With spring approaching, you might be thinking of sprucing up the landscaping on your rental property. It’s certainly not a bad idea: updated, inviting landscaping can help make your property more attractive to potential renters, from the minute they pull up and see the front yard.
Of course, you probably don’t have the time or energy to put into going “all out” on the landscaped areas of your property. So how to find the right balance? We’ve come up with a few tips for you as you’re considering what to do (and what not to do) to up your landscaping game this season.
DO add some color.
Adding some color to the yard can make a big difference in terms of how attractive the yard is. Look for low maintenance flower bushes that will be able to withstand the elements. If you don’t already have one, make sure you install a drip system to keep the flowers watered (because the only thing worse than no flowers, is dead flowers).
DON’T cut out all the grass.
Some landlords are tempted to go as low maintenance as possible, getting rid of all the grass and instead opting for rocks or other options that require no upkeep. While there are certainly things you can do to make this option more attractive, it’s going to be hard to compete with a nice, green lawn. If you’re worried about upkeep, consider hiring a professional service to care for the lawn for you. The weekly cost will be more than worth it when you consider convenience and payoff.
DO think about the lighting.
Outdoor lighting can really add to the feel of a yard. Think about exterior lights on the house, for sure, but also think about lights lining pathways. This is a fairly inexpensive addition to a yard that will make it look well-designed. In the backyard, you could even add floodlights, so that your renters have a way to light the whole backyard, if they ever need it.
DON’T forget your target renter.
What kind of renter are you trying to attract? If it’s a family, make sure your backyard is fenced in and has grassy areas. You could maybe even consider adding a play structure or swingset. Want to rent to an older couple? They’d probably appreciate pavers throughout the yard (for easy access), a gardening space, and maybe a fire pit. As you think about the type of person you want to rent your house to, you’ll be able to get a clearer picture of what the yard should look like.
DO add variety.
Trees, bushes, flowers, grass, rocks, river rocks, pavers—all these and more can be mixed and matched to create an oasis in your yard. While you do need to think about maintenance, you should be able to find some options that are fairly low maintenance and will thrive in your climate. Adding variety will up the curb appeal of your home and keep the exterior interesting and visually appealing.
DO build in storage.
In the backyard, even a small storage shed can be a big draw. If a shed is out of the question, small touches, like a storage bench or a garden hose reel, can still be very appealing and add a nice little feature or two to the property.
When trying to create a property that is attractive to renters, don’t neglect the landscaping! It’s often one of the first things potential renters see, and it can help you fill vacancies quickly and keep your property a shining part of its neighborhood.
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