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In 1961, President John F. Kennedy publicly set a goal to place a man on the moon by the end of the decade. The statement was met with incredulity and derision, but then in 1969 Neil Armstrong achieved that goal set eight years previously.

Do you think this happened just because JFK said it? No, he put a step-by-step plan in place to get there.

This is proof that the power of goal setting should not be underestimated, and while this example is on a grand scale, the principle can have a significant positive impact on achievements in many aspects of your everyday life.

Setting goals costs nothing except a bit of your time, but can provide successful results at work and in life generally. However, goal setting is a skill that needs to be learnt in the right way, so that you can set yourself clear, well-defined and realistic goals. The simple steps of goal setting can be broken down to the following five stages.

1. Dream a dream

Goal setting is initially about realising what you really want to achieve in the future, in essence, what your dreams are. Pick out a handful of them and start from there. Too many and you may feel overwhelmed, so choose a few broader goals if you’re struggling to whittle them down.

2. Make them measurable

This is where you need to ask yourself if the dreams you set out in the first stage can be made into realistic goals and achievements. If one or more of them seem unachievable then it may be useful to set a goal that is a step towards this end dream, but is something that can be achieved in the near future. This step is also to make sure that your goal is a quantifiable objective, or as close to. For example, it’s the difference between ‘wanting to get fitter’ and ‘being able to run 10 miles without stopping’.

3. Tie down a time-frame

There is a division in opinion between whether short or long-term goals are more motivating. A good compromise is to have a mixture of both. Three months for a short-term goal is a good place to start, and anywhere from one year to 10 years can be beneficial as a long-term goal. The time-frame (especially in the long-term) will be a matter of personal suitability. It’s important to have a completion date written down – many ‘New Year’s resolutions‘ are open-ended, and as a result, 92% of them fail by 15th January.

4. Create checkpoints

The art of self-regulation is a critical skill in goal setting, so you want to give yourself the best chance to recognise if you’re on the right trajectory towards your goal, or if you’re faltering in any way. Having checkpoints and benchmarks within the time period that you’ve set can keep up positive momentum.

5. Succeed and celebrate

After you’ve achieved a goal, make sure that you take the time to celebrate the achievement and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. This isn’t you resting on your laurels, it’s a recognition of your hard work.

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These basic steps are a great start to setting and achieving realistic goals, but there are other aspects not taken into consideration here. For example, your goals can involve other people and be collaborative, or be solely based on combinations of ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions and answers.

To explore how far you can go to make positive changes through goal setting, why not try our Wheel of Life. It’s a free tool which gives you an insight into certain aspects of your life. It will show you how you are performing in these areas in line with your personal perspective, and give you guidance as to how you can improve in the future to get to your ideal. Click here to find out more.

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It was a long overdue review of his pension plans that started Mike Anderson’s journey towards building a property portfolio.

Following his departure from a high profile role in an American Automotive corporation, Mike took stock of his financial position as part of the process to determine the direction of his next career move. The results shocked him.

When he analysed his pension statements, it transpired that after twenty years of contributions, it was worth exactly what he had paid into it. By contrast, Mike had his home valued for re-mortgage purposes around the same time and it became apparent that the amount it had appreciated over the last eight years was double the amount of his pension investments. It made me realise that I had to do something different. And quickly, says Mike.

Another driver for pursuing an opportunity in property and not going back into the corporate environment was to spend more time at home. When Mike explained to his 11-year-old that he was looking for a new job, his son asked, “Dad, is this the job where you stay at home? I miss you.” Having spent the previous 20 years working 80 hours a week and spending a considerable amount of time away from home, Mike realised that not only did his pension provisions have to change, but his whole lifestyle too. “I came to the conclusion that starting my own business would give me more freedom. Given that I’d also realised property was a viable option, I decided to combine the two.”

Mike started to research the opportunities available. Thinking that buying into a franchise would offer a readymade infrastructure he started to explore franchises operating in the property sector. At this point, he discovered Platinum Property Partners.

Within months of joining, Mike had completed his first property in Stockport, and a second seven months later. Mike now has a portfolio of eight properties.

“I now have a lifestyle I could never have achieved previously.”

Reflecting on the amount of equity he has acquired since becoming a Franchise Partner with PPP, Mike says, “I would never have achieved this level of financial security if I had stayed within the corporate environment, paying each month into an under-performing pension. Now, not only do I have a healthy monthly income, I am also building significant capital by redeveloping properties.” He continues, “But the best thing is that I now have a lifestyle I could never have achieved previously. My wife and I now have the time to nip for a coffee whenever we want, and if the family want to go on holiday, these days it’s a question of how long would we like to be away for, rather than can I get the time off.”

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It was a long overdue review of his pension plans that started Mike Anderson’s journey towards building a property portfolio.

Following his departure from a high profile role in an American Automotive corporation, Mike took stock of his financial position as part of the process to determine the direction of his next career move. The results shocked him.

When he analysed his pension statements, it transpired that after twenty years of contributions, it was worth exactly what he had paid into it. By contrast, Mike had his home valued for re-mortgage purposes around the same time and it became apparent that the amount it had appreciated over the last eight years was double the amount of his pension investments. It made me realise that I had to do something different. And quickly, says Mike.

Another driver for pursuing an opportunity in property and not going back into the corporate environment was to spend more time at home. When Mike explained to his 11-year-old that he was looking for a new job, his son asked, “Dad, is this the job where you stay at home? I miss you.” Having spent the previous 20 years working 80 hours a week and spending a considerable amount of time away from home, Mike realised that not only did his pension provisions have to change, but his whole lifestyle too. “I came to the conclusion that starting my own business would give me more freedom. Given that I’d also realised property was a viable option, I decided to combine the two.”

Mike started to research the opportunities available. Thinking that buying into a franchise would offer a readymade infrastructure he started to explore franchises operating in the property sector. At this point, he discovered Platinum Property Partners.

Within months of joining, Mike had completed his first property in Stockport, and a second seven months later. Mike now has a portfolio of eight properties.

“I now have a lifestyle I could never have achieved previously.”

Reflecting on the amount of equity he has acquired since becoming a Franchise Partner with PPP, Mike says, “I would never have achieved this level of financial security if I had stayed within the corporate environment, paying each month into an under-performing pension. Now, not only do I have a healthy monthly income, I am also building significant capital by redeveloping properties.” He continues, “But the best thing is that I now have a lifestyle I could never have achieved previously. My wife and I now have the time to nip for a coffee whenever we want, and if the family want to go on holiday, these days it’s a question of how long would we like to be away for, rather than can I get the time off.”

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Whether we’re talking about a buy-to-let property you’d like to fill over the summer months, or your personal family home, there are many ways you can spruce up the exterior of your properties – ready for the warmer season! Along with ensuring that your gardens are looking lovely, there are other things to consider when getting your property summer-ready.

Gardens can be one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the appearance of your property and if you’re preparing to host many BBQ’s in your back garden this year, or attracting new tenants to your property, then you may want to consider these aspects:

Clean exteriors

Take advantage of the (hopefully) warmer and dryer weather by checking the state of the property’s exterior. Could the external walls do with a fresh lick of paint or if the property has been rendered, are they crack-free?

Basic TLC

Now onto your garden. firstly, it’s important to check the state of any borders. No one likes a cracked wall, broken (or non-existent) gate or mouldy fence panel. Clear up any debris and weeds, remove any dead or dying trees and plants and literally blow away the cobwebs!

Ensuring these areas are in good condition and that they are free of any overgrown shrubbery or weeds can give the garden an instantly fresher look for you or your tenants.

Think clean lines, distinct areas and low maintenance borders. Nothing looks better than a well-kept garden and by establishing paths, borders and specific areas, you can even make small gardens look big and inviting.

Added extras

Everyone loves a BBQ area, some cute garden furniture and simple bike storage. Convert your space into a place where others would love to hang out. If this is for your own home, these little details can really make a garden that you are proud to show off this summer!

If you’re a landlord debating whether this is worth it or not – we find that by including added extras, it can encourage your tenants to care for the garden as if it were their own. We’ve even had tenants requesting an outside hose so they can water the gardens themselves or wash their cars in the summer.

Perhaps you’re renting a family home where a children’s slide or sun canopy would be very appealing, or maybe you’re a landlord of an HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) that will house young professionals? Either way, we definitely feel its something to consider!

These next two points appeal many to landlords of buy-to-let properties: Reduce maintenance required

Even though a lawn may look aesthetically pleasing, it either costs you as the landlord more to maintain, especially if you provide a gardener, or it requires constant upkeep from your tenants. An attractive and low maintenance alternative to this can be hard paving options.

This is also why planting should be kept to a minimum. While a tenant might appreciate blooming flower beds at first, you can never predict whether they will be the green-fingered type. Perhaps think about planting year-round decorative flowers and trees and maybe fill beds with shingle as opposed to soil.

Make your expectations clear

When welcoming a new tenant to a buy-to-let property, landlords should try and detail any garden maintenance that is required and whether there is scope for tenants to add their own personal touch. If there is a lawn, it will need to be mowed; if there is a patio, it may need to be washed; if furniture is supplied, it must be looked after; if the tenant wants to pave an area for a paddling pool, is that allowed.

Be sure to clear up any confusion over who has responsibility for certain aspects of garden and furniture maintenance and what tenants can and can’t do.

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Even the simplest of gardens can look great with a fine drop of creativity and efficient use of space and decorative ornaments can entice all kinds of tenants and ensure that they feel at home.

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Whether you’re a keen reader of Elle Décor and Home and Garden, or a Platinum Property Partner searching for inspiration to photograph your interior space, or maybe you just have a keen interest in the art of interior photography, our tips and tricks will provide you with a greater insight into the skills needed to photograph an interior. In the wise words of gifted interior designer Juan Montoya, “A room should never allow the eye to settle in one place. It should smile at you and create fantasy.” This is true for all of our HMO’s unique and stylish interiors, as exemplified through our beautiful photographs, and through considering the lighting, composition and environment you are shooting in, you can achieve this too.

Today’s post will focus on composition, but look out for part 2 for more tips, such as lighting and using your environment to your advantage!

Composition:

The composition of a photograph is the way individual subjects within a frame combine to create a final image. This is crucial for any photographer to consider, given that the way you compose your image will influence the viewer’s perception of the image. Put it this way: if your composition is effective, you can make a masterpiece out of the most simple and uninspiring environments. Fortunately, interior photography is rarely uninspiring, so the possibilities are endless in how you compose an image to best capture your space.

Deciding your composition comes from choosing the right perspective. Think about the impression you want to give to your viewers: A welcoming shot of the light and airy master bedroom? Or a peak into the intricate details that give the space it’s contemporary and modern feel? From the ornamentation on the dressers, to a powerful feature wall and an open plan dining room, there are countless photographic opportunities within an interior space.

Depth:

The use of depth can be crucial in creating space and showing off the entire space. How much of the room you want to be in the frame or in focus should be deliberate: you are crafting a photographic series of the home; therefore, thinking about what you want to portray to your viewer is important. A focus on an individual piece of décor with the rest of the room out of focus suggests that small details are important in the space. However, a wide angle shot of the entire room gives the viewer an insight into the importance of space, and perhaps light within the home. Using a wide-angle lens may be preferable for this, however be careful that the photo doesn’t look warped: your fabulous décor should be showcased in a natural way – the viewer wants to imagine themselves living there!

Using a tri-pod can assist in creating a sharp and professional image. Try photographing at waist level, or at the mid-height of the room to give an insight into the entire space, but also don’t be afraid to try new angles. For example, including the floor creates a more settled and grounded atmosphere within the image, but when you capture the ceiling too, the room immediately looks more spacious. Take a look at “The Rule of Three” and “The Golden Ratio” to further inspire your composition.

Remember: you are the photographer, and you have the power to influence and best showcase your interior space to the viewer. The ball is in your court – roll with it!

Written By Molly Pestridge

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Houses in Multiple Occupation, or HMOs, are generally defined as properties with a minimum of three unconnected tenants sharing kitchen, bathroom and toilet facilities. Unconnected means not part of the same household, therefore unrelated.

Depending on the type of HMO and its location, licensing may be required from your local authority, rooms may be subject to minimum size guidelines or additional fire safety measures put in place.

  • Mandatory licensing – applies to a property with 5 or more tenants forming 2 or more households. This applies to the whole of England.
  • Additional licensing – applies to a property with 3 or more tenants forming 2 or more households. This is usually introduced by a Local Authority over specific wards or areas only, although in some cases it can be applied to a whole administrative area.
  • Selective licensing – applies to all privately rented properties. Again, this is usually introduced by a Local Authority over specific wards or areas only, particularly if there have been issues with anti-social behaviour.

The term can refer to hostels, bedsits and refuges for vulnerable adults, but most commonly are perceived as poor quality accommodation for numerous tenants on low incomes, such as student housing.

Residents living near HMOs often complain about higher levels of noise, overflowing bins and parking requirements of multiple tenants. But occupants of HMOs also complain about substandard living conditions, unkempt communal areas and unresponsive landlords.

More recently, a new breed of HMOs has emerged as the demand for affordable, yet high quality, shared housing increases. This type has become especially popular with young professionals saving for a place of their own, as data suggests they are able to save considerably more than renting alone.

Investing in HMOs

As an investment, HMOs are easier to manage than several single-occupancy buy-to-let properties and provide landlords with the opportunity to maximise rental income from multiple rooms, while minimising the impact of voids and non-payment.

If you’re considering investing in HMOs, then it is important to commit yourself to producing high quality, fully compliant accommodation that attracts professional tenants who enjoy living in your properties.

You’ll need to think about:

  • Location – Most importantly, you’ll need to find out what legislation your local authority has in place for HMOs. It is also crucial to invest in a location that your ideal tenants would want to live in. Access to good transport links and local amenities will probably be important to them.
  • Type of property – If you’re not buying an existing HMO, you will need to look for properties that have the potential to be cost-effectively converted and accommodate the right amount of rooms and bathrooms at the right size. There are different advantages to being on the smaller and larger ends of the HMO scale, you can read about them here. Having local planning knowledge prior to a purchase is also essential, so do your research.
  • Management – You should decide whether you would like to manage your HMO(s) yourself or employ an agent to do so. If it’s the former, you need to think about what kind of landlord you want to be, how much time you have and whether it is enough to effectively manage the property(ies). This can be the difference between you having loyal, long-term tenants and unhappy ones.

However, HMOs are very complex buy-to-let models and there are many risks involved. Without the right guidance and knowledge, you could easily purchase the wrong property for the wrong price, attract undesirable tenants and face fines if the right licensing isn’t in place. There is also limited advice available for inexperienced HMO investors.

If you’d like to know more about how we at Platinum Property Partners can help you to build your own portfolio of profitable HMO properties, please get in touch.

Interested in investing in property? Find out the 7 Steps to Successful HMO investment here.

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From the outside, it can still be mistaken for a village high street shop front, but inside, this HMO property (House in Multiple Occupation) has been converted into a beautiful five-bedroom shared home with real character.

Platinum Property Partner, Ben Gould, has successfully retained the historical features of the 16th century Grade II Listed building while creating a stylish, modern and contemporary home for up to nine tenants. It has been a long and rocky road to get to this stage, but Ben is thrilled with the result and has been able to add yet another string to his quirky HMO portfolio bow.

“I’m so thrilled with the final product, and can’t quite believe we’re here,” said Ben. “What was once a run-down old-fashioned office building, which has lain empty for a decade, is now a stunning space. Not even I could have imagined that it would turn out so well.”

Town centre location

The property, located in the centre of Gillingham, Dorset, is Ben’s third HMO since he joined PPP in 2017. True to his vision, it differs from the other two properties in Bridgewater, Somerset, to give his portfolio diversity. Not only is it located in the high street, but it has no parking and because of the inability to move any internal walls, the rooms are large and also licensed for double occupancy.

While his first HMO caters more to contractors and his second HMO attracts longer-term tenants looking for a ‘home’, this one will likely attract local professionals looking to take their first step towards living independently or couples saving for their own home.

Ben added: “The property is situated just five minutes’ walk from the station, from which you can get a direct line to London. There is no allocated parking, but lots of nearby free or low-cost parking for tenants who might have cars. We think one or two of the rooms will be suitable for couples, but we do not want to overcrowd the property and instead ensure everyone is happy living there.”

Lack of transport shouldn’t be an issue, with two pubs neighbouring the property, multiple takeaways available on the high street as well as several supermarkets.

16th century character with a modern twist

Inside the property itself, Ben has been able to make excellent use of the space available, despite not being able to change the layout or remove certain features.

At the heart of the property is the large open-plan kitchen and dining area. To the front is the original bay shop-front window and to the back, a breath-taking exposed brick wall which also features a stunning internal window seat. It’s more than big enough for housemates to eat and socialise together.

Also downstairs is the utility room and three double en-suite bedrooms. The original inglenook fireplace remains in one of the bedrooms and the two at the back of the property have direct access to the courtyard garden, with one of them being 22sqm in size (ideal for double occupancy).

To the left of the kitchen is a hallway with its own private entrance from the quiet high street that leads upstairs to a large landing space and two further double en-suite bedrooms.

In all rooms, there are original wooden window frames that have been refurbished and secondary glazed, exposed timbers and beams and beneath your feet, you can feel the quirky uneven floors.

Finally achieving a return on investment

Until now, this property had been a liability for Ben and his family, but it will now be generating up to £3,000 per month in rental income and is expected to be valued at £350,000 after a £90,000 refurbishment cost (£20,000 of which was to repair the roof). That’s a £200,000 uplift on its valuation as a commercial property!

Ben concluded: “It’s come together really well and it’s certainly left me with an appetite to continue to develop a diverse portfolio and not be put off by anything quirky.”

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May is here – hurrah! It’s a great month: the weather improves, the days get longer, and we’re given not one, but two, long weekends to boot. It’s time to start thinking about how you can squeeze the most out of them. Here are a few ideas for inspiration… because you don’t want those extra two days off work to go to waste.

1. Mini-Break It

Whether you jet off abroad or decide on a staycation, there’s nothing quite like packing up a suitcase and getting away from it all for a few days. If you’re staying in the UK, Cornwall has a lot going for it: gorgeous beaches, stunning scenery, mooch-worthy towns and, of course, Cornish pasties. The Eden Project is also worth a gander, with its huge biomes, inspired art sculptures, beautiful flowers and England’s longest zipwire, there’s enough to keep you entertained for days. www.edenproject.com

2. Have a Digital Detox

Turn your back on all computers, phones, TVs, tablets, games consoles and anything else ‘techy’ so you can really switch off – literally.

3.Get Back to Nature

You could just go for a walk in your local park to soak up the sights, sounds, smells and (hopefully) sunshine that being outside brings, but why not do something more memorable? On 5th May, the RSPB are organising a ‘Dawn Chorus’ guided walk at Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve in Essex. The expert tour guides will tell you what birds you’re seeing and hearing, then feed you a breakfast bap and a hot drink in the cafe afterwards. It starts at 4am (*rubs sleepy dust from eyes*), but you know what they say: the early bird catches the worm. Visit https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/events-dates-and-inspiration/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-465170 for more information.

4.Play Board Games

Gather the troops and settle in for a good old-fashioned games session. Go silly with Pie Face, intellectual with Trivial Pursuit, bendy with Twister, or all-out competitive with a Monopoly marathon.

5.Go on a Wine Adventure

France, Italy and California are all very well and good when it comes to wine, but don’t overlook what’s right on your doorstep. Indulge in a more local wine tour, with your own personal driver taking you around the lovely countryside, stopping to sample award-winning wine and nibble on delicious food at some of the UK’s top vineyards. Cheers! www.englishwineadventures.com

6.Binge

We’re not talking food or drink here. Why not indulge in back-to-back episodes of your favourite TV programme, spend all day at the cinema hopping from screen to screen, listen to podcast after podcast, or read books galore by your favourite author? Whatever you love watching/listening to/reading, do it… and then do it some more. (Obviously, your digital detox may have to go out the window!).

7.Hit a Food Festival

If you’re keen to eat, drink, shop, and discover new and unusual products, the Taste Cumbria Food Festival will certainly deliver. It’s in Ulverston on 25th and 26th May and will boast around 60 stalls in the producers’ market, with a hot-food picnic area chock-full of various dishes for you to chomp on. Is your mouth watering yet? www.tastecumbria.com/taste-cumbria-ulverston

8.Tick Something Off Your Bucket List

Whether it’s to do a bungee jump, paint someone’s portrait, build a treehouse, swim with dolphins, get a tattoo or, er, watch The Bucket List starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson (it might give you some ideas), there’s no time like the present.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you didn’t have to wait for a bank holiday weekend to maximise fun? If that ever-elusive work-life balance wasn’t so out of reach? Well, if you join the Platinum Property Partners (PPP) network, you’ll be able to take a step back from the daily grind and have more free time to savour life. You’ll be able to go on adventures, spend time with family, and enjoy ‘me-time’ at the drop of a hat. To find out more about PPP, visit www.platinumpropertypartners.co.uk

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This month marks Stress Awareness Month, when healthcare professionals and health promotion experts increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic.

Stress can take many forms in everyday life and are caused by both external factors outside of your control and internal factors that you can control. By working out what causes you stress and thinking of ways to deal with it, you can improve your life dramatically.

So what causes stress?

Unsurprisingly, money worries and work often top the lists of common causes of stress and are obviously closely related.

A recent survey of 4,000 adults found that four out of five felt stressed during a typical week, while almost one in 10 were stressed all the time. Workplace stress was linked to the “always on” culture, with most people taking calls or checking emails in the evenings and at weekends. More than two out of three were worried about their salary prospects, while almost as many were concerned about paying household bills.

In conjunction with this, a study carried out by Cambridge University has even gone as far as saying that money really can buy people happiness. But not in the way we might think.

Researchers revealed that spending can increase happiness, as long as it is spent on goods and services that fit our personalities.

So, is finding a job or business that you love, that also gives you the income you need to be able to buy and do the things you want, the ultimate cure for stress? Quite possibly.

More importantly, it’s about taking control and making a change. If certain situations press your buttons, remove yourself from them. If your job is making you unhappy, leave. If you are constantly worried about time and money, do something about it.

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten”

This quote from one of the world’s leading life coaches, Tony Robbins, can easily refer to the way people deal with stress.

Changing your perception of stress and using it as a positive motivation for you to change what makes you stressed can even make you healthier, according to a study in America.

It’s more than just taking a soothing bath, having a relaxing massage or exercising regularly – it’s about changing your mind-set, being more positive and taking control.

What can you do?

The simple answer is to work out what stresses you out. This is easier said than done when you don’t know where to start.

So why not use the Wheel of Life as a starting point?

The Wheel of Life is most commonly used as goal-setting tool, helping you to work out where you are now and where you want to be in the future in certain areas of your life – business, money, family and health for example.

However, it can also help you think about what causes you stress in those areas. You can then change the segments of the Wheel of Life into your main causes of stress.

Think about ways you can deal with that stress and what you need to change or do differently, and then periodically review your Wheel of Life in terms of stress levels and see if they have improved.

This should give you a great visual representation of the causes of stress in your life and whether you have successfully learnt to deal with that stress or use it in a positive way.

Get your ‘stress’ Wheel of Life here.

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Mood Boards – we see them everywhere! If you are reading this and already reaching for the glue and glitter this will be right up your street! Or you may be thinking “what’s the point?”. Well I am here to tell you the importance of mood boards, how you can create them and how valuable they can be when preparing for your first refurb project.

Why should we consider Interior Design for our HMOs? The market is becoming more competitive, and landlords are looking to introduce quirky and unique interiors to make them stand out from the rest. This is how mood boards can come in to play: try downloading the app Pinterest on your phone and search for an interior style that you want to create in your properties. For example, take a look at Scandinavian. This style will include a clean colour palette with a lot of white and light woods with minimalistic design. As we know, HMOs need to be functional and practical but that doesn’t mean they can’t look amazing at the same time!

Where should you start?

Start collecting images that you like the look of and add them to your Pinterest Board. If you are out and see something you like the look of, take a photo of it and add it to your board. You will start to see a theme or a pattern come through: this will be your overall design. This may be in the form of a particular colour that starts to re-appear. For example in the image above this deep forest green was being repeated. So I decided that was going to be my main colour focus for feature walls and the colour behind choosing my soft furnishings like cushions and throws. There will also be some images in there that don’t quite fit with the rest of the board which is fine. Move them to a new one and save them for your next HMO! That’s the great part about Mood Boards: you can move them around and create a variety of mood boards for projects to come.

So how do we use these beautiful images and put them into practice? By now you will have a cohesive palette of colours, prints and materials. For example in the board above I have got a repeat of white, dark green and brown. For materials I have light wood, black metal and tan coloured leather. For prints I have picked a palm print print which ties in nicely with the dark green colour. Pick out two or three of these colours and materials and focus on them. When choosing wall paints create a feature wall using the dark green colour, when searching for a sofa use a tan leather rather than a black leather. Have a look at Matalan’s collection of black glass picture frames. Can you see what I am doing here? I’m referring back to these images to impact my decision process through the refurb.

Isn’t this going to cost us a lot of money?

That’s probably the biggest question I am faced with when I’m talking about interior design. And my answer is no, it doesn’t have to. If you have a mood board and a clear theme, you have something to look to when choosing which Howden’s kitchen design to go for or what colour pictures to buy on the wall. Buying one extra pot of dark green paint and maybe some funky palm print wallpaper is a small cost for the impact you will make in that space. Imagine walking into a communal space and seeing 4 magnolia walls and a black leather sofa with wooden dining set. Now imagine walking into that same space with one wall painted dark green, one wall covered in the palm print wallpaper, with a modern dining set in this light birch wood and a tan leather sofa. Add a few prints on the wall and a few faux plants and you have created an interesting, cool space that will speak to your target market.

Looking for some inspiration? Check out PPP’s Pinterest board or my website!

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/PPPUK/boards/

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