How Do You Increase The Value Of A Apartment Building

Aug 9 07:01 2010 Stephen Reeves Print This Article

Searching for the right income producing apartment building can be difficult but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. Examine the the revenue and the expenditure of the prospective apartment building. Fortunately by examining the variables there are many ways of adding value in an apartment building. By considering these variables you should be able to determine the overall condition of the property and the potential monetary returns on your investment.

The scenario is that you find yourself an income producing apartment building. Before you make an offer on this building you must ask yourself "Is there anything about this apartment complex that can be changed that will add value to it?" Let us examine the variable components of the prospective apartment building,Guest Posting the revenue and the expenditure.

Revenue

Your initial analysis should consist of researching other apartment buildings in the area you are interested in. You can begin this by calling similar apartment buildings and inquire about the rates of the units they have available. It is necessary to know what your competition is commanding for the amenities they provide.

There are competent brokers available who should be able to provide information such as the average rent per square foot and occupancy rates. You can then then compare this data with similar data of the apartment building you are considering. You can then determine if the current owner has kept up with the market and whether you can justify raising the rent without offering further improvements. There may also be the opportunity to convert excess storage space into rentable living area. This would increase the rental income and add value to the property.

You must inquire whether the rent plan of the building is "all bills paid" master-metered environment or whether the tenants are responsible for their own electricity bills.

Converting a building and passing the costs onto the tenants can have positive results to the income stream.

* The action will require an offsetting decrease in rents on a per-unit basis.

* The tenants will be more conservative and thinking more about conserving energy if they are aware they are now responsible for their own power usage.

Another way to generate additional income is to provide vending services such as laundry, pay phones, and soft drinks to the apartment complex. Depending on the number of units, you may contract a laundry service that provides washers and dryers. The service will pay you for the right to offer its services on your property. You can negotiate with cable TV and satellite services for the right to provide your tenants with television services. Cellular phones are big business and phone companies are regularly looking to lease a site to locate their communication equipment on the rooftops of buildings.

Expenditure

There are quite a few ways to minimize the operating expenses of an apartment building.

* The cost of building repairs and maintenance will vary with the age of the apartment building.

* Management fees and salary costs can be cut especially if you are going to self-manage the property and assume many of the management and maintenance duties.

* It is a good idea to pass the utility costs over to the end user. Sub-metered apartments can reduce the electricity costs. You can cut the cost of the water bill by simply repairing any leaks in the faucets and toilets and by replacing the flush mechanism in the toilets with one with a water saving feature. You can also install water-saving devices in showers and bathrooms.

* Look for an insurance agent who specializes in providing commercial services. You will find that costs vary widely among agents so shop around for the best deal.

* You can employ a tax adviser to protest the assessed tax valuation of a prospective building based on the taxes paid by similar buildings in the area and possibly have the amount lowered.

Searching for the right property can be difficult but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. Fortunately by examining the variables there are many ways of adding value in an apartment building. By considering these variables you should be able to determine the overall condition of the property and the potential monetary returns on your investment.


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