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Groundskeeping 101: Bring the Best Out In Your Property

Suburban House with Attractive Front YardA Cuyahoga Heights rental property’s exterior is an integral element of its curb appeal. When it comes to groundskeeping, it’s necessary to make sure that your property has a clean and good-looking yard. This can help attract good tenants and adds to your property values. But it can be challenging to distinguish what types of landscaping are suitable for a rental property and how to manage it well. You’ll also need to know what landscaping tasks you can reasonably demand your tenants to do and what you’ll need to have done professionally. To help make all of these alternatives more manageable, we’ve assembled a quick guide to making your property look its best and how to handle the long-term groundskeeping best.

Your Cuyahoga Heights rental property’s front yard is one of the first things prospective tenants inspect. Therefore, your landscaping needs to be attractive. However, too much landscaping or anything that looks hard to care for can drive prospective tenants away. So with regards to rental property yards, simple is enough. A grassy 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 uniform with other houses in the neighborhood and appropriate for your climate. It is an excellent idea to choose plants that are hardy and native to the region, as well as easy to care for. This will make maintenance a much easier task going forward.

After you have your landscaping installed, maintenance occurs. If your rental property is established in a space where native plants grow quickly, you’ll need to have a strategy available to keep them mowed and tidy. Even in more arid places, however, it’s important to do something to avoid letting your shrubs, trees, and other plants become overgrown. Overgrowth can initiate several other dilemmas, including difficulties with insects and other pests, root damage to walkways and driveways, and even roof and gutter damage. Regardless of what kind of plants your rental property’s landscaping has, you need to prepare for proper maintenance.

Numerous landlords demand their tenants to maintain their rental property’s landscaping, which usually goes well for everyone. But some tasks are too dangerous or technical to leave up to the tenants. If your property has tall trees, it is not right to expect your tenant to trim them. It is also much safer to hire out tasks like aerating the lawn or even fertilizing or spraying weeds. Working with ladders, heavy equipment, or chemicals comes with natural risks, some of which you could be held liable for if your tenant ends up hurting themselves. While your tenant can likely handle tasks like weeding flower beds and mowing the lawn, it is helpful 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 maintaining a quality rental property. However, there are various arrangements to make and a lot of work required in keeping it up. Rather than attempting to do it all yourself, consider hiring the Cuyahoga Heights property management professionals at Real Property Management Valor Team 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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