Wednesday, 20 April 2016



We're proud to announce that we have been featured in CityAM's Leap 100, a list of the most exciting, fast-growing companies to look out for in 2016. 

For more information and to view the whole list, head to CityAM's website: http://www.cityam.com/leap-100


Thursday, 10 March 2016

The Furnished Index Calculator



The David Phillips Furnished Index Calculator is here – a new, industry first tool to help investors, agents and property managers make more informed decisions about how and when to furnish their properties in order to maximise the returns on their investment.


"In fact, I haven’t seen anything as comprehensive as this before. The almost street-by-street detail is quite fascinating." - Liz Hamson, Property Week

We have worked closely with a number of agents to collect primary and secondary data that covers the entire UK, with information on the best furnishing practices across every postcode in the country. Using this information, the choice of whether or not to furnish and at what level is no longer a case of educated guesswork, but a case of simply using our easy to navigate calculator.




Our data shows that 50% of UK flats were let furnished in 2015, along with 32% of rental houses. Furnished flats achieved an average rent premium of 27% over unfurnished flats during the same period, while houses achieved a 15% premium. This shows that there are stark benefits to furnishing rental properties – however, there are regional considerations to be made. Only 2 of the 10 largest furnished postcodes were outside of London; RG1 and LS6 – two large student areas.


"I absolutely love the research. As an agent, this is really good for landlord education." – Roxanna Zea, Rentify

Furnishing inside London is almost a requirement – 82% of properties in travel zone 1 were offered furnished, with yield increase in the City as a whole of almost 60% for furnished properties. Inside the entire M25 there was an average yield increase of 16%, while outside of London 24% of properties see no rental premium from furnishing.

While it may seem that a furniture company recommending furnishing has a motive to encourage the purchase of furniture, we are as transparent as possible with our data – for 31% of postcodes in the UK there is little evidence of any benefit from furnishing, and if this is the case for your properties we will make this clear.



To start using the calculator now, head to our website.

To discuss the research in more detail or be sent the full report, please feel free to contact:

Ed Grant, Director, Agency & Developers

ed.grant@davidphillips.com, or 07584 528 925

For media enquiries, please contact: Richard Eagleton, Marketing Director

richard.eagleton@davidphillips.com, or 07713 507 143

Friday, 19 February 2016

Top tips for maintaining your appliances


Top tips for maintaining your appliances

Appliances can last a surprisingly long time provided they are regularly maintained and proper care is taken to prevent damage, the following recommendations will help you to ensure that they continue to be as useful as possible during their lifetimes, and may prolong their life:

  1. Clean refrigerator/freezer coils: Clearing dust and debris from the coils and fans located on the back of fridges and freezers will reduce stress on the motor, reducing the likelihood of it burning out and rendering your appliance unusable.
  2. Keep your washing machine door open: When not in use, leave the washing machine door open. This helps to discourage mould and mildew, which can render your machine unhygienic and unusable.
  3. Deodorise your dishwasher: To kill off unwanted bacteria and the unpleasant smells they cause, run a hot empty cycle with a bowl of white vinegar or dishwasher cleaner on the top shelf.
  4. Run a hot wash at least once a month: Run a wash between 60-90 degrees either empty or to sanitise dirty dish towels and cloths to keep your machine odour free. If you choose to run your washing machine empty, we recommend adding a cup of white vinegar to help break down limescale and detergent build-up.
  5. Convince your tenants: It can be hard to encourage tenants to follow best-care practices – but they are more likely to take care of one of our high-end appliances than a low-end model (and these tend to outlast their cheaper counterparts, too).
Unfortunately, even with the best maintenance and care, appliances can break unexpectedly and leave your tenants stuck – but don'y worry – our complete appliance delivery service can help. We stock a wide selection of value appliances perfect for tenanted properties, and with our FREE key collection service, your appliances can be ready to use without needing you to take time out of your schedule.

For more information, head to our website or call our team now on 08451 088 088

Friday, 29 January 2016

How can furnishing improve the likelihood of selling your property more quickly and at a higher value?

While the concept of home staging has been around for some time, it has become increasingly popular and more widely used and as reported last week in The Sunday Times, finishing touches are especially important factors in the decision making process. Styling alone does have a large impact on viewers' reactions, but the biggest impact is always made by the complete interior scheme and choice of furniture.




David Phillips – the UK's largest furnishing services provider to the property industry – has become the leading 'dress to sell' provider, offering home staging for residential property sales and show homes for large-scale, residential developments.  
"David Phillips has a range of furnishing solutions to cover all sectors and levels of the market in order to provide a fast and efficient staging service to meet the varying needs and budgets of our clients. All of our installations are project managed by one of our dedicated rental stylists who ensures that each property is given individual care and attention, and that the finished solution enhances the property to its maximum." – Nicky Bloom, Director of Rental at David Phillips
Having recently joined forces with Milc Property Stylists, the David Phillips group provides home staging and show home services to agents, developers and homeowners across the UK – and increasingly in mainland Europe – with their service proving increasingly beneficial for properties with asking prices from under £250,000 to over £15 million. The David Phillips group, including Milc, has been instrumental in the sale of more than £350 million of property in the last 12 months alone.

"At Milc we provide innovative, tailored design solutions for dress for sale projects – from expansive 8 bedroom homes, to studio apartments. We are exceptionally client focussed and strive to achieve great results while maintaining a hassle free, personal service. A forward thinking design approach keeps our look fresh, and while we think big, no detail is too small." - Heidi Clark, Founder & Director of Milc Property Stylists 
It is shown that furnished homes perform better on the market, generally selling more quickly and closer to the asking price when compared to similar properties being sold without the benefit of staging – the before and after pictures from a recent David Phillips installation completed in North West London, below, highlight the effect this can have.




Home staging as a concept has taken a while to become popular in the UK – its benefits have been increasingly reported by a number of prominent outlets including the BBC and the Sunday Times. However, it is now an established part of the home selling scene in the US, where it is used extensively by both agents and independent sellers looking to maximise the potential of their property.



With David Phillips' help, home staging is as cost effective as it is convenient - a typical investment of between 0.5 and 1% of the property's value is required with the aim of boosting the final sale price, with homes we stage typically achieving around 98% of the asking price.

Whether you are selling your own property or represent an estate agency working with a large number of unfurnished properties, home staging could give you a much needed edge over the competition and help you to attract buyers.

For more information on Home Staging and for a no-obligation quote, visit either the David Phillips website or call them on 08451 088 088. 


More details about the services provided by Milc can be found here.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

We're sponsoring this year's Student Accommodation Conference!



We're sponsors at this year's Student Accommodation Conference, held on 3rd December at Etc Venues, 155 Bishopsgate, London.

Dan Brownsword, Projects Director and the team will be on stands 26 & 27 to discuss your needs and our capabilities from 9am until 7pm.

To book a personal appointment or to ask any questions prior to the event, don't hesitate to call the team on 0845 685 0479 or email contract@davidphillips.com.


Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Walled Gardens, St. Andrews

The Walled Gardens at St Andrews and interior designer David Phillips invite you to an extraordinary event - two days full of shopping, treats and fun in the heart of St. Andrews.




In order to showcase the completion of the first phase of The Walled Gardens development by Bield Homes, we will be co-hosting a two-day event in the newly furnished complex.



Come along between Saturday 28th and Sunday 28th November to take a look at this beautiful new development. Doors to the event will be open from 11am until 5pm on both days, and those wishing to attend are invited to drop in whenever they are free.

What You Will Discover

  • A selection of our homes ready for you to move in before Christmas
  • David Phillips' new range of furniture available for purchase 
  • A £1000 David Phillips voucher prize for every home reserved by 31st of December 2015
  • Mulled cider - after an original Jamie Oliver recipe and mince pies


About The Walled Gardens at St. Andrews


Bield's blend of traditional architecture and construction with the best in modern, energy efficient interiors ensures your day-to-day retirement living is easy, safe and comfortable. The Walled Gardens at St Andrews apartments are perfectly placed, close to the heart of St. Andrews but a world away when you feel like some peace and quiet.

For more information, head to www.thewalledgardenstandrews.co.uk


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Q&A with Bethany Taylor, Account Manager for Asia



 What are the benefits of having a representative in Asia?  
 "David Phillips increasingly found themselves furnishing properties with clients based in Asia. Soon they realised that having a representative based in the region would enable them to better meet the special requirements of their international clients, with a dedicated point of contact in a time-zone more appropriate to these customers' needs."   
Where are you based? 
"I am primarily based in Hong Kong; Hong Kong has been my home for 13 years as my parents are expats, so I lived here as a teenager. I moved to London to study and start my career before moving back to be David Phillips' Asian Account Manager. I also spent part of my childhood in Dubai & Bahrain, so I am used to travelling and living abroad."   

How many countries are you able to work from? 
"I am able to set up a meeting anywhere in Asia, and regularly find myself travelling to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Being able to meet face-to-face is important as it can make all the difference when preparing a property for rental; it gives them a chance to ask questions and talk through the options for furnishing their property in greater detail. It can be hard to feel at ease emailing someone 6000 miles away that you have never met." 
Why do you feel there is a significant appetite to invest in the UK market - and in particular London? 
“Fundamentally, the current housing climate in London is in favour of buy-to-let investors; with rental income and property values increasing at a high rate, the city is an exciting place for those looking to expand their property portfolio. Not only this, but London is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in the world, making it a safe place to invest your money."
Why do investors choose to use David Phillips? 
"The majority of the London rental market is offered furnished–it is important that investors furnish their property properly in order to achieve the highest possible yield and obtain the best quality tenants. Competition is fierce and it is my job to ensure their units rent first."
What projects are you working on? 
"I have recently embarked on the Battersea Power Station project with a client, and have also had the chance to work on other exciting projects including: Riverlight, Goodmans Fields, The Fusion, The Eagle, Chelsea Creek, Stratford Plaza, Hallsville Quarter and Plimsoll Building." 
What special considerations need to be made when working with international clients? 
"My clients in Asia want to feel like they’re in safe hands and have someone do the hard work for them, especially when someone with expertise in the area is able to go above and beyond their own capabilities. It’s important to remember that international clients can’t just pop into their managing agent or a showroom to ask a question regarding their property, so having a physical presence really helps put their mind at ease and gives them confidence in us as a company."

If you have property investments in the UK or are considering investing, why not arrange a call back from Bethany? She can talk through the full extent of what David Phillips can offer and has a wealth of expertise in dealing with clients based in Asia. Click here to send her a message.

Friday, 23 October 2015

We're finalists at the Northern Design Awards 2015!


We're proud to announce that we have been selected as finalists for Residential Interior Project under £200,000 at the Northern Design Awards for our interior design work on behalf of UK Land & Property at the Nuovo development in Ancoats, Manchester, last year.

The living space at Nuovo

The interior scheme was produced by our in-house designers, Lois Trustram and Lauren Maylor, and with an eye to create a high-end, opulent interior that took inspiration from the location of the new development. 

"From the outset, we created a challenging brief for Lauren and Lois to create a unique and luxurious show apartment within a set budget.  They took us along the design journey, by creating various concepts and consulted us every step of the way. We were swept away by their proposal of an opulent and rich scheme – inspired by the local architecture. 
We were so impressed when the final scheme was delivered, it not only met our expectations, but exceeded it – all within the set time frame and budget.  The finished apartment maximised the brief, and completed the Nuovo Apartments identity.  We would really love to work with the team at David Phillips again in the future." - Paul Johnson, Director at UK Land & Property

The bedroom at Nuovo
 "The Team at David Phillips have proven that they can create a stylish, opulent interior on a budget, but still make the design accessible and aspirational to all of our buyers.
By creating and installing a stunning show apartment, we have been able to sell all of the apartments to owner occupiers and investors within 12 months of launching – turning a part completed building into an icon on Great Ancoats Street. 
We recommend David Phillips to our clients because of their flexibility, creativity and reliability when delivering projects, and we welcome their unique ideas when presenting future schemes." - Louise Emmott, Director at JLL Manchester 


For more information on our interior design team, the work they do and our capabilities, head to our website - you can also find our latest interiors brochure there.

Monday, 21 September 2015

15 days until Procurex Scotland Live


We've had a busy summer on the event circuit, and it's not over yet! We're heading to Procurex Scotland Live on 6th of October to showcase our contract sector services - from furnishing solutions for student accommodation to services aimed at social, shared and supported housing providers.

Join Natalie, Victoria and Steven at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow from 8.30am through 4pm to find out all about the specialist services we offer in the sector. You can be sure to take away some interesting and insightful information thanks to our team's experience, who have collectively furnished thousands of rooms and facilities across the nation over the past 10 years.

Procurex Scotland Live is the most important event in the Scottish public procurement calendar, with the industry now into the third phase of PPRP - the event will provide a unique, collaborative opportunity for everyone involved to network, learn and share best practices, while developing partnerships and opportunities to meet today's challenges.

Attending the event:

Directions to the event and further information can be found on the Procurex website, please be aware that pricing for the event varies based on your company's sector.

You'll find our team on Stand 15 (see the floorplan below), and as always, if you'd like to speak to us prior to the event to schedule a meeting or to learn more, email contract@davidphillips.com

Friday, 4 September 2015

RESI Conference: 7th-9th September


It's once again time to prepare for the RESI Conference at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. 2015 marks the 9th annual event, with up to 1000 delegates expected to attend to learn, debate and network. We're sponsoring this year's Activities, Music provided by The London Essentials Roaming Band and the Gala Dinner on the final night of the event, and look forward to another great opportunity to speak with partners old and new.

What can you expect from this year's conference?

The conference starts with the annual RESI Golf Tournament, held this year on the Twenty Ten course at 10:00 on Monday, 7th September. Following the tournament is RESI's Activity Day (and for the first time - Go-Karting!) at 12:00, and the Editor's Welcome and Drinks Reception with Special Guest Speaker Kyran Bracken MBE at 17:00.

Tuesday and Wednesday are set to be packed with a number of great talks, events and keynotes - with the whole event topped off with the Gala Dinner on the final evening of the conference. While the full list of everything going on at the event is far too long to include, you can read the full programme here to get an idea of what to expect.

What's new this year?

This year the event has two great new additions: A speaker's corner with a number of fantastic keynotes lined up, and an official RESI event app to help you navigate the conference and interact with other delegates. For more information on the official RESI app, click here.

As always, there's a number of our team going to this year's event - and two new faces from our recent merger with Milc Property Stylists, Poppy and Heidi. If you'd like to get in touch and arrange a meeting with us prior to RESI, drop us an email at sales@davidphillips.com

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Landlord & Letting Show 2015: 7 Days to go!


Don't miss out! There's only 7 days to go until this year's Landlord & Letting Show at the Barbican in London. We'll be talking about all of the great services we offer landlords, investors and property professionals first hand, and providing advice tailored to you and your business.




The event is being held at The Barbican, London on Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th September from 10am until 5pm, and we'll be on Stand 10 on both days during these times - you'll find us right next to the seminar rooms in the middle of the hall.



If you've yet to get your FREE tickets for this year's event, don't forget! You can sign up here.

To speak to us prior to the event and find out more about what we can do for your business, visit davidphillips.com or email sales@davidphillips.com

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Don't miss us at COUP!



We're attending this year's Conference On University Purchasing 2015 (COUP) at the University of Kent from 8th - 10th September. You can find us at Stand 43 on both days - for a full floor plan to help you find us, click here (as PeelMount Contract Furnishings). You can find us on:
  • Wednesday 9th September - 9am to 5pm - COUP Stand 43
  • Thursday 10th September - 9am to 5pm - COUP Stand 43
COUP is the premier event for those working within procurement for UK Higher Education, and we'll be showcasing our full range of contract offerings over the course of the event - with a focus on student halls of residence and accommodation. 

Steven, Richard & Dan - who have collectively helped to furnish thousands of rooms across some of the UK's most extensive student accommodation projects - will be on hand over both days to provide information and discuss how we can help with your furnishing requirements. We'll be presenting new lines from our student brochure - if you'd like to view a digital copy prior to the event, click here. Alternatively, request a physical copy of our brochure by emailing digital@davidphillips.com now.


You can find more information on the COUP website, coup.ac.uk

Cant make this year's event but still want to find out more about what we do? Visit our Manchester Showroom to see our capabilities in person, and talk to a student furniture specialist.

If you'd like to talk to our team before the event and arrange to meet, simply email sales@davidphillips.com or visit our websites: davidphillips-contract.com and peelmount.co.uk


Monday, 3 August 2015

Choosing the right mattress

One of the biggest issues we hear of from our customers who manage property is that they receive complaints about mattresses and beds on a regular basis, despite the fact that the bed is only days or weeks old.

A bed is arguably one of the most important pieces of furniture in any tenanted property for many reasons - not least of which is the fact that your tenants will spend up to a third of their lives using it, and will be happy to tell you if it's not up to the job.

With so many different companies offering a huge range of styles and types of beds and mattresses, it’s easy to become confused and overloaded by information, buzz words and technical details. We’ve put together the following guide to help you decipher the jargon and make the most informed decision possible on behalf of tenants, saving your business time and money.


Sizing


The first thing to consider is sizing. The UK standards alone describe 6 different sizes - and that’s before taking European products into consideration. Don’t simply pick a double because it’s convenient; think about how much space there is in the room for manoeuvring around the bed, and whether the bed will be shared or not - a standard double gives each person only 68.5cm of space, compared to 75cm for a regular single. We recommend at very least that you take a tape measure to the bedroom before making this decision - and measure in inches, as most suppliers still use feet and inches for beds.





Mattress types


There are a variety of mattress types available on the market, and the differences are sometimes subtle, and often unclear. The following types refer to the way the mattress is constructed - there's also other considerations to make such as the type of filling, spring count and tension.


Open coil/Bonnell springs


Open coil mattresses feature traditional, interconnected wire springs. The most important considerations when selecting an open sprung model are the spring gauge, and whether springs are interlinked (most are, but rarely the springs aren't linked at all). Open coil mattresses tend to be cheaper and more durable than other types, but often at the cost of comfort and support.


The Quilted Mattress from our range is perfect for guests or short-term use.


Edge Supported mattresses


Many problems arise - especially in student housing or multiple occupancies without living rooms - where repeated sitting on the edge of the bed causes mattresses to sag and lose their shape, leading to reduced comfort and in extreme cases a need for replacement. Edge supported mattresses feature either reinforced foam or butterfly springs that actively prevent this from happening by providing structure to the edges - this also has the added benefit of keeping fillings in place. Great for durability and longer term comfort (and therefore happy tenants), but these models tend to carry ah higher price.


The Oxford Edge - ideal for student lets and HMOs


Orthopaedic mattresses


The word orthopaedic can be used to mean a range of different features depending on who is using it, and isn’t clearly defined by a lot of manufacturers. Our orthopaedic mattresses feature a firmer tension and higher build quality than other products, designed to enable a range of movement at night to reduce pressure and by extension, back pain - but not all vendors ensure their products are suitable in this way. Often tenants will expect to be provided with an orthopaedic mattress, but make sure you read the specifications due to the variety of different products the term can be used to describe.


Our Super Orthopaedic mattress provides unrivalled support


Pocket sprung mattresses


Pocket sprung mattresses feature springs which are individually wound and placed inside fabric pockets. Pockets are connected in a way that allows each spring more individual movement. The most important consideration to make when selecting a pocket sprung mattress is the number of individual springs, which can range from hundreds to many thousands of individual springs - more springs generally means a more comfortable night’s sleep.


The Sandringham, with 3526 individual springs and natural lamb's wool filling

Memory foam mattresses


Memory foam can be somewhat divisive, and we’d not recommend purchasing a memory foam mattress for a tenanted property. Memory foam reacts to body heat and changes shape to match the body. This helps to reduce night-time movement and disturbance caused by sharing a bed, but some prefer to have a range of motion at night. Memory foam mattresses also tend to be more expensive than other variants.

Base types


The type of bed that a mattress sits upon is more important than most people realise when selecting a mattress. Traditionally in the UK most bed bases are Divans, however, recently more landlords are choosing to furnish their properties with european style bedsteads for their greater manoeuvrability and visual appeal.

Divan bases



Durable and supportive, divans provide a solid base for a mattress to sit upon without the use of slats which can lead to sagging and deformation. They usually comprise two parts which are screwed together to allow movement and manoeuvrability, and are often used with a headboard - if you want to add a headboard you should choose a divan.

Bedframes & Bedsteads


Bedsteads and slatted bed frames are becoming more popular due to the fact that they are easier to put together and install, and generally offer price benefits over using a divan base. When selecting a bedstead it is important to factor in the number of slats and the spacing between these slats, as this will have a big influence on comfort and support.

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