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~Jenny~



Joined: 12 Aug 2020
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Location: Snowdonia

PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2020 11:53 am    Post subject: Newbie needing help, please. Reply with quote

Hello!

I'm in the process of buying a property in Snowdonia that will be a holiday let and I've a few questions. Where do you guys buy your furniture etc from? Which letting service is the best? Do you have any tips for a new starter?

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Cymraes



Joined: 07 Jul 2015
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Location: North Wales

PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Newbie needing help, please. Reply with quote

~Jenny~ wrote:
Hello!

I'm in the process of buying a property in Snowdonia that will be a holiday let and I've a few questions. Where do you guys buy your furniture etc from? Which letting service is the best? Do you have any tips for a new starter?

Thanks Very Happy Very Happy


I bought all my furniture locally from local small shops and suppliers. There are lots in Llandudno and Bangor. Maybe not the cheapest but local goodwill is worth a lot. I bought some artwork from a local artist and she now recommend me on facebook whenever anyone is looking for accommodation.

All the agencies promise the earth, charge you heavily and generally fail to deliver.

Get a good reliable cleaner - this can make or break your business.
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zebedee



Joined: 12 Sep 2014
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Location: yorkshire dales

PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2020 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have too learnt it is very useful to buy white goods and electrical items locally. Yes it may be cheaper elsewhere, but as a remote owner the local shops are there to help out if anything needs fixing or replacing.
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Drax



Joined: 21 Jul 2016
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Location: Yorkshire Dales

PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't buy beds that have slats to support the mattress's. With our population becoming increasingly overweight and obese these 'slat' beds can and do break when a 'large' person sleeps on them (it happened to us and it was very stressful trying to replace a bed at short notice).
Buy divan beds instead, more expensive but much sturdier and more 'classier'.
If using an agency to run your business carefully check them out, (on this forum, Trust Pilot etc) the large ones do not have a good reputation'
We run our business ourselves, much preferring to be independent and not be beholding to another organisation who dictates what you can or cannot do.
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newtimber



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drax wrote:
Don't buy beds that have slats to support the mattress's. With our population becoming increasingly overweight and obese these 'slat' beds can and do break when a 'large' person sleeps on them (it happened to us and it was very stressful trying to replace a bed at short notice).
Buy divan beds instead, more expensive but much sturdier and more 'classier'.


I don't think that they are classier necessarily. They have several disadvantages. They can scuff and are difficult to repair; they are more difficult to disinfect being fabric and not a hard surface; the headboards tend to be fabric which have the same problem of disinfection and scuffing/marking. Yes I agree the wooden slats can snap; but you can cover the whole base with a piece of perforated hardboard which reinforces the slats whilst allowing the mattress to breathe.
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greenbarn



Joined: 30 May 2009
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Location: The Westmorland Dales, Cumbria

PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donít underestimate the problems of running the let from a distance if thatís what youíre intending; itís significantly worse at the moment as the cleaning protocols we have to follow for Covid require much more cleaning time, and if youíre hoping to find someone local to do the cleaning to the necessary high standards, theyíre rarer than henís teeth and already have more work than they can cope with. Youíll also need someone local you can call on to fix things in a hurry.
Key point: know your target market - typical age range, interests, likely budget, kids or not, dogs - then understand what they want and how you can meet their expectations.
What you can offer may already be determined in part by the property layout and room sizes, but a lot of guests want something wider than a standard double bed; have you got the space for a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge and separate freezer - and if not, which is more important to the people you want to attract, and which would they not be as bothered about? Within your market, what standard of accommodation are you aiming to provide?
Crockery, glasses etc etc itís essential to buy stuff that can be easily replaced and isnít going to be discontinued. The specialist catering suppliers are the best choice for this, they have wide ranges and itís all designed to stand up to commercial use (eg Porcelite) while looking the part. Have a look at an online supplier called Mr Whiteware whose minimum order quantities are manageable - thereís lots more suppliers. Same with bedding and towels, make sure you can match replacements; look at Out Of Eden and Richard Haworth among others.
And as others have implied, donít touch Sykes with the mucky end of a 10 ft pole.
Loads more to think about. Dedicate a few days to solid research going through posts on LayMyHat, and youíll get an idea of the questions you need to ask - and maybe how to answer them!
Good luck!
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J B



Joined: 09 Oct 2007
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Location: We live in England and have rental properties in N Wales and Paphos, Cyprus

PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've been doing FHL's in Snowdonia for nearly ten years now.

We use STS as our agents and get on well with them
https://www.sts-holidays.co.uk/

We have purchased furniture fittings etc from all over the place - you don't say exactly where in Snowdonia that you are.
As someone said, local places for white-goods give some back up when you are a remote owner.

Good luck

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SPJ



Joined: 28 Dec 2015
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Location: Aquitaine

PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll be amazed at the amount of bedding/bed linen and towels you will need. Initially we got away with 2 sets of everything but the experienced ones will tell you you need three sets, one on the bed, one in the wash, one, clean, ironed ready to use.
This gets even more complicated if you go for ziplink beds and the like because you need sets for both ways the beds can be used.
Are you going to have mattress toppers / mattress and pillow protectors? Where are you going to store all of this? Who is going to launder all of this?
I do all my own laundry as we are on site, except for mattress topper (specialist cleaner, typically takes a week to get it back) and duvets (local supermarket large washing machine). At the moment there are complications with COVID as I won't bring any dirty linen into our house, so all washing has to be done in the cottage typically takes me two days by the time I've washed and dried and ironed everything.
If you are outsourcing bear in mind the costs for all this.

Expect breakages / replacements as a matter of routine and don't assume you will be getting the breakage back off the guest from their security deposit, unless it is very obvious. Our routine breakages seem to be garden reclining chairs and it's impossible to prove who did it. The guest who's just left? Or the one who now teels you it's broken.
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SPJ



Joined: 28 Dec 2015
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Location: Aquitaine

PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another thought - whilst ironing!
Stay in your own place. Then you will find out what you've forgotten to provide, what works / what doesn't. Get friends to stay in it and ask them for honest feedback. Look at what the competition is doing - at the very least read their ads/websites.

I don't know whether you can access it if you are not on their site, but HomeAway has a very useful checklist for what to provide - sometimes it's a bit OTT - I think they recommend an inordinate number of towels/face flannels - but for example it never occurred to me to provide a pizza cutter because we never eat pizzas. We know from what goes in the rubbish bin that our guests, on the other hand most definitely do eat pizzas.
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