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Should property investors spend on ‘preemptive maintenance’?

By Bianca Dabu
An inspector

Many property investors often look for specific properties ‘with a twist’ in order to manufacture equity by renovation, subdivision, or other forms of property improvement, but according to buyer’s agent Steve Waters, ‘preemptive maintenance’ is often all the improvement an investment property needs.

Smart Property Investment’s Phil Tarrant has recently bought a $1,000,000-block of land with five properties on separate titles, and over a short period of time, it has already added 7 per cent yield to his existing 12-property portfolio.

The secret? “Spending a little bit of money … to make more money,” according to Steve.

Should the property investor decide to put any of the five properties, or even the whole block, on the open market, the buyer’s agent believes that they will be able to recoup all the dollars that they have spent—from purchase costs down to the cost of implementing the exit strategy.

Be proactive

Before renting out the properties, Phil made sure to do all necessary checks, repairs, and maintenance in order to provide a livable space for his tenants. As unique as this asset is, the simple trick to making it work lies in the continuous upkeep of the houses on the block.

Steve explained: “The trick to this type of property, because there … [are] five units and there is no strata fund or sinking fund and admin[stration] fund, [the problem] is that the upkeep on this needs to be taken care of. It's not something that you need to be reactive to—you need to be a little bit proactive.”

"That means maybe getting the lawns mowed every week in summer, and having the plumber go out there … A bit of preemptive maintenance goes a long way,” he added.

According to Phil, it is a property investor’s responsibility not just to his tenants but more so to himself to make sure that his investment properties are always in its best shape.

“I'd prefer to spend $1 now than having to spend $3 in the future for the same issue, right?” he said.

Aside from getting a property manager to help in the management of schedules and contractors, it’s also best to keep in touch with the rest of your financial team in order to incorporate maintenance in your overall investment strategy.

Steve said: “I'd probably get stuff done now … that preemptive maintenance. Then, I suppose, psychologically, tuck away X amount per quarter ... for that repairs and maintenance now.”

“Obviously, we've got building insurance—that's part of the budget—[as well as] landlord insurance … Certainly, you're going to have grounds maintenance ... plumbing maintenance [and the like] ... [It’s all] part of property ownership,” the buyer’s agent concluded.

Tune in to Phil Tarrant’s portfolio update on The Smart Property Investment Show to know more about the benefits of buying in bulk, how it benefits his portfolio, and the opportunities it will bring as a hub for economic growth and development.

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Many investors who would have been successfully approved for finance last year are struggling now to either begin or continue their property investment journey because of the current financial climate.

In this episode of the Smart Property Investment Show, broker John Manciamelli and Momentum Media director Alex Whitlock joins host Tim Neary to discuss how APRA changes and the royal commission have resulted in a tighter lending economy and what that means for Australian investors.

They discuss what traps investors should avoid if they are trying to obtain finance, the four key growth drivers in a property market and unpacking trust structures while revealing one type of trust that you should miss.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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