Storm Season Is Approaching… Is Your Home Storm Ready?
With Storm Season approaching, we have compiled some tips to ensure you and your home stay safe
During storm season in Brisbane, clogged gutters are some of the most common culprits of damage to
property. Ensuring your gutters are clear of debris is a key factor in safeguarding your house.
Full gutters can cause drainage problems resulting in an overflow of water escaping onto your property; and eventually can cause the gutter to fall off due to the weight of the water.
Full gutters can also cause the water to become stagnant creating the perfect breeding ground
for mosquito larvae to hatch. Stagnant water can also cause an unwanted odor.
Water pooling can also cause your gutters to prematurely rust.
If you believe that your gutters might be blocked, please email : firstname.lastname@example.org so that
we can potentially arrange for this to be attended to.PLEASE NOTE: Please do not climb on ladders to assess the gutters
If you have any trees on your property (even ones that don’t directly hang over your home), ask yourself these questions:
Does it appear that the branches need to be pruned?
Is there a large amount of deadwood on these trees?
Do any trees appear to be unstable?
Are there any trees/branches growing into POWER LINES?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, please CONTACT email@example.com so that
we can have a professional address the issues, ensuring you and your family stay safe this summer.
Important Updates and Contact Numbers
It is very useful to keep a list of emergency contacts, including the SES and Energex, in the case of a
fallen powerline or power outage. The Bureau of Meteorology also has great updates on any weather
patterns that could affect you, visit bom.com.au
Here’s the push you need if you’ve been considering buying your first (or another!) investment property…
The owners 112 Archer Street sought the help of our property management professionals, Adam and Jodie, to lease the home they recently purchased.
After receiving some handy tips in how to transform their house into an irresistible rental property, Archer Street was snapped up in 5 days, $50 over the appraised rental price!
Our owners orchestrated a major landscaping revamp, installed a brand-new kitchen, a fresh coat of paint throughout and applied plenty attention to detail to bring this tired house into a grand home.
At the completion of the rental process, our owners said this about their experience with Arrive:
“Arrive – in particular, Adam, Karen and Jodie – have been an integral part in our investment property renovation. Arrive happily and regularly met with us to offer advice and assistance to help us get most out of the property. Arrive’s knowledge of property investment and management has helped us create an attractive home to renters and our portfolio. We are glad we engaged Arrive and look forward to our continued success together.”
Have a look below at the amazing transformation of the house on the corner with the white picket fence…
Kitchen During Renovation
Some more images of this great rental property
If you are thinking of purchasing an investment home, are looking to upgrade your property or begin renting a property please feel free to contact us for some professional advice!
In a world full of plastic, carbon offsets, smog, melting ice and the degradation of our reefs, the need for us to make proactive action in combatting the negative trail we leave on our environment is becoming more and more urgent. At Arrive, we would love for all our tenants and owners to be educated in ways they can help rewind the deterioration of the beautiful Earth we live on.
For more than 17 years, Sustainable House Day has provided a great opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people to visit some of Australia’s leading green homes – ones that are not only environmentally friendly, but cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in.
Sustainable House Day gives visitors a chance to inspect firsthand houses that have been designed, built or renovated with sustainability in mind as well as the opportunity to talk to owners and receive unbiased advice.
Register here to attend Sustainable House Day on Sunday 16th September 2018 and to receive information in advance of the day.
In 2017, 29,049 people visited 206 homes across Australia and explored ways they can make their house that little bit more sustainable (and put their conscience at ease!).
You can also donate a gold coin at the open homes. Last year the donations amounted to $12,060.85 which went to charities chosen by the individual homes! Individual charities can be found on each home’s profile pages.
We have compiled a list of properties near our area listed below:
Swallowtail: Tiny House on Wheels in Salisbury 4107
Petrie Terrace Renovation in Petrie 4000
Urban Forest House in Bardon 4065
Sustainable Horticulture in Darra 4076
For more information on the houses near you, please visit: sustainablehouseday.com.
If you visit a sustainable house, or make some additions to your home in celebration of Sustainable House Day, we would LOVE to hear about it.
Contact us through phone: 3343 3737, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on our social media platforms: arriveaus (Facebook).
In our current climate, you will be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t been touched, or doesn’t know someone who has, by mental illness. It affects people of all ages, demographics, genders, nationalities and cultures. It has no barriers and is a silent killer. We live in a world of amazing modern medicine that can cure us of some of the most fatal physical diseases, however, the true killer that has bared its fangs is the one that comes from within. In a world of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter (the list could go on…) it is becoming easier and easier to start feeling a bit buried under in the pressures of ‘self-promotion’.
Unfortunately, as a society we are still trying to overcome the stigma around mental illness. Some may find it hard to express the way they are feeling because it is sometimes seen as a sign of weakness or is discredited as not ‘a real illness’.
If you are one of the lucky ones who has avoided a mental illness, sometimes it can be hard to empathize with someone who is really struggling. It is vitally important to never discredit the way someone is feeling because it is a feeling you might not have felt yourself. RU OK Day, this Thursday 13th of September, is the perfect day to check in with your mates, your family, your son, your daughter, your dad or your mum, your neighbour, your colleague or the guy you sit next to on the bus to work.
If you have noticed someone around you becoming more irritable, more withdrawn or is less interested in the things they used to love, maybe it is time you had a conversation that could change a life and ask ‘are you okay?’.
At Arrive, we have been wondering about how we can help. Ruokay.org.au has some great resources if you are struggling or if you are planning on asking a friend if they are okay which we have listed below…
Getting Ready to Ask…
The first step is to ask yourself: Am I ready?
Am I in a good headspace?
Am I willing to genuinely listen?
Can I give as much time as needed?
The second step: Am I prepared?
Do I understand that if I ask how someone’s going, the answer could be: “No, I’m not”?
Do I understand that you can’t ‘fix’ someone’s problems?
Do I accept that they might not be ready to talk? Or they might not want to talk to me?
The third step: Have I picked my moment?
Have I chosen somewhere relatively private and comfy?
Have I figured out a time that will be good for them to chat?
Have I made sure I have enough time to chat properly?
How to Ask
If you feel the aforementioned criteria have been met, you can now:
1. Ask R U OK?
Be relaxed, friendly and concerned in your approach.
Help them open up by asking questions like “How are you going?” or “What’s been happening?”
Mention specific things that have made you concerned for them, like “You seem less chatty than usual. How are you going?”
2. Listen Without Judgement
Take what they say seriously and don’t interrupt or rush the conversation.
Don’t judge their experiences or reactions but acknowledge that things seem tough for them.
If they need time to think, sit patiently with the silence.
Encourage them to explain: “How are you feeling about that?” or “How long have you felt that way?”
Show that you’ve listened by repeating back what you’ve heard (in your own words) and ask if you have understood them properly.
3. Encourage Action
Ask: “What have you done in the past to manage similar situations?”
Ask: “How would you like me to support you?”
Ask: “What’s something you can do for yourself right now? Something that’s enjoyable or relaxing?”
You could say: “When I was going through a difficult time, I tried this… You might find it useful too.”
If they’ve been feeling really down for more than 2 weeks, encourage them to see a health professional. You could say, “It might be useful to link in with someone who can support you. I’m happy to assist you to find the right person to talk to.”
Be positive about the role of professionals in getting through tough times.
4. Check In
Pop a reminder in your diary to call them in a couple of weeks. If they’re really struggling, follow up with them sooner.
You could say: “I’ve been thinking of you and wanted to know how you’ve been going since we last chatted.”
Ask if they’ve found a better way to manage the situation. If they haven’t done anything, don’t judge them.
They might just need someone to listen to them for the moment.
Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.
Worried Someone Is Suicidal?
Contact Lifeline for crisis support. If life is in danger, call 000
For more information about this great cause, visit ruok.org.au.
Are you able to pass on the full cost of water consumption to your tenant?
The simplest way is to have a qualified plumber attend the property to inspect and issue a Water Efficiency Certificate. The Master Plumbers Association of QLD has developed a specific Water Efficiency Certificate QLD and it’s the responsibility of the Landlord or Real Estate Agent to contact a plumber, requesting a water compliance certificate QLD to be issued for the rental property.
What are the minimum requirements for water charging?
Landlords can pass on the full water consumption charges, including bulk water delivery, providing the following criteria are met:
the rental property is individually metered,
the rental property is certified, water efficient; and
the tenancy agreement states that the tenant must pay the water consumption costs.
What does a Water Compliance Certificate QLD cover?
The Queensland Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulations 2000, state that the following key conditions are required to attain a Water Efficiency Certificate, QLD:
The rental premises must be individually metered or bulk water be delivered by a vehicle.
All internal cold water taps, except those serving a bath, are to deliver a maximum of 9 litres of water, per minute.
Shower heads are to have a maximum flow rate of 9 litres per minute.
Toilets are to be dual flush, with the maximum flush volume of the full flush to be 6.5 litres, and the maximum for the half flush being 3.5 litres and a maximum average flush volume of 4 litres (based on the average of 1 full flush and 4 half flushes).
Important note for water charges for tenants in QLD
As the Landlord, you will still receive the water bill and pay the full amount then provide your tenants with a copy of any water bills or evidence of water consumption to verify the amount to be charged. Tenants will not be billed directly by water supply authorities.
Note: Tenants have one month to pay the agreed amount for water consumption after the lessor provides evidence of the costs to the tenant. The lessor/agent can not require the tenant to pay more than the billable amount, or charge tenants late fees.
To obtain a Water compliance Certificate for your property, please email email@example.com
For a small investment of $88 (plus parts if required), your property could become water compliant, allowing you to oncharge water to your Tenant.
Did you know that we can help businesses reduce their energy costs and environmental footprint by providing financial solutions for energy efficient equipment to suit a variety of business needs?
Finance options are available to assist with the purchase of energy efficient assets including:
Solar Storage and Standalone Technologies
Energy Efficient Solutions including Lighting
Hot Water including Hybrid Systems
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Assets can be installed in both owned and leased premises, with finance structured to maximise the cost savings to your business.
We are also seeing lenders deliver incentives designed to encourage the purchase of eligible vehicles that reduce emissions. The list is extensive and not just limited to hybrid or battery operated vehicles. Similarly, plant and equipment that reduces emissions by 20% could also be eligible.
Potential savings may be significant, so exploring these options with your broker as part of your purchase decision could well be worth your time.
Our brokers constantly monitor lender products and changes, including energy efficient finance. So the next time you need business finance tailor-made for you, give us a call and we’ll take you through all the options.
Victor Larder, Astute Financial
Astute Financial Management Pty Ltd | ABN 59 093 587 010 | Australian Credit Licence Number 364253. AIW Dealer Services Pty Ltd | ABN 59 153 322 420 | Australian Financial Services Licence Number 414256
When Possums Become a Problem in Residential Properties
Possums are iconic Australian fauna, along with kangaroos and koalas. There are 23 possum species in Australia, but there are two common species that you’d likely come across: the Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecular) and the Common Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus).
These marsupials are nocturnal, resting during the day and only going out to feed between dusk and dawn. They are agile like Spiderman, with the ability to climb walls and leap from tree to roof up to 4 metres away. It’s also not uncommon to see possums traipsing along power lines and perched on small branches.
They are mainly plant-eaters and are especially attracted to home gardens. Possums love fruits, vegetables and native tree species such as eucalyptus.
Possums are tree-dwellers and their natural habitats are rain forests, eucalypt forests and wooded garden areas and shrubs with thick vegetation close to a water source. But due to many factors such as the loss of habitat, human encroachment and urbanisation, it’s not uncommon for these cute furry animals to set up house in roofs, garages, sheds and chimneys. With their claws, they can easily wrench roof tiles and squeeze through tiny holes.
Possums In Your roof
Possums are wild but not aggressive. However, they can be a pest as they can eat their way through one’s garden and leave the roof and ceiling destroyed once they set up shelter in there.
You’d know that you have possums living with you when you when there is loud thumping on the roof or ceiling at night as they scamper to and fro, hissing or coughing sounds, and marks or an intense aroma of ammonia caused by their urine.
Possums and The Law
Possums abound in mainland Australia, Tasmania, and Kangaroo Island, despite the presence of feral animals, the occurrence of bush fires and other natural possum population controls.
In Tasmania, possum control is allowed by law in order to protect crops and promote the commercial trade of skin and meat. But in the rest of the country, there are strict laws that must be followed for relocating and trapping them.
Possums are protected wildlife for varied reasons, two of which are: (1) most possums that are moved will not survive the attacks from other animals and other possums before they can find a new territory; and (2) possums use scent to mark their territory; another possum would find out the vacant territory and would just take its place. It just becomes a vicious cycle.
So, if you find yourself with an annoying and destructive backyard or rooftop dweller, it’s best to find out about legislation specific to possum in your area.
What To Do If There Is A Possum In Your Roof
If you have a possum in your backyard and is not causing any trouble, leave it be. Take this opportunity to enjoy seeing a cute, furry animal up close and personal. But not too close as possums are still wild creatures after all.
But if your furry buddy needs to be evicted, here is what you can do: trim trees so it’s not anywhere near the roofline. This would prevent possums from accessing the roof from the tree. Also, hire a roofer to check if there are tiny holes where possums can squeeze themselves into. Close these holes, if there are any.
Here are other things you can do to deal with possums in your roof:
No Permit Required
Provide an alternative place for the possums in another part of your property by building a possum box that they can use as a shelter.
Remove access through the roof by closing entry points with the use of timber or chicken mesh. Do this when you’re sure the possum has left. Deter re-invasion by destroying scent marks using bleach.
Let possums leave the roof space but not return by installing a one-way door, which can be made of metal or Perspex, with a hinged top.
Capture and remove the possum from the roof space using a possum trap. The permit can be obtained from your local Department for Environment and Heritage office. You can get traps from a wildlife rescue service or pest control company.
If you catch a possum, you have to release it within 24 hours and you must do it at dusk. Possums must also not be moved more than 50 metres away from where it was caught.
Hire A Possum Removal Service
If you can’t carry out the eviction yourself, hire a professional possum trapper that is licensed by the Office of Environment and Heritage.
Whether it be to provide housing for your family, or as an investment to earn rental income, granny flats are growing in popularity.
If you are considering this as an option, there are two common ways to arrange the money you need: accessing the equity in your property or taking out a construction loan.
The simplest way to secure funds for your new granny flat is using equity in your current home. It’s relatively easy to arrange a home loan to build a granny flat if you have enough equity in your existing property and you have sufficient income to support the new loan.
Using a Construction Loan
If you don’t have enough equity in your property, another option is to take out a construction loan. Construction loans are usually approved based on the value of the existing property plus the value of the granny flat build contract.
Before you begin it’s important to check with your local council to make sure you are working within the right parameters and regulations, including the rules around using a granny flat as an investment.
As the cost of a granny flat could range from $50,000 to more than $250,000, your first step should be to arrange an obligation free consultation to go through your finance options.
-Victor Larder, Astute Financial
Astute Financial Management Pty Ltd | ABN 59 093 587 010 | Australian Credit Licence Number 364253. AIW Dealer Services Pty Ltd | ABN 59 153 322 420 | Australian Financial Services Licence Number 414256
Can I Do My Own Maintenance At My Investment Property?
Too many Landlords believe that they are saving money by attending to maintenance themselves, however, often the “quick fix” is not always the best solution nor outcome for both Tenant, Lessor and Agent.
Public Liability issues can come about if the repair is not performed correctly or worse, someone gets injured by the inexperienced repair.
In most cases now, it is against the law to carry out Electrical or Plumbing issues, unless you are a qualified contractor.
Utilising a managing agents list of preferred contractors, has many benefits.
Advantage of Letting Your Property Manager Handle Maintenance
In most cases their Contractors are:
Have completed a Contractors Agreement prior to attending your property, which indemnifies both you, the Lessor and us the Agent of any liability, in the event that a mistake is made
Many expert Property Managers have educated their contractors in;
how to present their time and labour onto an invoice
How to liaise with a Tenant to arrange easy access
Prepared to collect keys from the office if the tenant cannot be at home
Call the office is the suspected cost will be more than $150
Provide photos if issues if required
Recommend replacement over repairing if warranted
Will return to fix for free is the problem repaired reoccurs
Are the eyes and ears in so far as the state of the maintenance?
Report back to the office with anything untoward with the Tenancy.
For peace of mind and a small investment, it is recommended utilising qualified tradespeople to maintain your investment property and in most cases, these are a tax deduction.