You’ve redecorated your rental property and are sorting out the finishing touches, but what are you going to do about the garden?
Having some outdoor space can really increase the appeal of your property – particularly during the summer months. However, many landlords only see problems with plots larger than a patio as tenants can often turn a blind eye to weeds and lawns.
If you have a small plot or a front garden, replacing the grass with gravel or stone chippings is a cost effective way of creating a low maintenance space. You can brighten up the area with a couple of pots containing hardy shrubs such as lavender or rosemary.
For properties with a large rear garden and a lawn, you will need to provide a good quality lawnmower and make sure that this, and other garden equipment, is recorded in the inventory with photographs. You should also make a note of the condition of the shed, fencing and patio – basically anything which could get damaged.
To avoid having to deal with a colossal compost heap at the end of the tenancy, provide instructions on what to do with grass cuttings and other garden waste. Make it clear that it is the responsibility of the tenant to keep the outdoor space tidy.
Although you must prepare for the worst, it is worth remembering that not all tenants are reckless.
We know one landlord who rented out his large house (complete with immaculate garden) while he went to work in the Middle East for two years. Upon his return, he found his garden still in excellent condition with a new lawnmower sitting proudly in his shed. Having such green fingered and generous tenants is the exception rather than the rule, so it pays to plan ahead to avoid nasty surprises.
If the condition of the garden is really that important to you, it is safer to hire the services of a gardener during the tenancy period so the burden is removed from the tenant.
If you are thinking of investing in a buy-to-let property, call Knight Property Management today on 01992 308181.