Empty house advantage
Two things make a landlord happy - a good return on their investment via capital gains or increased rent.
An untenanted property generally makes them very unhappy.
However, this time can be used well to maintain or refurbish the property to then attract a new, higher paying tenant.
Property improvements include:
Garden – mow, weed, prune and remove all rubbish
Replace dated cupboard handles in the kitchen and bathroom
Update window and floor furnishings
Apply fresh paint inside and outside as well as worn cabinetry
Replace old white goods with stainless steel appliances
Install air-conditioning, ducted heating, dishwashers and built-ins if needed
Install an internal laundry behind bi-fold doors to avoid unit laundry sharing
Add a carport, ensuite or extra bedroom to boost appeal and value
Install security features, such as door deadlocks and security screens
Fence your property for visual appeal, functionality and safety.