General Maintenance And Repairs
The most common question I am asked by landlords is, “What do I need to do to prepare my property for rent?”
This article is part of a series outlining the most important facets of preparing your investment property.
The 9 most important steps are:
General Maintenance and Repairs
The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 states that the property manager/owner, is responsible for ensuring a property is fit to live in and in a good state of repair, before it is leased, and must maintain the premises and inclusions in good repair throughout the tenancy.
It is therefore very important to ensure that everything on the premises is in good working order and presents well as this will be recorded on the entry condition report and will form part of evidence in court cases as well as insurance claims.
The basic idea is: “If it’s broken, fix it.”
- Check bathroom grouting and silicone
- Inspect and replace leaking taps and washers
- Replace lightbulbs and fix broken fittings
- Clear blocked drains
- Clear gutters
- Fix any broken tiles
- Patch/ repair any chips in paint
- Check all fences and gates, ensure all lock and hinges are in good working order
- Check all window and door locks, ensuring easy operation and provide keys to all locks
- Have air conditioners professionally cleaned and serviced (this prolongs the life of the appliance)
- Ensure all kitchen appliances, oven, cooktop, rangehood and dishwasher are working efficiently
- Ensure all pool equipment is in good working order
Adding value with minor improvements and updating the overall appeal of the property can increase its rental return.
If it is within your budget, consider adding or updating:
- Ceiling fans in bedrooms and living areas
- Kitchen appliances
- Light fittings
- New paint throughout
- New carpet or flooring throughout
- Modern showers screens and or tapware
Taking care of minor repairs and maintenance now, may save you having to spend more on fixing bigger issues down the track.
Also, a well-presented property where everything is in good working order, will attract high quality tenants at higher rents and they will take better care of it too.