Your property New Year resolutions

| January 8, 2014

The beginning of the year is a time for reflection and resolutions. Janet Spencer has assembled a useful list to help act on your property New Year resolutions.

Property shouldn’t be hard. If you are finding it hard, stressful or unrewarding, something could be wrong and you may need some professional help. So, here is a list of your property New Year resolutions to do and to check to ensure all is well for the coming year:

  • Is it properly insured with the best policy and value for the yearly outlay?
  • Is your loan the best structure and best rate that you can negotiate?
  • Is your Property Manager delivering on the service promises, providing the communication and service that you need?  If not, move.
  • If you have a tenant in your investment and their lease has expired, you may wish to secure a new lease term.
  • Act on any maintenance that you can afford to tackle that you know your property needs: paint, re-wire, safety cut off switch, repoint the roof, etc.
  • Are your smoke detectors working?
  • Is your alarm functioning properly? Should you install an alarm system?
  • Have you considered changing your lighting over to LED to save on electrical bills?
  • Do you have a water tank at your property?
  • Could you put in solar hot water of power and would it benefit you overall with long term cost savings?
  • If it is time to downsize, don’t delay, start today
  • Do you need to do a portfolio review on your investments and maybe sell any under-performing property?
  • Want to buy an investment property? Make sure you buy the best you can afford and use a reputable Buyers Agent who is a REBAA member and in Victoria a member of the REIV.
  • Do your side fences need replacing?
  • First home buyers – start that saving plan or talk to a good Buyers Agent about when and what to buy.
  • Investors – can you afford that next addition to your portfolio and when should you action the purchase?

This is not a complete list; however, I hope it will help some people who own or plan to own property in the near future.

Have a great year everyone and make the most of renewed energy after the holiday period – tackle the “to do list” and get help to do it.


This is an edited version of an article first published on Buyer Solutions. It appears with the permission of the author.

Janet Spencer

Janet Spencer is the Founder and Managing Director of Buyer Solutions established in 2001. She is an independent property buyer, advisor and vendor advocate helping people to buy, sell or invest in real estate. Janet is a representative on the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV)’s Member Council and the Chairperson of the Buyer’s Agent Chapter. She is also a member of the Real Estate Buyers Agent Association (REBAA) of Australia. Janet provides commentary for a range of real estate publications and is regular feature writer for various publications.


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    February 5, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Real Estate

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