Your Agua Dulce rental property’s backyard is, without question, an indispensable aspect of its overall charm. However, there is a visible contrast in creating your dream backyard and building an appealing and functional backyard. One will be extremely handy when you want to maximize your rental rates and increase your property’s value, while the other seemingly won’t do either. Therefore, recognizing this, it is then more beneficial to create an attractive, low-maintenance yard that looks great to tenants and is also easy for them to maintain than installing the yard of your dreams in a rental property.
It is one of the most consequential mistakes you can make as a rental property owner—to overdo it on the landscaping. Industry experts advise allocating no more than 10 percent of the property’s value in landscaping. Except when there is a definite advantage to doing so, you probably don’t even have to go that high. A home with an extensively landscaped yard is not automatically equivalent to extra rent. Overdoing it on the landscaping can turn potential tenants away because of all the extra maintenance that will be required.
To make sure that your property is kept attractive and profitable, aim for backyard upgrades that offer the highest returns for the cost. The first thing to do in order to achieve an attractive backyard isn’t really an upgrade at all. Rather, concentrate on improving the quality of what’s already there. A green, neatly trimmed lawn and well-cared for greenery will add instant appeal and help boost the value of your property. If your property’s lawn is looking a bit sparse or bare, reseeding or adding some sod is one of the most lasting ways to get your property’s backyard living up to expectations.
More relatively affordable backyard upgrades include outdoor lighting and outdoor gathering spaces. In place of creating lavish planter beds filled with flowers, upgrade your rental’s yard with structures that possibly will be utilized by your tenant for parties or evening activities. Adding a simple patio (or deck) may seem like a luxury upgrade, but you may generate more appeal by offering a rental home with a ready-made space for spending some time with family and friends. What is more, research has determined that not like other backyard features, a patio or deck does increase property values, making it one expense to consider for your rental property seriously.
Outdoor lighting is one of the most budget-friendly backyard upgrades you can supplement that has advantages way beyond simple appearance. Renters will like the added security and usefulness of backyard lightings such as motion-sensing or energy-efficient lighting fixtures. Outdoor lighting will also complement any outdoor gathering spaces your rental property has, adding to the home’s curb appeal after dark.
Regardless of which improvements you eventually pick to make to your Agua Dulce rental property’s backyard, distinguishing which ones will offer the highest return for your money is an integral part of managing a successful rental house. By dwelling on quality features with a low-maintenance design, you can draw in the type of renters you want while still growing your property values.
At Real Property Management Traditions, we can help you plan a backyard for your rental property that tenants will love and, at the same time, one that is intended to get the maximum value for every dollar spent. We know which backyard improvements correspond to solid rent increases, and can guide your property preparations to ensure you’ve created a backyard with your tenants in mind. Contact us or call us at 661-266-1400 for more information.
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