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Groundskeeping 101: Bring the Best Out In Your Property

Suburban House with Attractive Front YardA Winter Haven rental property’s exterior is a vital component of its curb appeal. When it comes to grounds keeping, it’s important to ensure that your home has a well-kept and appealing yard. This can help attract good tenants and enhances your property values. But it can be challenging to know what types of landscaping work best for a rental property and how to sustain it properly. You’ll also need to understand what landscaping tasks you can practically expect your tenants to do and what you’ll need to have done professionally. To assist make all of these decisions easier, we’ve put together a quick guide to creating your property look its best and how to handle the long-term groundskeeping best.

Your landscaping needs to be attractive Winter Haven rental property’s front yard is one of the first things prospective tenants see. For this reason, too much landscaping or anything that looks hard to care for can drive prospective tenants away. So when it comes to rental property yards, easy is better. A green lawn and some tidy flower beds can go a long way in terms of enhancing value and visual appeal to a rental property. At the same time, do what you can to make your yard consistent with other homes in the neighborhood and appropriate for your climate. It is a great idea to choose plants that are hardy and native to the region, as well as easy to maintain. This will make maintenance a much easier task going forward.

If your rental property is located in an area where native plants grow quickly, you’ll need to have a plan ready to keep them trimmed and tidy. Once you have your landscaping installed, the maintenance begins.  Even in more arid places, however, it’s important to take steps to avoid letting your shrubs, trees, and other plants become overgrown. Overgrowth can lead to a slew of other issues, including insect and pest infestations, 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 develop for proper maintenance.

Various landlords require their tenants to maintain their rental property’s landscaping, which often works out well for everyone. But a handful of 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 built-in risks, some of which you could be held liable 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 big part of owning a quality rental property. But there are many decisions to make and a bunch of work involved in keeping it up. As an alternative to trying to do it all yourself, consider hiring the Winter Haven property management professionals at Real Property Management Lakeside 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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