Landscaping your Ocala property is an effective factor in attracting potential residents to a rental property. Curbside appeal is normally a strong draw for property buyers so why should renters be any different? Particularly in the single-family residential rental market, attractive and well-maintained landscaping can grow the property’s perceived value, leading to greater marketability and more satisfied, long-term renters. There are a few important components to consider when addressing a rental property’s landscaping and a few drawbacks to avoid at all costs.
Considering landscaping in Ocala from a renter’s point of view, they often want an appealing yard needing very little upkeep. An outside area that is useful, beautiful, and easy to sustain can be a huge draw for prospective tenants. If your landscaping doesn’t match that standard, try getting a landscaping professional to survey your home and give you some recommendations that can help you understand which natural features fit your property, including sprinkler or drip systems, easy-care lawns, and low-maintenance plantings.
Another important thing to consider is how the resident will likely use the exterior space. Current trends in landscaping have made popular outdoor spaces that work as extensions of the home, particularly in temperate climates. Gravel beds, patios, and various low-maintenance features can attract renters looking for a property that is going make outdoor entertaining easy.
While you are making your landscaping plans, there are a number of pitfalls to know about. It seems obvious that landscaping is a financial investment with a potentially high return, but just up to a certain point. Spending too much on landscaping is one error to avoid by setting up a comprehensive plan up front and then getting the right people to perform it. Another possible pitfall is overlooking arrangements for suitable landscaping maintenance. While the tenant could and should provide some of the upkeep the yard will need, there are maintenance issues that have to be dealt with by the experts. These are going to vary from property to property but can be anything from tree and shrub maintenance and proper fertilization to sprinkler system winterization.
A positive first impression and happy residents result in 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 possible return is so significant. And once you’ve made that investment in Ocala, you’ll need the right property management company to maintain it.
At Real Property Management Diversified, we can help you increase the attractiveness and quality of your rental properties with the proper landscaping and maintenance plans. We are committed to helping maximize your return through our excellent property management services. Would you like to know more? Please contact us online or give us a call at 352-854-2221 for more information.