Flying Solo – The Advantages of Living Alone

There was once a time when living in a shared house was the normal way to go when you moved out of your home (or separated from a partner) and it certainly is an experience to cross off the bucket list. But anyone who has experienced it will likely have their own stories a la ‘he died with a felafel in his hand’, and there comes a time when you just want to fly solo and make your own stories. Those who have taken that leap into independence can attest to the newfound freedom and enjoyment that can be found in living alone, and having their place all to themselves. At Bunbury Real Estate we’ve heard all the interesting stories of shared housing gone wrong, and we love the opportunity to introduce people to the joys of living alone.

Time Out for Yourself

Let’s face it, people are great. However, sometimes you just want to get away from everything and everyone, and relax into your own space. Having your own place where you can retreat back to, is akin to having your own private cave where you can spend time doing exactly what you want to do, and nobody will say anything about it.

No Negotiating Required

Sharing with other people can be challenging even for the best communicators around, and despite all the best intentions, sometimes personalities can clash. We spend the majority of our daily lives at work, study and play, negotiating with the people around us to achieve a win/win for everyone, as best we can. When you live alone, you know that you can head back to your little island in the world, where you can let it all hang out, and be who you are, without worrying about stepping on anyone’s toes.

You Choose Who Visits

The upside of living with other people is that you get to have impromptu social engagements, but the downside is that you might have to put up with people whom you just don’t want to be around. When living alone you get to choose who comes to visit and when, so you can create your own social engagements according to your own needs at the time.

I Did it My Way

If you are one of those people who like to have things in the house set up exactly how you want them, living alone has a distinct advantage, because everything is done your way. Even down to how the washing up is done! If you decide that you want to move the whole lounge room around every week, nobody is going to say a word. If you decide to stay up all night listening to music, or feel like watching movies in your undies it’s fine by us, if it’s fine by you.

You’ll Feel Empowered

Making choices 100% for one’s self is one of those rites of passage that come to people who are focused on their own path in life. Living alone is one of those choices, and helping you to step onto that path would be our pleasure at Bunbury Real Estate, so contact us to see what we have available, and start enjoying the benefits of living alone.

 

Apartment Living – A Lifestyle That Suits a Changing Society

As the demographic mix of our Australian society changes, things that older generations took for granted as being a way of life are being challenged. Couples are marrying later in life, or not at all. Women are waiting until their 30s, and later, to start a family, and apartment living as a lifestyle is a conscious choice for many people.

There is no doubt that this style of housing would not suit people who approach maintaining a yard and garden as a hobby. For those who have other interests, however, apartment living, whether renting or buying, has several advantages. At Bunbury Real Estate we receive constant enquiries from owners wanting to rent their apartment, and tenants looking for somewhere to live.

Reduced Rent and Energy Costs

Tenants often comment to us that since they have moved into an apartment, their overall costs are lower than when they were renting a house. Firstly, the smaller floor area of most apartments compared with an average house means that energy costs for heating and cooling are reduced. Secondly, the rent or mortgage repayments for an apartment are usually cheaper than for a free-standing house.

Busy lifestyles don’t leave much time for property maintenance, and for an apartment dweller who is renting, a call to the property manager hands the problem over to someone else. Most apartment complexes have a gardener who looks after the lawns and gardens, and keeps the driveways clean. Tenants can still have indoor plants and vertical gardens for a touch of greenery inside with little maintenance needed.

The Comfort of Secure Premises

The apartments we manage for owners have a range of different security systems. This makes it more difficult for intruders to gain unauthorised access to the premises than to a house. Our tenants like this extra level of personal protection and they report feeling safer because there are other people in close proximity to them in the complex. Often apartments also have secure, off-street parking providing added security for vehicles and the occupants as they enter and exit.

Use of Amenities without the Maintenance

The extra amenities that come with some of our apartments are also a big hit with our tenants. Not only do they have the use of swimming pools, tennis courts, gyms, barbeque areas and other amenities, but they don’t have to spend hours maintaining them. This gives them a lifestyle that they would not be able to afford if they were renting a house.

The final advantage that our tenants often talk about is the freedom they experience with apartment living. Rather than being tied down to a mortgage and a particular area, they can move around in response to job opportunities or just because they want a change of scenery. The one thing that doesn’t change is that they ask our property managers at Bunbury Real Estate to search for something suitable when they want to move on.

 

Get a Pet-Friendly Aparment Rental with Some Extra Effort

Finding the perfect rental property can be quite difficult. Things like proximity to transport, schools, essential services and work, as well as affordability and space in a good area, narrow the field. Add “pet friendly” to this wish list and the number of choices available plummets.

The RSPCA takes in thousands of pets every year with the hope of re-homing them, but unfortunately many are euthanised when new owners cannot be found. A significant proportion of these animals are handed in by distraught pet owners who are forced to make the awful choice between being homeless or giving up their beloved pet.

Many Owners Concerned About Damage to their Properties

As property managers responsible to our owners for the condition of their rental properties, what can we do to close this gap? At Bunbury Real Estate we advise pet owners to put in a little extra effort before they start looking. We also tell them that many owners are concerned that their property could be trashed by tenants who are irresponsible pet owners.

Save Time and Ask About Pets Up Front

To allay those fears, we have a few suggestions. Firstly, save time and anguish by asking first “Do you have any rentals that will allow pets?” This is particularly important if you are looking for an apartment, studio or unit. In the high-density living market, strata company by-laws usually prevent occupants from keeping pets.

There could be exceptions, for example a couple of caged birds, a cat or a small dog may be acceptable but large dogs may not. Asking up-front ensures that nobody is wasting their time applying for a property that will not be suitable.

Speak Directly to the Property Manager

Try to speak directly to a property manager. Asking that first vital question of someone else in the agency, such as the receptionist who does not know the property or the owner, may be a missed opportunity. It could be that a particular owner will accept a pet if the tenant has an excellent history and references.

Where a tenant has already rented somewhere else they should ask for their pets to be mentioned in any references. This will go a long way to convincing an owner and a property manager, that they are responsible tenants who will keep their pets under control.

Pet Bond and References may Convince Strata Companies

Go the extra step and do a pet profile. This should contain information about the pet and its habits, some testimonials from former neighbours and rental agents, photos and of course, current vaccination certificates and local government registrations. Offer to pay a pet bond, to cover any damage that the pet may do to the property. This may even satisfy some apartment owners and prompt submissions to the body corporate on your behalf.

Here at Bunbury Real Estate we do our best to match our owners and tenants so that everyone gets what they want. We never recommend trying to hide the pet as it only ends in tears for everyone.