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COVID-19 restrictions update

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government has confirmed that the housing market will remain open throughout this period. Therefore, it is business as usual for all staff, sub-contractors, and suppliers. Our construction teams will remain on-site and can continue to progress the build stages of our developments. This is reviewed on a regular basis in line with Government advice.

You Can Still Move Home

If you’re planning to move home. As long as you follow safety guidance and are not self-isolating, the government has confirmed that you can still move house, even during the new national lockdown.

Are Sales Offices Still Open For Viewings And Appointments?

Our show home remains open for viewings by appointment only, either at our sales office or via video, telephone appointment. However, as we are a live construction site, plot viewings are currently restricted until further notice. Virtual tours are available on selected plots.

We have implemented strict Covid-safe measures on our site, including temperature checks, the provision of hand sanitiser, the mandatory wearing of face coverings and enhanced cleaning.

You can still look forward to moving into your new Risby Home, but the guidance states you should not have help with moving home from any family members or friends outside your bubble, unless it is absolutely necessary.

Removal firms are still able to continue working with the usual safety procedures in place, so you can still book professional services required to help you move home.

Will There Be Any Delays With Moving Home?

It’s possible that in some areas the conveyancing process will be slower than usual, as some solicitors and agents may be operating at limited capacity, but the government has said that all professionals within the housing market can continue to work and visit properties, including tradespeople, inspectors, conveyancers, and surveyors.

Existing Customers

For existing customers, we would like to reassure you that our committed sales team will continue to support you throughout your home buying journey and after-sales customer care.

For And Behalf of Risby Homes Ltd

Trina Henderson

Sales Manager

A Christmas completion for Westcote Farm

All 23 homes at our Westcote Farm development in South Cave have now been sold, just in time for the Christmas holidays.

With a range of two, three, and four/five-bed homes, there is a great community feel at Westcote Farm, with families of all shapes and sizes now calling the development home.

Merging materials from the original buildings on the Westcote Farm site, homes on the development have real character – which can be hard to find in a new build. A stream also runs through the development past a picturesque dovecote, which alludes to the history of the area.

Pete and Sheila, residents of one of Westcote Farm’s Cassin cottages, said of the development: “Last year we decided to move from Bridlington to live in South Cave. We saw Westcote Farm and liked it straight away!

“We reserved a beautiful Cassin cottage. It has been a very pleasant experience from start to finish, we love the house and it is built to a high standard – the attention to detail is superb.”

Each home is fully fitted to the highest specification, with each contemporary build featuring bespoke kitchen and bathroom areas, chosen by the owners themselves.

Kerry and Colin, who have also moved on to the development, said: “The homes are truly bespoke, and our thoughts and ideas were incorporated into the design. The level of detail is second to none, from the bathroom fittings, to kitchen design and decoration.

“We could not be happier in our amazing home. If you are thinking of buying one just go for it – you won’t be sorry!”

With a mission to turn every customer’s vision of their ideal home into a reality, here at Risby we give buyers control and guidance throughout each stage of the design and build process. Developing close relationships to understand how each client wants their home to look and feel, we’re on hand to provide advice and updates every step of the way.

Interested in buying a Risby home? Take a look at our Shepherd’s Rest development in Beverley here.

Risby wins ‘Best Performing House Builder’ award

We’re proud to announce that we have been awarded the title of ‘Best Performing House Builder’ at the eighth annual safety awards presentation from Hull Building Safety Group (HBSG). The award recognises Risby for having an ‘exceptional record for safety’ on our sites across East Yorkshire.

Mark Dobson, director and safety, health and environmental manager at the Hull Building Safety Group (HBSG), commented: “It’s important we continue to recognise local businesses for the work they are doing to keep safety at the core of their working practices, never-more so than during the pandemic.

“We record safety compliance monthly across all our HBSG accredited sites and Risby’s performance saw them come out at the top. Risby not only create excellent homes, but also have a great track record for site safety. It was a pleasure to be able to finally get many of the regions’ best examples of safety together and hand over their trophies.”

The award was accepted by Amy Barrett, who added: “It was great to be acknowledged for the work we do here at Risby to ensure the safety of our sites from the moment ground is broken. In a year when health and safety has taken centre stage, we take great pride in the quality of our homes, and attention to detail when it comes to safety is no different.”

The Hull Building Safety Group was founded in 1968 with the aim of providing a range of safety services to group members. Today, HBSG operates across the UK providing safety services and site audits of members’ construction sites. For more information, visit: https://www.hbsg.co.uk/.

Buying a new build property? All your questions answered…

Viewing and buying a house can be a daunting prospect at the best of times, and combined with present Covid-restrictions on viewings and face-to-face time with sales managers it can seem like you might never get all the answers you’re after. Together with our property agents, Stanifords, we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions about buying a new home.

From the implications of Covid to the amount of input you’ll have on your new home (spoiler alert, lots!) – here’s our complete guide to buying a new build…

Covid-19

Can I still view Risby properties during Covid-19?

Absolutely, albeit with some Covid-safe restrictions in place. At Risby Homes, our show home and sales office are open Thursday – Monday from 10am to 4pm. Viewings are strictly by appointment only and we ask that you please wear a face covering for the entirety of your visit. Be sure to also scan the NHS Covid App location QR code displayed at our office.

We are limited to the number of visits we can have on our sites during the construction phase due to safety regulations, but you can discuss individual visits with our sales manager.

Can I still complete on a house during Covid-19? 

Yes, completing on your new home has not changed during the pandemic. However, some of the legal processes are taking a little longer with the majority of office staff working predominantly from home.

What other implications are current Covid-19 restrictions having that may affect my new build purchase?

We are currently up to date and on track with all current reservations and completion dates. Whilst the uncertainty due to Covid means there is potential for manufacturing and legal delays, we make sure to keep all our customers up to date on anything that may impact on their home progress or completion date.

Buying off plan

How much input can I have into the layout, styling and finishes in my new home? 

Every home builder has a different approach to how much of your build can be personalised and adapted. Choosing a Risby Home is choosing to create a bespoke home, designed to fit your individual style and living preferences. We want every step of your home build journey to be as personal to you as it can possibly be. Subject to build stage, you will be able to choose the layout and style of your designer kitchen and completely restructure the layout of rooms.

How long will my plot take to be completed from the time I sign? 

A Risby Home takes on average 6 months from start to finish.

Does the developer offer a ‘long stop’ completion date for delays? 

A long stop completion date is when you receive compensation for delays in your move in date. Yes, Risby Homes offer this – for more information please speak with our sales manager Trina by calling 07376 110 229.

Can I visit my home during the build process? 

At Risby Homes we do allow visits to your plot during the build, but these are at the discretion of the site manager, and are by appointment only. Given the current Covid situation most customers are able to view their plot once their kitchen has been installed. Should you wish to view your house at another time then please discuss it with our sales manager.

Finance 

What help is available for buying our new build house?

At Risby Homes we make the purchase of your new home as hassle free and financially viable as possible. For information on part exchanges, help to buy equity loan schemes or any additional financing information please speak to our sales manager directly.

Ownership & Land

Is the new property leasehold or freehold? 

All Risby Homes are freehold. Whether your new build home is freehold or leasehold is fundamental, so make sure you check with your house builder. Leasehold means that you have a lease from the freeholder to use the home for a number of years. Whilst the government has committed to ban the selling of new houses on a leasehold basis, this has not yet come into force.

Warranty and Home Improvement

What is included in our new home warranty?

At Risby homes we offer the maximum NHBC 10 Year Warranty. Cover starts from exchange of contracts. For the first two years you are covered by a builder warranty and from years 3-10 you are covered by Buildmark cover which protects you from damage caused where the property has not been built to NHBC standards.

What limitations do I have on making changes to my property?

Every home builder has their own limitations on what can and cannot be added or changed on properties. Due to the bespoke nature of our builds, please speak to our sales manager about any limitations to changes on your property.

At Risby Homes we aim to make your home buying process as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. If you would like to learn more about our current or past developments, or want to organise a Covid-safe face-to-face appointment with our sales manager Trina Henderson then please call or email 07376110229 / trina@risbyhomes.co.uk. We look forward to helping you create your dream home!

Useful links

Mortgage Calculator: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/housing/moving-and-improving-your-home/mortgage-calculator/

Information on stamp duty: https://www.gov.uk/buy-sell-your-home/tax

Help to Buy: https://www.helptobuy.gov.uk

NHBC – what does buildmark cover: http://www.nhbc.co.uk/Homeowners/WhatdoesBuildmarkcover/

Budgeting advice: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/budgeting/budgeting/work-out-your-budget/

Work experience at Risby

When it came to finding a work experience placement, 15-year-old Calum from Howden School knew he wanted to work in construction. However, when he wasn’t sure which part of the industry he wanted to progress in, he got in touch with the team here at Risby to help him find out!

We asked Calum how he found his week on site at our Shepherd’s Rest development in Beverley.

So Calum, what did you get up to during your work experience?

I got to try out a range of different tasks during my week at Risby. I got to try my hand at different plastering techniques, including patching and applying pre-plaster to plasterboard.

I also had the chance to lay bricks and blocks on site, as well as carry out a number of general labour jobs.

How did you find working with the team at Risby?

The team were really helpful and friendly, and I found it a really good experience.

How does working at Risby compare to going to school?

There were a lot of early starts, and with the longer hours and physical jobs I definitely slept well!

The uniform was also quite different. There was a lot of PPE I needed to wear to work on site. Everyone wore gloves, hard hats, steel toe cap boots and high vis vests. Plus, there were extra restrictions in place for covid.

What did you learn whilst working with the team?

I learnt all about how a construction team works together, and how every job connects together. Working as a team makes things run smoothly and helps progress the site.

What was your favourite part of working with Risby?

I really enjoyed bricklaying, pointing up the bricks on the houses.

Did work experience help you decide what you want to do in the future?

I’ve always known that I wanted to work in the construction industry. Now I have experience working on a site, it’s confirmed that I want to be a bricklayer just like my dad and uncle.

Would you recommend work experience with Risby to other students?

Definitely. It was a really good experience.

            

Here at Risby we actively offer work experience placements to students in the East Riding area. If you know anyone interested in completing work experience with Risby, contact us here.

Meet the Risby team: Jo Allen, interior designer

Welcome to our latest blog series: ‘meet the Risby team’! As an independent, family-run business, we think it’s important to be familiar with who you’re dealing with. For example, who chooses the interiors for a Risby show home? Who am I speaking with when I call Risby? Who manages each development, and how? Keep an eye on our blog to find out all about the different members of the team, helping give you peace of mind when buying a Risby home.

Hi Jo, we’d love to hear how you started out as an interior designer. How did you get into the industry?

It developed over a long period of time really, but it started with my love for interiors.

After seeing how I’d decorated my own home, friends and family would often ask for advice and soon, I was helping them to choose their own furniture and colour schemes.

Being a very practical person, I decided to try my hand at making a career out of my passion. And I succeeded!

How did you come to work for Risby?

I started working with Risby after I helped managing director Mark Barrett and his wife Sally to decorate their home. I must have done a good job, as they offered me a job designing their development show homes.

It helped that we got along really well, and I’m great at working to a budget – which is important when decorating a home as it can be easy to get carried away!

That was seven years ago. Since then, I’ve worked on all of Risby’s show homes, decorating each to demonstrate their full potential.

How do you design a show home?

It’s important that I put myself in the mind frame of someone that would live in the house I’m designing. Do I have children? What do I like to do in my spare time? Is entertaining important to me?

There’s a very fine line between creating a space that feels like a home and making the house too personal, so it’s essential to keep any décor inoffensive and appealing to a wider audience whilst still standing out from the crowd. As you can imagine, this can be difficult to achieve!

Sourcing the right furniture and deciding on colour schemes is also important. To help with this some of the team visit The Furniture Show in Birmingham each year to keep on top of the latest trends and suppliers.

The great thing about working with Risby is that the team leave me to my own creative devices. They trust me to design a show home that makes a statement, whilst still being on brief. This makes each project more exciting than the last.

Do you have a favourite development?

I really enjoyed decorating the show homes for Shepherd’s Rest in Beverley. There’s such a great choice of homes to choose from for all budgets, so I liked giving each one a different personality.

I particularly liked working with the bi-fold doors in the kitchen areas as they create so much light on the ground floor. It was also fun working with features like secret doors within the latest house types – this sort of thing really sets Risby apart from other developers.

Do you have any top tips for house buyers hoping to decorate their homes to show home standard?

The right choice of wallpaper can make a huge difference when decorating your home. Introducing colour and pattern brings life to an otherwise plain space, and can be as high or low impact as you like.

If you’re not ready to take the plunge with a feature wall, you can instead invest in an interesting piece of art to draw the eye. Artwork of local landscapes are always a brilliant addition to an otherwise clear space as they give a real personal feel to your home and reflect the space often just ten minutes from your home.

Speaking of artwork, you’re also a successful artist – tell us about your work

My art is very textured, layering paints with a pallet knife to create a rustic feel. I would describe it as almost like a sculpture on a canvas, very structured and eye-catching.

I started painting during lockdown, creating art for members of my family. They had a great response, and soon I was receiving commissions for people looking for artwork for their homes! As an interior designer I find it easy to create something that works well in a specific room, keeping to both colour schemes and the buyer’s requests.

My artwork is also currently being displayed at a lockdown art exhibition on Humber Street in Hull city centre, which is amazing for me. As a fairly new artist, receiving praise from others in the industry is lovely and a huge confidence boost. I’ve even managed to sell most of my work. I sold seven in the first weekend alone!

Wykeland has been amazing. The team have helped me to display my work to the public, and it’s currently on display each weekend during August, on a Saturday from 10am-5pm and on a Sunday from 10am-4pm.

You can find Jo’s latest artwork at pop-up space two of the lockdown art exhibition on Humber Street. Visit her Instagram page here.

         

Phase three of Shepherd’s Rest released

We’re happy to announce the latest release of homes at our sought-after Shepherd’s Rest development in Beverley.

Consisting of a range of family homes, the newly released properties are perfect for families looking for room to grow and a neighbourhood with a real community spirit.

And if people reserve now, buyers have the unique opportunity to choose their own fixtures and fittings, helping to create the home of their dreams!

Houses available in the phase three release include a number of unique, three-storey properties: The Cheviot and The Swaledale. These bespoke properties are contemporary, high specification four-bedroom homes, with plenty of space for family life.

With underfloor heating to the ground floor as standard, The Cheviot has four good size bedrooms and two family size bathrooms alongside a social breakfast kitchen, useful utility room and downstairs WC and garage, making it ideal for growing families.

The Swaledale, boasts three bathrooms, as well as a downstairs WC, four generous size bedrooms and a dining kitchen that is great for entertaining. Underfloor heating to the ground floor also comes as standard.

Homeowners can choose from a range of bespoke kitchens, tiling and flooring options for their new home.

The new stamp duty holiday also means that a selection of our homes at Shepherd’s Rest are now available without having to pay an additional tax. This is an amazing new rule that will save buyers thousands of pounds! But this tax holiday is only available for a few months, so we would urge anyone who may be interested to get in touch soon in order to take full advantage of the potential savings.

We’ve introduced a series of new measures to keep both staff and visitors safe, with potential buyers having the chance to view the Shepherd’s Rest show home with our Sales Manager Trina by-appointment only.

Properties in phase three of Shepherd’s Rest start from £285,000. The Shepherd’s Rest sales office is currently open from 10am-4pm, from Thursday to Monday.

Contact us for more information or to book an appointment.

Buying your new home: your questions answered

As we’re now moving out of lockdown and the property market starts moving again, you may be getting ready to move house. But we know that it’s still a nervous time for some and buyers have a lot of questions. What’s changed? Is it safe to visit a show home? And what about financial concerns?vWe’re here to answer these questions and provide you with the most up-to-date information from our site and sales teams.

1. What’s changed?

  • Strictly by appointment only – we are not allowing passers-by to visit the show home/sales office. Our sales office is now open 10am – 4pm, Thursday – Monday and you’re able to come and visit by appointment only. This is being done to limit the number of people coming in and out.
  • Arriving safely:  Ample parking is available and we’ve ensured that there’s a safe distance between cars. Our Sales Manager, Trina, will welcome you and will be sat behind a screen during your visit to maintain social distancing.
  • The buying process: The buying process is still exactly the same. However, there are safety measures now in place with regards estate agent appointments and viewings. Everyone is working hard to make sure that you are safe and feel comfortable.

2. Is it safe to visit a show home?

  •  The short answer is: yes. We have been careful to introduce a series of new measures that will keep both staff and visitors safe.
  • Limited number of viewings – we’re reducing the number of people entering the show home at one time. Booking your slot will make sure we can manage numbers safely and efficiently. We are taking details of each customer for track and trace purposes.
  • Staying safe inside: Masks and hand sanitising stations are now available upon arrival. We’re also advising that visitors don’t use the toilets at the show home and avoid touching door handles, where possible. You’ll be guided through the show home, as normal – with social distancing measures in place, of course.
  • Health concerns: If you have booked to come and look around our show home, but have since experienced health problems, please do let us know. Rebooking your slot is a simple process.

3. I have financial concerns about buying a property, what can I do?

  • It’s been a strange and uncertain time for us all. But please be assured, purchasing a home through Risby Homes is a safe and secure process. We’re a family-run, local developer that really cares about our buyers. We know it’s hard to find the ‘dream home’. So if you decide that one of our properties is the one for you, we can help make your dream home a reality. If you have any financial concerns just let us know. We’ve been doing this for a long time, so any question or worry you may have – we’ve undoubtedly heard it before.
  • We work with Stanifords estate agents, who are also on-hand to provide advice and recommend trusted financial advisors and solicitors.

If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment to discuss your move, please get in touch with our Sales Manager Trina Henderson on: trina@risbyhomes.co.uk or 07376 110 229.

Buying a home during the COVID-19 outbreak

The essential government measures put in place as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak has put a lot of people’s lives on hold. But social distancing doesn’t mean that you can’t still secure your perfect property.

I’m currently looking for a new home, what’s my next step?

Get in touch! Register your interest and we’ll keep you in the loop with the planned next phase of our Shepherd’s Rest development. There are some beautiful homes planned, which will start onsite as soon as we are able, and we look forward to sharing them with you.

Is your show home still open?

In line with government guidance, our show home and sales office has temporarily closed. But our Sales Manager, Trina Henderson, is available on 07376 110 229 or trina@risbyhomes.co.uk.

Make sure you’re following us on Facebook to see up-to-date CGIs, virtual tours and most recent site pictures.

I’ve reserved a Risby Homes property, has this process been affected?

Although work for Phase 2 of Shepherd’s Rest is temporarily paused, we’d like to reassure buyers that we have been working on schedule and you will be kept informed with any updates as the situation unfolds.

Trina, our Sales Manager, is in touch with all buyers every week, relaying any new information. As soon as we receive any news, we will let you know.

We’d also recommend keeping in touch with your solicitors, mortgage advisor and estate agent.

Some words of encouragement for us all from one of our buyers:

Thank you for the update, Trina. Bricks and mortar can wait. We must all learn to be patient, careful, mindful and respectful to others if we are to emerge safe and healthy from this.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch. We hope you are all keeping safe and well during this difficult time.

– The team at Risby Homes

One plot remaining at Westcote Farm

Spring has sprung in South Cave!

Westcote Farm is a distinctive development nestled within the quaint village of South Cave. The 23-home scheme has seen considerable interest and now only has one property remaining for sale.

The last remaining three-storey, four/five-bedroom detached home is perfect for a family looking for a little more space.

The Sorocco has been designed with a busy family in mind. Features include:

  • a games room
  • study
  • three bathrooms
  • underfloor heating throughout the ground floor
  • a double garage
  • south facing garden overlooking the stream that runs through the development

The property boasts a bespoke kitchen and bathrooms and has been fitted to the highest specification. It’s a house a family can truly call a home.

Westcote Farm is set within picturesque surroundings that are steeped in history. The scheme has merged materials from the original buildings with a contemporary yet classic design. Westcote Farm even includes an historic dovecote, which has been completely refurbished.

Located just a few minutes away from South Cave’s bustling village centre, Westcote Farm is ideally situated close to the local primary school and village amenities. From independent cafes and boutiques to a post office, corner shop and not one but two local pubs, there’s certainly enough to keep you busy!

For more information on the Sorocco contact our Sales Manager Trina Henderson: telephone: 0737 6110229, email: trina@risbyhomes.co.uk.