Guidance For Movers During The Coronavirus Outbreak

On the 26th of March the government released a statement which provided advice for home buyers and sellers at this current time. To see the full statement you can CLICK HERE  

This is an uncertain time for anyone who is in the current process of buying or selling a property. However, further to the Government’s recent statement we need to ensure we are following the measures put in place. The guidance above provides helpful answers for anyone who is unsure or worried. 

To reassure you all during this time. Here are the main points below:

  •  If the property being bought is empty, the move can continue as normal if it can be done safely.
  •  If the property is occupied, all parties are encouraged to agree on alternatives dates
  • If a new date cannot be agreed, critical home moves can still take place if they can be done safely
  • Anyone with symptoms, self-isolating or shielding should follow medical advice which will mean not moving to a new house for the time being

It’s business as usual here at Pali and we will continue to provide you with the services and products you require, as normal.

If you have any questions, please contact a friendly member of the Pali Team on search@paliltd.com.

  

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Pali’s Top 10 Tips For Relieving Stress

Life can often be full of uncertainties which can leave many feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Stress can mean that we don’t feel as happy or positive in our day to day lives, however, there are things you can do to get back to your usual self. If you are feeling stressed or think you may just need some positivity, then here are a few tips to keep you going!

1. Exercise – Physical activity helps boost your brain’s feel good endorphins. When you go for a hike or do a home workout the neurotransmitters will be released. You can find home plan ideas online, via YouTube, where there are a lot of personal trainers who have created home plans that you can use. However,  if this isn’t something you would be interested in, going for a light jog will achieve the same feeling. Exercising is good for your mind and body as it gives you more energy and more motivation for the day. It’s best to do a workout in the morning or midday in order to prepare your mind for the day ahead.

2. Listen to music – Music helps calm the mind. Slow, quiet, classical music can help you wind down. However, if you would like to be in an upbeat and happy mood, it won’t hurt to blast out something a bit faster! Music can have a positive impact on both your emotions and body. Faster music will make you feel more positive, whilst the slower type of genres such as jazz or classical, can make you feel relaxed and can help manage stress. 

3. Meditate – Meditation is the practice of where you focus your concentration on bringing yourself back into the moment. With practice, meditation can become one of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety. Whilst you can’t control your thoughts, you can try to control how much power they have over you. This does not mean you should suppress them, but just remain calm and use your breathing to help control them and bring you back to the moment.

4. Go for a walk – As mentioned previously exercise is a good way to reduce stress. However, not many people enjoy intense work outs or running. When you feel like you are beginning to become stressed, it’s a good idea to go outside and take a walk. Calm down, take a deep breath in and soak up the nature. 

5. Cook – Cooking, while being an essential part of life, can be a tool to distract from everyday stress. Tasks that require you to concentrate a good way to keep calm by distracting you from negative thoughts. When you are concentrating a lot of your energy and time goes into that one task. Finding a hobby can reduce stress especially if it is something you are passionate about.

6. Chores – It’s a good idea to find some household jobs that you’ve needed to attend to! Cleaning and focusing your energy into a certain job can help you keep your thoughts away from the stress.

7. Stress diary – Writing down all the negative and positive parts of your day can take some of the stressful thoughts out of your head and down onto the paper. This can help you judge the situation and reduce your negativity by comparing to the positive points.

8. Try to relax – Relax of an evening. Wind down. Consider putting on your favourite movie and taking a long hot bath with scented candles.

9. Eat well – Eating healthily can make sure you feel good! Feeling good about yourself can reduce stress. Make sure you have a lot of vitamins and are drinking a lot of water! A well-balanced and nutritious diet is one of the most important ingredients for good health.

10. Talk to someone –  For talking to be most effective, make sure you choose a suitable person for this conversation. For example, there is no point talking to a two year old about work stress! Instead, speak to someone who would have a clear idea and can relate to the situation. This will reassure you that you are not alone and further stress can be removed with an outsider. 

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Invitation to Free CPD Webinar on Residential Search Reports and which one should you choose

Pali, in conjunction with Groundsure, would like to invite you to join our free Webinar, presenting a comprehensive overview on what is included in each residential search report and the type of transactions they apply to.

When: Tuesday 7th April 2020
Time: 1pm
Duration: Approx 1 hour
CPD: 1 CPD Point

To register for this webinar please CLICK HERE

We hope you can join us for this popular webinar.

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Coronavirus Update

In light of the current national and global COVID-19 pandemic we would like to inform you of our position on the situation. Rest assured, we will continue to provide you with an excellent service.

Pali is in a fortunate position whereby both our internal and user-facing systems can be accessed remotely. Our sophisticated technology enables our service to continue as normal and a strategy is in place and will be exercised should the situation worsen. In the event that some or all the staff at Head Office are required to self isolate, measures have been put in place to ensure each member of staff can work from home. Business will continue as normal and you shouldn’t experience any disruption with the service you receive. You will be able to contact Pali as normal via email and telephone.

We have received updates from our Service Partners who, like us, have put clear processes in place to manage any potential disruption. We are all working closely together to make sure our clients’ productivity is not affected.

We are in the process of contacting the councils and water companies to ensure we are kept up to speed on their plans and policies. Please rest assured we will do our utmost to continue to provide you with all the products and services you currently receive from Pali.

The Pali Team.

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Onshore wind is back on the agenda

For the last four years there has been an effective ban on onshore wind.

Now the government have published the detail of the proposed changes to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, it’s clear that one barrier to onshore wind is likely to be removed (the subsidy issue). Larger scale wind developments have not been eligible for subsidies since April 2016, a move which contributed to an effective moratorium on onshore wind development.

However, two other significant barriers remain. One is ‘community approval’, which means that any wind developments have to have the backing of the local community or they can’t go ahead. What constitutes official ‘community approval’ is down to individual local authorities. The process for obtaining community approval is part of this consultation, and proposes renewable project developers should consider the following:

• providing community benefits consistent with relevant guidance and good practice principles, including providing an opportunity for communities or local people to invest in the project, with this opportunity additional to a community benefit fund;
• community benefits should last the lifetime of the project. If a development is sold on, subsequent owners and/or operators should honour existing agreements with the local community; and
• the potential effect of a proposed renewable energy development on visual amenity and landscape should be assessed.

The other barrier is that wind developments can only take place in an area which has already been designated in the local plan as a potential wind energy site. A minority of local authorities have designated areas in their current iterations of the local plan (partly because of subsidy/community barriers). Until authorities revamp these plans, we’re unlikely to see an explosion in onshore wind in the very short term, but it’s clear that if the UK is going to meet its Net Zero targets by 2050, there is going to have to be a greater effort on the side of communities, local authorities and developers to accelerate onshore wind development.

The CfD scheme consultation runs until 22nd May, and the scheme is scheduled to open in 2021.

How can Groundsure help?

Groundsure Energy and Transportation report provides a comprehensive search of existing and planned energy infrastructure.

References:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/millions-more-homes-to-be-powered-by-renewables

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/02/uk-government-lifts-block-on-new-onshore-windfarm-subsidies

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm150618/wmstext/150618m0001.htm#15061882000002

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/869778/cfd-ar4-proposed-amendments-consultation.pdf

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Powerful storms blast through the UK- how to make sure your home is kept safe!

Are you worried your home is at risk of flooding?

Most flood disasters can wipe out everything in a matter of seconds. If you find out your home is in a dedicated flood risk area, you have to be aware that this can lead towards future issues towards the well-being of you and your property.

Most properties which are at risk of flooding are located near or around coastal areas or rivers. The areas will be confirmed as high or low risk depending on what type of flood can occur, such as coastal floods, river flooding or surface water floods.

It’s important to know if your home is at risk of these floods, so you can take out flood insurance to protect your property and for peace of mind.

Many flood warnings have been issued in England after storms Ciara and Dennis. The latest forecast has proven there will be more unsettled weather and stormy conditions moving across the UK. It’s important through these storms, that you are prepared and make sure you and your family and friends are safe.

In the UK, conditions are becoming a lot more serious. Unfortunately people have been forced to evacuate their homes as weather warnings have been issued. There are around 120 flood warnings, 6 of which include danger to life. 

What to do if your home is at risk of flooding? Short-term measures

If you home is at risk of flooding, you’re going to need to protect what you can, you will need to put some equipment in place for when a flood warning arises. When a flood starts, it’s important you keep calm as reacting with fear can make the situation worse. Here is a list of things to do when you are at risk of your home being flooded:

  • Install flood barriers.
  • Help stop water entering your home – plug all sinks and drains.
  • Turn off gas, water and electricity.
  • Move family upstairs to a safe place.
  • Raise electrics.
  • Evacuate when told – if emergency services tell you so then you and your family may be at risk.

What to do after your property floods

  • Make sure there are no unforeseen dangers in the flood water such as sharp objects, as there may be tripping hazards you are unable to see.
  • Wear protective clothing such as wellies and water proof gloves or a face mask to protect you from water splash when cleaning up.
  • Switch off electricity and make sure it is kept off until a professional says it’s safe to turn back on.
  • Take photos of any damaged goods and property.
  • Start to ventilate the property – let the air start to dry your home.
  • Remove mud if you can and disinfect what pollution has entered the property. Flood water can have contamination within the water which can make you sick.

If you would like to purchase a flood report from Pali, please contact a friendly member of our team on 0800 023 5030

 

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Pali Teesside become member of the Infant Hercules Charity Club

Pali Teesside are proud to support Middlesbrough and Teesside’s Philanthropic Foundation and have become a member of the Infant Hercules Charity Club.

Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation is a movement, a powerful force for good. The Foundation is all about Teessiders fighting for Teesside together. 

The foundation has more than 40 Patrons such as local businesses and wealthy individuals who make considerable annual donations to the foundation, changing lives to the less fortunate in Teesside. To read more about the Infant Hercules Charity Club and the benefits please CLICK HERE

The Philanthropic foundation is keen to attract more individuals and businesses to make Teesside a better place to live and work. 

Their donations are reinvested into the community to help those in need. The Patrons get involved with the funding application decisions, present the cheques and awards to our Teesside heroes and golden giveaway winners. 

If you would like to donate please CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

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Webinars with Pali for 2020!

Pali’s training makes professional growth for conveyancers easier as there is usually a lot of information to absorb, so it can be difficult to keep up with the latest legal developments. The webinars are extremely useful to help you stay updated with the latest news.

The webinars listed below are Pali, in conjunction with Groundsure which are being hosted throughout 2020. They are free to attend and you will receive one CPD point per one hour webinar. Simply click on the links to register.

Conveyancing – What to expect from 2020? 

When: Tuesday 3rd March 2020 

Time: 1pm

Duration: Approx 1 hour

CPD: 1 CPD Point

Topic covered:

This session will include a summary of events from 2019 that had an impact on our industry and it will also give an overview of key changes coming up in 2020. What new regulations to look out for, and which trends and challenges may have an impact to the industry in the coming year. 

To register for this webinar please CLICK HERE

In a world of so many residential search reports, which one should you choose? 

When: Tuesday 7th April 2020

Time: 1pm

Duration: Approx 1 hour

CPD: 1 CPD Point

Topic covered: 

This session provides a comprehensive overview of what is included in each residential report, and the types of transactions they apply to.

To register for this webinar please CLICK HERE

Planning Webinar

When: Tuesday 28th April 2020 

Time: 11am

Duration: Approx 30 minutes

Topic covered:

In this 30 minute session we will compare a dedicated planning search from Groundsure to a local search and provide an overview of the state of planning permissions in the UK, a detailed run through of the Planning report and other relevant searches and case studies will provide real life examples of how planning and developments can impact upon properties.
 
To register for this webinar please CLICK HERE
 

Which report, which scenario? (Commercial)

When: Tuesday 5th May 

Time: 11am 

Duration: Approx 1 hour

CPD: 1 CPD Point

Topic covered

In this 1 hour session we take a detailed look into environmental searches, their content and suitability for the transaction taking place.
 
To register for this webinar please CLICK HERE

 

A NEW Agricultural Search

When: Wednesday 8th July 

Time: 11am 

Duration: Approx 1 hour

CPD: 1 CPD Point

Topic covered: 

This session provides a detailed overview of the new search including the new information that meets the standards set in Section B8 of the Conveyancing Handbook (25th Edition), as well as looking at key aspects that a buyer should be made aware of when purchasing a farm and agricultural land.
 
To register for this webinar please CLICK HERE

 

Will Dave’s house on a hill flood?

When: Tuesday 3rd November 

Time: 11am

Duration: Approx 1 hour

CPD: 1 CPD Point

Topic covered:

A common misconception is that properties located on a hill won’t flood. This session specifically focuses on Dave’s house, its geographic situation and flood risk. The session rounds off with practical advice.
 
To register for this webinar please CLICK HERE
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Valentine’s Day Competition!

Have a meal on us!

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, what better way to show love to our loyal clients than to treat them to a mouth-watering meal for two!

Therefore Pali will be treating one lucky winner to a £100 voucher for a restaurant of their choice.

You choose who to bring
You choose the date
You choose the restaurant

But that’s not all! Because we love our clients so much, we’ll be awarding the two runners up with a secret little prize each!

All you have to do to enter is type the code – ‘PALI PASSION’ in the comments box when placing orders online via www.paliltd.com – and that’s it! You have until Midday on Friday 14th February to get your codes in.

The more orders placed using the code, the greater the chance of winning!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • The winner of the competition will receive a £100 voucher for a restaurant of their choice
  • The chosen restaurant must accept payment online/over the phone for the voucher
  • The two runners up will receive a surprise gift each
  • The prizes will be sent to the users who placed the orders
  • The code ‘PALI PASSION’ has to be typed in the ‘Additional Information and Comments’ box featured on the last page when placing orders via paliltd.com
  • All orders must be placed online via our website www.paliltd.com
  • You have until Midday on Friday 14th February to get your codes in
  • The results will be announced on Social Media and the winner and two runners up will be contacted directly
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Pali Teesside’s Fundraiser A Success!

Towards the end of last year, Pali Teesside proudly sponsored a fundraiser at Bishopton Village Hall to raise funds to purchase and install a playground for the local community. 

The fundraiser consisted of a Pie and Peas Supper where guests were able to bring their own drinks and take part in a fun quiz. The event which took place on 29th November was a great success! The community gathered and managed to raise an impressive £1000 clear profit for the playground.  

The targeted total investment is in the region of £100,000 which will provide age-appropriate ranges of climbing frames, variations on traditional swings, slides, see-saws and roundabouts, and sporting infrastructure such as goalposts and basketball hoops, all on safe surfaces.

All attendees reported a fun filled night and the Pie and Peas Supper was incredibly popular and enjoyed by all.

The community is now planning their next fundraiser for the spring time where they will host a wine and cheese night and include an auction of promises.

Well done to Pali Teesside for supporting such a fantastic cause. We look forwarding to hearing all about the next fundraising event.

If anyone wishes to contact the playground association, you can do so via email: Secretary.BPAssoc@gmail.com

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