Winter Home Checklist


During the cooler days of the year, it is important to maintain the home, both inside and outdoors. Get your home “Winter Ready” by going through the following checklist!

  1. Clean Gutters – Clogged gutters can form dams where water backs up and can seep into the roof cavity. Remove fallen leaves and debris from your gutters and give them a good rinse with a hose.
  2. Air-con Maintenance – A home with central heating can lose up to 60% of its heated air before it reaches the vents if it travels through unheated spaces or the duct work is dirty.
  3. Trim Nearby Trees – Snow and ice will weigh tree branches down causing them to break and fall, potentially resulting in costly property damage. Trim back and tree branches overhanging the roof, windows or driveway.
  4. Chimney Cleaning – Every year, thousands of house fires originate in chimneys. Remove any old combustibles or obstructions from the chimney before lighting.
  5. Run Fans in Reverse – Changing the direction of ceiling fans pushes heat pooling near the ceiling back down into the living area, saving almost 10% of your heating costs!
  6. Seal Leaks – Simple leaks can sap home energy efficiency 5% – 30% per year. It pays to seal up gaps with caulking and weather stripping. Weather seal external doors or use a “door snake” as an alternative.

This article is for general informational purposes only and must not be taken as legal, financial or any other professional advice.   We recommend obtaining advice specific to your situation before making decisions relating to your investment property and financial position.

Bring your Bathroom up to date

Bathrooms are one of the rooms in your home that can add value with some simple changes. Here are some great ideas for bring out the best in your bathroom.

While it’s often one of the smallest rooms in your home, that doesn’t mean bathrooms need to be bland and boring. Use the right colours together, add the right materials and that poky little bathroom space can easily become an oasis of calm.

Look to nature
Nature has always had a strong influence on choices and never more so than now. Natural, botanical schemes are trending throughout the home right now, including bathrooms.

Think crisp whites, creams, forest greens and natural, organic materials. Earthy greens would look very sophisticated in an earthy bathroom. For a daring look, try a navy or bold wallpaper.

Open up the space with glass
Back-painted glass splashbacks have become an extremely popular kitchen feature in recent years, and now they’re starting to make an appearance in bathrooms as well, particularly in soft blues and greens. Try restful pastels teamed with crisp white trims for an instantly soothing palette.This pairs well with the chalky pale mineral blue and green tiles that are a popular pick for their soothing properties.

Embrace technology
Traditionally technology isn’t something that has been associated with bathrooms, but built-in televisions and speakers are the perfect accompaniment for long luxurious soaks in the bath. New, mirrored flat TV technology can be installed anywhere – on the wall, on the ceiling, behind artwork, or embedded in a bathroom mirror. You need a waterproof version, of course, where the electronic compartments are completely sealed off from any moisture.

Keep it simple
The move towards minimalism and simplicity is becoming more popular and brings with it sophisticated concrete finishes. Walk-in showers are popular.

Banish the clutter by allowing for plenty of storage. Clean vanity tops and surfaces will make your bathroom seem more spacious.

Add colour
Paint is such an affordable way to update your space. You only need a few litres to completely transform the space.

Watery blues and greens are always popular choices for a bathroom as they feel clean and fresh and help to make a small space feel larger. Recent trends have seen more soft greys and blue greys, such as silver and duck egg blue, coming into the bathroom space also teamed with off white.

If you’re stuck with existing tiles that limit your options for decorating but you can’t afford to replace them, consider painting over them. Many tiles have a glossy surface so use a surface sealer first to give the topcoats something to grip onto.

While a well-ventilated bathroom has a lower risk of damage, it’s still important to use the correct paint. A waterborne enamel for a hard wearing and washable finish, while in kitchens and bathrooms use a mould inhibitor, which reduces the risk of mould growth.

Thank you DP for that report

Whats in the Name Castle Realty

Today I was asked why Castle Realty as a name by a new owner.
Well I said the reason is, every bodies home is their Castle, as its where we feel secure and loved.
We paint, garden,renovate and we nurture our Castle.

So when time comes to move on, let us take your Castle and treat it as our own, and provide the best service we can, to achieve best possible results for you. Whether it be sales or rental investment.

Tenant inspections

General inspections – how to ensure a hassle-free experience

General inspections are a normal part of the renting experience and are generally carried out quarterly, or less frequently. These inspections give tenants an opportunity to raise any repair issues within their rental and allow the property manager/owner to ensure the property is being looked after.

At the Residential Tenancies Authority (RTA), feedback we receive from our customers indicates general inspections can be a source of frustration for both tenants and property managers/owners, so we’ve addressed some of the common issues below to help ensure they run smoothly.

Entering the premises
Property managers/owners must issue an Entry Notice to their tenants at least 7 days prior to undertaking a general inspection and these inspections cannot be carried out more than once every 3 months (unless the tenant agrees in writing).

Entry must be between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday, unless the tenant agrees otherwise, and the Entry Notice must specify an exact time or a two hour time period during which entry will occur. Find out more on rules around entering a rental property.

Should the tenant have good reasons to request the general inspection time be changed – for example, if a family member has fallen ill in the home – the RTA encourages property managers/owners and tenants to negotiate and consider re-scheduling the inspection time.

The property manager/owner can also enter at any time without notice if the tenant agrees, but only at the time agreed to by the tenant or if it is an emergency.

Attending general inspections
Under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act), a general inspection can occur without the tenant being present.

Some tenants may prefer to be at home for the inspection, and the tenant may wish to inform and negotiate with the property manager/owner for a time that suits everyone.

Taking photographs during inspection
While the Act does not mention the taking and use of photos during general inspections, the RTA recommends property managers/owners should inform and consult with tenants before taking photos inside their home.

For more information around property managers/owners taking photos inside a rental property home, visit the dedicated tenancy webpage from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner.

Important reminders
General inspections can bring up a range of sensitive issues for both tenants and property managers/owners, including entering a home, privacy and lifestyle habits.

Respectful and open communication between all parties will help address any issues that arise and encourage a positive working relationship going forward in the tenancy.
Courtesy RTA Qld

Drug Labs and Suicide- What if its your Investment?

Very rarely does it happen, but it does. What do you do? Does your Landlord insurance cover the expense of the clean up afterwards? Please check your policy carefully.

With the discovery of a Drug Lab in your property is that the Police will contact you or your property manager to discuss the situation.The cost cleaning up a drug lab can run into thousands of dollars as the property is inhabitable. Please refer to the Queensland Health for further information on how to deal with situation and what is required by law to be done so the house can be re tenanted or sold.   Disclosure is required when re renting/selling and a copy of the certificate from Queensland Health that it is now safe to lived in.

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Suicide or Death on the other hand is handled differently.

On being informed of a tenants demise, the property manager will inform the owner, and the next of kin will apply for a termination of the lease. With all parties in agreement the tenancy will end.  The property will be returned to how it was on the entry report and will then be ready for a new tenancy.

With suicide you have to disclose to prospective tenants that there was an unnatural incident at the property. One of the reasons for this is that the tenants will eventually find out and that could lead to a misrepresentation of the property and you as owner loosing tenants and incurring additional costs.

Again I would advise that you check up on these yourself, so if you happen to be placed in that position you will know what is expected of you as a landlord/Owner

 

 

 

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