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Time For A Rental Property Health Check

Friday, May 17, 2013

Have You Noticed The Chill In The Air? 


We have. 

With winter officially starting in 10 days, it is time to think about winter-proofing your rental to increase returns, retain tenants, and maximise value.  Here are some helpful tips to see you through the next few months.  Neat!


Get Your Rentals Winter Ready

Mark Trafford, our favourite maintenance expert, will share some of the top cost effective industry tips to see you and your properties through this winter.  Don't forget, healthy home means healthy tenants and healthy tenants are happier, more productive and stand a better chance at helping you realise your property investment goals. 


Tackle Damp Before You Get Swamped

Water damages including dampness is arguably the number one public enemy against the value of a property and the well-being of its occupants.  There are some handy tips to help you prevent and deal with dampness, choose the right paint and spot dampness issues.  




So How Healthy Really Is Your House?

Homestar can tell you.  Homestar™ is a Joint Venture partnership between BRANZ and the New Zealand Green Building Council. Led by these two organisations, industry professionals across the entire building and construction sector including from government, contributed time and expertise in order to develop a single residential rating tool for New Zealand’s new and existing homes.

Take the free Homestar test to find out how dry, warm, and smart your property really is, how it is performing compared to other Kiwi homes and practical industry suggestions that help you improve its quality.


Funding Assistance To Get Your Rentals Healthy

On top of the EECA subsidy (which will be ending soon for those of you who have yet to take advantage of the offer), the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board is launching a Housing Quality Pilot Project which will involve some form of financial assistance for landlords.  This may include the provision of financial incentives from the Local Board for improvements such as insulation and clean heating, the provision of a tenants kit which may include fire extinguishers and draft stripping, and accessing curtains from a local curtain bank etc.  This project is scheduled to happen in the next few months.  For more information and to participate in this project, please log into your APIA account and go to the General Announcement Tab.  

Do you have any winter friendly tips to share with fellow investors?  Don't be shy and leave a comment below.










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