Getting your property ready to rent
In order for us to secure the highest-quality tenants and maximum rental return we ask that your property is presented in its best possible condition – at the end of the day a quality property will attract a quality tenant.
A key benefit in doing this is in how your property will compare to those currently available. By putting your ‘best foot forward’ you’ll find the chance of achieving a high rental figure and good quality tenant all the more likely.
The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 requires a property to be provided and left ‘reasonably clean’ however this can mean vastly different things to different people. For this reason we prefer to help set higher expectations and standards for both our landlords and tenants in order to achieve greater long term outcomes such as recommending that all properties are professionally cleaned prior to advertising.
We ask that you consider the following questions when considering having your investment property rented and managed:
- Does your property meet the expectations of the market? Think about how your investment compares to those currently available and how this aligns with your own price expectations. Do the features and benefits of your property stack up against the competition and target market for the area in which it is placed?
- Are all appliances, fittings, fixtures and chattels in good working order? Possibly one of the greatest areas of surprise for landlords is the amount of maintenance required in the initial stages of a tenancy, often caused by a lack of understanding around what is required. Any chattel provided with the property when rented must be in working order. These can include, but are not limited to, such things as: oven, dishwasher, fridge, door handles, window handles, garage doors, taps, wardrobe doors, insinkerators, alarms, drainage, clotheslines, lightbulbs – the list goes on. Ensuring this is done prior to a tenancy beginning will save you time and money.
- Are the grounds and gardens well maintained, or at the very least usable? Unless otherwise stated, general lawn and garden maintenance is the responsibility of the tenant however ensuring these are well maintained throughout the initial viewing process helps secure the best possible tenants. Having the lawns and gardens well presented at the start date of any new tenancy also sets the right expectations for the tenant and shows up well in initial inspection reports and photos. We can assist with providing advice and employing tradespeople to ensure the right expectations are set for tenants from day one, in turn creating a smoother process for all stakeholders throughout the entire tenancy.