A major selling point that you push for your rental properties is to have nice landscaping done. This is an opportunity to provide an eco-friendly, non-toxic and soothing atmosphere. Eco-friendly landscape designs can help “eco-friendly” the outdoors of your house. Eco-friendly landscape designs are not that hard to do, particularly in country areas where one can benefit from the natural beautiful landscape untouched by pathways and curbs.
This is an opportunity to instill some personality into your property. Depending on the style of propert you are landscaping though, you will want to take care. If you are trying to rent out a single family home, then a specific style of landscaping can be used to bring in a specific style of renter. If you manage a large multi family apartment or apartment complex, it is probably in your interest to make your landscaping as generically pleasing as possible. It’s certainly fine to go with an overall theme or style, but keep in mind that you need to please more people.
A couple of websites that can help you with landscape designs ideas are Unique-Landscapes.com, Away.com, and hgtv.com. You may nor may not be doing the landscaping yourself, but it is a good idea to gather several ideas so that you can plan appropriately. Consider all the space that you need to use, and perhaps the space that you shouldn’t. If you have a larger space, you can take advantage of things like fountains and gazebos. Most equipment that you would need to do landscaping (should you take this upon yourself) can be found in a neighborhood hardware store. In the end, you might need a number of materials like bricks, gemstones, pebbles, sod, mulch, plants, as well as trees to obtain began – where you may find it necessary to seek out specialists.
Before taking up this venture, you of course need to consider the costs and the time it will take. This is the main deciding point for ‘should I do it myself or hire someone else?’ Should you intend on hiring someone, like a professional gardener, you will obviously have a higher upfront cost. The upside is saving you time, and having it done properly. In addition landscaping professionals can provide excellent advice due to their experience. As with any contractor, do price around and get recommendations before moving forward.
If you go forward with a plan to do this yourself, just know that a not insignificant amount of time is going to be required. The upside of course is being able to raise the amount you rent the property for, and being able to bring in residents faster – as well as the potential for keeping people through multiple leases. If you do have an extensive landscaping plan for a property that you are going to be doing yourself, you should also realize that you are going to need to care for the upkeep of the landscaping. This can be a good place to utilize contractors, as the upkeep of a landscape/garden is much easier than the setup (so your costs would be less).
Overall, the benefits to having a beautifully landscaped property completely outweigh the time or financial commitment required to start.