How To Move Stress Free

Posted by Jack Vale on November 7, 2018 3:59:47 PM NZDT

Moving house can be a pretty stressful time. Hauling box after box out the back of your car and up the stairs, only to find that the bed doesn’t fit through the stairwell or you can’t fit everything into the new property is the stuff of nightmares. 😱

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Let it soak in

Posted by Jack Vale on October 30, 2018 5:52:00 PM NZDT

Bathroom renovations can always be a difficult decision. To tile or not tile? Colours or neutrals? The reality of it is, like with any renovation there are countless questions to answer and plenty to prepare for. But when you renovate your bathroom you really can increase not only the value of your home but also it’s attractiveness to tenants.


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Topics: renovations, bathrooms

Sink time into your Rental Kitchen Renovation

Posted by Jack Vale on October 8, 2018 12:03:00 PM NZDT

The kitchen is the heart of any home. As cooking shows a rise in popularity and as tenants inevitably rent for longer as the cost of houses rise, tenants are becoming more and more focussed on the quality of the property they are renting.

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Topics: property maintenance, renovations

Award winning real estate, Award winning property management

Posted by Harrison Vaughan on September 24, 2018 9:36:22 AM NZST

When Tommy’s Property Management opened its’ doors to the Wellington market in February 2017, we were under no illusions that the road ahead was going to be easy. Managing property can be a difficult road to navigate. Juggling tenants, landlords, vacant properties, maintenance and inspections is complex at the best of times, let alone when the industry is facing mounting media scrutiny and legislative changes. Add to those pressures the reputation for results instilled in the company from our real estate parent and you’re left with a task which would be no small feat to achieve.


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Topics: renting wellingon, property management awards

How to garden your way to success in your rental property

Posted by Jack Vale on September 18, 2018 10:35:38 AM NZST

When it comes to gardening, it would be safe to say that my skills lie elsewhere. I think I’ve mown a lawn once or twice, but beyond that my abilities in the garden leave a lot to be desired. I would be confident to say that most people would lie in the same boat as me. Stunning landscaped gardens though is a sure fire way to enhance the presentation of your property, raising its value. But with such a garden comes great responsibility, either for the tenant or for the landlord.


Do you spend time, effort and money on maintaining the garden yourself so that it will continue to attract new tenants when the time comes or do you take the risk of finding a tenant with a similar gardening pedigree to myself and see your beautifully landscaped grounds become barren within their tenancy? 🌵


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Topics: gardens, property maintenance

The best relationships aren't one sided

Posted by Jack Vale on August 21, 2018 10:21:40 AM NZST

The American psychologist Abraham Maslow said in 1966, “I suppose if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem is a nail.” 


To a property manager with the wrong approach, every tenant is a problem. No matter what you do in life, it is your attitude, not the issue that is the real problem. Property investment is a great example. There is always a way to overcome whatever issue may stand in front of you.


Recently, a series of adverts was published by a property management company which clearly indicated their opinions of tenants. It painted them as a necessary evil to property investment; a nail if you will. What followed was inevitable. 🔨

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Topics: regulations, media, tenants

Shaking Things Up — The Tommy's Way

Posted by Jack Vale on August 8, 2018 10:31:00 AM NZST

Warning: This post contains strong elements of self-promotion. 🔊


Tommy’s has always been an innovator. When our real estate parents came into the market in 1999, they arrived at the door ready to shake things up. If you ask me, they did a pretty good job, cementing themselves as one of the premier brands in Wellington Real Estate.

Now in 2018, there is a reputation for results associated with Tommy’s Real Estate – something we’ve now replicated at Tommy’s Property Management. Property management has been somewhat of a hotly contested industry for years.

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Topics: property management, tommys

Is the Rental Warrant of Fitness fit for purpose?

Posted by Jack Vale on July 24, 2018 11:04:00 AM NZST

If we’re being completely honest with ourselves, the quality of New Zealand housing is pretty dire.


Stories of properties crawling with mould; cold, dark and damp accommodation and windows that either won’t open or seem to let the elements inside as opposed to keeping them outside are all too common – especially when you ask anyone who has rented property. 🏚️

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Topics: regulations, rental warrant of fitness, wof

Navigating the Seas of Compliance

Posted by Jack Vale on July 12, 2018 9:20:47 AM NZST


If it is a straightforward investment that you’re looking for, property might not be the one for you.


Over the last two years, landlords have been subjected to a tide of media scrutiny, an increase in obligations and a plethora of new legislation giving them more hoops to jump through and more boxes to tick. ✅

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Topics: regulations, asbestos, insulation, heating

Moving the Goalposts - The Methamphetamine Debacle

Posted by Jack Vale on June 28, 2018 8:43:57 AM NZST

Methamphetamine has been the buzz word in rental properties that has made landlords shudder in recent times. ☠️


Blurry lines of regulation made it difficult for landlords and property managers alike. The blind led the blind and helped to develop an industry which preyed largely on the ignorance and fear of its customers.

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Topics: meth testing, methamphetamine, regulations