Welcome to the first of six articles about the home ownership and renting life stages we pass through over the years. As we discuss each stage, we’ll identify the jobs you can and can’t do around your rental or owned home and when you should get the professional tradesperson in.
As a teenager or young adult, the first property you live in after you leave your parent’s home is most likely to be rented. You may be the one with your name on the tenancy agreement or simply a flatmate. As the named tenant, you pay a weekly cost to live in the rental property directly to the landlord. Clicking on the image above will take you through to reach Tenancy Services. They can help you with further information on the basics of renting and flatting.
If you are a flatmate, you pay it to the person whose name is on the tenancy agreement and they pay the landlord. Whichever you are, ensure you get a receipt or pay via internet banking so you have a record of payments made.
As a tenant, you must inform the landlord immediately if you notice anything which needs fixing. This also includes maintenance work to be done, regardless of how the damage occurred. This is to ensure that your flat remains safe and the landlord can arrange to fix the problem. (more…)
Moving house is one of the most stressful events in your life, especially if you have been in the same home for a long time. Our moving house checklist will help you plan your move and help make your move run like clockwork.
The first thing you need to confirm is the actual date that you need to move. Until this is finalised, you can plan and prepare, but you can’t hire a removalist, organise a cleaner or do a lot of other tasks. This can be stressful because although you’re planning what to do, you can’t actually do anything! (more…)
When preparing your rental property for tenants, it’s handy to have a pragmatic approach to home design and decorating. Of equal importance is having knowledge of the practical and legal requirements of being a landlord. This includes understanding about a tenancy agreement and the residential tenancies act.
If you’re converting your own home to a rental property, remember your tenants may not have the same taste as you. You may love your brown carpet and cream floral wallpaper, but others may not!
If you have bought a property specifically to rent it out, then its best to decorate it with neutral colours. Creating a bright blank canvas is preferable. This will appeal to a wide range of tenants. It also lets them personalise the rental property without clashing with the decor.
Clean carpets are visually pleasing, potentially longer-lasting, and healthier than poorly maintained carpets.
It’s a good idea to get your carpet professionally cleaned every 12-18 months, even if you vacuum often. Professional cleaning will extend the life of your carpet and help towards improved air quality, potentially reducing allergies and illness.
Their work involves the following tools: carpet rake, professional spot cleaner, vacuum cleaner & hose set and a detailing tool.