Guest post by Karen Joyal, Advantage Realty Services, Tampa.
Every day your rental property is sitting vacant you’re losing money. It not only means zero income at the end of the month, but it also means that you may need to look for money elsewhere to service your mortgage or pay for property expenses such as property taxes.
Now, finding tenants isn’t exactly rocket science. As Advantage Realty explains, you just need to have some skills, experience, and perhaps most importantly, an attractive property with great curb appeal. Your goal should be to boost your rental property curb appeal, sure to pique the interest of tenants and customers.
“First impressions matter!” – This adage couldn’t have said it better.
In this article, we are going to share with you 8 simple landscaping tips you can start implementing now to land great tenants.
1. Give your exterior hardware a facelift.
When it comes to rental properties, it’s the small details that matter. So, if the mailbox, door knockers, and house numbers seem like they have seen better days, consider updating them. Same rule applies whether it’s a commercial or a residential property.
This will help give your rental property a modern look and make it more attractive to prospective tenants. What’s even better, this is a budget-friendly step that won’t leave a nasty hole in your wallet.
2. Install solar lights.
There are many benefits of illuminating your landscape. For one, you will help keep everyone safe. Secondly, you will be able to highlight your landscape décor. Thirdly, doing so will enable you to achieve your goal of enhancing curb appeal.
And even more importantly, solar lighting won’t consume any electricity.
3. Consider hardscaping.
If your budget allows, consider adding some attractive hardscaping. And since you probably have a lot on your plate to take care of, only choose elements that are easy to maintain. A small concrete bench, for example, with a clay flowerpot to the side filled with seasonal flowers can add a nice touch.
Besides that, the following are great additions that can help you boost your property’s appeal.
- A swimming pool
- Water features
- Retaining walls
- Decks and patios
4. Proper use of your sprinklers.
You probably have a sprinkler at your rental property. Many properties do. Unfortunately, not many people know how to use them efficiently as they aim for plant tops rather than the roots.
Aiming for the plant tops damages the blooms and leaves, over time. What you want to do instead is aim directly for the roots. By doing so, you’ll not only be using less water, but your plants will also look more lush.
5. Plant fragrant flowers.
Who doesn’t love the fresh and sweet smell of flowers? Planting a few of these aromatic gems around your yard can add a whole new level of enjoyment, which could help you raise the chances of signing a lease.
Whether your yard is manicured and orderly or cozy and cottage-style, the following are a few options to consider.
- Flowering Crabapple
- Butterfly Bush
- Sweet Alyssum
6. Plant native plants.
There are many reasons why anyone with a yard should plant native plants. First and foremost, native plants don’t require any fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Secondly, a yard with native plants could attract wildlife, such as birds.
And thirdly, planting native plants will help you conserve water. As a matter of fact, according to HowStuffWorks.com, converting a 1000-square foot lawn into a native plant garden can save you 24,000 gallons of water per year.
7. Create a berm.
A berm is a raised mound of earth, usually forming a long ridge. You can use them to create a wide range of aesthetic effects. If you build it in the right place, it can help diffuse noise from the street, provide aesthetic value, give extra privacy, and help with drainage.
When creating one, don’t forget to add a substantial amount of mulch. This can help minimize maintenance by countering weed growth.
A variety of plants work great with berms. They include:
- Cacti and succulents
- Ornamental grasses
- Flowering bushes
To ensure your berm looks great, remember to use soil of great quality and water it regularly.
8. Consider installing an external sound system.
Sounds complicated, right? Wrong! Installing an external sound system is not costly so long as you skip the high-end products. You can even install it yourself with basic DIY skills.
You also don’t have to worry about your new sound system getting damaged by the elements, as systems come with waterproof materials.
If you still have questions or require professional help, please consider hiring the services of a qualified landscaping expert.
The hard and fast rule of a rental property is to make prospective tenants want to grab yours as soon as they lay eyes on it. With some luck, these 8 tips can help you get started.