As a landlord, you care about your rental properties and want to make sure they’re ready for new tenants before they move in. While you know to turn your attention to the interior and take the time to make sure the appliances and fixtures are all in good condition, how much time do you spend caring for the property’s landscaping
? If you’re like most landlords, your rental properties’ landscaping doesn’t get the attention it needs to protect your investment in the long run. Luckily, your local tree care company makes it easy. Here are a few of the most important tasks to take care of before your new tenants move in.
Trim the Trees
Low hanging limbs don’t just make your property look less pristine—they also pose a threat to your roof and your tenants’ property. Depending on your situation and lease agreement, you could be liable for the damage caused by those trees. At best, you’ll have to pay for costly repairs and at worst, you risk having to deal with a complicated and time-consuming legal settlement. The best thing you can do is schedule a preventative tree trimming
appointment with your trusted tree care team. They’ll be able to inspect each tree on your property for signs of damage and disease. If they see anything concerning, they’ll be able to remove the limbs in question. If everything looks good, they’ll be able to trim the limbs to encourage healthy growth in the long run.
Prune the Bushes and Shrubs
Though your property’s bushes and shrubs aren’t likely to damage the house itself, they still need routine care and maintenance throughout the year. Before your new tenants move in, prune the bushes and shrubs close to the house. This will help keep the plants healthy and reduces the risk of insects and pests making nests in their limbs. Over time, keeping those pests away from the property will help reduce the risk of troublesome infestations inside the house. You’ll keep your tenants safer and healthier while also protecting your property from extensive damage.
Inspect the Sprinkler System
If your rental property has a large lawn or yard, nothing makes watering it easier than an in-ground sprinkler system. Though modern systems are designed to be durable, they’re not without their problems. You need to stay on top of routine maintenance if you want the system to continue working for years to come. If you haven’t already this year, schedule a system tune-up with your sprinkler repair expert. During this appointment, they’ll inspect everything from the water lines to the controller and make sure everything is working the way it’s supposed to. If they notice any damage, take care of the repairs as soon as you can. The sooner you do, the less likely it is that your tenants will inadvertently cause more damage to the system or your landscaping.
Add Mulch to Flower Beds
Garden and flower beds are wonderful ways to add color to your rental property but they need a little TLC if you want them to thrive once your renters are in. The easiest way to set them up for success is to spread a fresh layer of mulch in each bed. This helps retain moisture, cuts down on the number of times you need to water the beds, and prevents erosion of the soil. Even better, it makes your property look more put-together so you’ll be able to ask for a higher rental rate than you otherwise would. Call your local tree company for advice on where to get quality mulch for your landscaping needs.
Remove Dead Growth
Dead growth doesn’t just make your property look rundown and uncared for. It also encourages pests and insects to nest close to your house. Before your new tenants move in, go through your landscaping and look for dead growth. If you notice any dead or fallen branches, remove them as soon as you can. If you have dying plants in flowerbeds, remove them with care. Make sure not to disturb the plants that are growing nearby and fill in any holes left in the bed after the removal. Remember, you can always plant new flowers to fill out the bed if you so choose.
Inspect Your Fences
Fences make your rental property more attractive to prospective tenants. They add privacy, provide a sense of security, and give kids and pets a safe place to play on pleasant afternoons. If they’re damaged, your tenants will complain as soon as they move in. Instead of letting minor repair issues slide or ignoring major damage altogether, be proactive. Walk the fence line and look for any signs of damage. If you notice holes, cracked supports, or signs of wood rot, make a plan to get it fixed as soon as possible. Your tenants will thank you and you’ll avoid having to pay for more costly repairs down the line.
Walkways and patios are a great way to preserve the health and well-being of your landscaping. However, they’re not something you can fail to maintain and expect them to perform as well as the day they were installed. Prior to move-in, inspect the walkways, patios, driveways, and stepping stones for signs of damage. If you notice cracking or pitting in your pavement, get it patched as soon as possible. If you see weeds growing between paving stones, remove them. These simple steps will go a long way toward keeping your pavement in good shape and reduces the number of tripping hazards your new tenants will have to deal with when they’re moving in.
Need a Helping Hand?
If you’re worried about the condition of the trees and shrubs in your rental property’s landscaping, don’t try to deal with the damage on your own. Contact
Bear Creek Tree Service and let our team help you get your property back in good shape before your new tenants’ move-in date. We’ll make sure your trees and shrubs are healthy so your tenants can move in with confidence.