/Bullet-Proofing Your Rental Property In A Competitive Market

It will take some time before we know the full effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the property market. Like everything else that’s affected, which is largely all parts of society, it can feel overwhelming to think about all the possible outcomes. This is why it’s particularly important in the current environment to focus on what you can do to look after yourself, your loved ones and the other big focuses in your life. As a property investor, your investment properties are likely a key consideration for you. Here are some key things to think about to ensure your property remains a great place to live for your current tenants and a popular prospect for future tenants.

Indoor and outdoor paintwork

If you’re thinking of updating the paintwork at your investment properties, ensure the quality of the paint you use is of a good standard, is a trusted brand and is durable enough to withstand regular washing to remove marks and grime. For outdoor paintwork or staining of timber fences and decks, make sure you use a durable product that can handle harsh weather conditions. This is particularly important for parts of your property exposed to the afternoon sun.

Blinds and curtains

Make sure blinds and curtains are easy to operate and clean. A simple roller blind is a great option that blocks out light, is kept out of the way during the day and can be easily removed and cleaned.


If you really want to use carpet try to have the same approach as you do with blinds and curtains. Choose low pile carpets that are made tough, so it doesn’t wear quickly. Avoid light colours that show up marks and small stains. If you’re unsure, speak with a carpet specialist to choose the best ‘tenant-proof’ carpet that’s still good quality. We always try to put in good quality laminate or composite ,‘floating floorboards’. It is highly durable and individual planks can be replaced cost effectively if needed.

Easy care tiles that can be replaced (have some spares on hand) are a good choice. While having softwood floorboards might look great, the material dents and scratches easily. Again, if you’re unsure, speak with a flooring specialist for the best products that offer durability and quality, while complementing the aesthetic of your property.

Replace appliances

Replacing that tired old oven or adding a new dishwasher improves the appeal of a property. If you’re expecting your current tenant to move on, consider updating any appliances that are old and not in great working order. We use Appliances Online as they will come and measure and speck up appliances for free when you purchase the appliance through them. It’s also easy to compare pricing for the same appliances to enusre you are getting the best deal.

When you rent your properties, it is important to have the right expectations and to understand that the better product (home) you can offer to the market, the better customers (tenants) you will attract. That doesn’t mean you have to spend mountains of cash on your investment properties, but it does mean ensuring your properties are looked after and well maintained. And don’t forget, most of these home improvements will be tax-deductible.

Remember, this article does not constitute financial or legal advice.  Please consult your professional financial and legal advisors before making any decisions for yourself.


As co-founder of Sydney-based property management agency Property Alchemy, I bring 16 years of senior real estate management to this specialist business. While my fundamental role is to proactively manage operations, I actively seek to create new and foster existing client relationships with our investors and their tenants. I take a proactive approach to managing property 
investment to ensure client security, satisfaction and long-term wealth creation.

/Listing Agent

/Belinda Urquhart