Property Management Newsletter - January 2018
Don’t Let Your Investment Property Take a Walk on the Wild Side!
When it comes to gardens and rental properties, the best advice we can give is to keep it simple. While many tenants are happy to keep and maintain immaculate gardens, many more will view extensive gardening as a burden and may even be hesitant to rent a home that is otherwise perfect for them.
The biggest problems arise when the family home is rented out and a cherished garden is left in the care of people who have no emotional connection to it.
Although it is a tenant’s responsibility (unless otherwise stipulated in the lease) to maintain gardens and grounds, a tenant may not carry out watering, weeding and edging as thoroughly as you would yourself and many may not have the tools or products required for some jobs. Also remember it is the responsibility of the landlord to maintain gutters and trim trees.
If your investment property has complicated garden beds or extensive hedging that you do not want to scale back or remove, it could be a good idea to arrange for a contractor to visit the property a couple of times a year to attend to large garden maintenance jobs. We are happy to arrange this for you.
If you are planning a garden for your investment property, we would highly recommend selecting low-maintenance plants that will not encroach on foundations, plumbing, power lines or fences—make sure you plan ahead as some plants can take over gardens very quickly! Hardy species such as succulents and drought-resistant plants are also a safe bet for rental properties as they will survive a bit of neglect.
Another thing to consider is pests—when was your property last inspected for termites?Termites can do destructive damage in a very short period of time.
A termite and pest inspection is most important when it comes to maintaining your investment property. We recommend that you have your property inspected at least once every year.
Please advise us when your property was last treated so that we can update our records and send you a reminder when your property is due for another inspection.
If you haven’t had your property inspected during the last 12 months, we strongly recommend contacting our office to arrange inspection.
SEEKING NEW MANAGEMENTS!
Do you have another investment property, or do you know someone who requires a professional property management service?
Our Property Management Department takes pride in offering a skilled and professional service. And we have plenty of quality tenants requiring a place to call home!
Our focus is to maximise your income and optimise capital growth, all whilst providing you with friendly, personalised and experienced service.
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