland SBK TLGTony Rowland BSc(Hons) MSc MRICS

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Extending our reach… SBK joins forces with TLG

Sheldon Bosley Knight Incorporating TLG

Sheldon Bosley Knight are delighted to announce the acquisition of Timothy Lea & Griffiths Estate Agents Limited based in Evesham.

The acquisition significantly broadens the geographical reach of the existing SBK business into Evesham and the Worcestershire area generally, but it also enables us to strengthen our relationships with our clients by introducing a wider range of specialisms.

The new business, SBK incorporating TLG, now features:

  • 8 offices located in 5 towns – Stratford upon Avon, Shipston upon Stour, Royal Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and now Evesham
  • 80 staff including 7 fully qualified RICS qualified surveyors and a further 5 on the journey
  • 5 Lettings teams managing 2,250 residential properties collecting and distributing over a £1million a month in rent
  • Estate Agency teams selling £160million worth of houses a year equating to at least one new or pre-loved house sale EVERY day of the year
  • Block management team managing over 1000 units on over 60 sites for the owners
  • Planning team helping landowners significantly enhance the value of their estates – more than 750 acres have been sold or are under contract so far, with 2,500 plots consented and under offer
  • 7 qualified Architects help hundreds of clients each year extend, improve and renovate their homes
  • Rural, Agricultural, Equestrian, Horticultural and Glass house specialists providing a vital resource in our local communities and beyond.
SBK TLG Directors team
SBK TLG Directors Team

Mike Cleary Director of SBK said “TLG are incredibly strong in their chosen disciplines which SBK will not only be able to leverage for the benefit of our own clients but use as a springboard to give TLG clients access to our strengths in disciplines such as Rural and Agricultural matters, Equestrian, Planning and Architecture. Every client can benefit from this ‘best of best’ approach.

SBK incorporating TLG looks forward to servicing clients both existing and new in the future.  We are proud that our multi-discipline approach often makes all the difference when a client is deciding who to entrust with their property needs.