I’m a person who enjoys getting out in their yard to get dirty with a shovel and rake, go to town on that mulch pile, plant a couple hundred early-blooming flower seeds, or craft a hand-made brick fire pit complete with built-in chairs. I’m that way whether I rent or own. But not everyone is crazy like that, especially if they’re a renter.
Understandably, it’s harder to get motivated when you don’t own the property – compared to an owner, renters are just not as invested in the lawn and landscape.
Yet tenants are responsible for maintaining the property, and that includes the landscape and yard work. Renters are aware of that, and that awesome herb garden, immaculate unicorn-shaped hedge, and those meticulously arranged orchids may no longer be a selling point. In fact, a good renter knows their limitations and if they are not gardening-inclined they will be turned off by a high-maintenance yard.
The best yard for a rental property is low-maintenance, yet visually appealing. Think simple, sustainable, and elegant. For instance a landscape containing annual, indigenous trees and shrubbery that don’t require much extra watering, if any. Rock paths or tasteful concrete walkways are fictional, and can be cleaned with a broom or garden hose.
Grassy areas are a huge plus for any property, but tenants don’t want to have to purchase a riding lawnmower just so they can do their due diligence. A low-maintenance yard and landscape will also keep the utility bills lower, and who doesn’t like that?
Permanent structures are a nice addition, but keep in mind, those will need to be maintained as well. A nice storage shed is always a plus, especially if the rest of the property lacks storage space. Gotta have a place to put that weed eater!
By setting up your property’s landscape in a way that is aesthetically pleasing, yet allows for easy maintenance, you are benefiting the tenants and making them more eager to rent the property. It’s a win-win for everybody!
Submitted by Lacey Gabbard / [email protected]