When we own the home we live in, we’re more likely to take pride in how it looks and care well for it, including the lawn and landscaping. Sadly, some tenants don’t take the same pride in occupying a home they do not plan on staying in for the longterm. Sometimes this means maintenance like simple yard care is neglected. One of the easiest ways to protect your investment is to hire a landscaping company to keep the yard and landscaping well-maintained.
Who is Responsible for Yard Maintenance in a Rental?
You should clearly define the responsibilities of yard maintenance in your lease. Each property may have different needs but some of the things you should list and determine responsibility for include:
- Pest and Weed Prevention
- Tree and Shrub Trimming
- Garden Area Weeding
- Regular Irrigation and System Maintenance
- Gutter Cleaning
- Pressure Washing
It doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposal. Many landlords choose to require the tenant to cut the grass while everything else is handled with the help of a landscaping company. Others talk to the tenant and ask what they’re comfortable doing then work up a custom list and set the rent accordingly.
Benefits of Hiring a Landscaping Company
When you hire a landscaping company to take care of your rental properties, you know the work is getting done and correctly. One of the reasons property maintenance is so important is that many communities issue fines when grass isn’t cut or if the property looks abandoned with excessive weeds and overflowing gutters. You can request that the landscaping company report back to you monthly regarding your property with recommendations of regular maintenance like pressure washing or gutter cleaning. This will save you the time and effort it would take to visit the property yourself.
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits is that you won’t be faced with a large repair bill due to tenant neglect. A tenant may not be bothered by the palm fronds scraping your roof but that can lead to a roof leak which costs thousands to repair. They may not know when they’re over- or under-watering, both of which can lead to you having to replace your sod. Your landscaping company can take care of trimming trees and ensure the irrigation system is properly watering the grass, among many other tasks.
When you hire a landscaping company to maintain your rental property, you will save money in the long run. Prime-Scape Services can provide you with an estimate for partial or all-inclusive maintenance before you set a rental price so you can cover your costs in the lease agreement. Call Prime-Scape Services today at (727) 447-2186 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate for maintenance at your rental properties throughout the Tampa Bay area.