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Stress reduction strategies for rental inspections

Rental inspections are inherently stressful. There is an abundance of cleaning followed by an overwhelming worry that the landlord might find something wrong with the rental. Rental inspections can even be stressful for the landlord. However, renters and landlords alike need to think about rental inspections in a different light. Rather than being a pain, these inspections can prove to be an invaluable opportunity. Renters can raise concerns and receive validation for looking after their rental. Whereas landlords are afforded the opportunity to check on the condition and upkeep of their property. Realising the benefits of inspections can remove stress from the equation.

How to prepare for an inspection

When thinking about preparing a property for a rental inspection, a great place to start is the original property condition report. That way, renters know the condition that their landlord will be expecting the property to be in. This property report can also help landlords prepare for what to expect from their property during the inspection.

Preparing for inspections can be seamless when you’re proactive. If renters notice a problem, speak up. This could mean informing the landlord if the maintenance issue falls under their domain or fixing the issue themselves. This means that come inspection time, there are no surprises.

Landlords expect their properties to be clean and the best way to prepare to meet this expectation is by actually cleaning. Landlords will particularly look at the cleanliness of the kitchen and bathroom whilst also checking on the condition of the carpets and garden. Therefore, before the inspection, clean these areas with a thorough hand. This will ensure that tenants have done the right thing, helping landlords give them a pass for the inspection.

Once it is clear what is expected of tenants and landlords during the inspection process, there is no reason to stress, as each party knows their roles.

Points to remember

A great eliminator of inspection related stress is knowing when to expect the inspections. In Victoria for example, a rental property owner is not allowed to undertake an inspection until three months of continuous tenancy. Additionally, inspections should total no more than four times over the span of a year. It is also important to note that landlords must give tenants a minimum of seven days notice before completing a rental inspection.

Tenant matters

Eliminate stress by compiling a checklist of activities to complete in order to pass an inspection.

Landlord matters

Rather than inspecting a property aimlessly, landlords should create a checklist of things to look out for. If the renters meet these requirements, landlords will then know for sure that the property is being looked after.

Why is an inspection necessary

Rental inspections are a necessary part of the renting process. This is due to the fact that both renters and landlords need to be up to date on the state of the property in order to avoid issues down the line.

Rental inspections can be good news for both landlords and tenants. Firstly, for landlords, it provides a golden opportunity to personally evaluate the state of the property. By conducting inspections, landlords can ensure that everything is in working order, giving them peace of mind. It can also be used as an opportunity to nip issues in the bud before they become major and/or costly problems.

Secondly, for tenants, inspections are an ideal time to make any concerns heard. This means that instead of trying to convince a landlord that a property needs maintenance issues repaired, the landlord can see for themselves what needs to be fixed.

Rental inspections provide an exchange of information that helps both landlords and tenants towards keeping a property in good working order.

4 Spring Styling Trends that will make your Property a Standout

Expert stylists give us their take on the biggest styling trends this spring that are sure to get your property on every buyers radar.

Styling for Spring

The first and critical objective in selling your property is to grab the attention of the potential buyer while online. In this social media soaked world, we are so spoilt for choice and sometime an amazing property can go unnoticed purely because it didn’t stand out from the crowd. Other than the obvious, de-cluttering, cleaning, fresh paint and landscaping, we suggest the following trends to style your home for sale this spring.

‘Greenery’

The use of indoor plants instantly re-invigorates a space and gives a freshness that we all associate with Spring. Indoor plantings soften a space and bring life to interiors. Giving an indication of the space being occupied and loved.

Play with textures and scale with greenery. Don’t be afraid to mix foliage or bring large plants inside. Plants to look for include; Ficus or ‘Fiddle Leaf Fig’, Monstera or ‘Swiss Cheese Plant’, Snake plant or ‘Mother in Law’s Tongue’ and Ficus Elastica or ‘Rubber Plant’

‘Black on Blonde’

Characterised by dramatic contrast, mixing dark and light timbers will bring more depth, tone and texture to a space.

Raw exposed timbers soften the space. The focus is on rich, smokey blonde rather than yellow toned Scandinavian Oak.

‘Contemporary with Character’

As Spring approaches we are experiencing high demand for modern and contemporary styling in heritage homes. In Queensland for example, this is a fusion between our beautiful character-style Queenslanders, contrasted with a raw, more modern interiors.

Our clients are looking for cleaner, more edgy styling rather than the traditional “Hamptons” look we have become accustomed to in recent years. This modern contemporary look is achieved with the use of materials like concrete, brick and “live edge” timbers. Black steel features also create a strong and industrial look.

We are noticing more and more renovations and new developments are delving and experimenting with these techniques in their design.

As these spaces are generally quite raw and cold, we soften these interiors with natural textures like rugs and leathers, as well as contrast with dark furniture pieces, and large statement art. The visual contrast of black and white will provide a sense of balance and boldness to the feel of the home while lending it a graphic punch for your marketing collateral.

‘Staycation’

A quintessential Australian palette perfect for our outdoor lifestyle. In today’s busy world, our homes are more than ever becoming our sanctuary.

We are shifting away from the classic American Hamptons look, creating our own identity through our interiors.

It’s resort style living with a natural, light, timeless appeal.