When you purchase an investment property, you’re not buying it in the hopes of barely scraping by. It’s exactly what it says it is… an INVESTMENT. You want to make money from it and you’re most likely wanting to grow your property portfolio to enjoy now and in your retirement. You have probably looked at your property(s) and thought, “I wonder if I could get more rent if I installed an air-conditioner/re-carpeted/painted etc” We spoke to Claire O’Rourke from Bluebird Property Partners, a boutique residential development management practice in Brisbane, and she gave tips on improvements you can make to your property to get a better return on your investment.
“The rental market in Brisbane is more competitive than ever, and landlords are seeing rents flatline or go back due to strong competition. The fact that over 24,000 new apartments have been built locally in the past 5 years hasn’t helped the situation.
But it isn’t all bad news. Investment property owners who are prepared to ensure that their property meets the needs of tenants are still finding great people, who are prepared to pay the right price.
Making clever, considered improvements to your rental property can really support its performance, particularly in today’s market conditions. At Bluebird Property Partners, we regularly manage improvements to properties for our clients in order to enable greater returns.
Here are a couple of strategies that you might like to consider if you aren’t happy with your current rental performance:
Clever Cosmetic Updates
Sometimes, some simple cosmetic updates can do wonders for improving the desirability of a home. Options like a fresh coat of paint, ripping up old carpets to expose lovely old floorboards below, or tidying up old garden beds, can make a world of difference to a tired space. However, the trick is to not overcapitalise or make decisions based on ‘trends’. Simple, classic colours are timeless and preserve the value longer term.
Adding an Extra Bedroom
Some older apartments and houses were built much larger than what is common now, so it’s possible to transform spare space into an extra bedroom to increase both your rental yield and property value. It can be as easy as a simple stud wall, new door and ceiling fan, none of which add huge cost, but which can really change the rental appeal.
Talk to a Property Manager First
The worst mistake we see investment owners make is deciding to renovate on their own personal preferences or tastes before they’ve talked to a property manager about what will actually change the rental outcome. If a kitchen is just a little outdated, but still perfectly functional and non-offensive, it may not be worth updating it. Investing that money into a new bedroom or air conditioning, as an example, might be better for that particular rental property. Property Managers will generally be happy to provide you with this input upfront at no fee, because it means when the property is ready to rent, they’ll have the best chance of achieving a great outcome.
Adding a Secondary Dwelling
A granny flat or secondary dwelling can double the rental yield of your property because it allows multiple tenants to dwell in self-contained areas. While you’ll need to navigate town planning approvals to do this, the effort will generally be rewarded with stronger returns.
If you have an investment property that could benefit from some fresh thinking, we would be delighted to look at it with you and make some suggestions. We routinely manage renovations and have achieved some great rental results for our clients. In fact, we have just completed a comprehensive renovation in Alderley, that has seen the rental value increase by 70% in just over 3 months.”
If you are hoping for a similar outcome, Claire would be delighted to help. She’s available on 0420 377 025. Check out more of Claire and Bluebird Property Partners work here: http://bluebirdpropertypartners.com.au/