187 | How to Inspect Property Like a Pro! Chat with Andrew Mackie-Smith, Expert Building and Pest Inspector

Folks, let’s just come right out and say it… getting a Building and Pest Inspection is very, very important if you’re going to buy a property. So much so that we’d go as far as to use the word “vital”. Yep, this is true for both homeowners and investors!!

So, we think it’s in your BEST interests to listen to what today’s guest, Andrew-Mackie Smith, Principal Consultant of BuildingPro (Building and Pest Reports) and author of Building Success: Why Property Investors Need Building Inspections has to say about it.

Here’s why he’s the guest qualified to give you these tips:

  1. He’s personally carried out over 12,500 Building and Pest Inspections
  2. He’s qualifications are legendary — Andrew is a licensed builder, building inspector, pest inspector and holds qualifications as a building surveyor, scaffolding inspector, timber stores greater, real estate agent and pest manager
  3. He’s a sought-after speaker to provide expert advice, specifically (but not exclusively) aimed at helping property investors.

We’re absolutely sure you’ll get a bag full of golden nuggets to take away from this one folks!!!


Oh, and guess what, folks?? It’s that time of the year!

Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) would like your input in this year’s Property Investor Sentiment Survey!

It should take less than 10 minutes to complete, and your feedback is really important to reveal the mood, confidence and key trends underlying the Australian property investment market (yep, that also includes your thoughts on the current lending environment).

Complete PIPA’s Survey Now >>


And before we jump into what you’ll learn from Andrew Mackie-Smith, just a quick shout out to a few free resources:

  1. Data Dive! Click here to download Ben’s Data Dive on Better Price Point, Better Location and Better Returns and we’ll send it to your email right away.
  2. Pre-Building Checklist – Click here to fill it in
  3. We’re coming to Sydney’s Property Buyer Expo next weekend (7 – 9 September 2018)! BOOK your free ticket here and use this discount code: COUCH

Similar to Melbourne’s Expo, we’ll be presenting a First Home Buyer/First Time Investor MASTERCLASS Live!!

When: 10 AM SATURDAY 8th of September
Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney
Cost: FREE for TPC Listeners!

PLUS, Ben’s also doing his own presentation on Sunday @ 1:00PM – How to Achieve Financial Peace with 5 Properties or Less!

Join us there!


Back to today’s show.

Here’s what you’ll learn:




Property Manager Checklist

TPC Property Management ChecklistAs promised in Episode 39, here’s the Property Manager Checklist by us. This checklist includes the questions you should ask when interviewing a property manager such as rent roll size, credentials, ongoing management fees and more. We’ve also included some post authority questions to make sure your property manager continue to provide good quality services.

Click on the report to start your download.


ps: If you’re wondering why you should hire a Property Manager, check this list out from Your Property Manager: read more.

031 (Part 2) | Checklist to Getting A Great Property Manager – Chat with Carolyn Wright

In this second part of Episode 31 with Carolyn Wright from Your Property Manager, we look at one of our listeners’ question on managing rental through the property manager, what to expect and how to deal with queries for maintenance.

As mentioned in Part 1, getting a good or bad property manager can make a big impact on your wealth position but what are the characteristics of a good property manager? Our hosts  and Carolyn list out some of the key roles that a property manager should be doing and what kind of expectations investor should have when finding one. The first tip on this part is setting up the right rental rates. Property managers are in the market all the time, meeting both investors and tenants and having access to tools that provide those data. A good property manager will know what rate to list your property at that would make sure you get a fair market value and minimise your vacancy rate. Listen to this podcast to find out the rest of the checklist.


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