Turning festive season vacancy lemons into lemonade
LemonsVacant investment properties can be very difficult to tenant over the festive season.
However, handy landlords can take advantage of any vacancy period to give their property a spruce up so that it’s looking its best when tenants start house hunting.
Here are a few ideas:
  • A new lick of paint – keep the colour palette neutral and remember to prepare surfaces properly before repainting or touching-up chips and scratches. Your hard work will look better and last longer if you do. Tile paint can be used to give dated kitchens and bathrooms a fresh, clean look. If repainting is too expensive, washing the walls thoroughly with sugar soap can make a world of difference.
  • Replacing tapware, cupboard handles and fixed fittings and furnishings (eg curtains, blinds, lighting) is an easy way to give your property an up-to-date look.
  • Have curtains professionally cleaned.
  • If your property is air-conditioned, check the units and, if necessary, get them serviced. If it’s not air-conditioned, consider installing a unit or two.
  • Polish stainless steel benchtops and appliances.
  • Make sure overhead fans and exhaust/extractor fans are working well and are clean.
  • Fix leaking taps, loose hinges and screws (especially on handrails and stairs), sticking windows and jamming doors, torn flyscreens, broken tiles, cracks, damaged paths and driveways.
  • Check that door and window locks and security systems work properly.
  • Use a high-pressure hose to clean outdoor areas.
  • If your property has a pool or spa, make sure the water is treated and that fences and gates are working properly.
  • Give the garden a once over – mow, weed, prune, mulch, fix watering systems etc.