Converting part of your home into an apartment is a great way to offset your costs and bring in a consistent income all at once. As you are located on the property, you can also keep a closer eye on your investment, deal with issues immediately, and get to know who is living in your property. Making these initial conversions, however, is not where your effort ends. To be a great landlord that attracts (and retains) top tenants, you will need to adopt these top tips into your strategy:
Invest in Preventative Renovations
Opting for the cheapest paint will only guarantee you will need to refresh it again and again. Choosing spill-proof paint that can handle being wiped down with a cloth and soap will ensure that short-term tenants cannot do long-term damage to your walls. This same principle applies to multiple areas of your home. Sometimes going for the cheapest option is not the most economical. You want your property to be sturdy and durable so that over time you spend less on repairs.
Always Deep Clean Your Apartment Between Tenants
End of lease cleaning should be a standard for every tenant. Not only does it guarantee a better clean than if you allow your tenants to clean the apartment themselves, but it also prolongs the life and loveliness of your apartment. You can get it sparkling and deep cleaned right into the fibres for your next tenant, and in turn, your carpets, upholstery, and appliances can enjoy a longer life.
Tip: If the tenant lives in your property for more than one year get in touch with them so that you can have it deep cleaned while they are living there. Carpet cleaning and upholstery services are affordable and working with your tenant to allow them into your property during their tenancy can help you maintain your great apartment.
Create a Professional Listing
Do you want great tenants? Then you are going to have to offer a property that is better than anything else in your area. A quality conversion and deep clean between tenancies is a great start, but you will want to follow up with a professional listing. This means bringing someone in so that they can take professional photos of your property, create a floorplan, and write a description that has people booking viewings ASAP.
Use Professional Management Tools
You may be living above them, but that doesn’t mean you should skip on the professional landlord management tools. There are apps out there that can make it easy to report problems and send photos. Not only can this make it easy and convenient for your tenants, but it also allows for proper documentation to be recorded. Requests to make changes on your behalf can also be made through these apps so that you can have an easy, professional relationship throughout their tenancy.
Managing tenants is always tricky, and that is especially the case when they live on your property with you and your family. By adopting these tips, you can improve the quality and volume of the applicants looking to rent your space and better manage your tenants so that you both can enjoy a peaceful, positive experience.
Supporting your family member through an illness can be difficult, especially if they are a child or have a terminal or chronic illness. Although everyone’s needs and preferences are different, there are a few simple ways that you can find out what care they need and how best you can support them for the duration of their illness, whether long or short-term.
1. Get Legal Aid
Not every medical treatment or hospital stay runs smoothly, and sometimes there can be incidences of medical negligence that can prevent your loved one from receiving the care that they need. If you believe that your loved one has been the victim of medical negligence, for instance, if they have been given the wrong prescription, have been diagnosed incorrectly, or the care that they have received has been below working standards, then you should look into making a claim for medical negligence on their behalf.
Getting legal aid will enable them to get the support and compensation that they need if their condition has been made worse by this lack of care.
2. Listen and Provide Company
Everyone’s needs and wants will be different when suffering from an illness, so it is important that the support you provide reflects this. Listening to their worries and concerns is one of the best ways that you can provide support, helping them to get the reassurance and listening ear that they need. If this becomes too much for you to cope with, you should consider finding them a counsellor who can help them to work through their emotions.
You should also provide them with company. If you have an ill child, this can be in the form of helping to provide distractions, such as playing fun games or helping them with a puzzle. You may also want to try to attempt a semblance of normalcy by sticking to a routine or helping them to participate in family activities in any way possible.
3. Help with Practicalities
There may also be practicalities that can help your loved one for the duration of their illness, such as cooking, cleaning and taking over their daily responsibilities, such as picking the kids up from school. However, rather than deciding what to help them with, it is important that you ask them what they need help with to ensure that you are performing activities that are truly having a positive impact on their life.
4. Research Their Condition
You can also support family members who are ill by researching the condition that they have, as this can help you to understand what is wrong from their perspective and the symptoms that they may be encountering. You may also choose to attend doctor’s appointments with them to help you to get a first-hand view of the issue at hand.
5. Support Yourself Too
However, supporting someone with a medical condition can be difficult, and the only way that you can provide good support for a loved one is if you are able to get the support that you need too in order to enable you to cope well. You can get sufficient support by finding a counsellor or attending group therapy or support session for people who are having the same experience as you.