Thursday, 1 November 2018

Penicuik stone built buy to let opportunity


The Penicuik Property Blog’s buy to let opportunity is a flat in a traditional stone build block in Imrie Place, Penicuik .... so it’s handy for the centre of town.

It is a 1 bedroom, main door flat.  The property has a lounge with a modern kitchen off it, a double bedroom and a shower room.  It has gas central heating and double glazing. 

Outside, there is a garden to the rear .... which apparently needs some work to ‘bring it up to scratch’ .... and on street parking.



Running the number on this one.  The flat is on the market with Struart & Stuart for offers over £88,000 so lets say it goes for £97,000.  A property like this in this area should rent for around £625 pcm which give you a yield of 7.7% which is fairly god for a traditional stone built property given their rarity.

If you would like any advice on buying a property to let, feel free to give me a call 01968 674601, email me on (robert@thekeyplace.co.uk) pop into the office for a chat (6 Bank Street, Penicuik).


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Friday, 26 October 2018

Confessions of a ..... Letting Agent! Issue 2


Landlords often ask us what goes on behind the scenes at The Key Place and so we thought we would share our experiences, and what we have learned from those experiences, with you.

This week I’ve got a story for you about how The Key Place goes the extra mile to help our tenants, and therefore our landlords too.

We had a tenant in full time paid employment (a supervisory role), who came with great references.  Very sadly his grandfather died, who he was very close to.  As a direct result of this, the tenant went off the rails.  He split up with his long term partner, and got the sack from work for not doing his job properly.  He was unable to pay his rent and while we were chasing him for non-payment, he disappeared.

The tenant was a local lad, and as The Key Place is largely staffed by local people, they started asking around to see if they could find him.  Using our fantastic contacts, we did locate him, and arranged for him to come into the office to discuss how we could find a resolution to the situation.

We managed to speak to the company he worked for who, once they understood what had been happening, offered him a job, although at a lower grade.  The tenant had racked up a few debts, including his rent, and so couldn’t afford to rent a flat from us anymore.  We worked with the landlord to allow the tenant out of his lease, so that we could re-let the flat as soon as possible and get rent in for the landlord.  The tenant left the property in great condition, and moved in with family.  We set up a repayment plan with the tenant so that we could recover the missing rent on behalf of the landlord.

It just goes to show that there may be more to a non-paying tenant than meets the eye.  Rather than writing this off, The Key Place managed to work with the tenant to resolve the problem.  The landlord now has a good long term let on his property and is also recouping the lost rent. The course of action we followed resulted in the best outcome for the landlord – our extensive experience of the practicalities, as opposed to just the laws/rules of letting, allowed us to reach this conclusion.   And the tenant is happy and getting his life back on track.  All’s well that ends well.

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Penicuik Landlords - what you should check before arranging a viewing?


For the sake of one or two minutes on the phone, you can find out enough from a prospective tenant that may mean they won’t be suitable for your property, or the property won’t be suitable for them.  Sometimes a tenant will maintain they “just want to view it”, but to skip this step could potentially waste both yours and their time.  So, here are a few things to check before arranging a viewing.

This ensures there are the right number and right type of tenants for the property. For instance, I recently had two couples and a friend wanting to share a three-bedroom house. Five adults was probably more wear and tear on the property than I would like but, more importantly, to house them would mean the landlord having to apply for a HMO licence from the council. Conversely, I had two friends wanting to rent a two-bedroom apartment; not a problem I said, but are you happy with the second bedroom being a small single? They weren’t, and thus checking this saved me and them the bother of viewing a flat that wasn’t appropriate for their needs. And then there was the time a parent wanted to move from their flat to the house I had available so their child could have a garden…until I pointed out that (as per the advert) there was no garden.

There’s little point in conducting a viewing only for the tenants to fall in love with a property they won’t pass your referencing criteria for. I’ve written before about the ‘affordability criteria’ commonly used within the industry, which is that the tenants should earn at least 2.5 times the monthly rent per month or 30 times the monthly rent per annum. So…ask them the question e.g. if the rent is £950pcm, ask if the proposed tenants earn in excess of £2,375 per month or £28,500 per year. If they don’t, see whether an alternative solution can be found, such as having a guarantor (guarantors generally need to earn 3 and 36 times the monthly rent per month and per annum respectively) or for them to pay additional monies upfront.

Sometimes properties are vacant and thus available to rent immediately, so it’s beneficial to find tenants who can move in as promptly as possible. On other occasions the property might not be ready for a couple of months, in which case it’s little good showing it to someone who needs to move within a fortnight.

You may also discover that they’re just looking to rent for a short period, which may not fit with what you’re looking for if you want long-term tenants.

If you don’t wish to rent to students or tenants with pets, now’s the time to check and save everyone from a wasted viewing. It works both ways too; invite any questions from the tenants or identify what interested them about the property to ensure their needs will be met.


Checking all of the above in a polite conversational manner will save everyone time and potential frustration, without it needing to be intrusive or off-putting to your potential future tenants.

If you would like more information on ‘vetting’ tenants, please get in touch – you can call me (01968 674601), pop in to see me at our offices (6 Bank Street, Penicuik) or email me (news@thekeyplace.co.uk).



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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Time to negotiate on this Penicuik buy to let opportunity?


The buy to let opportunity from the Penicuik Property Blog today is one you need to go in with your eyes open to.


It is a 3 bedroom, upper villa.  The property has a large lounge room, a modern fitted kitchen, 3 good sized bedrooms bedrooms, a modern shower room and a garden to the rear.

The property is in excellent decorative order throughout and the kitchen and bathroom look like they have been recently been refurbished.


However, a few points to note are that it is an upper villa, it has a shower room rather than a bathroom and it is on a main road, all of which will reduce the people interested in letting the property.

In addition, it is worth noting that the property has been on the market since June which is a long time in this market.


Let’s do the maths.  This house is on the market with Mov8 for a fixed price of £136,000.  A property like this in this area should rent for around £750 pcm which give you a yield of 6.6%.
Although the property is on for a fixed price, I suspect that there may be scope for negotiating the price given the draw backs noted above and as the property has been on the market since June .... a price of £128,500 gets you to a yield of 7%.

If you would like any advice on buying a property to let, feel free to give me a call 01968 674601, email me on (news@thekeyplace.co.uk) pop into the office for a chat (6 Bank Street, Penicuik).


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Friday, 12 October 2018

Welcome to our new blog - Confessions of a Letting Agent



Landlords often ask us what goes on behind the scenes at The Key Place and so we thought we would share our experiences, and what we have learned from those experiences, with you.

I had a call from one of my team to say that a tenant of ours had stormed into the office shouting and swearing and demanding money to stay in a hotel. 

A wee bit of background to this:  a landlord that we only find tenants for (TFO) has the flat upstairs from his, and there was a pretty big leak from her flat into the flat below.  The TFO landlord lives overseas and we don’t hold insurance for her, and so there was a delay in getting the leak fixed and the works dealt with.  Our angry tenant had to move out and we agreed to put him up in alternative accommodation or to give him an allowance to stay with friends and family.  He chose to stay with friends and family. 

So why the sudden change of heart that led to him storming into our office demanding cash to stay in hotel?  A few months ago this would have seemed completely out of character as he was a good tenant with a secure job who paid his rent on time.  I was suspicious about what was going on.  Well I called him myself and told him that we had found him a B&B locally and that I would pay for his room directly, and give him an allowance for food.  He wasn’t happy with this offer and wanted the cash instead.  In fact he not only wanted the cash, he was desperate for the cash.  This got me wondering what for?  Drugs? Drug debts? Certainly something that was causing him a lot of stress.  Having called his bluff, I never heard from him again. 

This got me thinking about what had happened.  The tenant was acting irrationally as he clearly wanted cash instead of just a bed.  However I chose not to offer cash, and by calling his bluff, I found out that it wasn’t a B&B he was after at all. 

The other consideration here is the overseas landlord trying to manage her flat from overseas.  Had her property been fully managed by The Key Place, the problem would have been dealt with much quicker.  We offer insurance to our fully managed landlords and so could have actioned the claim on her behalf too.

This is just one of many real life stories in our new Confessions of a Letting Agent blog. 


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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Get in quick for this Penicuik house buy to let opportunity or you will miss it!



Today’s buy to let opportunity from the Penicuik Property Blog is a fairly standard, 2 bed property at 79 Windsor Drive in Penicuik.

It is a 2 bedroom, semi-detached house.  The property has a large lounge/dining room with a conservatory off the back adding more living space, a fitted kitchen, 2 bedrooms, a family bathroom with a shower over the bath, mono blocked drive way to the front that looks like it can take 2 cars and a very ‘low maintenance’ garden to the rear.

The decor and floor coverings are neutral.


Let’s do the maths.  This house is on the market with Deans Properties for offers over £125,000 so let’s say it goes for £135,000.  A house like this in this area should rent for £725 pcm, possibly £750 pcm.  Assuming a rent of £725 pcm gets you to a yield of 6.4%.
Although just on the market, this property is likely to sell quickly so you will need to move fast if you are interested in it.

If you would like any advice on buying a property to let, feel free to give me a call 01968 674601, email me on (news@thekeyplace.co.uk) pop into the office for a chat (6 Bank Street, Penicuik).


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Friday, 5 October 2018

Criminal offence ..... call to action



All letting agents now require to be registered with, and regulated by, the Scottish Government.  It is a criminal (not civil) offence to trade as a letting agent after 1 October 2018 if you are not registered with, and regulated by, the Scottish Government.

Registered letting agents require to adhere to the Scottish Government Letting Agent Code of Practice which means that, amongst other things, they have to have suitable policies and procedures in place, there staff need to be appropriately qualified, and they have to control their clients’ money sensibly and they have to have professional indemnity and client money insurances in place.


Call to action ..... landlords

If they use a letting agent, landlords now have a duty to only use a registered one to ensure that they are legally compliant.  I keep hearing more and more practical reasons why this is the case, for example, did you know that you will be refused a mortgage on a buy-to-let property if you use an agent who is not registered?

Landlords please use a registered letting agent.

Call to action ..... letting agents


There is significant work in getting a letting agent into a good enough shape to be able to be come regulated.  If letting agents who have not registered are looking to sell their business given the hassle involved, get in touch as I know people who are looking to buy such letting agents – they have the resource (both £££ and people) to complete a quick deal. 


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Penicuik Property - Do you know the Facts and Figures?



Here at The Key Place, we can guide you to the right places to identify property values and yields in Penicuik and, as well as that, we can provide you with other useful property related information so you can make sure you know all you need to know before making your future investments.

I was reminded of this the other day when I was chatting to a landlord of mine and he said that I was a font of useful information about the Penicuik property market ..... at least I think he said useful! 

This got me thinking that others may be interested in some ‘useful’ property facts about our town of Penicuik....

There are 230 streets Penicuik with 6,627 households, and just 27.55% of all those houses (1,826 to be precise) have changed hands since 2008.

Compared to the national average, Penicuik has 18% less detached houses, 51% more semi detached houses, 95% more terraced houses and 52% less flats. This ties in with Penicuik having significantly less single person property occupancy compared to the national average (27% vs 35%) and correspondingly more 2 person + households.  This is a good indicator that Penicuik is good place to buy property in as yields on semi detached and terraced houses are generally higher than detached houses and flats.

Penicuik has more owned properties than the national average (71% vs 62%) and less Council/social renting than nationally (21% vs 25%).  Overall this means that only 8% of properties in Penicuik are privately rented which is much lower than the national average of 13%. Given that there is a shift towards people renting rather than buying their own home, this means that there is more to ‘go after’ in Penicuik.

We also have information at our fingertips on seemingly daft things which can turn out to be quite important.  For example, 92% of properties in Penicuik have gas central heating which is much higher than the national average of 74%.  This is really useful to know when refurbishing a flat and considering whether you can ‘get away’ with electrical heating ..... you probably can’t in Penicuik

I could go on but I better not!

If you would like more useful facts and figures call me (01968 674601), pop in to see me at our offices (6 Bank Street, Penicuik) or email me (info@thekeyplace.co.uk).



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Friday, 14 September 2018

The Penicuik property market – ten years on from Lehman Brothers



 Can you believe this week marks ten years since Lehman Brothers collapsed and the dominoes of the late 2000’s financial crisis fell? The property market had actually been slowing before this, with the number of sales in the first half of 2008 down 40% compared to 2007. House prices had already dropped 10% too.

This trend accelerated though with Lehman Brothers demise. House prices fell a further 10% in the following six months, finally bottoming out in March 2009 (not that anyone knew they’d stopped falling at the time). This meant they had fallen from a high of £190,032 in September 2007 to £154,452 in March 2009; a drop of 19%.

Not coincidentally, in March 2009 interest rates were dropped to an all-time low (at the time) of 0.5%, where they were held for nine years. That’s a staggering decline considering they were still at 5% just six months beforehand, when Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. It’s quite the news story nowadays if interest rates change by 0.25%…back then we had six months in a row of them dropping between 0.5% and 1.5%!

Interestingly the average mortgage ‘SVR’ (Standard Variable Rate) in September 2008 was 6.95% (1.95% above the base rate) whereas it is now 4.1% (3.35% higher than the current base rate of 0.75%). So, compared to the stated base rate, borrowing money is actually more expensive now than it used to be - something which could be key if the base rate begins to rise.

It took until August 2014 for house prices in the UK to surpass the previous high of September 2007. During those seven years it was those in negative equity who faced the trickiest situation. With house prices retreating to levels last seen in April 2005, it was the property buyers between April 2005 and September 2007 who became trapped in their homes. For some this led to becoming accidental landlords so they could move on, whilst for others it meant having to wait out the storm.

Fast forward to today and the average UK property price stands at £228,384; 20% higher than the September 2007 ‘peak’ and 48% higher than the March 2009 low. Whilst you might have preferred not to buy between April 2005 and March 2009, anyone who did so should now have come out the other side ahead.

What still hasn’t recovered though is the volume of homes being sold. The record year for property sales in the UK remains 2006, with 1,581,727 sales. The following year there was a small dip of 6%, before the number of sales fell off a cliff in 2008, with just 765,313 homes changing hands (a drop of 49%!). A decade later and the volume of sales has recovered (to 1,098,215 in 2017) but are still well down on the levels seen in the years before the financial crisis.


For many it was the lowering of interest rates that helped them keep their homes; arguably stopping house prices from falling further. This, along with artificially pumping money into the economy, has led to asset prices becoming ever more expensive in absolute terms, whilst some will say it has only served to kick the can further down the road.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Another acquisition for the fast expanding Penicuik based The Key Place


The Key Place, the "go to letting agency" across Edinburgh and the Lothians, Central Scotland and the Scottish Borders, specialising in property management and buy to let investment, is delighted to announce that it has taken on PH Young’s letting business based in Bo’ness.

Robert Young, The Key Place’s Chief Executive, commented “We are delighted to have taken on PH Young Lets as, on top of it being an excellent, well run business, it enables us to consolidate our strength in property lettings across Central Scotland.  I can see this being the first of many acquisitions that we make over the next couple of years and, with the regulation coming into the sector next year, I expect that a fair number of property letting agencies will be looking to exit the market rather than go through the hassle of becoming regulated.” 

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Penicuik landlords owe more than £52 million!


The Brits can’t stop talking about property. The hot topic of discussion at the posh dinner parties of Mauricewood, Broomyhill and Milton Bridge’s movers and shakers is the subject of the Penicuik Property market, but in particular, buy to let. These people are buying up buy to let properties quicker than an ace Monopoly player ...... or so it would seem if you read the Sunday papers. So is the buy to let market a sure fire way to make money?  Is it something everyone should be jumping into? Is it a sure fire way to make money? Am I asking too many questions? The answer is Yes and No to all those questions!

Firstly, the government gives tax breaks to landlords, as it allows some mortgage interest payments on a buy to let property to be tax deductible. Also, a landlord only has to flick through Rightmove or Zoopla, pick any property at random and agree a price. Then, find a modest deposit of 25% (often by remortgaging their own home) which for an average Penicuik terraced house, would mean finding £38,830 for the deposit (as the average Penicuik terraced house is currently worth £155,319) and borrow the rest with a low interest rate buy to let mortgage.  Finally, the landlord would rent out the property in a matter of hours for top dollar and live happily ever after, with the rent then covering the mortgage payments, with loads of money to spare and come retirement have a portfolio of property that would have quadrupled in value in fifteen years. Sounds wonderful – doesn’t it? Or does it?

Let us not forgot that the half of one per cent Bank of England base rate is artificially low. The international money markets can be fickle and if interest rates do rise quicker and higher than expected because of some unforeseen global economic situation, that monthly profit will soon turn into a loss as the mortgage will be more than the rent. Even though tenants are staying longer in their rental property, tenants still come and go and my guidance to landlords is they should allow for void periods, plus the maintenance costs of a rental property and of course, agents fees ...... all things that eat into that profit.

Interestingly, by my calculations Penicuik landlords owe in excess of £47 million in mortgages on buy to let properties.  An impressive amount when you consider Penicuik only has 0.04% of all the rental properties in the Country. It really does come down to a number of important factors going forward to ensure you are water tight for the future. A lot of my existing landlords are fixing their mortgage rates. One told me that the Post Office are currently offering a 5 year fixed BTL remortgage rate at 2.74% for 5 years (based on a 75% loan). I don’t give financial advice, so you must speak with a qualified mortgage advisor...... but that sounds very fair!

However, one thing I do know is that buy to let is a long term investment, it’s a ten, fifteen, twenty year plan and property prices will go down as well as up. You wouldn’t dream of investing in the stock market without advice, so why invest in the Penicuik Property Market without advice? We give bespoke detailed advice to our landlords to enable them to spot trends in the Penicuik Property Market before others, enabling them to buy better properties at better prices. For example, did you know that terraced houses are selling for around 7.27% more than 12 months ago in Penicuik yet detached houses are selling for 4.98% more (with every other type in between). This means we can advise on which properties will go up in value better (or lose less if property prices drop), we can also advise which have lower voids and which properties have higher maintenance issues. 

Information on the local property market and ability to process it is the strongest asset we can give you. As Lois Horowitz, the famous author says, “Not having the information you need when you need it leaves you wanting. Not knowing where to look for that information leaves you powerless. In a society where information is king, none of us can afford that”. One place to find information on the Penicuik Property Market is The Penicuik Property Blog, where you will find many articles just like this. www.thepenicuikpropertyblog.com.



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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Property investing in Penicuik .... my 5 golden rules


As a landlord myself, I thought I would share some of my rules/tips on finding the right investment property for you in Penicuik and its surrounding areas.

Rule 1 -  location  

My number 1 rule is invest in a town you know. What better town to invest in than the town you grew up in? Now you will know which areas are high in renters and which areas are high in home owners. You will know where the schools are, local shops and importantly the transport links.

Think about the sort of tenant you want to attract – if you are looking for professional tenants then you will need to look at properties which are close to the centre of town. The properties you tend to get close to the town centre are flats or one/two bed houses.

If you are looking to attract families then you may want to look at property that’s away from the town centre with noise and traffic etc and find somewhere which is close to shops, schools and parks.  Penicuik offers plenty of areas suitable for both, you have areas such as Valleyfield, Rullion Road and Mauricewood to name a few and these locations are all great for rentals both families and professionals as the centre of town is not too far away but far enough from all the hustle and bustle.


Rule 2 - motivated sellers

I’m not sure what you think of when you hear motivated seller but what pops into my mind is someone who will take a very low price for a quick sale. When I say low, I mean anywhere between 10%-30% below market value.  Finding these motivated sellers is not easy, you can start by looking at how long a property has been on the market. Usually November seems to be a good time to negotiate the price down on a property as people want to be out and in their new home for Christmas. Another motivated seller is often someone who has inherited the property.

Rule 3 – the figures  

So we have established the sort of tenant you want, you now have the location and a list of motivated sellers. Now you need to make sure all this stacks up financially. At the end of the day you are in this to make money rather than breaking even or being in a loss.

Make sure you do plenty of research on the sorts of rents your potential investment property can achieve – my advice is to give my team a call and pick our brains. We are local to Penicuik and we are landlords. My team and I will be able to give you accurate numbers of the rents you can achieve in and around Penicuik. 

You will also need to set a buffer aside for unexpected expenses, usually this is general maintenance but we have had the odd boiler needing replacing which requires forward thinking. From my experience with my own properties and properties I manage, these often occur when you are undertaking works. Often other issues arise which need sorting out and this will always add more time to the job and it usually means you will go over budget.  But if you do it correctly then you will have a sound solid investment.

Rule 4 – Not a get rich quick

The Penicuik property market has gone down and up in the last 10 years and it’s very difficult to predict what the changes will be and if the prices will change.  As a landlord in Penicuik, think about the long goal. Use this as a plan for the future and the short term ups and downs will not affect you as much.


Rule 5 – Understand your market. 

This is similar to Rule 1 (location) however you can never do to much research, ring other landlords from Penicuik, speak to several local agents. The independent agents can make instant decisions there and then as the owner of the business tends to be close by (you will always find me in the office). They are more likely to sit down and give you their time, even if it means they get no business from it they just love to talk all things property.


There you have it, my 5 top tips to investing in Penicuik. If you are a seasoned landlord or you are just looking to start my team and I are always happy to chat about your goals and plans. We can point you in the right direction and even  accompany you on viewings so you have a second opinion.
If you find yourself passing our office then pop in (the kettle is always boiling). We have plenty of free parking available and I’ll even get the ‘posh’ biscuits out.

Our office address is based at 6 Bank Street, Penicuik, EH26 9BG. Many of my blog readers also email me with RightMove , Zoopla or On The Market links to look at and offer a second opinion so if that’s more convenient my email address is news@thekeyplace.co.uk.

Don't forget to visit The Penicuik Property Blog (www.thepenicuikpropertyblog.co.uk) to view back dated articles about the Penicuik property market as well as property deals in Penicuik.



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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Moving tips for Penicuik families with children


Moving home can be a stressful experience without a doubt. There may well be lots of excitement because of new opportunities over the horizon but there will also some major issues to consider. How do you get all your stuff packed up and moved safely? How are you going to make friends in your new location? Is it going to be okay?

Of course, the entire process is made a lot more challenging when you have children involved. Here are some of our top tips in making the trip from old home to new location go as smoothly as possible when you have children in tow.

Talk to your children

Adults can generally get their heads around, and cope with, change. For children, it will be more than just the challenge of packing up and moving from A to B. Not only could they be losing the friends they’ve made, there’s the prospect of starting in a new school and beginning over again.

Prior to moving, you need to make sure you talk as much as possible and get them used to the idea of moving. Of course, a lot will depend on the age of your children and how much they understand about this big change.

It can often be harder for teenagers because, for example, they have made long term friendships and have lived in the same place for a good while. Smaller children tend to have shorter attention spans but you might want to look out for tell-tale signs that they are stressed out and find a way to talk these through to put them at ease. Those under five still have a greater attachment to their parents and are usually the easiest to handle because they haven’t yet started to develop their own independence.

The good news is that social media and technology means that friends can remain in contact with each other a lot easier than in the past. It may not be the perfect solution but it can help, particularly older children, cope a lot better.


Getting the children involved

It’s important to get children involved with the moving process and packing up as much as possible. That could involve putting them in charge of their own room (nominally in the case of younger children!) and helping with the planning. It will make the feel part of the move and in control rather than simply having the change thrust upon them. Try to be as flexible as possible and don’t be too upset if your child suddenly loses interest and finds something else to do.

For much younger children, having them out of the way while you pack and prepare to move home can be a lot less stressful. That means you may need to call on friends and family to look after them while you get everything done. Even if your children are involved in the move, it’s a great idea to involve close relatives and family friends to help normalise the process as well as get that extra needed help.

Getting the children used to the new home and area

Where possible make sure the children have visited the new home a few times, point out their new room and ask their opinion on where things should go, what new items will be needed, should you decorate, by getting them involved they will develop a sense of ownership and hopefully excitement. 

Also, get the children especially the younger ones, used to the new area by, for example, driving past the new school and exploring the local amenities to show all the possibilities.
Visiting their new home and area before you move is one way to start getting your children used to the change.

Try the ‘is that a bird?’ approach once you have moved

Once you have moved, it is good to distract the children from the thought of having to move by, for example, getting them involved in activities in the new area or even getting them some new toys to play with. 


Finally, planning, understanding and accepting things not going right

Good planning and plenty of understanding go a long way to helping things run much smoother when moving home. Don’t expect everything to go like clockwork, though. That rarely happens with any move. Each child is different and they’ll react in their own unique way. For some it will be a worrying time, for others it can be a great adventure.



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