Move In Clutter Free

Rental Property BrisbaneOne of the traps many of us fall into in our homes is hanging on to clutter. There are many reasons why we end up with items we don’t need or use. Some we become attached to, not wanting to get rid of a box of old cards we were given at our 5th birthday. Some we believe we may use again and so keep them stored away, ‘just in case’.

The truth of the matter is clutter is not good for our mental health or the state of our homes. The more we hold on to and collect the less space we have. We can start to feel closed in and surrounded by junk. It’s an ugly trap to get into and often when we move house we find it’s a great way to escape the junk and start afresh.

Benefits of Cleaning Out

If you have found your next perfect home with our Position One office then you may well be planning on a de-cluttering. The benefits to having a huge clean out before you move are many. Let’s take a look.

Some benefits to having a garage sale before moving:

  • Get rid of clutter;
  • Less to pack and less to unpack;
  • Less to move;
  • More space in your new home;
  • Extra cash from the garage sale; and
  • Gain peace of mind and clarity over letting unwanted items go.

Tips on Starting a Garage Sale

So how should you go about having a successful garage sale before you move out and then into your new home? Here are some great tips to get you started:

  • Firstly, decide where you will have the garage sale. If you don’t have enough space, maybe you have friends who wish to combine a garage sale with yours. This way you can also advertise a larger amount of items for sale in the local paper and possibly draw a bigger crowd.
  • Next, plan what exactly you wish to sell at the garage sale, as well as your asking price is. Always be prepared to negotiate when it comes to garage sales as people are after a bargain. Be ruthless, if you haven’t used an item in a few months perhaps it’s time to get rid of it. Go through each room and make a list.
  • Best selling items at garage sales are appliances, baby items, books, bikes and other sporting equipment, games, fishing equipment, garden tools and homeware.

After that, you need to advertise and prepare for the day. Keep a realistic mind about sales and be positive. When the day is over you can start preparing for collecting the keys from our Position One office and moving into your new place, clutter free.

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Don’t Make The Common Home Buyer Mistakes

You would have heard the term ‘fools rush in’ many times in your life and hopefully would have avoided experiencing the term yourself first hand. There are many times when it comes to decision making that you need to tread carefully and with plenty of forethought first.

Home buying is one of these decisions where you need to have thoroughly considered your choice before going ahead, as buying a home is a huge commitment. Our Position One property team is a team of professionals with longevity and experience in the industry. They will help you to make the right decision when it comes to buying property.

We will listen to your needs, requests and preferences and not try to force a square peg into a round hole so you end up with a home that is not suitable at all. If you want to avoid making some of the more common mistakes of home buying then come and talk to us and also take heed of the following advice.

Prepare and research

If you have chosen a suburb in which you think you want to buy then research it first. You might find the perfect home but you also need it in the right location to suit your needs and the needs of your family.

Things to consider, depending on your situation, are schools, public transport, shopping and any upcoming construction. The same is also true about researching for the right mortgage with the right lender.

Budget

You need to have your budget sorted before you buy. Get pre-approval if possible from your bank and have a clear plan on how you are going to afford a mortgage for your new home. Never go outside your means and always have a plan in place if the worst occurs, such as a loss of job loss, amongst others.

Market influence

It can be easy to think about waiting for the right time according to the market but this is not always the best way to buy. Buying at the time that suits you financially is best. The market will ebb and flow and you may be tempted to be led by what the media suggests but always go with what is right for you—not the current market.

Emotional decisions

It is very easy to fall in love with a home, possibly the first one or two you see, and want to buy, but don’t do that. Always take the time to think about the decision, view other homes and don’t overstep your budget due to the love for a home.

Contact our office at Position One Property today to set yourself on the right path to making the best decision.

Carpet Spills and Stains In Rentals

When you rent a property through our office at Position One Property you need to take precautions when it comes to taking care of and cleaning the property. These are in place to not only protect items in the home but to also save you from extra costs in paying for repairs of damaged items.

Carpeting, for example, needs to be treated with care. Where carpet is present it is a good idea to take care as much as possible. With carpeting you want to avoid spills and stains. Not wearing shoes in carpeted areas is a great idea, also not letting small children use felt pens, for example, on carpets is a great way to prevent marks.

Taking care with food and drinks on carpets can also save you the hassle of spills but in reality, spills and stains do happen. Spills need to be taken care of as soon as possible to avoid staining, and the action needs to be the correct one to prevent further damage.

Carpet spills and stains

The first thing you need to know about treating spills is not to use hot water. This is because the hot water opens the fibres of the carpet, allowing the liquid to soak further in and stain. In most spills the best treatment is first to blot with paper and then sponge with a warm soapy solution of detergent and water.

There are some spills though, that need more specific care. Blood should always be cleaned with cold water, never use hot or warm as this will coagulate and set the blood. Red wine needs to be first blotted and then covered with salt to absorb the liquid. Once the salt is dry vacuum this up.

We highly recommend that you first look up how to treat the spill that has occurred before taking action. This will ensure that you don’t do the wrong thing and make the issue worse.

Professional carpet cleaning

If stains remain then it is recommended these be taken care of by a professional. Taking matters into your own hands with carpet stains can be risky because you may not know exactly what the carpet is made from, for example.

Damage to carpets such as stains is the responsibility of the tenant to take care of and to pay any costs that are incurred. If you have any queries or need more information regarding this, please don’t hesitate to contact our Position One Property today.

 

What To Expect From Inspections

Rental inspections are important for both the owner and the tenant. They are carried out so that our Position One Property management team can ascertain whether there are any problems with the property and also to keep owners informed of the goings on in their investment.

Inspections are also beneficial for tenants as it gives them the opportunity to raise any issues with the property or to ask any questions that they may have. If tenants are unable to be present then they are able to fill out paperwork provided with any information or questions.

Once someone from our team has carried out the inspection we will provide owners with a thorough report. This report will bring to light any problems that may be occurring, repairs that may need to be carried out and possible future repairs.

We believe it is important to notify owners of possible upcoming repairs so that they may budget for these and thus making sure that the investment continues to run successfully. Whether you are the tenant or the owner of the property you should be aware of what we are looking at during inspections.

We understand that your home won’t look perfect at all times; if you are a tenant and have been informed of an inspection we suggest you ensure the following are seen to beforehand. Unless we think there is an issue and need entry sooner you will be given seven days notice before entry.

Outside the home

When we inspect the outside of the premises we will be looking at the condition of any gardens, lawns and sheds if present. Lawns and gardens should be kept mowed and tidy. We will inspect the entire outside area to ensure that there is no damage to sheds, garages and the outside walls of the home.

Inside the home

There is a lot to cover inside the home. Each room needs to be inspected for damage and any repairs required. Walls, carpeting, cupboards, light fittings, et cetera, will be checked as will appliances in the kitchen and bathroom fittings.

As we are not always able to tell if there is an issue with something such as the hot water system filling up, it is up to the tenant to advise us of issues such as this. As outlined in the RTA act we allow for fair wear and tear in homes.

If you have any questions regarding inspections as the owner or the tenant we are only too happy to assist. Contact us as Position One for more information on rental inspections as well as what to expect.

 

The Ideal Housemate Questionnaire

 

Sharing a rental can make life a lot easier on the hip pocket as well as when it comes to the chores. If you are planning on sharing a rental from our office at Position One Property then it’s important to remember that you are entering a legal agreement.

It is likely that all names will appear on the tenancy agreement and so the choice of whom you live with needs to be made wisely. With this in mind, we have a few suggestions that you might like to ask your potential house mate/s to help you make a more informed decision.

Rental history

History has a way of revealing a lot about a person. The first thing to ask a potential house mate is what their rental history has been over the past five or so years. This will give a good indication of how reliable they are.

For example, someone who has lived in the same place for three or more years is a very good candidate to share with given their answers to the rest of the questions are suitable too. If you are looking at someone who has not had a permanent address in some time and can’t show a history of reliable rent paying, be wary.

There can be perfectly valid reasons for a lack of permanent address, such as travelling, but the reason needs to be valid. You don’t want to add someone to the lease who is unreliable and flaky at staying in one place too long.

Employment

The importance of employment history is right at the top of the list with rental history for generally the same reasons. You want to share with someone who can remain gainfully employed with a steady income.

This means they can and will pay their share of the rent and other expenses and not asking for a loan on a regular occasion. It again also shows reliability.

When you ask about the history of renting and employment this is a good time to ask if they have any references.

A day in the life of…

When choosing a housemate you want someone whose schedule is fairly similar to yours. For instance if you are a night shift worker then another night shift worker is likely to be the most ideal. 9 to 5 workers are better off with the same.

People who like to go out and drink until all hours on the weekend and come home noisily in the AM, are not going to share a space well with a gym instructor who doesn’t drink at all and likes a good night’s rest. Match your habits, working and social preferences well.

Single or attached?

This might not seem like a big issue. But, it can be if your flat mate has a partner who will be there most nights a week; you might not be happy about that scenario. It will also be wise to ask if they have a partner whether they plan to live together any time soon.

For single people the question may seem invasive but you should ask if they date a lot or bring ‘randoms’ home after a night out. You need to ask yourself if either of these situations will make you feel uncomfortable.

If you would like any advice on how to go about setting up a shared rental lease, contact our professional Position One Property team today.

The Ideal Housemate Questionnaire

Finding The Perfect Property

Regardless of whether you are looking for a property to rent or buy, there will inevitably be a list of wants and must haves. It is important, especially if you are buying the property to live in, that you generate a list before you start looking.

In reality, you will end up needing to compromise on some of the items on your list; you should also decide ahead of time what you are willing to ‘let go’ of. A chat with our knowledgeable team at Position One Property will help you put some of these items in perspective.

Here are some great tips to help you find the place that fits everyone sooner rather than later.

Perfect is a relative term

Holding out to find the ‘perfect’ place could take forever. As mentioned, there will be some items on your list you will need to be prepared to give up, especially if you are looking with other buyers or renters.

If you are looking with others then communication and compromise is key here. With these two things in place, your dream home will come along a lot quicker. What you might think is perfect your partner or friend may not; it’s all relative.

Discussing first what you want in a home will help you reach an agreement quicker when you are house hunting.

Get your name on the door

Registering your details with us is like having your name on the VIP list at the door. When properties that we think are suitable for you are listed, we will contact you ASAP. This can save you some of the leg work involved with house hunting.

Consider the location

If you are not finding the perfect place at the perfect price in the suburb of your choice, look further afield. The very next suburb or next few suburbs are still close by to all of the pros you are looking for in the suburb of your choice.

Compromising on the location might mean you have a better chance of finding a home with more of what’s on your list and at a cheaper price. Don’t rule it out.

Do you need an outdoors area?

To choose land or not to choose land, that is the question. Families are usually the ones who need the yard space but there are also some singles or couples who want space outdoors to use, too. Always consider who will carry out the jobs for a yard such as mowing, and if a small courtyard might be better for your needs.

For more advice on finding the perfect place, talk to our team at Position One Property today.

 

Renting a Shared House – What You Need to Know

If you have read John Birmingham’s ‘He Died with a Felafel in His Hand’ you are probably well versed in what not to look for in a shared house, and all the worst case scenarios. These are the scenarios that make property rental companies such as Position One Property cringe, so it’s best to avoid them if you want a good rental history behind you. For those who want to enter into a healthy shared house opportunity but have never done it before, here is some helpful information to get you started.

What Do You Want?

The first thing you need to do is work out what you are looking for in a shared house. You could either rent one yourself and populate it with awesome people, or join an existing one. Do you want to live in an apartment, or in shared student accommodation? How much rent are you willing to pay? Once you have worked out what you are looking for you will have an idea about where to go from there.

Moving In

When moving into a shared house (whether starting one up or going into an already established one), you will need a bit of money behind you to cover the initial start-up costs. These may include bond (4 weeks’ rent), 2 weeks’ rent in advance and a share in electricity, gas and internet. Depending on how much furniture you can muster up, you may need to buy some, or arrange for it to be moved to your new place.

Day-to-day

As with any other relationship, the opportunity to live in a shared house with other humans brings you a variety of experiences to learn and grow from. When choosing the right share house for you, you might want to visit the place to get an idea about how the current tenants like to live. For example, if you are a non-muso moving into a musician’s shared house, be prepared for lots of music to be played day and night. If you are living with students, be prepared that there will be certain times of year when everyone is a bit stressed, such as exam time. It is important to communicate about what you need and maintain an open, honest relationship with your housemates through the changing times of life.

Legalities

When moving into the house you may want to become a co-tenant, which means that your name will be on the lease, or a sub-tenant which will require you to get a written statement of your status from the lease-holding tenant. Initially, when you move into a shared house everything is usually fun and rainbows, and you may not anticipate what could go wrong, so it is important to be sure that you know your legal standing and that you are happy with it. One of the downsides of going on a lease in a shared house is that you may be responsible if the property is damaged by a non-lease-holding tenant.

Moving Out

When choosing to move out of a rental property there are legal boundaries to protect all parties, so making sure that you know where you stand is an important preparation during the ‘moving in phase’. Position One Property has seen both sides of the fence in terms of tenants who have prepared for a smooth exit, and those who have not, and they urge you to know your rights and prepare for anything that may come along.

Improving Rentals For Greater Appeal Is Not Difficult Or Expensive

With over 30% of Australia’s adult population living in rental accommodation, and almost half of those in the 18 to 34 year old demographic, owners of rental properties can do much to attract the most desirable of these house hunters. A recent survey of renters has given some indication of the influencing factors that determine what they want in suitable rental accommodation.

What Do Good Tenants Want in a Rental?

On top of the list was location, with proximity to services such as shopping, medical facilities, schools and transport also a high priority. For a prospective investor yet to purchase their first property, this is excellent information that, should they act on it, will add considerable value to their investment.

Those who already own rental properties should not despair, however, because other influencing factors revealed in the survey can be easily incorporated into their existing properties. Here at Position One Property we were not surprised to see that car accommodation was up there with the other desirable attributes.

Tenants Want Their Cars Secured and Under Cover

Those of our tenants who commute to work via public transport still have a vehicle they use after hours or at weekends. This is a considerable investment for them, and they want to park it off the street, preferably under cover. If your rental property does not have car accommodation, a free standing car port will satisfy most tenants, especially when hail storms appear on the horizon.

The number of bedrooms in a rental was also high on the list of factors influencing renters’ choices. We find that extra bedrooms attract a wider range of renters, and such properties command higher rents. If your current property has a verandah or home office that can be converted into a bedroom, it will be easier to rent and give you a better return on investment.

Use Storage Space and Built-ins to Attract Good Tenants

Storage space was another factor influencing renters. Most people these days have a lot of possessions and they would rather find a property where they can have them at hand than pay to put them in storage. We recommend to our rental owners that they install cupboards wherever they are practical, and even place a small shed in the back yard for tools, mowers and other possession that don’t need to be in the house.

Renters also love properties with built-in wardrobes, as most of them don’t want the inconvenience of transporting their own when they move. Floor to ceiling wardrobes are the most efficient as they not only provide more storage space, but there are no spaces at the top to collect dust. Mirrored doors also reflect light, which makes the rooms look bigger and lighter. If the bedrooms in your rental property are dark and pokey, this is a perfect way to solve two problems with one outlay.

We work hard to attract good tenants for our owners so for them to meet us halfway by spending a little to upgrade their property is a good outcome for them and for Position One Property.

 

What’s Your Dream

We all remember the famous line from Pretty Woman. What’s Your Dream? It’s a common question yet, surprisingly, many people don’t have an answer

Dreams can take time and nothing happens in an instant. A five-year plan is an excellent tool in the business of real estate.

Position One have sourced information to share with you, from some of the switched on people we have had the pleasure in dealing with, to give you some ideas about thinking outside the square.

Getting that Deposit

For some, they believe they must save their money week in week out and wait until they have that magic 10% or whatever target it is that they have in their heads.

Five years is about the right target to gain a good deposit.

For some this strategy will not work.

Perhaps the deposit on your dream home is large but the deposit on the in-between home is way less.

Stepping Stones

For some, the dream home may be just a little out of their reach just at that particular moment.

This does not mean that you should just throw your hands in the air, give up and go rent somewhere.

Saving is a great idea; don’t get us wrong. But what is wrong with making your money work for you whilst you do save?

Sometimes, the only way to get where you are going is by taking the stepping stone approach.

Try these ideas on for size.

Buy Small Now for Big Returns

Why not consider buying a smaller home or unit that can house you and your family whilst you allow it to gain value?

This will give you time to put a little aside each week whilst keeping an eye on the market and trade up when it is right for you.

Split Your Money

Perhaps you are in a position to buy two small units. You could live in one for five years and rent the other out.

In that five-year period you have had someone paying one unit off for you whilst you live modestly in the other.

The capital value on these properties matures and you are able to sell one or both of them at a profit, thus giving you a leg up to your dream home.

Worst House Best Street

If you really have your heart set on a particular suburb and it is just out of your price range this is a great strategy.

You may be lucky enough to find the Handyman’s Delight for little more than land value and take the time to slowly bring your rough diamond back to its shining glory.

 

Rental Inspection Checklist to Help Avoid Rental Inspection Stress

Our Simple and Helpful Rental Inspection Checklist

If you are new to the being a tenant game, you may get a little stressed leading up to your property inspections. Even if you are an old hand at being a tenant you may feel you are being judged.

This is simply not the case.

Yes, as the appointed agent of the property owner, Position One Property  take our job very seriously and intend to ensure that the property you are living in is taken care of well.

But relax, we are not going to judge you for not doing the dishes or laundry.

We have compiled a list of things we look out for when conducting these regular inspections but also highlight how you can turn these into a positive experience for you and guarantee your ability to stay in the home long term.

Cleanliness is Key

We realise we have just told you we don’t judge your habits but it is essential to keep the home you are living in clean.

This means not letting any mildew build up in the bathroom or cooking fats to settle on the splash back or the tops of cupboards.

If the carpet or walls are soiled in any way, such as dirt, grease, red wine, et cetera, it is your responsibility to clean it promptly to avoid staining.

Keep Gardens and Grounds Trimmed and Clipped

It is essential to keep the grounds of the property neat and tidy.

Regular mowing, mulching, weeding and pruning are all essential.

Likewise, if the property possesses a pool it must be maintained in an appropriate manner.

Conduct Minor Repairs

As a rule of thumb, if there are any structural issues with the building or its grounds the property owner is responsible for its care and maintenance.

If any breakages or damage is caused by yourself it will be your responsibility to repair or replace it. As an example:

• If you put a hole in the wall when moving your furniture around or you accidentally back your car over the clothes line, this will be your responsibility.

• If you discover the retaining wall or fence is becoming dilapidated or riddled with white ants. This is the landlord’s responsibility.

Take Advantage of the Opportunity

If you believe there are issues the landlord needs to address, now is the time to speak up whilst you have someone on site to inspect.

Also, if you are dreaming of something extra such as asking for new carpets, repainting a bedroom or perhaps even installing an air conditioner, this is a good time to broach the subject.

We trust you’ve found this rental inspection checklist helpful – if you’d like further guidance or have comments, questions or suggestions, please call on 07 3843 4511.