Landscaping maintenance-related decisions may be one of the difficult decisions rental property owners must make. Many Grandville property owners assume that their tenant will be responsible for keeping the yard clean and attractive, but that might not always be the best course of action.
There are both pros and cons to assigning landscape maintenance to your tenant. Similarly, there are pros and cons of taking care of it yourself (or hiring someone to do it for you). Take a closer look at the responsibility of landscaping maintenance from both sides. This will help you in choosing the best option for your property.
As the property owner, the most effortless way to ensure that property maintenance is getting done correctly is to hire a professional to complete the job. There are clear benefits to taking this approach to landscaping maintenance for single-family rental homes. For example, you won’t need to think about whether or not your tenants are neglecting the lawn, trees, or other plants.
With adequate tending, your rental house will always have great curb appeal, helping you better protect your property values. Pre-arranged provisions for landscaping maintenance for your tenant might just become a big draw, helping you attract and keep higher-quality tenants willing to pay a bit extra for the convenience. Most often, once your rental property is rented, many states do not allow you to come on the property unless you give proper notice, or it is outlined in the lease agreement. Even then, it is not a good idea to handle the landscape maintenance yourself.
Adding to these issues, if you plan to do the yard maintenance work yourself, you’ll need the time, skills, and tools to do the job right. It could be an issue especially if you don’t live near your rental property. Also, the time you spend caring for your property’s yard might not be the best way to go about it.
Hiring a professional landscaping company will be an additional expense. If you were not able to figure landscaping maintenance costs into your initial calculations, that could put an unwanted strain on your monthly cash flows. Affordable quality landscaping companies are also hard to come by. This is arguably the best part of having a property manager: they will have a list of service providers that may even do the work at a discount.
The most common way property owners deal with landscaping maintenance is to require your tenant to do it. The benefits of this approach are plenty. The tenant takes on the time and expense of mowing lawns, trimming bushes, and pulling weeds, freeing your time and money for other things. Besides, tenants who have been renting single-family homes for many years often already have the tools and experience needed to do a decent job of taking care of your yard. They may be capable of adequate yard upkeep.
However, not all tenants are willing or able to live up to landscaping responsibilities. Of course, you do run the risk of doing serious damage to the yard if you assign these tasks to your tenant. Improper gardening practices may lead to dead or dying plants. Your property frontage could quickly become a neighborhood eyesore. What’s worse is that a corresponding reduction of your property value could be the result. Furthermore, if your tenants don’t already have a lawnmower or other tools, buying them could present a serious problem. Many tenants don’t want or can’t afford to invest in expensive lawn care equipment.
Also, they may not know how to use such tools safely. If you decide to provide tools for them, you could create a situation where the tenant injures themselves, breaks or damages your landscaping equipment, or both. Any of these could lead to unwanted legal problems unless careful steps are taken.
Finally, deciding on who will handle your Grandville rental property’s landscaping depends on your particular situation. By considering all the pros and cons and being realistic about your availability and budget, you can craft an arrangement that is mutually beneficial for you and your tenant.
If you need some advice on how to handle landscaping for your rental property or would like someone else to take care of it entirely, contact Real Property Management Investment Solutions. You can reach us online or call us at 616-419-4578 for more information.
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