Four Reasons To Choose A Specialist HMO Architect

If you are seeking architectural services for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), an HMO Architect will be able to identify and address challenges faster than an architect with a more general portfolio.


When we get ill, most of us visit our family doctor, as he or she will have a pretty good understanding of what’s wrong with us. Chances are, however, that we take our children to a paediatrician, or older family members to a geriatrician, instead. Although a family doctor would in both cases be able to give medical advice, a paediatrician or geriatrician, specialised in the medical care of children or elderly, respectively, deals with patients in these age categories on a daily basis. These specialists, therefore, are more likely to have come across similar conditions more recently, and hence to identify the best treatment faster.

In the same way, if you are seeking architectural services for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), an HMO architect will be able to identify and address challenges faster than an architect with a more general portfolio. HMO conversions go hand in hand with a range of specific challenges, including complying with local regulations, balancing maximal comfort for tenants with the optimal amount of units, simplifying maintenance processes and achieving the best possible return on investment for the landlord. These challenges do not usually present themselves for every architectural project, and it thus might well be worth to work with a specialist to address them faster and more efficiently.

Easily Wading Through The HMO Paperwork

Optimal HMO Design For Maximal Profit

HMO Maintenance Choices That Pay Off In The Long Term

Marketing Your HMO Property Before The Scaffold’s Down

Easily Wading Through The HMO Paperwork

HMO Property Paperwork

Whether you are starting out as a developer or already experienced, our guess is that you are not exactly looking forward to the paperwork and administration that will be required to develop an HMO. On top of viewing properties, negotiating prices and checking in with workers, someone will indeed need to take care of a bunch of paperwork, administration and communication with the local Council.

If your team does not succeed in wading through this process efficiently, this could add a considerable cost and decrease the return on investment for your project.

An HMO architect most likely has gone through the same administrative requirements before, has learnt (the hard way) how costly and time-consuming common mistakes are, and is in an ideal position to avoid those pitfalls for you. Your HMO architect, especially when already operating in the local area, further is likely to already know how to communicate with the local Council, what are possible sensitivities, and how likely a project is to get accepted. Convinced yet to hire an HMO architect for your project? Congratulations, you have already increased your profit.

Optimal HMO Design For Maximal Profit

HMO Property Design

As a developer, whether you are working with an existing property or new-built, your goal will be to get the maximum return on investment for your project. In that context, it might be tempting to divide the available space into 6.5 square metre bedrooms (the minimum required in the UK), but in reality, smart design is needed to make rooms under 10 square metres pleasant to live in.

A specialised HMO architect knows which materials, colours, and room composition to go for to make living arrangements practical and enjoyable and will further be able to give advice on where to put sockets, which furniture to choose and what lighting will work best for the room. All of this can be taken care of during the planning stages to ensure that the rooms are comfortable and desirable for tenants while working within your budget and maximising your profit.

HMO Maintenance Choices That Pay Off In The Long Term

HMO Maintenance

Once your tenants have moved in, the extent and frequency with which maintenance is needed will have a profound influence on your profit margins. HMO architects will in particular favour durable and sustainable materials over cheaper solutions, as they will literally pay-off in the long term.

Architects with a more general portfolio will be able to offer a range of options that surely include durable solutions, but are less likely to have in mind the particular stresses that especially kitchens and bathrooms endure in properties with multiple and frequently changing occupants. Especially for old buildings, it’s important that your architect can identify issues with the construction of utility systems at the planning stage to avoid that they cost you a fortune afterwards.

HMO Maintenance

HMO Maintenance

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Marketing Your HMO Property Before The Scaffold’s Down

Researchers found that 55% of information is perceived by humans visually, 38% auditory and only 7% contextually, hence showing someone a scaffolded building and telling them how amazing this place will look in a year’s time, rarely will close the deal.

A quality HMO architect knows this and will go the extra mile to ensure that you can market your property before the scaffold’s down, and secure your return on investment mid-construction. To do so, specialised HMO architects usually offer computer-generated imagery of the finalised project that can be used for marketing purposes. Those indeed will make it a lot easier to convince clients that the place you are constructing will be as amazing as you claim it will be.

As an HMO developer, you will face a variety of challenges and could end up losing out significantly if you don’t make the right choices from the start. A wise investment in this context therefore not only refers to the property itself, but also to the proficiency and the efficiency of the team you work with, and in particular the architect you choose.

An HMO architect has the same skill set as an architect, but in addition, understands your needs as a developer and offers specific guidance to optimise your profits. A specialist will support you from start to finish; in wading through the administrative and regulatory requirements, ensuring optimal design, making the right maintenance choices and kicking off your marketing efforts before the scaffold’s down, and that’s exactly what you need!

For further information on HMO Architects check out Windsor Patania in the HMO Directory

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