Outdoor Space – Why It’s Important For Rental Properties

Connect Realty Tauranga Property Management Blog outdor space for rental property tenants

We all love the outdoors in New Zealand, and outdoor living is often a key driver for people moving to the Tauranga region.  Here in the Bay of Plenty we have surf beaches, picturesque harbours, long stretches of white sand beaches and more, all adding to the attraction of coastal living.  But it is not just the open outdoors that are important, many rental property tenants also look for a home with their own private outdoor area.

At Connect Realty Property Management we have tenants looking for a range of outdoor areas including large backyards, small low maintenance gardens, apartments with a terrace, BBQ areas, or even just a small area to entertain friends on a summer’s evening.

What many landlords don’t realise is that the outdoor space of a home or apartment can help rent the property, or it can spoil the deal.  While indoor layout and amenities are important, outdoor space is just as significant to many people.  This is especially true in the Tauranga region where our climate suits outdoor entertaining.

From our experience as property managers, outdoor space needs to be easily accessible, sheltered, and preferably easy to maintain.  Well kept gardens that are low-maintenance are the best for properties with large sections.  Examples are bark or stone gardens, shrubs and bushes that don’t require watering or pruning, and easily mowed lawns.  For apartments and flats we recommend providing an outdoor space for a BBQ and room for a small table and chair set.  Small garden boxes can also make a single story or downstairs apartment/flat look more appealing to potential tenants, along with suitable outdoor lighting.

The key is to make sure your property’s outdoor area is attractive and functional.  For some homes this may require alterations such as adding a ranch slider or French doors to connect outdoor space to the home.  Other more simple changes include adding pavers where there will be the most foot traffic, or defining paths by adding railway sleepers and stones or gravel.

We also recommend that you clean outdoor areas before we advertise your property.  Water-blast footpaths, walkways, patios and decks.  Fix broken trellis, reapply grout where needed, remove or prune foliage that blocks sunlight on the house, and remove plants that require a lot of maintenance such as roses.  These simple fixes require minimal investment but can generate maximum returns in rental price and in real estate value in the longer term.  We have a number of ground and maintenance people on our books and can provide quotes for any work you need done on your rental property.

If you require more advice about how to improve the curb appeal of your rental property, or any other rental property investment tips, then call Chris at Connect Realty Property Managers.  Chris has many years of real estate experience and is an expert on all matters about property management in the Tauranga Region.

Connect Realty – Where To Find Us!


Google Map showing Connect Realty office location

We love Google Maps, but know it can be hard to locate the exact area where our Connect Realty office is located. So here is a map showing our ‘street’ address. As you can see you need to:

1. Turn left off Mirrielees Road into Cross Road.
2. Follow Cross Road around the bend until you see the University of Waikato and Gulf Group Marine Sales signs.
3. Here you need to take a left turn into the unnamed road that is also a carpark for Nautilus Restaurant amongst others.
4. We are located upstairs in the buildings facing the car park

Look for our sign or one of our vehicles to get your bearings.

Then come on up and meet Nicky and Chris, who will be delighted to help you with all your Property Management needs!

Customer Service Key To Successful Property Managers

A recent article in ‘’ highlighted the importance of consumer relationships and customer service in the real estate industry. While Australia has weathered a property downturn, their Real Estate Institute revealed that hard work and maintaining a high reputation had helped agents through a difficult period.

A survey sent out to institute members showed that there was a real focus on customer service including follow-up, connecting with people and establishing a personal and agency reputation. This focus had improved their reputation for honesty, integrity, professionalism, a community focus and local knowledge.
Key skills were hard work, self-drive and extended working hours and taking the time to build relationships in their community.

We at Connect Realty understand the importance of our relationship with you the client, and our focus is to provide you with “superior” customer service. As property managers we aim to take all the stress away for both landlords and tenants with renting a property, and make sure everything runs smoothly and seamlessly.

Also, as a locally owned and operated business we have a wealth of local knowledge, combined with extensive real estate and property management experience. Through this experience and local knowledge we have developed an intuitive understanding of what you require and we aim to build a long lasting relationship with you.

Besides a website and a free-phone number, we also provide our mobile numbers for points of contact. With our professional efficiency and genuine energy we will go out of our way to talk or meet with you at all times of the day!

As the Australian Real Estate Institute highlighted, hard work and strong communication with clients are key to success, and they are the cornerstones of our business that we will continue to focus on into the future.

To find out more visit our website

Why Use Property Managers

It has been a busy start to the year already, with new tenants and landlords realising the value of using property managers when renting a house.  You might wonder why people choose to use property managers rather than operate on their own, so here are some key reasons why they choose us:

1. We know the area well.  With our local knowledge and many years property experience we can ensure you are getting the best return for your investment.
2. We specialise in property, therefore we have access to all the necessary documentation that is required for both landlords and tenants.
3. We market your property for you, taking away the stress of dealing with newspapers and the internet.
4. We have one flat rate that includes everything, with no hidden costs or commissions.
5. With market leading software systems we deliver up to the minute reporting.
6. We manage and inspect the property, and provide comprehensive inspection reports so you know exactly what state your property is in.
7. We are the main contact for both tenants and landlords.  This helps keep the line of communication open.
8. We can ensure tenants that they are getting a quality property, with regular property inspections and maintenance/repairs organised by us.
9. We are at the forefront of legislative changes that may affect you as a landlord or tenant, and will notify you as soon any changes take place.
10. We strive to provide you with a property management service of unbeatable quality, and we are happy to offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not happy after the first three months of management.

If you have a property you would like to rent we would love to hear from you, give Connect Realty a call on 0800 333 221.