Three things that landlords should remember to maintain the value of their property

Even in the current market, where uncertainty prevails, buying a property and renting it out, over a period of 10 or more years, is most likely to guarantee you a good rate of return. While the rental income each year will likely more than cover your mortgage and some, new landlords often neglect a couple of critical aspects of property maintenance which mean that they will not recoup the profit they initially desired upon selling the house.

With this in mind, landlords should remember these three principles if they wish to effectively maintain and maximise the long term value of their property.

  1. Invest in maintenance, little and often. When landlords buy a new house in great condition, there seems little reason to invest in its maintenance. After all, the landlord is not living in the house and as long as the tenants are happy then that’s all that matters. If your investment plan is to sell after 10 years, and you invest in little maintenance during this period, this is when problems can arise. Small investments along the way are insignificant when compared against the long term cost of a full renovation, which may be required in order to achieve full market value upon sale.
  2. Perform background checks on any prospective tenants. When purchasing a new investment property, it may be tempting to move tenants in as quickly as possible. It is important, however, to perform the relevant credit and background checks before allowing prospective tenants to move in. This avoids not only the issue of unpaid rent, but also avoids a situation of renting to tenants who have a track record of not treating properties with care.
  3. Communicate. Whether it’s with your property manager or tenant, we can’t stress enough the value of effective communication. Setting your standards early is important. If there is an issue, become a landlord with a reputation for quickly resolving any problems. By establishing this kind of relationship with you property manager and tenants, there is more chance that they will treat you, and your property, with the respect that is deserved, ultimately protecting the long term value of your property.

What Should I Consider When Selling my Home?

skd273191sdcSelling your home requires a bit of research and insight into your local real estate market. Doing adequate research and dealing with the right professional is critical to selling your home quickly and efficiently. If you merely stick a “for sale” sign in your front yard and expect it to sell, the reality is you can expect it to sit on the market for months, if not years, while you ponder what it is you’re doing wrong.

Here are some factors to take into consideration:

  • Local properties around your home – what do they sell for, how quickly did they sell? Know your neighborhood and how homes comparable to yours performed. If the results aren’t quite what you desire, you may be better off holding onto your property for just a little longer.
  • Condition of your Home – If your home is in tip-top condition, chances are in your favor that you will not have to do any upgrades or repairs. However, you should make sure your home is clean – pristine, even. Clutter is a great way to turn off potential home buyers who will not be able to see beyond it to the beauty that is your home. Make sure your home is presentable both inside and out and remember, first impressions matter. If your home needs repairs, it may be in your best interest to do the repairs and subsequently increase the home’s value.

These two factors should help you evaluate your home’s worth. However, despite your best efforts, your home may not sell right away, and this is okay. Re-evaluate your home every couple of months to ensure you are using the best measures possible. We wish you the best of luck!

You might consider reading some online guides to get a better understanding of home selling.