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What goes in a welcome basket?

When you arrive at a holiday let, having a welcome basket ready for you, can be the perfect welcome after a long journey. But what should be put in it? Is there anything that shouldn’t be put in it? and what special considerations should be made, to give your guests the best welcome possible?

The Essentials

There are certain items, that are included in the vast majority of welcome baskets. These are items that the guests can use to prepare a quick meal, snack, or use as part of a larger meal. This includes bread from a local bakers, eggs from our own smallholding, butter, cheese and milk from a local farm, tea, coffee and sugar. We can also include locally produced jam, biscuits, or an alternative sweet treat.

You may feel that giving your guests a bottle of something to drink is also an essential, especially as we are based on the Kent / Sussex border, where there are many local vineyards. We strongly recommend to all out holiday let owners, that this is not advertised as being included. Due to licensing laws, you can give it as a gift, but (so far as we understand) to advertise and sell alcohol you would need a license.

Although hard to source from a local supplier, it is always worth including squash or fruit juice, as an alternative to tea and coffee.

Additional Extras

Depending on who your guests are, and the type of property you have, can change what is included in the welcome basket. This can be seen as going above and beyond, and giving your guests that little something extra.

If you allow dogs, its always worth including a doggy treat and possibly a squeaky toy.

If the guests are bringing children, then activity books, treats and information about local activities always goes down well.

Depending on yours and your guests needs, the welcome basket can be filled with more items, to include bacon, sausages, fresh fruit and vegetables, and virtually anything that you need to be in there. We have a wide local network, and can source many locally produced items.

Anything else?

Welcome baskets can be used to include many different items. However not everything that could go in the welcome basket, should.
For example, notes and information about the property can be placed alongside, or in another room.
A folder with leaflets about local attractions can be left in the reception room.
Kitchen essentials can be placed in the cupboard, and anything that needs to be in a fridge, should be.

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Gas, Electric and EPC certificates

At Hastings Property Services we aim to provide every service that a landlord or property owner would require, and this includes Gas, Electric and EPC certificates.

Using specially trained local tradesmen, we can supply the certificates that are legally required, together with those that you really should have as well. If certificates can’t be issued, our trades people can supply a quote to bring your installation up to standard.


The landlord is responsible for the gas pipework and appliances supplied within a property. It is the landlords responsibility to carry out an annual gas safety check on the installation, and supply the tenant with a copy of the gas safety certificate.

We can assist with getting this booked in, issuing reminders, getting the engineer to the property, and issuing the certificates. Our prices start from just £75.

Further details on Gas Safety Checks can be found on the Gas Safe register here:


Electric checks should routinely be carried out, to ensure that the electrical system within a property is safe. The landlord is responsible to ensure it is safe when the tenants move in, and maintained in a safe condition for the duration of the tenancy.

The inspections are called EICR, and were previously called a ‘periodic inspection’. We can arrange for a qualified electrician to gain access to the property, and conduct the test. Every property we take on and manage must have had an EICR in the last 5 years.

EPC certificates:

An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) is required from when you begin marketing the property. It must be available for all potential tenants to see. A property must have a minimum rating of ‘E’ in order to be marketed.
We require that HMO properties / rooms that we manage have an EPC on the building. In order to be able to issue a Section 21 notice (should there be a need to remove the tenant), an EPC must have been issued. Whilst there is ambiguity if this is needed for HMOs or rooms, for the cost of the EPC and the length of time it last for, it makes sense to have one.

An EPC certificate is valid for 10 years.


We offer a simple solution for our landlords, and can manage all of the above services for landlords. Contact us to discuss your needs, and see how we can help you manage your property.


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House Clearance Hastings

House Clearance Hastings, and all of Sussex is one of the services that is offered by Hastings Property Services. Serving domestic and commercial properties, we remove almost everything, leaving the properties empty, and ready to be let or sold.

From big house, to small flats, nice clean places to hoarders houses, we can clear it all. Nothing really puts us off, so don’t delay and give us a call today to discuss your House Clearance.

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House Clearance Cost

Each and every property is quoted on its own merits. We look at how much has to be removed, how long it will take us to remove it, and how much it will cost us to dispose of it. We take into account how much residual value may be left in the items to be removed, and any other fees we may need to charge, before coming up with a final price. This means that each property we quote on is slightly different, and gits not possible to give a one price fits all solution.

House Clearance Hastings

We have many years of experience working in Hastings, and throughout East Sussex. Our house clearance service operates in Hastings, Rye, Eastbourne, Ashford, Tonbridge and everywhere in between. We can often be found on the road, heading to quote or clear. We can normally respond to quote requests in 1 to 3 days, and can start most clearances within a week.

At present, approximately 95% of the items we remove are reused or recycled. We aim to send very little to landfill, and where an item can be recycled, we will always ensure it would be. We remove all mattresses, TVs, Fridges, Freezers and standard house hold items. We cannot, and do not, remove asbestos or industrial chemicals.

To get a quote for your clearance, or for a no obligation chat, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Holiday Lets Hastings

We offer a full range of services for many Holiday Lets in Hastings, and the surrounding area. Holiday let owners can choose to take on one or two of theses services, or have the full range of services available to them.

Our services can be used as and when needed, or booked on a regular basis. We don’t have tie you into contracts, meaning you can use us when you’re busy, or as often as needed. We provide a 7 day a week service, and have a 24 hour contact number.

✔ – No long contracts

✔ – Cleaning and Laundry Service

✔ – Charged per visit

✔ – Select the services you want, when you want them

✔ – Open, honest and transparent pricing, agreed before any work is carried out.

We can also offer full guest support, which is ideal for owners who don’t live in the local area. This includes a contact phone number for issues and a call out service for any in property issues.

Our staff know how to look after Holiday Lets Hastings, and get them ready for your guests, so when people walk in, they get a warm and welcoming feeling. Our welcome baskets can be tailored to your requirements, and give your guests the essential items they desire upon arrival.

A few of the services we offer include:

MaintenanceRubbish Removal
Welcome BasketsKey holding

More details can be seen on our dedicated Holiday Home Management page, or you can contact us for a no obligation chat about the services you need.

Our services are available in Hastings, St Leonards On Sea, Fairlight, Battle, Westfield, Pett, Bexhill, and most places in between. If you’re unsure, or just outside these areas, get in touch as we may still be able to help.

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Property Services

Being a specialist Property Services company, enables us to offer you the best and most unique services, that you require to manage your properties.

Whilst we advertise a range of services that are available, this list is by no means exhaustive. We are contacted all the time by clients asking if we can do something different to these, and almost all the time we answer yes. Below is an overview of some of the more common tasks that we undertake, if you require any of these, or anything different, please contact us. Read More