Among the numerous decisions rental property owners must make, who will look after the landscaping maintenance is one that might be difficult. Many El Cajon property owners assume that their tenant will be responsible for keeping the yard looking beautiful, which might not always be the best course of action.
There are both pros and cons to assigning landscape maintenance to your tenant, exactly as there are pros and cons of taking care of it yourself (or hiring an individual to undertake it for you). To make the correct decision for your property, it’s relevant to take a closer look at the responsibility of landscaping maintenance from both sides.
As the property owner, the bluntest way to ensure property maintenance is getting done correctly is to hire a professional to do it all for you. There are clear benefits to taking this approach to landscaping maintenance for single-family rental homes. As an illustration, you won’t need to worry that your tenants will mistreat or neglect the lawn, trees, or other plants.
With proper attention, your rental house will always have great curb appeal, helping you better protect your property values. Bestowing 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. When 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. Anyway, it is not a good idea to handle the landscape maintenance yourself.
Together with all these disadvantages, if you plan to do the yard maintenance work yourself, you’ll need the time, skills, and tools to do the job well. If you don’t live near your rental property, this could abruptly bring about great trouble. Moreover, the time you spend caring for your property’s yard might not be the best way to go at it.
On a different note, hiring a professional landscaping company will be an additional expense. If you fail to figure landscaping maintenance costs into your initial calculations, that could put an unwanted strain on your monthly cash flows. It can as well be toilsome to look for a cost-effective company that does ideal work. This is 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 widespread way property owners manage landscaping maintenance is to require your tenant to do it. There are countless undeniable benefits in this manner. 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 that, 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 things. They would be able to continue keeping your rental property’s yard looking neat and tidy for a year.
Needless to say, not all tenants are willing or able to live up to landscaping responsibilities. By way of designating such assignments to your tenant, you do run the risk of doing serious damage to the yard. Tenants may damage or disregard the lawn and trees, leading to dead or dying plants. Your rental property could promptly become a neighborhood eyesore. Worse, a corresponding reduction of your property value could result. More to the point, 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.
In the same manner, they may not know how to use such tools safely. If you strive to get through this problem by offering tools to them, it could lead to a situation where the tenant injures themselves, breaks or damages your landscaping equipment, or both. Any of these could presumably give rise to unwanted legal problems unless careful steps are taken.
Lastly, the choice of who will check and take care of your El Cajon rental property’s landscaping will be dependent on your certain status. Hence, by evaluating all the pros and cons and being realistic about your availability and budget, you can bring about a scheme that should favor everyone.
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 Realevate Specialists online or call our Mission Valley office at 858-997-2100 or our Temecula office at 951-461-0100 for more information.
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