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4 Top Landscaping Changes That Boost Curb Appeal for Prospective Tenants
Updated: Feb 14
Curb appeal is critical for renting your property, and there are some easy steps you can take to increase it. You can clean up weeds in your flower beds, add some free standing planters, and build up a fence with hardscaping and cloth flower bed barriers. You can also hire a landscaping company to help you with these projects.
Why We Should Boost Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is a major factor in finding the perfect rental property. A well-maintained front door and friendly decorations are vital clues for prospective tenants. Also, an inviting porch or outdoor seating area will make potential renters feel welcome.
This is a great way to increase curb appeal without spending much money. Curb appeal also increases the value of a rental property. In other words, it's a wise investment for landlords.
Even if it's just a simple change, boosting your curb appeal will make your property more attractive. Below are suggestions for landscaping changes to boost your lawn's curb appeal.
1. Add Free Standing Planters
Adding greenery and flowers to your rental property's exterior is an easy way to increase curb appeal. Trees, shrubs, and flowers will add a welcoming feel to the property, and they can also provide shade and privacy. However, ensure that the plants you choose aren't too high maintenance, making them less appealing to prospective tenants.
Adding freestanding planters to the front entrance is another way to increase your property's curb appeal. A colorful garden will attract potential tenants and make them feel at home.
Planters overflowing with vibrant flowers make any rental property look more appealing.
Choose brightly-colored spring annuals that match your area's climate for the most potent effect. Placing planters near the main entrance will score points with existing tenants and those considering renting from you if you have a multifamily complex.
2. Create Protection with Hardscaping
Hardscaping is any man-made structure in landscaping that is not plant life. It is usually made from gravel, brick, wood, pavers, or stone. Some hardscape features include driveways, patios, fountains, fire pits, and walkways.
Although it may be expensive to hardscape structures onto your property, doing so can increase the value of your home. Adding features such as a fire pit or flagstone patio tiles makes your outdoor space more efficient and practical while also boosting its curb appeal—all of which add up to a higher resale value down the line.
For example, stone pavers and brick accents may be used to enhance flowerbeds or frame a walkway. This gives curb appeal while reducing grass surface area, resulting in reduced upkeep. If room permits, constructing an inviting patio for outdoor entertaining with hardscaping materials is a wonderful way to increase the value of your rental home.
3. Use Cloth Flower bed Barriers to Reduce Weeds
Garden weed barriers are often covered in mulch not just for appearance but to preserve the fabric from degradation due to sun exposure and help keep moisture levels beneath the barrier consistent.
No matter how often you pull them, weeds are bound to appear again. To make matters worse, landlords can't always rely on tenants to take care of the issue themselves.
Thankfully, inexpensive weed barriers are available for flower beds to help keep those pesky plants at bay. Keep in mind that plastic barriers will last longer than cloth ones. Still, biodegradable options need to be replaced every 1-3 years.
4. Polish Things Off with Some Inorganic Mulch
A few layers of inorganic mulch will give your property a more appealing appearance, and it can last for years without needing to be reapplied. Two major benefits of using inorganic mulch are that it reduces moisture levels and it attracts fewer pests.
Another great benefit of using inorganic mulch includes a reduction in soil erosion and weed prevention. On the other hand, organic mulch absorbs moisture, which may never get to the plants due to evaporation. Lastly, organic mulch might attract burrowing insects and termites.
As a result, please consider using an ecologically responsible alternative, such as inorganic or rubber mulch. Inorganic materials do not have to be replaced every growing season, which ultimately saves you money.
Building curb appeal for a rental property can increase the number of prospective tenants you'll be able to attract. Curb appeal is the first thing prospective tenants see when they view your property.
Increasing curb appeal is an easy and inexpensive way to improve the look of your property. Incorporate splashes of color into the landscape to make the property more vibrant and visually appealing.
At our company, we take pride in personalizing our landscape management services to each client. If you live in Maryland, New York, Virginia, or Washington D.C., contact us today for an estimate or more information on how we can help maintain your landscaping's appearance.