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Groundskeeping 101: Bring the Best Out In Your Property

Suburban House with Attractive Front YardA Fort Worth rental property’s exterior is a key component of its curb appeal. With regards to groundskeeping, it’s essential to guarantee that your property has a pleasant and presentable yard. This can help attract good tenants and adds to your property values. But it is difficult to determine what types of landscaping are best suited for a rental property and how it is treated correctly. You’ll also need to understand what landscaping tasks you can reasonably expect your tenants to do and what you’ll need to have done professionally. To make all these options simple, we have prepared a simple guide to make your property look its best and how to handle the long-term groundskeeping best.

Your Fort Worth rental property’s front yard is one of the first things prospective tenants observe. Because of that, your landscaping needs to be attractive. But excessively landscaping or anything that looks hard to care for can drive prospective tenants away. Therefore, with regards to rental property yards, the simpler, the 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 everything you can to make your yard compatible with other houses in the neighborhood and appropriate for your climate. It is important to choose plants that are hardy and native to the region, as well as easy to take care of. This will make maintenance a much easier task going forward.

Once you have your landscaping installed, the maintenance begins. If your rental property is placed in an area where native plants grow quickly, you will need to get a strategy ready to keep them neat and tidy. Even in more arid places, however, it’s vital to do something to avoid letting your shrubs, trees, and other plants become overgrown. Overgrowth can result in many other issues, like insects and other pests, root damage to walkways and driveways, and even roof and gutter damage. It doesn’t matter what type 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 usually works for everyone. However, a few tasks are too dangerous or technical to entrust to the tenants. If your property has tall trees, it is not fair to expect your tenant to trim them. It is also much safer to hire out tasks such as aerating the lawn or even fertilizing or spraying weeds. Working with ladders, heavy equipment, or chemicals come with potential risks, some of which you could be held liable for if your tenant ends up injuring themselves. Even though 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 big part of owning a quality rental property. But there are numerous choices to be made and much more work involved in keeping them that way. In place of attempting to handle everything yourself, consider hiring the Fort Worth property management professionals at Real Property Management 360 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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