Maximising Returns on Investment: A Guide to Buying and Financing a Holiday Let Property

Written by Prospect Tree Mortgages & Idyllic Retreats

Investing in a holiday let property in the UK an be a great way to earn additional income and make use of a property that may otherwise sit unused for much of the year. However, it’s important to be aware that there are some key differences between applying for a holiday let mortgage and a traditional mortgage, as well as some additional considerations to keep in mind when setting up and running a holiday let.

When applying for a holiday let mortgage, you may need to provide more information to the lender than you would for a traditional mortgage. This could include a detailed business plan, such as what you expect your occupancy rate to be, by researching similar holiday lets in the same area. As well as information about how you plan to market the property. Additionally, holiday let mortgages typically require a higher deposit than traditional mortgages, and interest rates may be higher as well.

Once you have secured financing, the next step is to make sure your holiday let is attractive to potential guests. Holiday letting is a VERY competitive market, so it is important to design and style your holiday let in a unique and luxurious way. Be brave with your styling and experiment with bold statement wallpapers and colourful furniture that help it stand out from the crowd when your potential guests are scrolling for their next stay.

When designing the apartment it is important to consider your target audience. Is your holiday let for families or just couples? Will it be dog friendly? What will you minimum nights stay be? These are all important considerations.

What unique features could you add to improve your guests stay? A hot tub, pizza oven, music/cinema room or even a secret Wendy house at the end of the garden can surprise and delight your visitors making their stay more memorable and ultimately allowing you to charge a higher rate for your holiday let. Do keep in mind that a holiday let is not a personal residence but a holiday home for other and should be design practically.

Keep in mind that owning a holiday let is a business and it takes a lot of time and effort to manage and market it. Many holiday let owners hire a property management service to help with this. They can take care of advertising, bookings, pricing, change overs and communicating with your guests. You should carefully research which kind of management agent you want, depending on where they can advertise your property and if they are a local agent of big UK company.

Finally, it’s important to be aware that owning a holiday let can be a challenging and time-consuming endeavor, and it’s not the right fit for everyone. Make sure you have a good understanding of the responsibilities involved, legislation and the potential costs and risks before you invest in a holiday let.

In summary:

  • A holiday let mortgage require more documentation, more deposit and a higher interest rate compared to a traditional mortgage
  • Decorating and furnishing the property in a way that attract the desired target market and helps you stand out from the crowd
  • Keep in mind that owning a holiday let is a business, thus require marketing and management
  • Make sure you have a good understanding of the responsibilities involved and the potential costs and risks before you invest in a holiday let

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