Archives December 2021

How To Emotionally Prepare For Moving

It’s crucial to emotionally prepare for moving. To move is to make a plan. It is to make a list, make a decision, coordinate, sort, and manage. But more than this, no matter how excited you might be to do it, it’s also to uproot, to search through forgotten items, to relive memories, and finally to pack or give them away.

Moving is both physically and emotionally demanding. You’re employing muscles you’ve forgotten about and organising massive quantities of data. But, in the middle of it all, you’re also swapping a location where you have a plethora of memories for a place where you’re likely to have none. You’re giving up a known history in exchange for an uncertain future. You’re exchanging walls that have seen birthdays, anniversaries, first steps, new friendships, amazing dinners, fresh flowers, tiny moments, and final encounters for walls that have no value. This is not easy, at least not for most people. This is why it’s so important to emotionally prepare for moving.

So here’s a list of the best methods for dealing with emotions when moving.

emotionally prepare for moving
Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

Say Goodbye

Spending time with family and friends before going away is the ideal way to say your heartfelt goodbyes and emotionally prepare for moving. Organise a goodbye party, invite your friends over to watch a sports event on TV, or play a card game. Or why not take them out to a good restaurant for dinner, to see the newest blockbuster, or just to have a long walk in the park? These golden hours with your loved ones are the ideal time to warn them of the impending shift, exchange contact information, and plan when, where, and how often you will meet again.

It’s also necessary to say farewell to your favourite spots since you may not be able to see them again for years. Take one final trip around your neighbourhood or to your favourite sites – simply try to recapture the positive memories associated with each location. Hopefully, these condensed unforgettable mental pictures can come in handy later on while you’re attempting to acclimatise to your new surroundings.

Get Plenty Of Rest

Being well rested is essential for coping with emotional stress and will make you feel a lot more emotionally prepared for moving. Make every effort to plan ahead of time and obtain at least eight hours of sleep. This is an important aspect of being emotionally prepared. There’s no need to add to the burden by being fatigued. Make sure you know when the moving staff will arrive so you can set an alarm and be prepared.

Take Care Of The Little Things

It is often the small things that wear us down and make us more vulnerable to high levels of emotional stress. So, the day before, fill up all of your vehicles with fuel. Make sure all of the documentation you need is in a secure location where you can easily access it and where it won’t be mistaken for rubbish or placed in an inconspicuous box. Keep your home and car keys in the same area to make it easier to find them. Do as much cleaning as you can ahead of time so that you have one less thing to worry about at the end of the move. Having those items taken care of will help to lessen stress on moving day.

Moving is not always easy on the emotions, but with little mental preparation and these ideas, you can start to reduce the stress and emotionally prepare for moving.

How Landlords Can Protect Their Property This Winter

Winter is here, and with it, as many landlords are aware, comes the season of boiler troubles. With energy costs growing at an alarming rate (global wholesale gas prices have grown by an amazing 250 percent since January 2021), it’s time for everyone to ensure that their properties are operating as effectively as possible and that everything is in working condition before the big freeze. In this way, landlords can protect their property as much as possible.

Taking proactive actions is always preferable to dealing with issues as they arise, and everyone wants happy renters. Furthermore, private rental prices in England increased by 1.5 percent, 1.2 percent in Wales, and 1.6 percent in Scotland in the year to October 2021, so in order to maximise your rental income, your property should be as appealing as possible – and in winter, that means making sure they are warm and comfortable. Here’s a brief checklist of items to think about.

protect their property winter
Photo by from Pexels

Have The Boiler Serviced

This should be a yearly occurrence since it is an excellent means of detecting problems before they occur and preventing irate tenants who are left without heat on the coldest day of the year. When the heating system is put into hibernation throughout the summer, difficulties might arise when it is turned back on. A normal yearly servicing is usually less expensive than an emergency plumber call-out and landlords are always liable for boiler upkeep and repair. Landlords can protect their property by putting this in their schedule.

Bleed The Radiators

Regular maintenance improves performance and keeps temperatures consistent across a property, helping landlords protect their property even more. Also, ensure that extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms are operational – damp and mould issues may arise if they are not.

Have Chimneys Swept

Chimney sweeping should be another yearly occurrence if landlords want to protect their property. Carbon deposits from open flames or wood burners can accumulate fast, and chimney fires are a genuine danger. Keep in mind that chimney sweeps might be quite busy at this time of year. Check that the smoke alarms are also operational. Hard-wired smoke detectors are preferable to battery-operated ones since they are more dependable and cannot be deactivated.

Insulate Internal Pipes

Ensure that any exterior pipes, as well as pipes in the loft, are properly insulated. If the property is left unattended for any length of time during the winter, there is a genuine danger of pipes freezing, which can be easily prevented by wrapping pipes in foam sleeves, but can cause hundreds of pounds of damage if neglected.

Insulate Windows And Doors

Although double glazing should be fitted as standard if landlords want to protect their property, draughty windows and doors may be easily sealed with tape as a do-it-yourself project. If the loft isn’t insulated, it should be a first concern.

Check The Roof

Look for any loose or missing tiles and get them replaced before tenants notice any leaks. To avoid clogs, gutters must be cleaned of leaves and debris. While you’re at it, cleaning front and rear gardens and walks will make the property seem immediately more inviting to current and possible new renters.

What Do Lenders Need To See When You Want To Buy A Hotel?

What is your greatest dream? Everyone has a dream, and if yours is to own and run a hotel, you might think that it will always be just that; a dream. However, it could be a possibility if you can secure the financial lending for it. That may sound as though it is easier said than done, but what if you could do it? What if you could realize your dream? It may not be out of reach – here are some of the things a lender will want to see and know before loaning any money to you. Are you ready to take the next step? 

buy a hotel
Photo by Kelly L from Pexels

Your Costs 

Of course, the most important thing that a lender will want to know is the costs involved. There is the initial purchase, but there are also many ongoing costs such as hotel linen, cleaning, staff, food, entertainment, security, a website, marketing, and so much more. You need to be able to show that you have thought about them all and understand the outgoings. You also need to have calculated potential income so that you can offset the figures against one another and come up with the profit that you are hoping to make. 

As well as this, you should consider whether any changes or improvements will need to be made – this is especially true if you are buying an older property or if you are buying a building that has not been used as a hotel before. 

A business plan will help you with all of this when you want to buy a hotel. Most companies, including the hotel industry, cannot thrive in an internet age without a sound marketing plan. Relying on recurring business is not regarded as a viable long-term strategy, and lenders would be wary if this were the case.

The Initial Down Payment 

It is highly unlikely that any lender will pay you one hundred percent of what you need to buy the hotel in the first place. Instead, they will lend you a smaller percentage, and you will need to pay a down payment to cover the rest. This is standard practice and is the same as buying any property, except that the down payment for a hotel is sure to be substantially higher. 

The money can come from your savings, a remortgage on your home, or you could speak to friends and family to help you. It might even be possible to raise money through crowdfunding or by finding an angel investor. Selling a current business to pay for a new one could be a risky strategy, but if you can sell it for a larger sum than you need for the hotel, you will have money to live off while the new business grows. 

Hotel Experience 

In many cases, a lender will want to see that you have previous hotel experience before you buy a hotel. They will want to know that you can run a hotel efficiently and that you already understand exactly what it takes. If you do have previous experience, perhaps because you worked as a hotel manager in the past, this is an easy box to tick, but if you are starting fresh, what can you do? 

The best thing to do is to have a good manager on board. If you can show that you already have an experienced person ready to start work and provide evidence to the lender that they have been successful in the past, they will be more likely to lend. 

A Suitable Property 

The lender will also want to know as much about the property you are hoping to buy as you can tell them. Is it in good repair? Is it in a good location? What has it been used for previously? Explaining all of this and determining exactly why you feel it would be a good choice to become a successful hotel will help them make their all-important decision. 

The location of any hospitality or tourist firm will be critical to its success when you buy a hotel. A lender will look more favorably on a hotel company seeking financing if its proximity (for example, near transportation hubs, office buildings, and entertainment centers) is recognized as a key factor in affecting its profitability.

Occupancy Rates 

The profitability of a hotel is heavily reliant on occupancy rates. If revenue per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rates (ADR) are high, this will undoubtedly benefit lenders.

If you are purchasing an established hotel company whose RevPAR is presently lower than it should be, a lender will want to know what your business strategy is to increase this number in order to increase the hotel’s profitability. 

Government Policy Affecting Landlords More Than The Pandemic

Demand for rooms has rocketed in recent months, coinciding with a huge shortage in the number of rooms available in the UK. Unsurprisingly this has resulted in many tenants struggling to find places to rent. In fact, a recent SpareRoom survey of over 6,000 renters found that 96% of Brits are struggling to find accommodation at the moment*. Interestingly, we saw the opposite happen last summer, with landlords desperate to fill empty rooms but tenants reluctant, or simply unable, to move.

The increase in demand has been driven by people coming into the market, rather than moving within it. According to the same poll of over 6,000 renters, many are moving back out of parents’ or friends’ houses, flatsharing after renting on their own or owning a property, and overseas students (and students in general) are starting to return to cities. This results in a lot of people looking for rooms without vacating their current property, putting pressure on the market.


SpareRoom’s research reveals exactly where these people are moving from:

–           Another Flatshare – 29% 

–           Parent’s home – 25%

–           Outside UK – 14%

–           A friend’s house/flat – 10%

–           My own rented properly (not shared with anyone else) – 6%

–           Partner’s house/flat – 5%

–           Student accommodation – 4%

–           A property I own – 1%

–           Other – 6%

Flatshare site SpareRoom surveyed over 400 landlords to find out what has caused this drop in supply**. 

59% of landlords said they have fewer rooms to fill than this time last year, and almost half (43%) of those with fewer rooms said they’d filled all their rooms and they were now tenanted. But this isn’t the only reason why landlords have less availability currently: 

  • 14% aren’t expanding their portfolio due to high house prices
  • 10% aren’t expanding due to uncertainty in the market
  • 9% have sold one or more of their properties
  • 8% can’t develop properties due to a lack of tradespeople or materials
  • 6% are planning on selling up and leaving the market

We asked landlords with fewer rooms which issues were currently affecting them the most – surprisingly the pandemic wasn’t a leading factor. Please see the results below: 

  • Increased legislation – 26%
  • Fewer tax breaks for Buy to Let – 22%
  • The threat of further legislation – 22%
  • Covid affecting their lettings business – 11%
  • Shortage of tradespeople – 10%
  • Shortage of building materials – 5%

Matt Hutchinson, SpareRoom director comments: 

“There’s no doubt Covid hit the rental market hard. Last year it was landlords struggling to fill rooms – this year it’s tenants struggling to find them. But the pandemic isn’t what’s keeping landlords awake at night – it’s government policy.

Recent legislation and tax reform made it clear that the government wants to steer the private rented sector away from an over-reliance on smaller investors. More legislation seems inevitable. Although the Tenant Reform Bill has been put on ice until 2022, many landlords are concerned about what it will bring. What tenants want most is stricter regulations for dealing with rogue landlords, so it’s highly likely the sector will see further change in the coming months and years. Hopefully whatever the government chooses to do will target the real problem landlords and get them out of the market, making it a better place for landlords and tenants alike.”

Call Now ButtonCall Now