When it comes to attracting potential residents to a rental home, landscaping your Long Beach property is one factor that can have a big impact. Curbside appeal is recognized to be a sturdy draw for home buyers and it would make sense that renters would also be considering it as part of their decisions. Particularly in the single-family residential rental market, offering a property with attractive and well-maintained landscaping can increase the perceived value of the home, resulting in stronger marketability as well as more satisfied, long-term residents. There are a few important things to consider when addressing a rental home’s landscaping, and a few pitfalls to avoid at all costs.
Looking at landscaping in Long Beach from a renter’s perspective, they are often looking for an appealing yard that requires very little maintenance. An outside space that is functional, beautiful, and easy to maintain can be a huge draw for potential residents. If your landscaping doesn’t quite meet that standard, consider having a landscaping professional survey your property and give you some suggestions. They can help you determine which natural features are right for your property, including sprinkler or drip systems, low-maintenance plantings, and easy-care lawns.
Another important thing to keep in mind is how the resident will likely use the exterior space. Current trends in landscaping have made outdoor spaces that function as extensions of the home very popular, particularly in temperate climates. Patios, gravel beds, and other low-maintenance features can appeal to renters looking for a home that will make outdoor entertaining easy.
While you are making your landscaping plans, there are a few pitfalls to be aware of. It seems obvious that landscaping is a financial investment with the potential for a high return, but only up to a certain point. Spending too much on landscaping is one mistake to avoid by creating a detailed plan up front and then hiring the right people to carry it out. Another potential pitfall is neglecting to make measures for proper landscaping maintenance. While the resident can and should provide some of the upkeep the yard will require, there are maintenance issues that should be handled by the professionals. These issues will vary from property to property but can include anything from tree and shrub maintenance and proper fertilization to sprinkler system winterization.
A positive first impression and happy residents lead to long-term success in the single-family rental market. As an owner, it makes sense to invest a comparatively small amount in curbside appeal when the potential return is so large. And once you’ve made that investment in Long Beach, you’ll need the right property management company to protect it.
At Real Property Management California Coast, we can assist you to raise the appeal and quality of your rental properties with the right landscaping and maintenance plans. We are devoted to helping you maximize your gains through our outstanding property management services. Would you like to learn more? Please contact us online or give us a call at 310-535-2150 for more information.
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