Landscaping Tips for Rental Properties
Studies show that good landscaping can increase property values and significantly improve rental occupancy rates. Good landscaping has a positive impact on the impression of homes and apartments. Likewise, bad landscaping like overgrown foliage can have the opposite effect.
First impressions mean everything. Of course, you want that impression to be a good one, so let’s consider some easy-to-implement landscaping tips for your rental property.
Use Low-Maintenance Landscaping
Low-maintenance landscaping is a major benefit, whether yard care is the responsibility of you or your tenants. No one wants to spend hours watering, pruning, or cleaning up high-maintenance plants.
Incorporate local plants and shrubs to create a beautiful and easy-to-care-for landscaping plan. You’ll save money on watering, fertilizer, and more.
An eco-friendly alternative to expensive grasses is groundcover. Planting low-maintenance groundcover—even in a few places— can reduce the amount of mowing needed each year.
Consider a Pet Area
If you allow pets in your rental property, you may want to have a designated area near the building for pet needs. For example, a dog run provides a dedicated “potty area” for pets.
When there is a specific area for pets to use the restroom, you avoid damage to other plants or greenery in the yard. Of course, this rule needs enforcement, and you can expect complaints about non-compliant tenants. A property management company can help enforce the rules and handle unhappy tenants for you.
Keep Things Neutral
Bright yellow daisies might be your favorite flower, but a yard full might be overwhelming. Try to keep things neutral so the landscaping appeals to as many people as possible. More options can help you find the right tenants.
There’s nothing wrong with pops of color in your space, but focus the theme on native plants. A neutral palette of green and brown—with silver, white, and black highlights—can bring a property together.
The Right Landscaping Makes a Big Difference
The right landscaping improves rental rates and occupancy, and shouldn’t break the bank or require hours of maintenance. Finding the right mix of plants and other landscaping efforts can be challenging, but your local home improvement store can help. The result is worth it!
If you’re interested in getting help to manage your property, from tenant screening to maintenance, consider Henderson Property Management. We have over 25 years of experience helping property owners maximize their income while maintaining a high-quality rental they’re proud to own.
Contact us today for more information!