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Groundskeeping 101: Bring the Best Out In Your Property

Suburban House with Attractive Front YardA Livermore rental property’s exterior is a vital part of its curb appeal. When it comes to groundskeeping, it’s significant to ensure that your property has a neat and attractive yard. This can help attract good tenants and increase your property values. However, it can be challenging to understand what types of landscaping work best for a rental property and how to properly sustain it. You’ll additionally want to be aware of what landscaping tasks you can reasonably expect your tenants to do and what you’ll need to have done professionally. We’ve put together a simple guide to assist you in making these options in making your property look its best and how to handle the long-term groundskeeping best.

One of the first things prospective tenants see your Livermore rental property’s front yard is. For this reason, 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, minimal is better. A green lawn and some tidy flower beds can go a long way toward adding 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 good idea to choose plants that are hardy and native to the region, as well as easy to sustain. This will make maintenance a much easier task going forward.

The maintenance begins once you have your landscaping installed. If your rental property is located in an area where native plants grow quickly, you’ll need to have a strategy ready to keep them neat and clipped. Even in more arid places, however, it’s significant to take steps to avoid letting your shrubs, trees, and other plants become overgrown. Overgrowth can lead to many other issues, including problems with insects and other pests, root damage to walkways and driveways, and even roof and gutter damage. No matter what sort of plants your rental property’s landscaping has, you must prepare for proper maintenance.

A lot of landlords expect their tenants to maintain their rental property’s landscaping, which sometimes works out well for everyone. But 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 inherent 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 significant part of owning a quality rental property. However, there are many choices available and a bunch of work involved in keeping it up. Instead of trying to do it all yourself, consider hiring the Livermore property management professionals at Real Property Management One 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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