This was a busy day, Friday’s are normally all go in Rowan Fitzgerald Limerick Auctioneers and Estate Agents but this one was exceptionally busy so I said I would write a bit about what was involved.
8am: Drop my two daughters to their grandparents to be looked after for the day then it was over to the North Circular Road to meet a property maintenance company I use to look at a new listing we are taking on for property management. There are a number of issues with the house as it has not been lived in for a while. Areas to be addressed are: Professional clean, appliances to be tested, boiler to be serviced, painting of a number of rooms, front and rear garden to be tidied up, exterior to be painted, gutters to be cleaned, chimney stack to be inspected as there appears to be a leak coming from it. I’ll wait for a price to come back from maintenance company and then discuss with the our new client.
Its then over to the Ballysimon road in Limerick to collect keys from an outgoing tenant who’s vacating a property we are letting in Clarina. Next(for 11am) on the list is to meet a landlord in the Askeaton area who has a house to be relisted. We let this home to a family about 7 years ago and they have just moved out. I’m meeting the owner to take a look at the place and discuss whats required to get it turned around and put back on the Limerick letting market. The property is in quite good condition which is great and there’s not much to be done. The landlord is pretty confident it will be ready to go again in early January. Its a good size house, 4 bedrooms, 2 ensuite, 2 living rooms, large kitchen, oil heating. Its located in a area, it should be of interest to local tenants when it comes available.
11.45am. Adare isn’t too far away and we have a new property there coming on which has just had its BER carried out so its ready to go. Its a nice day too so I drop in there to take photos as they’ll be much clearer compared to that of a dull day. http://rfauctioneers.ie/property-advert-details/?ep-adtype=rental&pagd=1&epid=1798769
While in Adare I call in to check on another home we manage to see alls ok. There was also one or two scheduled jobs just finished on the house so I take the opportunity to see these have been done. The heating had been put on timer for short bursts during the night due to the frosty nights, now that that weather has passed for now I change the settings.
I take a call from a buyer who’d like to see a house at 8 Dympnas Terrace, Mulgrave St. The viewing is arranged for 1:15pm. On meeting the person they look at the house for 15 minutes, it’s a “fixer upper”, they are a tradesman and he makes quite a good offer on the property.
2pm. Its out to Clarina for a viewing on a very nice house we have there. The clients are surprised at both the size and the quality of the property.
My next appointment is not until 3pm and its not too far away so I have a chance to catch up on two or three calls and check email on my phone. I meet with John Loftus who runs a business networking group I’m involved in. This takes the bones of an hour for which it was scheduled.
4:30pm. A family who have rented an apartment from us are moving in this evening so I have to collect the key from the cleaning company beforehand. This is on the way which is handy as I am due to meet them at the property at 5pm in Johns Square. They arrive on time so we sit down to go through the tenancy agreement, take the inventory and photos. The electricity readings have to be taken so as we can transfer the account into the incoming tenants name. This all goes smoothly and takes about 45 minutes.
Just as I’m leaving this appointment I get a call from a Dublin solicitor, at 5:45pm this is not the norm but I am hoping its news that a sale in Castleconnell has closed and it is. I am instructed the sale is complete and we can release keys to the new first time buyer. I ask for them to send an email to this effect for our file which they do straight away and I call the buyer with the good news. We arrange for the key to be exchanged later that evening.
On getting back to the desk I record the offer on the property in Dympnas Terrace and check a valuation instruction platform we use and I see theres 3 instructions to be worked on for monday morning.