So, you own an investment property and you’re wondering how to get more rent. Whether you include a gardener in the rent, or expect your tenants to maintain it, a simple, easy to maintain garden can reap massive savings and attract the right people to rent your property for the right price.
Firstly, have you considered the ‘first appearances count’ philosophy in terms of your property’s garden? Take photos from all angles of your property’s garden and study it. The front is usually the very first area your prospective tenant sees, whether it’s online or in person. What do you see? Are there overgrown bushes and grass? Are there woody trees covering the front of the property?
We’ve put together our top 3 tips to make your garden easy to maintain, for your financial gain.
Tip #1 – Tidy It
Every garden benefits from some tender loving care but to ensure your tenant, or gardener, isn’t having to constantly sweep or rake leaves, we recommend you look at cutting back or ripping out any trees or bushes that shed too many leaves. Manicure around the edge of any paths and dig out weeds and other plants that are looking scrappy. This can make your property look bigger and gives it that “I’m loved” look.
Tip #2 – Stone it
Where there’s weeds, there’s work! Garden beds, the base of hedges and around pavers and paths are common weedy problem areas. Look at laying some weed-resistant sheeting then some nice white rocks to really spruce up these sections. Not only will it look great, it will ensure that any future weeds will be nearly non-existent, keeping your garden looking clean and tidy for longer… and your tenant will love you!
Tip #3 – Fake It
This is worth considering if your property has a small lawn where it takes more time to get the mower out of the shed than it is to mow it, or if the lawn is looking worse for wear. Think seriously about installing artificial grass! The technology has really improved over the last 10 years, it looks amazingly lush (better than a real lawn) and there is really no maintenance at all, just a brush or vacuum every so often.
We hope you like our 3 tips to create an easy-to-manage garden. It’s a smart investment when you improve your property’s garden to be a ‘low to no maintenance’ one. You can save serious money on maintenance in the long-term, attract better tenants, and increase your rental return. Now that’s a Gain!