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Groundskeeping 101: Bring the Best Out In Your Property

Suburban House with Attractive Front YardA Weeki Wachee rental property’s exterior is an imperative part of its curb appeal. When it comes to groundskeeping, it’s significant to ensure that your property has a tidy and appealing yard. This can help attract good tenants and as well as your property values. But it can be challenging to know what types of landscaping work best for a rental property and how to maintain it properly. You’ll also need to know what landscaping tasks you can reasonably expect your tenants to do and what you’ll need to have done professionally. To make all of these decisions easier, we’ve put together a fast guide to making your property look its best and how to handle the long-term groundskeeping best.

The first thing prospective tenants see in your Weeki Wachee rental property is your front yard. Because of this, your landscaping needs to be attractive. However, too much landscaping or anything that looks hard to care for can drive prospective tenants away. So when it comes to rental property yards, simple is preferable. A green lawn and some tidy flower beds can go a long way toward increasing value and visual appeal to a rental property. In the meanwhile, do what you can to make your yard consistent with other homes in the neighborhood and appropriate for your climate. It is a wise decision to choose plants that are hardy and native to the area, as well as easy to maintain. This will make maintenance a much easier task going forward.

Once you have your landscaping installed, the maintenance starts. If your rental property is located in an area where native plants grow quickly, you’ll need to have a strategy set to keep them clean and trimmed. Even in more arid places, however, it is important to take the necessary precautions to avoid letting your shrubs, trees, and other plants become overgrown. Overgrowth can lead to a slew of additional issues, including problems with insects and other pests, root damage to walkways and driveways, and even roof and gutter damage. No matter what type of plants your rental property’s landscaping has, you need to design for proper maintenance.

A lot of landlords expect their tenants to maintain their rental property’s landscaping, which often works out well for everyone. However, some tasks are too dangerous or technical to leave up to the tenants. If your property has tall trees, it is not reasonable to expect your tenant to trim them. It is also much safer to hire out tasks like aerating the lawn or even fertilizing or spraying weeds. Working with ladders, heavy equipment, or chemicals comes with its own kind of risks, some of which you could be held liable or responsible for if your tenant ends up breaking themselves. While your tenant can likely handle tasks like weeding flower beds and mowing the lawn, it’s best to plan to have the professionals take care of the more dangerous aspects of maintenance that your landscaping needs.

Groundskeeping is a vital part of owning a quality rental property. But there are many decisions to make and a lot of work involved in keeping it up. Instead of trying to do it all yourself, consider hiring the Weeki Wachee property management professionals at Real Property Management Connection to help. We can get your rental property spruced up and looking great in no time and then ensure that it stays that way for many years to come. Contact us today to learn more about our quality services.

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