I got some updates to the design of the buy to let profit calculator live so now it's even easier to use with clearer results. As part of improving the PDFs that the calculator can produce I moved the generation of them from Reportlab to Weasyprint. Having previously avoided PDF rendering tools that convert from ...
Car (child) trouble
Monday morning challenge this week was a flat battery in the car - apparently due to cabin lights being left on, presumably thanks to a small person!
I've previously fixed this by removing the battery and charging it in the house. But removing the battery from a Prius Plus is not very easy and I ...
First week in a while that I've managed to plan whole days for specific projects, rather than each day being a jumble of several. Also the first in ages that I've consistently left the house to work (using a couple of local co-working spaces).
For the next few weeks of summer holiday I'm intending ...
Base rate going up in August?
Are there hints of a rate rise coming soon? It would fit fairly neatly with some of the predictions from the Landlord Investment show panel - where it was suggested that the base rate would reach 1% before March next year.
Another tab cull
Too. Many. Browser. Tabs.
Start count: 904
To walk or not to walk
It's a difficult decision - whether to walk into town to use an office space or not.
- For walking to the office
- Proper air conditioning
- Chance to bank a cheque (they do still exist, at least in the world of British Gas!)
- Chance to return/exchange some shorts
- Less disturbances during the ...
I write the initial text for these journals on my main computer, often as quick notes during the day. To make that easy I made myself a little script (actually a fish function):
set T (date +"%Y-%m-%d")
Since I've now changed to recording a weekly journal, I ...
I've decided this will be my last daily journal for a while - they are just taking too much time to write and edit. I'd really like to hear from anyone who's enjoyed reading my musings, found them useful or has any other feedback - please comment below o
r send me an email.
This isn't to ...
Apparently government revenue from stamp duty is falling because the housing market has slowed down. Probably a combination of Brexit and increased taxes on landlords.
Nursery run this morning - so that our big two could walk to school again for their Golden Boot challenge.
Also had to pause this afternoon to do the nursery collection too as school ...
Interesting Python UI builder - spent 20 minutes watching the video and quite a few more reading about enaml-native more generally.
New Python 3.7 features.
Blogging / writing
"Brexit will land badly, so the Bank of England needs to get the base rate up to 1% before that" - read about views and thoughts from the Expert Property Panel at ...
I do like working from home and apparently it can be "13% better" (thanks to Terzo Digital's newsletter for the great link.
Notifying/managing utilities when tenancies start and stop is quite tedious, so I think the idea behind Landlord TAP is great - unfortunately the site was completely down yesterday and today I can't enter details about ...
- 25% cleaning (yes, during the working day - my parents were visiting to babysit this evening so no other time left)
- 25% mixed emails, consultancy bits, a little PaTMa and some All Secure Domains support
- 50% rental property paperwork
Evening was a secondary school visit - great to meet our oldests new form teacher and hear more about how things ...
Walked our big two children to school this morning, although the oldest was so late getting ready I left without him - with instructions to catch up. Of course he decided to only do that at the last moment so he could walk to school on his own! Thankfully he did survive and I didn't hear any ...
Monthly free co-working day today, this time at CoTribe.
I didn't get to talk to people as much as I normally like to on these days because I had some urgent rental property work to sort out. However I still enjoyed getting out and seeing people; hopefully the other ten or so people attending also had a good ...
Lots and lots of time today on pre-sales consultancy proposals (and a call) - 6 hours. The call was scheduled at 1.5 hours, a further 1 hour was planned for preparing a quote, but the remaining 3.5 hours was unexpected proposal work that couldn't be delayed. That meant other very urgent rental property work got pushed ...
An incredibly exciting day, mostly spent reading tenancy agreements to decide on the one I want to use!
Of course a new mini-Henry hoover also arrived in the house which a certain small person really was excited about.
Started the day with walking our biggest two to school, as fast as we (they) would go. Liz was feeling slightly ...
Far too much packed in! Oldest two children performing in two theatre shows and Liz chaperoning at one too.
The show we watched was great though (apparently the earlier one was almost as good too) and the children enjoyed performing. Auditions next week for another, larger theatre production!
Squeezed in a tiny bit of writing - working on a ...
Some more interesting Gothic tower and Guiness family properties to get distracted by.
An entire London skyscraper is sold for quite a lot of money.
About 3 hours logged to "email processing", including nearly 2.5 hours as a solid block of time at the start of my work day! I definitely need to get more detailed in ...
Landlord Investment Show
Up early and out sightly late, yes child and medicine related delays again. Got to London Olympia (a fantastically simple and all overground journey) only fifteen minutes after the landlord investment show networking event started.
Good hot chocolate. :-)
Early morning networking - had a few conversations, one really interesting, probably not business advancing though. Another extremely interesting ...
Another "interesting" looking property for sale.
Getting a bit of a theme - a late start due jointly to me and need to give antibiotics to a reluctant four year old.
Once started though, got through a bit of email clearing (total of about 1.5 hours across the day!).
Had a good call with an existing consultancy ...