If you have been a landlord for a while now, you probably know how important it is to invest in the landscaping of your rental property. This boosts the property’s curb appeal, which in return, increases the property value and monthly rent.
However, it is also true that landscaping your rental property requires you to pay not only the upfront costs but also for maintenance (depending on the agreement).
If this is the case, then you need to adapt cost-efficient and low-maintenance landscaping ideas. You need designs that can push the rental value up but keep the expenses low and to get this you may refer to a drafting expert.
Take a look at these hacks for these might make your rental property more attractive to tenants:
1. Consider a 80-20 hardscaping and grass features
Hardscaping is expensive to build but cost-efficient to maintain. The lawn requires regular maintenance for a long period of time. Therefore, having less grass in your rental property means less work and lower maintenance costs for both you and your tenant.
If you are going to adapt the 80-20 hardscape and landscape ratio, make sure that you:
- avoid overdoing the paved areas because your tenant would still appreciate the greenery
- lay a protective weed barrier underneath the pavement to keep the weeds at bay
- choose a single variety of grass so its easy to care for
- grow a ‘low water’ variety of grass
Tip: Having a low-maintenance landscape that looks great inspires the tenants to tend to the garden.
2. Consider Xeriscaping
Xeriscaping is the process of landscaping or gardening in areas that are susceptible to drought. It is also practiced by property owners who want to conserve water whilst maintaining their garden. Here, one conserves water by choosing low-water plants and grouping plants with similar watering needs.
A xeriscape garden, when done right, is attractive and vibrant.
Note: Do not confuse a Xeriscape with Zeroscape. Zeroscaping requires no water at all and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
3. Grow local or native plant species
To ensure the survival of the plants in your garden, choose to grow species that are native in your area. Thriving plants help you save money and help preserve biodiversity.
4. Keep the landscape theme neutral
Personalized garden themes are great for your home, not for your rental property. You want to adapt a design that will appeal to the tastes of many individuals. Try not to overdevelop the yard and avoid making it too personal. You want the tenant to feel like it is their space too.
5. Create a pet-friendly section
If you are allowing pets, then designate a section of the landscape where they can stay and run around. Have an area covered in sand, pebbles, or pea gravel. Keep them off the lawn to avoid urine burns and to keep them from digging and ruining the landscape.
6. Create well-shaded areas
Make the landscape more enjoyable for the tenants when you have a well-shaded where they can stay and cool off. Give them a place to stay outdoors to inspire them to take care of the place as well.
It is crucial to assess your outdoor space before making any landscaping plans. You are most likely going to need the services of a landscape architect, a landscaper, a horticulturist, and your local garden center.
Investing in landscaping is also crucial especially when your rental property is located in a high-end community. The expectations of renters are high for properties located in these places.