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Tracking your buy to let investment

Last month, I talked about the importance of tracking your buy-to-let investment and revealed my formula to calculate the yield of your investment.

Today, I’ve put together a simple check list to help you keep track on your return on investment.

Step 1: As an investor, you need to regular check that your property delivers against:

  • Your personal objectives
  • The performance of the local market
  • Any other assets you have invested in
  1. Tracking your buy-to-let investment against your personal objectives:

    If you haven’t already done so, establish what your goals are for your property investment. Are you looking to achieve capital growth/capital gain on the property and have a lump sum at the end of the investment? If so how much capital growth are you aiming for?

    Or are you looking to achieve additional income from the investment? As above, how much additional income do you need to generate?

    Once you have established this you can then start tracking whether your investment is successfully delivering.

  2. How is your property investment performing in comparison to the local market?

    Your property investment should be considered like a business. You need and want the investment to make you money. You can compare and assess your property’s purchase price against current market values, using online price data from portals such as our instant valuation tool.

Step 2: Is your investment performing as well as it could?

  • Conduct a rent review. Are you achieving the current market rent for your property? Again, there are a lot of useful tools available to utilise such as our instant rental valuation tool to establish what similar properties are renting for in the area concerned. Consider the condition of your property investment. Would you benefit from installing a new kitchen or adding furniture? A well-presented property can help you achieve a higher rental figure and make the property more desirable to prospective tenants.
  • Review your buy-to-let mortgage: Another way to possibly increase the return on your investment is to review your buy-to-let mortgage. There are some very good mortgage rates and products available in the market at the moment, and this is an area in some cases where significant savings can be made, particularly if you haven’t conducted a mortgage review for any given period of time. Check buy-to-let best buy mortgages for more information or speak to an independent mortgage advisor.
  • Are you claiming tax deductibles as a landlord? As buy-to-let investments are considered as a business by the HMRC there are several costs also called ‘allowable expenses’ you can claim back such as wear and tear on furniture’s or maintenance and repairs on the property. Contact a tax advisor for more information on what you can deduct from your tax bill and start saving. Watch our Youtube video on Introduction to tax for landlords.

By carrying out these simple fundamental checks, this should help you keep on track of your buy-to-let property investment. Members of Andrews Investor Club (AIC) qualify for free portfolio performance reviews so why not get in touch with me on 07483 127825 or by email at If you’re not yet a member sign-up here. Andrews offer a wealth of services that can assist you in relation to your property investment from our Mortgage Services division through to our Lettings and Management division. Having been established since 1946 we have a history of knowledge in the property market.