Balmain has a special place in the heart of many Sydneysiders. This suburb is located on a peninsula just west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and therefore it’s perfectly placed for transport, lifestyle and some pretty spectacular harbour views. Its history as an industrial area means that the area is dotted with restored workers’ cottages and terrace homes, providing streets that are filled with character.
So what should you be looking for in Balmain rental properties?
If you’re smart about it, you’ll find yourself an apartment or house that puts you within easy reach of Balmain’s best features. Darling Street is considered Balmain’s social hub, filled with cafés, pubs and boutiques nestled in a long line of historically diverse buildings. Darling Street is also home to the Balmain Markets, which offers a selection of art and craft, organic goodies, clothing and antiques every Saturday. There are many times when you can walk down the street or sit and sip your coffee with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in your sights.
But throw a pin at a map of Balmain and you simply can’t go wrong wherever it lands, because it’s all close to the city and the waterfront. We love the little side streets and lanes here because they offer a quiet and village-like atmosphere that’s minutes away from everything you need.
Transport in Balmain is easy with its several ferry wharves. It’s certainly not a hardship to commute to Circular Quay on the boat every morning or to jump on one of the regular bus services. These ferries open up your weekend options too, with a whole river of destinations to explore.
Your second choice is in regards to which architectural style will fit your personal taste. In this area, you might have the choice of a historical weatherboard house complete with white picket fence, a freshly renovated terrace home with original features, or a sleek modern dwelling with all the mod cons. If you’re looking for dog friendly rental properties in Sydney, it’s hard to beat a place that’s close to the waterfront walking paths of Ballast Point and Mort Bay Parks. Perhaps it’s this range of homes that make the area so diverse in terms of residents. You’ll come across young families, city professionals, empty nesters, and just about everyone in between in Balmain, making your morning ventures to your local café a friendly and interesting one.
Let’s Rent looks after many properties in Balmain and the surrounding suburbs of Rozelle, Birchgrove, and Lilyfield. You can view available Balmain properties to rent here. Or if you’re looking for a real estate rental agency to look after your Balmain property, our team offers a standard of service that provides total peace of mind for owners. Contact us today for property management that’s honest, thorough, and reliable.
Oh yes – the stakes can certainly be high when it comes to finding a tenant for your rental property. The right tenant means reliable payments and minimal maintenance. The wrong tenant can lead to missed payments, or even your property being trashed. It’s simply not a process you want to get wrong. That’s why our residential property managers in Sydney have a defined process for finding the right tenant. Here’s how we go about it.
Advertise the property in the right places.
The first step is to get the right eyes on your property listing. We achieve good results with listings on realestate.com.au, DOMAIN and our website. A listing should include a clear and enticing description, together with professional, well-lit photos that give a true sense of each living space. Outlining the features and lease terms in the listing helps to develop a suitable tenant pool at this early stage. At Let’s Rent, we use virtual furniture if a property is vacant which gives a sense of size and identifies each room.
Maintain clear communication with potential tenants.
Everyone deserves to be kept in the loop while a property is being rented. We require all potential tenants to register before they see the property, so we can keep them updated throughout the process. This also gives us the chance to update you on the level and quality of interest for your property, and where it fits in the market for rental properties in Sydney.
Engage and speak with potential tenants.
We find that one of the best ways to determine whether a tenant will be right for your property is to engage with them, both at the viewing and over the phone. This can provide a wealth of information that might not be outlined on their application.
Really, truly conduct reference checks (we mean really).
It’s both surprising and disturbing how many investment property managers in Sydney will skip through the reference check process for the sake of efficiency or from pure laziness – but it’s such a crucial step. We check with the national tenancy database for any outstanding matters against the applicant, and we actually pick up the phone to check employment tenancy and personal references. Once more, an actual conversation reveals far more context than an email can.
Make an informed decision.
If you’re renting your property out with our team, here’s where we provide you with the details so you can sign off on your new tenant. We’ll provide you with a summary of the potential tenant’s background and provide our observations. Armed with this information, you can make a fully informed decision and sign on your new tenant with confidence.