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How to Prepare Your Property for Rent


With the end of the year upon us, we are speaking to our clients about preparing their homes for 2020. For some homeowners it may bring the adventure of renting out their property for the first time, and for experienced investors, potentially preparing their properties for lease as their current tenants vacate. Nonetheless it's important to understand how to properly prepare your property for rent, so you not only start of a new lease agreement confidently but to also maximise your return on investment and minimise the likelihood of significant maintenance occurring later down the track. At About You Real Estate, we work hard to educate our clients on how to prepare their rental properties before they go to market, to ensure we secure great tenants as quickly as possible. We've prepared our GO TO MARKET checklist below for landlords to use to get their properties ready to lease:Look at your property's external and outdoor areas - are they clean, orderly and easy for tena...


FREE Property Appraisals - About You Real Estate


Thinking of Selling or Buying? At About You Real Estate, we regularly carry out obligation and cost FREE Rental Appraisals for our existing and potential landlords.  Rental Appraisals are commonly sought by investors for the purpose of establishing the likely expected leasing price of a property. Learn your property's true market value, get a free property appraisal booked in today. Contact us today! 


QLD Pool Safety Laws


Have you ever looked into QLD pool legislation? Does your rental property have a pool, and you want to go to market? It's important to understand the legislation surrounding pool safety and registration, before launching to the rental market and securing tenants for your property. So what is the QLD legislation? Queensland's pool safety laws apply to all new and existing pools. By law, you must register your pool or spa. Pool safety laws apply to both outdoor and indoor swimming pools. If your pool is found to be unregistered you can suffer heavy fines. If you're unsure if your pool is registered you can check by doing a property search All new swimming pools need building development approval and must comply with the pool safety laws.1. Pool owners of a rental property with a poolThe Queensland pool safety regulations state that all pool owners must construct and maintain a compliant fence around their swimming pool. The regulations came into effect on 1s...


Smart Energy Savings Tips for Renters - Reducing Your Energy Bills


There are many different ways to reduce your household’s energy use, ranging from simple adjustments to your everyday routine to making home improvements. For tenants, there is only so much you can do without being able to make physical changes to the property. We commonly see 2 major motives for conserving energies, from saving money on utility bills to doing more to protect the environment. Either way, being energy efficient and energy-smart is a big trend, and we commonly see this more and more with our landlords and tenants! We are always looking for ways to improve the rental experience for our clients and tenants, so here are a few easy tips to better conserve energy and save on electricity in your home! Top 5 Ways to Be Energy Smart1. Adjust Your Day-To-Day Behaviours Look at all the activities you have in your day, and look at ways you can start reducing your energy usage. From showers to when you have lights on, when you run appliances and how yo...


What to Look for During Routine Inspections


Routine inspections are meant to be quick and painless - for both tenants, the property manager and the landlord. However these inspections are so crucial to maintaining a property to the highest standards, identifying potential damage and repairs, as well as ensuring all parties in the tenancy agreement are doing their part to manage their responsibilities. For us, it's an opportunity to report to our clients on the condition of their investment properties, allowing us to provide in-depth details of the condition of the investment property. It provides our clients with peace of mind that their property is being well looked after, and all is in good working order. For those of our clients who are interstate or based internationally, these reports are particularly important. So there are a few key things that we focus on during these routine inspections, some of which are outlined below. Broken into a few key categories, our routine inspections focus on safety, ...


Why Landlord Insurance is Critical


Not sure what landlord insurance is, or why it's important? Let's shed some light on the situation! Like any form of insurance, it is a safety net. A contingency plan for when unexpected things happen.What happens when there is a leak from a shower that causes damage to your home? You've got home insurance to protect you. What happens when someone crashes into your car? You've got car insurance to guide you. What happens when your flight is delayed and you miss your connecting flight? Travel insurance protect you. So it's understandable that you'd have landlord insurance for your rental property - to protect you and your investment. Although there is no set percentage, there is always a good chance that with sourcing the right tenants, that you'll have renters who respect your property, pay rent on time and look after your investment. However on the off chance you secure bad tenants, landlord insurance is vital in providing security for your property. A well designed insurance policy ...