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Groundskeeping 101: Bring the Best Out In Your Property

Suburban House with Attractive Front YardA St. Charles rental property’s exterior is a major factor of its curb appeal. When it comes to groundskeeping, it’s imperative to guarantee that your property has a nice and presentable yard. This can help attract good tenants and adds to your property values. However, knowing which types of landscaping work best for a rental property can be difficult and how it is maintained properly. You’ll also have to identify what landscaping tasks you can safely assume your tenants to do and what you’ll need to have done professionally. In order to simplify all of these options, we have included an easy guide to making your property look its best and how to handle the long-term groundskeeping best.

Your St. Charles rental property’s front yard is one of the first things prospective tenants see. That’s why your landscaping needs to be attractive. But too much landscaping or anything that looks hard to care for can drive prospective tenants away. So in terms of rental property yards, the simplest is the best. A green lawn and some tidy flower beds can greatly boost value and visual appeal to a rental property. At the same time, do your best to adapt your yard to other homes in the neighborhood and appropriate for your climate. It is advisable to choose plants that are hardy and native to the environment and that can be cared for easily. This will make maintenance a much easier task going forward.

After you have your landscaping installed, the maintenance begins. If your rental property is located in a region where native plants grow quickly, you’ll need a plan that keeps them tidy and clipped. Even in more arid places, however, it’s imperative to take action to avoid letting your shrubs, trees, and other plants become overgrown. Overgrowth can cause numerous other problems, such as insects and other pests, root damage to walkways and driveways, and even roof and gutter damage. Irrespective of what kind of plants your rental property’s landscaping has, you need to plan for proper maintenance.

Many landlords expect their tenants to maintain their rental property’s landscaping, which often works out well for everyone. However, some tasks are either dangerous or too 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 involves potential risks, some of which you may be held liable for if your tenant gets hurt. While your tenant can mostly 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 an important aspect of having a quality rental property. However, there are several questions that need to be addressed, and a lot of effort has to be made. Instead of trying to do it all on your own, try hiring the St. Charles property management professionals at Real Property Management Three Bridges 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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