Power Tips

Winter generally means higher power bills! Have you been looking for ways to save money? Here are a few things you can do in your home, even if you’re renting:

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Winter living hacks

Winter Living Hacks Winter is definitely in the air, so we wanted to share a few hacks to help you survive the colder months! Take advantage of the warm sunlight by keeping curtains and blinds open all day, then closing them at night. If you have wet shoes and boots after being outside, stuff them with newspaper to absorb the…

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Winter Checklist

Winter is on its way…… it is important to maintain the home, both inside and out. Get your home “Winter Ready” by going through the following checklist! Clean Gutters – Clogged gutters can form dams where water backs up and can seep into the roof cavity. Remove fallen leaves and debris from your gutters and give them a good rinse…

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MBIE AUDIT OF QUINOVIC MERIVALE

You may be aware that under their stated procedures with regards to rental properties and tenancies the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has undertaken to audit property management companies around new Zealand to ensure compliance with their rules and regulations. We have just been audited. As daunting as this may sound I feel grateful for the experience. We have…

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Welcome to Autumn

Welcome to the start of Autumn…. The season of contentment at home. Even though it’s just started, the changing of nature’s colours through Hagley Park and crisp air in the mornings are now becoming more noticeable. Do you enjoy sitting outside with a cup of tea, enjoying the last of summer’s warmth? Often the least popular time of year, Autumn…

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DIY Tips for getting your bond back

We all know someone who’s been a bit over zealous during their rental tenancy – and accidentally damaged their landlord’s property. Here are a few DIY opportunities that may help you (or that friend) get themselves out of a sticky situation. Most landlords genuinely have their tenant’s best interests at heart, so when something needs fixing they make sure it…

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Spruce Up your Investment Property in a Weekend

If your tenants have just moved out, why not get into the property for the weekend and give the property a quick Spruce Up!  Here are some quick, easy and affordable tips for doing a Spruce Up: Change kitchen cupboard handles You can pick up new handles from your local hardware store and install them yourself.  This will give you…

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Does your Property Stand Out in a Competitive Market 2

Depending on your tenants and the construction of the home, rental properties can take a serious hammering, and often require an update every few years to keep them appealing. A freshly updated property can attract a higher quality tenant – even a higher rental price! Try this to-do list to update your property for minimal expense Do a deep clean…

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Does Your Property Stand Out in a Competitive Market?

You can make all the right choices when buying an investment property, but when it comes to luring high quality tenants, if your property doesn’t have what they want, then you’re going to struggle in our competitive market. With some insight and a little extra effort, you can make it much easier to attract and keep those perfect tenants, so…

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Minimising Rent Arrears Over the Festive Season

11 Years of experience has found that the holiday period can cause landlords all manners of headaches

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What to Look for when Buying an Investment Property

When you’re buying an investment property, you’ll soon realise that you need to look for different features than if you were buying a property for yourself.  Here are some thing to consider when you’re looking for that investment property: Who are you attracting? Decide on who you’re trying to attract (as a tenant).  If you’re looking at free-standing houses, you’re…

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6 Organisational Tips

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Spring is coming-clear the clutter

There are a few movements becoming popular on social media at the moment.  One is started by the book by Marie Kondo, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, and the other is in the same family, the Minimalism movement.  Both movements are about reducing the possessions you have down to only the items you love, living with less and enjoying what you own

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How to reduce vacancy in your investment property

We’ve had some great seasons in the rental market over the past few years, which has been such an opportunity for our investor clients.  However, more recently, we’ve seen more difficult rental markets and we’d love to share our tips on how to minimize vacancy in your investment property: Keep up to date on maintenance while you have tenants living…

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House Mate or Hate?

Quinovic Merivale has a large number of properties that we offer on a room by room basis. Gone are the days of the stereotypical boarding house- a term which conjures up negative images. The majority of our rooms are in well designed, purpose built, high quality houses. So, who is living in this sort of accommodation?- Primarily foreigners from a…

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