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Deferring property maintenance will cost you more

While keeping yields high on your rental property is generally the objective, as a landlord it’s important to keep up with maintenance as deferring it can end up costing you a lot more. The added benefit is that well maintained properties are less likely to suffer weather and fire related damage.

A survey suggests that Kiwi property owners are deferring maintenance on their homes  – and it’s likely to cost us more in the long run.

In a recent article in Build magazine, Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) economist Ian Page says that for a stand-alone dwelling, an average annual maintenance expenditure of between 0.5 per cent to 2 per cent of the value of the home is about right. For a Kiwi home worth around $100,000 (rateable value without the land), that’s around $500 to $2000 each year, just to keep your property in good shape.

But the survey found that most home-owners are spending less than this, meaning the state of their homes is slowly deteriorating. As time goes on, the cost to put things right will only increase.

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