Oct 022017
Airbnb Welcome Guide

With almost a decade in the market, Airbnb has helped thousands of homeowners make extra cash in billions by renting out spare real state or space. The site has grown tremendously in Australia with more than 40,000 listing in this country. Do you know that it’s extremely very easy to start making money with Airbnb? Well, all you need is a spare space to list your home on the site. What tricks are people using to make money via this platform? 

Airbnb Home Rental Tips

If you are getting started, here’s an airbnb tip guide to getting your home Airbnb ready…

Keep a Competitive Price

Airbnb Rental PriceLike in any other business, pricing is paramount in this business. One of the reasons why Airbnb has grown tremendously worldwide is due to its competitive prices for the accommodation. It’s much cheaper compared to hotels, and thus you need to decide your pricing carefully. The price should be in tandem with the facilities and services that you are offering. It’s advisable to invite a professional to help calculate the best prices cutting the potential renters a good deal will see you receive often.

Anticipate Guest Questions

Communication is crucial. Be very clear particularly with answering guest’s questions. The best way to go about it is anticipating questions. Competition is fierce on Airbnb, and thus you need to be clear so that guests can have confidence in you. Have everything starting from amenities, decorating style, transport system convenience, and other answers to potential questions at your finger-tips. Sometimes brochures and maps can do the trick.

Guest Guidebook

Airbnb Welcome GuideThis is something that can make a huge difference in your new venture. After the guest has come to your place, they will need some time to get used to the house. It can be annoying if they have to call you anytime they need anything. That is why creating a guest guidebook is important to help them adapt quickly with contacting you now and then. The guide should contain information such as Wi-Fi password, how to use the remote control and other appliance, and the meter box location amongst other things.

Stock Provision

The main trick of making good money on Airbnb is going beyond what’s deemed standard. Imagine providing your guest with provisions? Everyone loves food, and thus the guest will feel great if they find the fridge loaded with foodstuff. Provide them with condiments, coffee and tea, eggs, Milk, cereals and bread enough to take them a day or two to enable them to settle comfortably.


May 222017

The movie Kenny is the story of an Aussie plumber and the drama in his unusual life. He works in the portable toilet industry, also known as portaloos, for a company called Splashdown Corporate Bathroom Rentals. When the viewers are first introduced to Kenny at the start of the film, it sounds like he is talking about catering for some party. Then it dawns on you. I decided review this movie since I recently watched it again and was reminded of how good it was. It’s also quite relevant to much of the handyman information on this website.

The guy is talking about curries and how they have effect on his work, seeing that he is a supplier of portaloos. However, his dirty job cost him his wife (whom he refers to as his missus) which he hilariously justifies by stating that whoever spends more time with people’s poo than they actually do with the wife has to pay a price. Despite the separation and problems with his ex-wife, Kenny loves his child from the marriage very much.

Even though Kenny’s job is one that society mostly deems to be thankless, the guy never lets it get him down. As Kenny struggles to juggle the demands of fatherhood and family tensions while at the same time trying to prepare for the upcoming expo in Nashville, a documentary crew profiles him and his crew. Kenny was hands down the funniest Australian movie I’ve ever seen which is why I thought it fitting to write a review of it here. The film is totally spot on, and might even confuse you for a real, and quite comical documentary.

Kenny is generally a family affair, with the director appearing in a minor role along the son, his dad, and Shane. Kenny’s own dad refers to him as a “turd burglar”, looking down on him and suggesting that he finds a real job, something that Kenny will have none of. Kenny protests that he does have a real job even though most people turn up their noses up every time he tells them about his occupation.

kenny the plumber

Shane Jacobson as Kenny Smyth, a Melbourne plumber who works for a portable toilet rental company.

Shane stars as Kenny and also took part in writing the script. Kenny is a plumber with a huge beard and a personality that is completely down to earth. He entertains both the viewer and himself with witty observations and thoughts such as “poop is 90 percent water”, and by following the new trend in toilets involving high tech facilities that are often comical in themselves. There is also a really hilarious part where Kenny he sings the Australian national anthem, but with his own lyrics.

The film is hilarious throughout especially when it comes to how Kenny chirps about divorce, tries to stay at par with family members who are much more high maintenance than himself, and when he’s bonding with other plumbers just like him. He is quite proud of his job despite going through all sorts of downers such as graffiti vandals and annoying customers.

The movie was initially inspired by the stories which Clayton Jacobson had heard from the real employees of Splashdown, an actual company that delivers bathrooms to the customer on site. One of Splashdown’s executives even took part in financing the movie. All in all, the movie is a great comedy to watch with family and friends, and we highly recommend you check it out if you haven’t already.

Sep 232016

a rat outsideCockroaches, rats and mice are some of the most problematic pests in the workplace. There is no shortage of the number of problems they can cause, hence the need to stop any infestation immediately. Luckily, there are commercial pest controllers who have the skills, knowledge, experience, and equipment required to stop these insects and rodents from taking over your office, factory or warehouse. That said however, to ensure you get proper value for your money, it is essential to choose the right one.

A little bit of background research on any company you are thinking of hiring can go a long way. We spoke with Darren a Commercial Pest Controller at Pest Control Northside Brisbane to find out more.

Below are some of the benefits you can attain by choosing the right company.

Cost Effective

The cost of hiring a professional and well-reputed commercial pest controller can be much higher than what unaccredited companies may charge. However, the long-term benefits are worth the additional expense. By hiring a professional, you will not need to worry about the problem reoccurring, which reduces your long-term costs. Having the pest control work done swiftly and effectively can also save you money in other ways e.g. rats allowed to run rampant in any dwelling can chew through electrical wiring costing tens of thousands in repair bills.

Use Less Pesticides

Pollution due to overuse of pesticides is one of the leading causes of environmental degradation. A well trained and knowledgeable pest controller understands this fact too well and only uses pesticides after exhausting all other possible solutions. When there are non-toxic solutions to any pest problem it is far better to go with that option, even if it takes slightly more time or work to implement. This is true for residential cases too, however on larger scale commercial jobs, the benefit from reduced environmental toxin use is exponential.

eco friendly pest control logoEnvironmentally Friendly Pest Control Methods

Apart from chemicals, there are alternative methods of controlling pests that can be used to keep premises clean. A professional in this niche is concerned about the environment and only apply pest control methods that are environmentally friendly and safe to humans and other domesticated animals that may come into contact with them.

Saves Time

A good commercial pest controller does not need to be supervised; they can work autonomously and still deliver the expected results. By hiring such personnel, you will not need to be onsite while the work is being done, all you need to do is inspect the end results to be sure that the service offered meets your expectations. This will in turn save time for other more important activities.

High Safety Standards

Safety is one of the aspects that all pest controllers are required to uphold at all times. In fact, they undergo special training to educate them about the various safety procedures that they should adhere to during and after service delivery. The right commercial controllers have an in-depth understanding of these standards and working protocols that promote safety. For instance, trying to eradicate dangerous pests such as a bees and wasps can leave you with a lifetime of bad memories if you do not know how to do it right. Stay safe by hiring an expert who can get the job done correctly and without putting anyone’s life at risk.

pest control teamComprehensive Services

Over years working in the industry, properly trained commercial pest removal experts are able to study the diverse needs and expectations of their customers successfully. This information helps them to not only improve their service delivery but also coin their service packages to ensure customers get better value for money. Knowing when, how and why problems might reoccur gives commercial pest control teams a head start of preventing further outbreaks.

Modern Equipment

Advancement in technology is often more effective in getting rid of pests than many traditional methods. The best pest controllers have invested in equipment that can help them deliver a better quality service in a shorter time frame.

Insurance Coverage

This is perhaps one of the main reasons why you should only hire an expert commercial pest inspector and controller. Insurance companies often require proper maintenance of your commercial premises by a licensed controller in order to be covered. If you do not get your work place inspected and maintained you may not be covered in the case of electrical or structural shortcomings due to the rodents or roaches in your space.

Hiring a licensed and reputed commercial pest controller will end up saving you money in the long term. Do your research and evaluate the working protocols and reputation of each pest controller in your list to ensure you make the right decision.

Aug 122015

What does it mean to have great flooring? Is it all about the way it unifies the whole room? Is it a just matter of sturdiness and durability? When it comes to floors, as with every other part of the house, it’s all a matter of taste, preference and prioritisation. There is no “one style fits all” for floors. That’s why there are dozens of options to choose from. You might have some ugly or outdated flooring you wish to fix, but what direction should you take? You could always cover it with carpet or buy a lavish designer rug to cover it. Other choices for your upgrade include tiles, linoleum, wood, granite, and so much more.

For the more creative home-owners, there is a new wave of trends when it comes to flooring that open up a myriad of endless possibilities. Among these options include: bottle cap flooring, brown paper bag flooring, painted floors, penny floors and white cork floors. These are some of the DIY flooring possibilities we’re going to talk about today.

a floor built with capsBottle Cap Floor

Bottle cap floors involve the use of bottle caps and grout. Simply prepare the floor with a thin-set mortar then place the bottle caps in an arrangement of your choosing. After having arranged the caps, fill in the gaps with grout and let it dry. Finish it all up with a sealer. This kind of style requires a lot of bottle caps, but the end result looks great! If you are struggling to gather enough bottle caps to fill your room, ask friends and family for help. Local restaurants and schools might also like to get involved!

Brown Paper Bag Floor

This style would require a lot of paper bags and glue. You’ll have to soak the brown paper bags in the glue and then lay it all out on the floor. Once you have them all set and dry, cover the surface with some coats of polyurethane. This style can be tweaked to be an eco-friendly project by replacing the glue with wheat or rice glue and using no-VOC polyurethane.

Painted Floors

As the name implies, painted floors are simply floors that have a coat of paint on them. Before painting the floor, make sure that you have sanded it thoroughly to remove any varnish or rough patches. Sanding it would also even out the surface of any high spots which would be off putting once painted over. You may opt to have one solid coat or use paint tape to help create a pattern. Once you have painted the floor, cover it with a water-based polyurethane.

building a cork floorPenny Floors

The Penny Floors follows the same system as the Bottle Cap floors. The pennies would have to be glued down using construction adhesive (preferably low or no-VOC) or epoxy glue. The pennies can be in a pattern or of any style you so choose. Be careful with the amount of adhesive you use, the ideal amount is enough to hold the pennies down, without too much oozing out the sides.

Wine Cork Floors

Wine Corks are relatively hard to collect. In order for you to be able to use this type of style for your floor, you could ask a local wine shop to help you out or seek the help of friends. You’ll need around 775 corks per square meter. Simply align the corks on your floor, glue them down, nail or staple the corks together and then apply grout to fill up the gaps.

Any of these ideas are sure to make any living space come to life with their unique appeal!

Mar 312015

A wheelbarrow full of nutrient rich soilAn organic garden is one filled with naturally grown plants or those grown without the use of chemical fertilizers. Many home gardeners prefer this method to using toxic poisons and pesticides, especially since they hope to eat the organic herbs and vegetables that eventually grow from it.

That said, trying to get an garden to flourish is not an easy task. This is even more true when no poisons or “shortcuts” are used. Many people would like to have their own little piece of earth growing healthy and delicious produce, however often they have no idea where to start. For those who find this initial step a bit over their head, hiring a landscape or gardening expert to create the initial garden bed is an idea worth considering. Since you’re here on our blog though we assume you’ve got the initiative and tenacity to take on the job yourself, which is great. Building the garden yourself will eventually prove to me much more fulfilling anyway.

With that in mind, a good starting point towards building a healthy garden at home has to do with getting the soil prepared. Assuming that the area for the organic garden has already been chosen, the next thing to do is to get the soil of the area tested. Obviously, this will involve some expense since a garden testing kit will have to be purchased. Also at a fee, a soil sample can be taken to the nearest local agricultural agency to determine its nutrient levels. Treatment recommendations can also be found there, and additives to the soil may be required if it is lacking in any particular areas.

An alternative to the purchase of soil additives is to mix in some humus, organic matter composed of animal manure, grass clippings, leaves, or compost. In keeping with the goal of building an organic garden, artificial or chemical additives should not be included. Compost can be made easily at home to save money. The most common means of making compost is to combine carbon-rich materials like green leaves with nitrogen-filled items like manure and kitchen scraps.

A pile of soil measuring at least six inches should serve as the topping of the compost preparation. This should be turned each time new layers as well as water are added onto the pile. The addition of water is crucial, not only to keep the prepared compost moist, but to promote microbial action which conditions the soil further. Compost preparation takes time, but if you make it yourself you can be sure that it is 100% organic. If your compost pile or bin starts to smell too strongly, add in more dried leaves, sawdust, and other carbon materials.

two piles of compostTo help the compost become nutrient dense soil faster, make more frequent turns of the pile. Some people choose to mix their compost inside a rotating bin for easier and faster turning. Depending on the temperature and microbial action the compost should be ready for use in around 2-3 months. Once it is ready it can be mixed in with the existing soil on the ground or used in pot plants to give seedlings and smaller herb and vegetable plants or trees a boost.

Compost is essential to any sustainable organic garden. It serves as food for trees, plants and shrubs. It also helps to retain moisture in the soil and helps to stop weeds from growing near your plants. Most importantly however, compost is a great way to turn food scraps, garden debris and other organic waste back into something valuable and useful.

Once you have conditioned your soil you should be ready to start planting! Make sure you purchase seedlings from a local farmer or organic seedling store or nursery to ensure they are well suited to the theme of your garden. We use The Herb Store for all of our Australian herb, seedling and plant purchases. Many farmer’s markets are known to offer these types of seedlings as well, and may even have recommendations on the best plant varieties to raise depending on your location.

Feb 192015

Although some plumbing jobs might be too tough and/or unsafe to take on yourself, there are some plumbing problems that must be handled immediately. Many plumbing problems are caused by leakages or blockages. Leakages can be easy to deal with because you can shut off your water valves, but blockages can be frustrating especially if you can’t point out the main reason why water won’t go down the drain.

cloggedpipePushing a plunger up and down in a toilet bowl helps unclog a toilet. However, this only works with blockages that are not too serious. If plunging fails, try using drain cleaning agents. Although these products are pricey, they can save you the expenses that comes with hiring a plumber to clean our your blocked drain for you. Since these products usually contain chemical components, you should ensure that it’s legal and safe to use them in your locality before pouring them down your pipes. Pouring boiling water  through the drains sometimes dislodged debris or flushes it away, but it can melt your pipes too, so should not be done for prolonged periods.

Using a drain snake is another approach towards eradicating clogged drain problems. There are different brands of pipe cleaners on sale, but before buying any, ensure that you are getting the correct one for your types of drainage systems. We spoke with one of the experience drain unblocking experts from Drain Cleaning Brisbane about what to do before calling a plumber to fix your drainage issues. By following these steps you will reduce the amount of time that any plumber will need to be on site, and save yourself money in the process.

Calling the plumber

If your ‘do-it-yourself’ efforts haven’t worked, it is time to call a professional plumber. Prior to dialing your your local plumber’s number, you should do the following:

Prepare for questions

You plumber will ask a number of questions about your problem. You ought to examine everything carefully and take note of anything unusual that you see, smell and hear etc. In this age of technology, it is possible to take pictures of your systems and message them through to the experts. It is advisable to take the photos early. Preparing comprehensively in this manner saves you money because the professionals will spend less time diagnosing the problem.

Uncluttering is important

If your plumber bills clients per hourly basis, any time they waste physically getting to the problem will cost you money. If the sink is the problem, you must ensure that there is space under it. Clear stairs and all areas that might need to be accessed. Since professional plumbers will also come with their own tools, there should be space available for them to put it. Eradicating hazards and obstacle can save your plumber time, and you, money.

Where are the parts?

It is important that you keep all fixtures pieces handy if you have disassembled anything. Asking your plumber early on for recommendations on what to buy can also help you save time and money. Generally it is a good idea to find a reliable, reputable plumber so you can always call them for advice whenever you need it, regardless of whether or not you will require them to help you with the job.

Lastly it is important to remember that any professional can make a mistake. Your choice plumber could make a mistake that exposes you to huge losses. This is why the expert you choose must be licensed and insured.

Feb 032015
grass being aerated

Aeration is the term used to refer to the process where air is exchanged or circulated between the soil and atmosphere. The process of aerating soil mechanically is called “core aeration” where small plugs of thatch and soil are removed from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration. Core Aeration should ideally be done on a yearly basis but some lawns, especially those that grow on heavy clay or subsoil, may need it more than once each year.

Aside from improved air exchange, core aeration has a lot of other benefits. Core Aeration enhances water absorption, fertilizer absorption, prevents water puddles, reduces compaction of soil, and enhances heat and drought stress tolerance. There are numerous tools that can be used when it comes to aerating your lawn. Among the most common of them all would be the: Spiked Shoes, Fork, Hollowed Tiner, Scarifier, and Slitter.

Spiked Boots

Strap on spiked soles can be attached to the underside of shoe. This can then be used to aerate the lawn by simply walking through the lawn itself. These do not do a great job of aerating lawns, and can actually have a negative effect on grass if used incorrectly.


A pitch fork is a tool with a long handle and long, thick, widely separated tines or prongs. They are commonly used to lift and pitch agricultural materials such as hay, leaves, straw, etc.

A pitch fork can easily be used to aerate one’s lawn. Simply push the tines of the fork into the lawn till it has reached a depth of 3 inches and then gently move the fork sideways to widen the holes. Lift the fork out of the aerated area and move another four inches from the said space. Push the tines of the fork into the soil and repeat the process until the entirety of the lawn has been covered. This is an effective way to aerate grass, however it is extremely slow and time consuming.

Hollow Tiner

aeratedgrassA hollow tiner is a specialized kind of tool which looks very much like a pitch fork except the tiner has hollow tubes rather than spikes. It is a very useful tool for aeration and relieving soil compaction. This tool is used on lawns with highly compacted surface areas.

There are two kinds of hollow tiners. The regular hand held variety is the one used where you manually dig it into the soil much like the process discussed with pitch forks. There are also petrol powered hollow tine aerators that have several rotating drums which total to 30 or more corers. They only go as far as 2 inches deep but are still be able to sufficiently aerate the lawn.

Petrol powered hollow tine aerators are expensive but can be rented. Many people also choose to hire a professional lawn aerator such as Oz Aeration to aerate their lawns for them. A “sports turf” variety offers a more advanced option where a cam action ensures that the spikes penetrate deeper into the lawn. This variety, however, is hard to drive or manipulate and is usually only safe to use on ornamental or stone free lawns.


A wheeled lawn scarifier is used to rake out moss and dead grass or remove thatch from the lawn. There are manually operated scarifiers and there are those that rely on an engine to operate. The price range for an engine operated scarifiers is $1500 to $5000, depending on the make and model.


A slitter is used by running it over the grass and it immediately penetrates through the turf using its sharp blades. The grass roots are then trimmed which enables air pass through.

These tools each have their own specific advantage when it comes to aerating lawns. In order to maximize the use of any or all of these tools, the lawns composition must first be identified in order to match it with the strengths of the tools available. If you want advice on how to aerate your grass, get in contact with a local lawn aerator company and see what they would recommend in your particular circumstance.

If you’d like to know more about the mechanics behind soil aeration and how it all works take a look at this really informative article on how to maintain a pristine lawn.

Jan 062015

While the name hydro-mechanical grease interceptor makes it sound high-tech and fancy; the more commonly known “grease trap” is a mainstay of many Australian kitchens and a necessity in most restaurants. Usually found under the kitchen sink, a grease trap is a container or a vessel that waste water must pass by before flowing through to the sewerage system. This receptacle literally traps any grease such as oils and fats from being flushed out into the municipal waste water system.

a kitchen greasetrapThe mechanics of an interceptor is really simple. As water flows down any given sink, it will come face to face with the grease trap. Because grease and fats  stays on the surface of the water they can easily be captured by the trap through baffling and regulation. The fat and oil remains prisoners of the trap, while the cleaner can freely proceed in the sewers for waste water treatment. If you try to peek inside a grease trap, you will see a dense gloop of thick grease which have accumulated. Over time the efficiency of a trap is lowered when it is filled up with lumps of fats. When this happens an interceptor cannot separate the water from the grease.

As you do not want to odour of rotten accumulated grease dominating your kitchen, it is always a good idea to regularly clean out your trap. Aside from maintaining a pleasant smell in the kitchen, an unmaintained grease trap also contaminates the waste water systems by allowing oils and fats to flow out. This can clog pipes and also impair the water treatment. While not the most pleasant of jobs, cleaning a grease trap is a necessity and should be done on a regular basis to keep the interceptor working optimally.

Here are the steps required to maintain the efficiency of your grease trap from the plumbers at Citi Plumbing in Brisbane:

  • Melt some ice – lots of it. Before you commence with the cleaning, leave a some considerable amount of ice in the sink which is directly connected to the grease trap and let it melt. By doing this, the smell is greatly reduced and at the same time the lower temperature will cause the lumps of grease solidify. It is much easier to remove congealed grease than to remove sticky or viscous gloop.
  • Scoop it out – after the ice process, scoop out the hardened grease.
  • Inspect the clean out – check the clean out and clean it as well. Remove it and thoroughly rinse it off.
  • Don’t forget the pipings – inspect the pipings too and remove the accumulated grease on there as well.
  • Do it often – consistent removal of grease is important. You should schedule a fixed time to clean your grease trap on a regular basis. The more frequent, the better. This routine cleaning schedule will ensure that the receptacles will function properly and will not release any foul odor or clog up your pipes with an overflow of grease.

If you follow the above steps your grease traps will function efficiently and effectively. Also point to remember is that “prevention is better than a ton of cure”. By this we mean it makes sense when cutting slabs of fatty meat or working with large volumes of oily stuff in your kitchen, can catch the grease before it washes down the sink and throw it in the garbage to minimize grease deposits. Less oils and fatty deposits will mean you won’t need to clean your trap as often.

Jan 062015

A recently built home in BrisbaneNo matter how handy you are around the home, you’ll always need the help of others when it comes to those bigger jobs. Building your own home is a task not many of us could tackle, so I wanted to offer some advice for you today when looking for a builder for a new home or even a renovation or extension.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who dreams of their ideal house in which to settle down with the family. A house built to perfection and tailored to match the personality and requirements of each member of the household. A house that can bring the family closer together, protect them, and keep them safe. Essentially a house they are all happy to call their home.

Building your ideal home is not an easy task. It requires a lot of time and planning, as well as large amount of money. It’s not as simple as building a sand castle in that if you want to change the design you just can simply rebuild it all over again. Building your home is like setting the foundation for the future of your family life. It needs to be done right, the first time.

Once you have a plan, the next step is to find the right builders to construct your home. It is often said that the most crucial element in construction is not the right materials, but the right builder. They are the artists of your development, so you need to ensure that their vision is the same as your own. Picking the builders is not always as easy as you would think, especially if your new home or renovation isn’t just of standard fare. The more exquisite or irregular a build is, the more technical and skilled the construction team will need to be. A passionate, quality builder is essential because their efficiency and love for their work will be incorporated in whatever they build. You do not want to hire the wrong contractor for your job, or your dream might turn into a nightmare.

We spoke with the team from one of the leading commercial builders in Brisbane who had some advice on choosing the right builder.

Do Your Research

It does not take a secret agent or a private investigator to find out which builders in your area have the best reputation. You can search online; specifically on forums about home renovations and construction. Read about other peoples’ experiences and find out which companies have the most satisfied customers.

Socialize with New Home Owners

The best source of firsthand information about the performance of home builders are from people who have just had their house constructed. Have a chat with the owners of new homes or homes still under construction in your area and let them spill the beans about the attitude and performance of the builders of their homes.

shakeMeet and Greet

Meet some of the known builders around your area in person. Get a feel for their attitude towards your particular job, and decide whether you would trust them with the construction of your new home. Trust your instincts. If you don’t like their attitude or find something about them off-putting, perhaps it would be best to go with a different company.

Consult the Experts

If you are really in doubt speak with industry insiders who would have worked with many builders in the past. Developers, plumbers, electricians etc. would all have inside knowledge of which builders do quality work and which ones do not. Talk with anyone in those or other related industries that you might know, and consider their point of view when choosing your team.

Look out for Industry Award Winners

Take note of any builders who have one industry awards in the past. They must be doing something to stand out from the rest of the builders in your area, find out what it is and see if they are a good match for your task.

While it may take a bit of work, spending time choosing the right builder initially can pay of exponentially in the long run. You can read a trillion stories about working with a nightmare builder (or sometimes a nightmare client if viewed from the builders side), and you don’t want to be another case study. Make sure you get things right the first time and give yourself and your family the best chance of living in your dream home sooner.

Oct 282014

Deciding to manage your own investment property is a big decision and many DIY landlords don’t always understand the complexities involved. Many investors see it as an easy way to save a buck and cannot justify enlisting a property manager. Brisbane property management is also a highly competitive industry, and finding a reliable property manager can be difficult. However, especially if this is their first time renting a property, landlords quickly realise there is more to being a rental manager than just collecting rent!

DIY Property Management Problems

5 Problems Faced by DIY Landlords


As with so many industries nowadays the biggest issue facing landlords is the legal implications. QCAT (Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal) can be a nightmare for first time landlords. Keeping regular records detailing your property’s condition pre, during, and post rental is essential. If you’re going to be a DIY rental manager, you will need a solid knowledge of the tenancy legislation for Queensland (or your particular state), along with all the required paperwork. No one wants to go to court, it’s a waste of time and is very expensive. Common issues that may need to be address legally are fail to maintain your property, failure to pay rent, and having pets without approval just to name a few. Mismanagement in these situations could cost you from a legal standpoint.


Screening possible occupants is extremely difficult for DIY property managers. Property management companies have access to professional databases which give them a plethora of information including the applicant’s previous rental history, credit checks, employment checks and much more. This is all very time consuming and hard to achieve for the average property investor. Unfortunately, some tenants are serial offenders who aim to take advantage of landlords. These types of uncontrollable tenants know the laws which can often make it quite difficult to deal with. Professional property managers are trained in these areas and can help to avoid these problems from arising through proper screening and management.


The laws for each state highlight the procedures for conducting inspections and how much notice is required. Failing to meet these requirements leaves you liable legally and can attract costly penalties. There are obligations for landlords to inspect properties to carry out pest control, smoke alarm checks, and other safety checks. Organising these with tenants can be difficult. Landlords must also adhere to the appropriate authoritative bodies such as the RTA (rental tenancies authority). If this is something you have not done before it can be quite overwhelming.


Not only is property management a time intensive job. There are a lot of associated costs that go along with it. For most landlords, they are trying to do their day job while managing their investment property. It’s simple, you wouldn’t do a plumbers job because it would take you a week to change a washer. Same thinking applies to rental management- employ a professional and get a professional result.

Protecting your investment:

Chasing up late rent can be extremely frustrating and can quickly become a financial burden. Can you afford to be locked out of your own home because you cannot evict dodgy tenants? These emotionally charged situations can become quite dangerous for landlords and can often result in damages to your property. With a professional property management team, these sorts of problems are much less likely to occur, and keeps you, your property, and your income safe.