The healthy homes standards came into effect on 1 July, 2019, outlining the responsibilities of landlords or rental property owners in improving and maintaining the quality of their property. While the standards help to ensure better and healthier homes for New Zealand renters, it can be a lot of work for landlords in the short-term. However, investing in making your property healthy now means less maintenance in the long run.
A survey conducted by economist, Tony Alexander, found that Kiwis are keen to see more of their own country when current Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. A total of 20 percent of respondents said they will spend more on domestic travel from 14 May when people will be permitted to travel around the country for business or leisure. When Kiwis do begin travelling again and your Airbnb bookings start growing, maintaining the cleanliness of your property will become high priority.
While some Kiwis plan to rein in on their spending as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, others are planning to spend on renovating their homes. A consumer spending survey that was carried out in the first week of Alert Level 3 earlier in May, found that 38 per cent of respondents planned to up their spending following the easing of lockdown restrictions.
The services that we, as real estate agents, provide when managing your rental property aren’t just convenient for you as a property owner, they’re also very valuable. Renting out a property requires a high level of commitment and a lot of work. Here are some of the value-adds you can get by having a real estate agent manage your rental property.
The winter months provide the perfect time to start improving your home, especially if you’re planning on listing your home for sale during the busy spring season. The combination of harsh winds, cold nights and rain can damage both your garden and the exterior of your home without some maintenance. Keep your home in good condition with these four home maintenance jobs.
Is it worth spending the time and money to get a strata inspection report before you make an offer on a property? We explain why a small investment in a strata inspection report could give you a lot of peace of mind.
The kitchen is one of the most influential rooms in a home. Not only is it a room that we all use daily, it’s one that can also influence buyers when it comes to purchasing your home. Kitchens are one of the most expensive rooms to completely renovate and buyers will appreciate it being done for them. But you don’t have to spend a lot of money on improving your kitchen.
A sinking fund is an essential pool of money established by the owners’ corporations to cover the costs of future maintenance expenses of a strata building. In a strata building, such as a block of apartments, there are a range of expenses which include the repairs and renovations to common areas that need to be planned for. The costs of these works cannot be imposed on any one property owner alone.
The federal government is giving eligible Australians a $25,000 HomeBuilder grant towards building their new home or substantially renovating their existing homes. The grant scheme has been announced as an effort to boost demand in the construction sector, and keep builders and tradespeople employed as the country braces for an economic downturn as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
More and more house hunters are using the internet to research homes before they commit to attending an open home inspection. As a result, sellers are investing more in video tours of their homes to attract potential buyers. While including video in your online property listing can attract more buyers, there are multiple benefits to investing in the technology.