Rental properties are all about making design choices that are durable and low maintenance while still looking nice. You can see this in interiors when property owners use durable tile, buy paint in bulk to refresh the walls between tenants, and install strong, neutral hardware. But the lawn’s landscape is just as important. Not only do you want the property to always make a great first impression to keep the neighborhood valuable, you don’t want to have to repair major landscaping damage after each tenant leaves.
Find plants that need little maintenance to match the neighborhood’s style.
Different homes and different neighborhoods need different landscaping. In fact, if the rental property is in an upper-middle-class neighborhood, it’s typical to have an HOA that all but demands the type of landscaping that requires irrigation and a subscribed landscaping service. But whenever you can, include these plants:
Mature trees instead of younger saplings.
Mature trees immediately look more established. They add great curb appeal to any property because most people prefer fully grown trees and the shade they provide. That same shade can help reduce the energy bill, which can impact your profitability even if the tenant is wholly responsible for energy costs. Mature trees also help maintain better spacing. If you plant a young tree, it’s easy to accidentally plant it too close to the actual house or the driveway. Eventually, those root systems can cause structural damage. Use mature trees for better spacing and less risk.
Rental properties work best when you can focus maintenance costs on improvements instead of maintaining a landscaping status quo. Find slow-growing plant varieties to border the property. Not only do they reduce landscaping efforts, they will need to be replaced less often. Even well-trimmed shrubs eventually have an overgrown base and will need to be replaced.
Go to Chambersville Tree Farm to find the varieties of trees that are perfect for your rental property.