Say hello to Damian Bligh, Sales Manager at Move Revolution.
Damian has been part of the Move Revolution team for the past four years at our head office (covering Reigate to Oxted, Warlingham to Horley) – if you have moved in this area you will definitely have spoken to, or met Damian! We write these blogs so that you can get to know more about our team; who they are, how they work and what they love. When starting to write this blog it is so easy to say Damian is ‘unbelievable lovely’, ‘a really kind and thoughtful person’ combined with being ‘incredibly diligent and an expert in this area’. However, this really doesn’t cut through how much Damian really cares about his work – and also what a great laugh he is as part of the head office team.
Don’t just take it from us… these are a few phrases written by our clients in their independent reviews about Damian, so you can get a clearer, unbiased picture!
“Damian is tenacious, incredibly knowledgeable and reliable. He went that extra mile. His advice was sound, well researched and delivered the results”
“Damian is truly exceptional at what he does”
“Damian is incredibly helpful”
“Damian is extremely pro-active and helpful”
“Damian is professional, personable, knowledgeable, honest, has integrity, non-pushy, yes I am describing an estate agent…. Damian’s a rare breed”
“Damian is polite, professional and prompt.”
“Damian is friendly, empathetic and understanding”
Have you fallen in love with Damian? (If we could insert an emoji into the blog it would be the one with the wink!) We should point out Damian is very happily married, for those of you who love these qualities in a man (!!)…. However, if you are thinking of moving, then just give our head office a call on 01737 888220.
Joking aside (as this blog was being written, the above paragraph was read out loud in the office, Damian laughed, saying that his wife would find this very funny!) Damian is a true professional and a joy to work with; alongside the whole Head office team, headed up by Louise Simpson, they are truly brilliant at what they do. If you are thinking of moving in the Reigate, Redhill, Caterham, Warlingham, Oxted, Horley area you would be sincerely missing out if you didn’t give the team a call – with their expert knowledge, the right price and all the qualities listed above you will be moving into your next home very quickly! (Call 01737 888220 and book a valuation today!)
Part of getting to know our team is learning a bit about what they love getting up to when they are not at work, as well as finding out what they love at work!
How did you end up living in Oxted and working at Move Revolution?
We decided to move to Oxted, due to a number of factors. We were living in West London and both worked up in town, so it was important to live in a location that provided good links to London Bridge and Victoria. We had friends that lived in Westerham and came across Oxted from visiting them and liked that it had a Waitrose, numerous restaurants and boutique shops. In the 5 years we have been in Oxted, there have been a number of changes, like the Everyman cinema changing from one screen to three, plus creating a new much needed bar for the town centre. A couple of nice new restaurants and pubs opening are always welcome. And the Beer festival is getting bigger and better every year!
I had been working in the City as an equity derivatives broker, and was looking for a change in direction (without a commute!) I had previously been involved in outbound sales and recruitment which have similar transferable skills, with a passion for property this led me to estate agency, and in particular Move Revolution, with it’s clear focus on expertise, integrity and professionalism.
What are the three most favourite houses you have ever sold?
Tandridge Priory – This has to be top of the list! Tandridge Priory is a beautiful historic building set in 24 acres of land and in my hometown of Oxted. The potential for this property is very exciting and I can see the new owners creating a stunning home.
Clavadel – This is an Arts & Crafts property (‘think’ parquet flooring, bay windows with intricate design, inspired by the ideas of architect Augustus Pugin, write John Ruskin and designer William Morris) Clavadel is a stunning family home.
Hartswood Manor – Wing of an Elizabethan Manor House in Reigate with wood panelling throughout and one of the oldest staircases in the county – I love the traditional features and uniqueness of this home.
What do you love doing (when you’ve not at work)?
I love being with Bumble! (Those of you who know me will know I have a one-year-old gorgeous little girl called Bea, hence the nickname Bumble) Bumble, as you can imagine, takes up most of my time outside of work – we love going out to the park as a family – I especially love seeing Bumble laugh when she is being pushed on the swing!
My other ‘love’ couldn’t be more different than being the Dad of a one-year-old girl. I really enjoy mixing house and techno, I’m a secret DJ who loves music and, I know you will laugh, this helps me feel younger and cooler than I am!! (Especially when I have only had a few hours sleep with a little one in the house!) If you love this type of music make sure you chat to me about this when we meet up!
How do you relax?
The addition of the Everyman cinema in Oxted has been fantastic. My wife, Claire, and I, love going to the cinema. It is a short stroll from our home in Oxted, which makes it really easy for a night out. Our favourite restaurant has to be the Thai Pad… add this to a brilliant film at Everyman, and that is the perfect way to relax at the end of a busy week.
What is your favourite day out?
I’ve realised that both my perfect days out involve alcohol! My perfect day out would either be Oxted Beer Festival – which has grown and grown over the past few years, a fantastic local event, everyone has such a great time, brilliant beer (obviously), great food and music. My real favourite though, would be to head up to West London where we used to live for a long boozy lunch at the great restaurants and bars around Portobello Road! (We can hop on the train in Oxted and be up in town 30 minutes later!)
What is your favourite walk?
Given its Autumn time, it would have to be Sheffield Park and Gardens – an amazing National Trust garden. At this time of year the trees look amazing – I can highly recommend a visit with family and friends.
What are your favourite apps?(Damian is known as being gadget and app crazy, we couldn’t resist asking him for his recommendations!)
- MoneyBox – A financial app that rounds up your everyday purchases like buying a coffee at £2.50, then rounds up to £3 and takes the extra 50p and invests it in to an ISA.
- Curve Card – A single debit card that you can load every debit and credit card that you have, and then select which one to use via the app. Great to save space in your wallet!
- Dark Sky – Coming in to the winter months this is a brilliant weather app, as it will send you a notification when it is about to rain and then stop again. Gets it spot on every time!
- Stocard – Lets you store every loyalty card you have and allows you to scan the barcodes at the till via the app.
What advice would you give anyone thinking of selling their home?
Now is a great time to sell, as there are a lot of buyers out there looking for properties, but not enough stock to facilitate their needs. Using the correct strategy in a more challenging market such as this, is key, and we have successfully advised our clients what approach would work best in order to find them the right buyer and best price. I think this recent review sums up exactly how we work (big thank you to our client Bethan for this amazing review)
“We got 4 different companies to come give a valuation and Damian provided the most detailed comparison work, plus the most informed advice on the current local sales situation. Communication was excellent. Our house sold in a matter of days, and we laughed, as the ‘for sale’ board wasn’t even up. Compared to the agents we have used when viewing properties to buy, Move Revolution is in a different league, it’s slick. I’ve been verbally recommending them to anyone who will listen” Bethan F, Reigate
If you are thinking of selling your home please give us call on 0330 223 1000, as you have read we are 100% focused on selling your house for the best possible price, and moving you as quickly as possible into your dream home. Book a valuation today!