Home working

I never thought working from home could be so boring! You have this idea in your head of wearing your pyjamas and slippers (ok, I admit, I am currently wearing my slippers but no PJs!) and that home working would be so much better. I could lie back on my sofa, maybe Netflix on in the background, endless Facebook scrolling, cleaning my house at break times without my boss ever knowing! Unfortunately, reality soon kicked in and I can honestly say I have never wanted to be in the office so much as I do now and its only week 1!

We are all currently working from home with limited resources but we are carrying out a normal service as best as we can.

I have to admit, I was struggling yesterday with home working, not seeing my family and in general self-isolation which I am sure many of you can relate. But I had a lovely conversation with one of our clients and although we spoke briefly about her property, we chatted about other things and I ended the call feeling so much better. It really helps to talk to people right now, even if they are not family or friends. Our landlords can call us anytime to discuss their property rental, even if you just fancy a blether, it helps us just as much as it helps you!

A plus side of home working that I am enjoying is our teams Whatsapp group conversations and our daily Zoom meetings, however, I am starting to realise whichever way I face the camera, I have no good side and don’t’ get me started on my chin(s)!! I have never loved technology so much right now, it helps as all stay connected.

Tenants can still call us with repairs but they have to be emergency repairs only and tenants must inform us beforehand if they or anyone in their household are self-isolating and please let us know if you are unwell. This is to safeguard our contractors health and anyone else they might come into contact with. Our contractors will carry out an emergency repair keeping a minimum of 2m apart, washing hands frequently and wiping down all surfaces.

We are all doing this for a reason. We are doing it so we can fight this virus and come together again stronger as a team, a community and country. We have to remember the many workers still out there carrying out their duties and we are truly thankful for all our NHS, supermarket workers, delivery drivers, transport workers etc the list goes on.

I have heard from a few of our clients and friends, who have family members that work in the NHS say, that although they are scared, they have their job to do and right now, the country relies on them.

We all must do our bit to help the NHS and everyone around us by staying at home and only going out for the reasons listed by the Government. The weeks ahead are not going to be easy but we must all adhere to these rules or we could face even scarier times ahead.

Stay safe everyone (Louise)

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Coronavirus Update from Struan Baptie Property Management Ltd

As you will be aware we are in the midst of an outbreak of the coronavirus Covid-19. The Scottish Government has recommended that businesses take steps to allow its staff to work from home to reduce personal contact and to help reduce the spread of the virus.

We do not wish to take any risks with the health and wellbeing of our team and to that end, we are allowing staff to work from home. This will have some implications on our business for all our clients and tenants.

If you have a general enquiry please email contact@sb-pm.co.uk or if your query is in regards to rent please email melissa@sb-pm.co.uk

Of course if you know the email address of the person you wish to get in touch with, please email them directly. If you have the direct dial number of the team member you wish to speak to, this will forward to that person’s mobile phone. We urge you to communicate by email in the first instance. It will most likely be answered more quickly.

We aim to remain fully operational throughout this period. Rent processing will continue as normal and we will continue to deal with emergency repairs and maintenance and all aspects of property management. Routine property inspections, viewings and new tenancy agreements during this period will be postponed to a future date.

I trust that you understand why these precautions are necessary and appreciate your support.
Kind Regards,

Struan Baptie