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Fire Hazards - The Importance of Smoke Alarms


In a fire, smoke and deadly gases tend to spread farther and faster than heat. That's one reason why most fire victims die from inhalation of smoke and toxic gases, not from burns. A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep because occupants are unaware of the fire until there is not adequate time to escape. A smoke alarm stands guard around the clock, and when it first senses smoke, it sounds a shrill alarm. This often allows a family the precious, but limited, time needed to escape.Smoke alarms are crucial part of home fire safety. A working smoke alarm can increase the chances of surviving a fire up to 50 per cent.So let's look at the latest legislation in QLD for investors and homeowners, and what the newest smoke alarm (photoelectric) actually is. Queensland Smoke Alarm Legislation  From 1 January 2017, when replacing smoke alarms they must be of a photoelectric type which complies with Australian Standard (AS) 3786-20...


Why You Should Use a Property Manager


Many first time investors overlook the benefits of using a property management.  From offering industry expertise and managing the day to day operations of your rental property, many other benefits can be seen - including these TOP 6 reasons: 1. Market Appraisal: A property manager will be able to give an independent assessment of the correct rent for a rental property. 2. Tenant Selection: A property management company will have access to information on people with a history of being bad tenants and also undertake a through background check on all applications. 3. Marketing: A property manager will also have a list of tenants who may like to rent the property. Many prospective tenants contact local property managers directly for information about properties for lease. In addition, a property manager will also have access to Internet marketing which is becoming more important in the rental market. 4. Viewing the property: Showing prospective tenants the proper...


5 Tips for Cleaning Your Rental Property Between Tenants


Keeping your rental property clean between tenants can be a bit stressful. Once your tenants have vacated, your property is typically in great shape and well cleaned, ready for new tenants to move straight in. However this isn't always the case, especially if the market takes a bit longer to find those A-grade tenants for your next tenancy.  Having a clean property has many benefits, it shows tenants that you take care of your property. A clean and well maintained rental property allows property managers to charge higher rental prices, while making the tenants stay more enjoyable. Another benefit of cleaning the property thoroughly between tenants, is the added longevity of the rental property. Below are a few tips that will help you keep your rental property looking its best between tenants.1. Replace Old Fixtures or Worn-Out Appliances Having a vacant property is the perfect time to look at updating any worn out fixtures and appliances that are on the out, so thin...


3 Tips to Succeed with Your First Property


Are you a new landlord? Don't walk into the rental market blind - get ready to succeed with 3 tips to get you rent-ready and prepped for new tenants.  What we have found with over 15 years' experience is that EDUCATION is king. If you understand the legislation governing your rental property, your obligations as a landlord, how a typical tenancy agreement should evolve, and how to continuously update and maintain your property - you'll be in a strong position to thrive in the rental market. However we have 3 top tips we regularly recommend to our new landlords, to help them succeed. These are: 1. Get educated and know how the rental market works and the relevant legislation 2. Regularly visit your property at routine inspections or thoroughly investigate your routine inspection reports (looking at the cleanliness, state of appliances and overall wellbeing of your property) 3. Invest in landlord insurance and understand how you're protected Becoming a landlord can provide you with...


The About You Real Estate Difference


Property management is no ordinary job.. but it's the job we love to do!  So what are the benefits of having us manage your property? Here are just SOME of the activities we work hard in achieving for our clients: We deal directly with prospects and tenants on behalf of our clients, screening and sourcing the highest quality tenants Organise marketing of our clients rental properties on industry leading platforms Collecting rent and organise payments of rates and other expenses for our landlords Handle maintenance and repair issues promptly - communicating with trades, tenants and our clients Respond to tenant complaints and resolve conflicts Open our client's rental properties for viewings Manage the condition report process, ensuring our homeowners are adequately protected during lease agreements Contract preparation and management of the tenancy agreement Carry out routine inspections - regularly inspecting our clients properties to ensure they are well maintained and orde...


How to Purchase Your First Investment Property


Investing in the property market can provide many ways in which to profit, but it can also be fraught with information overload. Buying an investment property can often place a homeowner on unfamiliar ground, and that’s even if you've been keeping an eye on the real estate market! Unlike your primary place of residence, an investment can provide you with a steady rental income over time in addition to the rewards that come with capital growth – and it’s not to forget that there are a plethora of ways in which to invest in the market and turn over a profit. Have you confirmed what type of property you want to actually invest in? Is it location/build specific? Have you done your market research? Have you checked the age and condition of the property and its facilities? Do you know how much you can borrow? Do you know exactly what your cash flow commitments are, and do you have a buffer? Have you found the right property management team? Have you been given sufficient ...