Enclosing void under house

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  1. Benjy

    Benjy Active Member

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    Hi All

    I have a property that I'm having trouble renting. Generating plenty of visits but many people are put off by the open void under the house. Feedback PM is getting is they are worried about kids getting stuck, snakes etc.

    So I'm thinking about enclosing it. Looking for suggestions on the best way to do this, cheapest but durable etc. As you can see the house sits on steel posts approx 400mm above ground level. I would build in a gate somewhere so the void can be accessed easily. My initial thought was to screw horizontal decking boards to the posts... but these will need staining every 12 months or so.

    Any ideas appreciated, thanks!
     

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  2. Jasmine

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    You should avoid touching the posts and avoid screwing items to them.

    A cheap option could be to cable tie a few sheets of lattice to the posts. But this would not be the right/preferred method.
     
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    I would cut sheets of roofing iron or flat iron and screw them longways to the posts. I did this at my brothers property. Put in an access gate at the highest point.
     
  4. Scott No Mates

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    It is 400mm FFS agent is grasping at straws if a house being off the ground is putting renters off. Has it been snow issue previously?

    Snakes will get under there regardless, as for kids/pets a bit of dirt never harmed anyone.

    I'd be looking at the obvious causes - pricing, vacancy rates, seasonality, maintenance issues, security, flyscreens etc.
     
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    May be right Scott, plenty of Queenslanders (houses) have a void and often more that .4. They don't have any trouble renting out
     
  6. Benjy

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    Thanks guys. This is a new property for me so I can't say if it's been an issue before. Have used the same agent on other properties with no dramas so far...

    Everything else about the property seems ok - it's fairly priced, in good condition, decent security, aircon etc etc. Seasonality is a definite possibility.... but vacancy rate 2.3% so shouldn't be hard to rent. Just going off what the agent has said, the feedback has been the open void is the main issue. Plenty of people looking through it but only a couple of very poor applications.

    Cheers.
     
  7. Propertunity

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    I am tending to agree with this. To test if it is a genuine objection, have your agent say to the next few prospective tenants who raise it: "If the LL encloses the void to your satisfaction, would you be interested in renting the property, starting with an application? Y/N.

    Then see if other objections arise or not.
     
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    Yes it's a good point, will test it out at the next open on Saturday. Thanks everyone.
     
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    How did it go?
     
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