Your concierge fee covers the cost of many of the basics of living at a Brio Retirement community, removing the worry of unexpected bills.
This weekly fee (collected monthly) allows us to take care of the exterior of your home, maintain the grounds and gardens, and ensure that everything from our homeowners club lounge and fitness suite, to the lifts in our community and apartment blocks, are spotlessly clean and ready to use. It also enables us to maintain the fire and call systems that protect your home.
What's more, this fee covers many of the things that make life at Brio such a pleasure - from essentials like heating your home, broadband and shuttle buses, to our daily programme of social activities and the friendly team of professionals no hand to help, 24/7.
To keep our concierge fee low, we calculate our costs on a not-for-profit basis, which allows us to simply pass the costs of providing the services you need on, without any extra mark-up.
We also open our on-site brasserie and bar, 'Slate & Grain', to the general public. While you enjoy discounted prices on all food and drink, non-homeowners pay full-price, and this generates extra income, which can then be used to offset our overall weekly costs, and subsidise your weekly fee.
Clear, no-nonsense pricing is all part of the Brio service and everything included in your weekly fee, including your heating, is fully itemised. Rest assured, we'll never ask you to pay unexplained charges or hidden fees.
You can look forward to a wide range of social and leisure activities each day. Our events programme offers a variety of pursuits, from exercise classes, coffee mornings, wine tasting and bridge, to outings to places of interest and the theaetre. (Please note, activities may vary and some activities or outings may incur a charge).
Rest assured, there will always be a member of staff on hand, who you know and trust, 24/7, 365 days a year. So in the event of an emergency, such as a fall, illness or accident, there will always be someone there to help you and provide immediate assistance, day or night.
Your fee covers all on-site and off-site administration, managed and operated by Brio Retirement Living.
Wave goodbye to bills for heating and hot water as these costs are included, and heating is fully controlled by you through the in-home automation system.
Your personal broadband and any inter-property telephone calls you make are automatically included.
Enjoy dramas, comedies, Sky Originals, music and documentaries with your Sky Entertainment package, included in your fee. Additional bundles such as Sky Sports and Sky Cinema can be added at an additional subscription cost paid directly to Sky.
To offer your property year-round protection, we provide comprehensive buildings insurance as standard.
If you have your own car, or are expecting visitors, it's good to know that we provide ample parking. These are not allocated to individual apartments, cottages or bungalows.
Our shuttle bus service provides an appropriate vehicle and driver for use by homeowners for planned shopping trips and excursions.
We want the communal areas in your community to be as relaxing and comfortable as your own home. Your fee pays for regular cleaning and day-to-day housekeeping, repairs and refurbishment of the curtains, carpets, furnishings and décor.
Your community may periodically require extra care and maintenance. Everyday cleaning, maintenance or repairs to the estate roads, pathways and parking areas are all covered by your concierge fee.
We’ll also take care of the grounds and gardens, repair the guttering, roofing and brickwork and ensure windows are cleaned.
Your fee additionally enables us to service and maintain the communal lifts, CCTV, heating, hot water systems, fire alarms, call systems and communal lighting.
The Hub is the heart of the community and your weekly concierge fee includes all of these homeowner-only benefits:
We buy all utilities (water and electricity) directly from the suppliers for the entire retirement community. This means we can buy in bulk and pass on the savings to our homeowners. Homeowners are responsible for the payment of their own electricity; however, should you choose to use the Brio community service provider, you will then receive a reduced cost of approximately 20%. All residents have the option to choose their preferred electricity supplier.
We want you to feel safe and secure in your new home. That’s why your fee includes:
Residents of Chapelton pay a £250 membership to Chapelton Community Interest Company. This fee is included in your concierge fee. As a member, you will be entitled to participate in the management of the wider Chapelton community. To uphold the standards of community design and the specific architectural characteristic of the town, coordinate the management of common areas in accordance with the Chapelton Masterplan and the Community Deed of Condition.
From time to time, it may be necessary to make major repairs to the lifts, roofing, windows, doors, driveways, paths, rain water guttering or fencing. To avoid sudden unexpected bills, we include a Sinking Fund Contribution within your weekly fee.
This fund, held in a separate account, acts as a ‘homeowners reserve’ to help us offset the cost of major repairs, replacements or improvements within the community. To make sure that this reserve is large enough to support the community’s future needs, we also regularly carry out professional surveys. In the unlikely event that the current Sinking Fund doesn’t cover the cost of these improvements, we will always consult you before increasing weekly contributions.
Alongside our standard service, we offer a range of optional services that can be purchased to match your personal requirements. You can select these services as and when you need them, and we regularly review your needs to make sure we deliver the right levels of support.
Our optional services include:
A range of services tailored to your individual needs and delivered by our on-site professionally qualified care team. We also offer short-term care and/or support for illness and recuperation.
This includes help with everyday chores, including:
A convenient washing and dry cleaning service is available.
Our experienced tradesmen can carry out repairs and maintenance within your property, such as picture hanging, re-decorating or odd jobs around the home.
A shopping / escort service is available for a member of staff to accompany you to appointments or go on shopping trips.
For added peace of mind and to allow you to accurately budget for the year ahead, our concierge fees only ever increase once a year, on 1st March. Any increases will be based upon the previous December retail price index (RPI) % figure supplied by the ONS (Office for National Statistics).
In the event of a rise, we always give you at least a month’s notice of the RPI percentage increase for the following year. And to make sure we consistently deliver good value, we regularly consult homeowners about the services we offer.
While fees will vary from Brio community to community, we have created this handy comparison table. This will help you to compare our not-for-profit concierge fees to the cost you would normally pay to run your own home. In compiling this, we have researched the following cost averages:
|Product / Service||Annual Cost||Brio Concierge Fee|
|Buildings Insurance *||£263||Included|
|Contents Insurance %||£135||Excluded|
|Utility bills (gas, water and electricity) ***||£328 = 20% extra utility bill cost compared to Brio||Savings Included|
|Sky TV Entertainment package ****||£240 (once a month at £20)||Included|
|Grass maintenance #||£480 (grass cut twice a month at £20 per cut)||Included for Communal Areas|
|Garden improvements ~~||£545||Included for Communal Areas|
|External window cleaning #||£96 (once a month at £8)||Included|
|Gutter cleaning #||£95 (cleaned once a year)||Included|
|Gym ##||£828 (once a month at £59)||Included|
|Yoga ~||£364 (once a week at £7 per class)||Included|
|Car Tax & fuel ^^||£803||Shuttle Bus Included|
|Repairs maintenance ^||£500-£1000||Included|
|Capital Repairs Fund (1% value of a £300K house) >||£3,000||Included|
|Home call system +||£125||Included|
|Social club fees e.g Women's Institute =||£41||Included|
|TOTAL||£8,211 - £8,711|
* Buildings Insurance in the first quarter of 2017, based on data from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
% Contents Insurance in the first quarter of 2017, based on data from the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
** Based on broadband packages recorded and analysed by BDRC Continental and Cable.co.uk between 18 Aug and 12 Oct 2017.
*** Based on a 5+ bedroom house on a dual fuel bill arrangement £1639 (once a month at £137) (source: UK Power) and 20% saving Brio Retirement Living will give.
# Estimates based on a survey of local providers, and may vary based on location of service, quality of service, regularity of service etc. Source Source Source
~~ A recent survey commissioned by GardeningExpress.co.uk found that British gardeners will spend an average of £30,000 on their gardens over their lifetimes. Annual figure calculated by
devising annual spend by 55 years (estimate of how long you own a garden for) as an estimate.
## Based on a rolling monthly membership at Nuffield Health & Fitness Aberdeen.
~ Based on weekly class at a city centre Aberdeen yoga studio called Love Yoga
^^ Based on annual car tax and fuel for a 2017 Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Titanium travelling 7,900 miles per year (average annual mileage from National Travel
Survey) Petrol price based on 121.9p per litre (Source: The AA)
^ Varies significantly from property to property based on age of property, age of components, location, weather conditions etc. Guidance only.
> Capital repairs fund is an amount of money which is set aside to cover any major work which is needed on a property in the future.
+ Based on Careline yearly plan with 3 months free, excluding £40 one off set up fee.
= WI subscription costs
Disclaimer: We would never recommend that you make a long-term financial decision based solely on these comparisons. The illustrated figures are included purely as a guide to overall living costs. You should consider these approximate costs, or their equivalents, when making your own financial calculations. If you are in any doubt about the true cost of your retirement, we strongly recommend that you seek independent financial advice.
The Deferred management charge
If you sell or let your home, you will be required to pay an additional deferred management charge. Alongside our monthly concierge fee, this ensures that there are always sufficient funds to carry out maintenance and keep the communal areas and amenities at a consistently high standard.
Buying a home is a major undertaking and this fee also ensures that each property has the ability to increase its value within the housing market - thereby safeguarding your investment. Over the long-term, we believe that the deferred management charge is the most cost effective and efficient method to cover community costs and may even work out less than you would normally pay for upkeep and major works on your own family home.
How much will you pay?
Either 1% of the market price, or 1% of the agreed valuation of the property (whichever is greater), per year of occupation before receiving the proceeds.
We do not have a financial interest in any other firm involved in running our retirement communities or receive any incentive or commission from third party suppliers relating to any of the services paid for by residents through the concierge fee.
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