Tips for Finding a Property
COOMERA PROPERTY MANAGEMENT would love the opportunity to help you find the perfect property....
Our friendly staff update our list of available properties daily. These properties are displayed in our office window as well as this and other prominent real estate websites. And of course don't forget the Gold Coast Bulletin on Wednesdays & Saturday mornings which advises which properties are available and when they will be open for inspection.
It's really important to consider how much you can afford to spend on rent before you start looking, often people get into arrears because they just can't afford the weekly rent. So set a budget which includes all your expenses such as electricity, gas, water, telephone, loans and groceries, etc. Once you have a figure in mind consider what type of property will suit your needs....... how many bedrooms will you need ? Is garaging important to you? Are security screens an important feature? Do you have children who need a safe garden to play in? Do you like entertaining and require a covered outdoor area? Do you have pets? Does the property owner allow inside pets? Is the property size big enough for your pets
Once you are ready to start looking, be prepared ! Make sure you have adequate identification and some recent payslips. Gather some references together and maybe write up a small introduction letter for the agent to pass on to the landlord. Sometimes the extra effort can really payoff.
It is also really helpful to make a list and write down any notable features that you notice, like or dislike about each property especially if you are viewing lots of properties in a relatively short timeframe. It can be hard to remember later which property had which feature if you try to rely solely on your memory when viewing lots of different styles of properties.
Is there anything on our list which might suit you?
That's great ! Have a look at the outside of the property and consider its location.
Please don't go onto the property, it may still be tenanted so we ask that you do not disturb the current tenants by peering through windows and walking into the yard.
If you are interested in viewing the interior of the property call our office on (07) 5502 7999 to make a private appointment, we'll do our best to fit into your busy schedule (for security reasons we will never give out keys).
Please ensure that you turn up to your appointment on time and please let us know if you change your mind or can't make it. We try to accommodate as many people as possible during the day and would hate to keep the next appointment waiting.
At your appointment remember to closely inspect the interior and make sure it fits your criteria and don't be afraid to ask questions. The best time to ask questions or about repairs and improvements is before you commit. It is far better to clarify matters up front then to have any miscommunications or misunderstandings later.
Does the owner allow pets indoors? What size is the property? (keep in mind Gold Coast Council pet regulations state a property size must be a minimum of 600 sq metres if you have two dogs). Am I responsible for my full water usage or excess water only? Is garden maintenance included in the rental? How long is the lease term? Can I park my boat/trailer on the lawns? Does the property have cable or broadband facilities available?
All these are perfectly valid questions and the last thing anyone wants is to find that making an assumption rather than clarifying up front can lead to a 'Notice to Remedy Breach' being issued.
Most properties are leased in the condition that it is in when you inspect it - so if you can't live with the wallpaper and shagpile carpet - then please don't apply for the property.
And it is vitally important that you remember that you cannot do anything to a rental property without prior permission from both the Property Owner & the Agent. By this we mean doing things like (but not just limited to) putting picture hooks in walls, adding locks, putting in extra power points or telephone points or cable TV connections, removing plants &/or trees or digging up yards/gardens, removing fences or adding any form of permanent fixture like shelves, etc. This list is just a small example....
but the point of the message is simple....ASK FIRST.
We will be happy to answer any questions that you have and if we don't know we'll find out and call you back!