Best types of yards for rental homes

Posted by Glenn Bancroft

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Whether you’re in the process of looking for Tucson rental homes or are debating how to landscape your rental property’s yard, there’s a lot to consider. By being aware of some of the common types of yards seen at rental homes and how to best maintain yours, you can save yourself some time, hassle, and money. At the same time, you’ll be able to achieve beautiful curb appeal that will attract potential renters.

Types of Yards to Look For

Take a look at a handful of Tucson homes, and you’ll see a wide range of yard types. Midiron and tifgreen or tifway tend to be the most common types of grass used on Arizona lawns. However, as you browse potential rental properties, you’ll probably also come across yards that are overgrown with weeds. It’s common to find properties with a fair amount of trees, shrubs, and other landscaping that will need to be maintained.

Considerations for Your Rental Home’s Yard

Ultimately, the best type of yard for your rental home is one that looks nice to prospective tenants and will be relatively straightforward (and inexpensive) for you to maintain. For the typical landlord, this means sticking to an easy-to-grow grass species. For more visual interest, you may also want to add in some low-maintenance plants like desert willow and desert marigold.

When deciding on a landscaping plan for your rental, you’ll also want to consider any HOA requirements that may apply to your property. If your rental home is governed by an HOA, make sure you’re aware of any restrictions on grass species or other landscaping decisions to avoid headaches down the road.

You’ll also need to be realistic about your tenants’ interest in maintaining the landscaping on your property. Many renters are not interested in yard care, so keeping your property’s landscaping as low-maintenance and straightforward as possible is ideal. And if your tenant is paying his or her own water bill, you certainly shouldn’t expect them to water the grass during times of drought.

Maintaining Your Rental Home’s Yard

When it comes to yard maintenance at your rental property, you have options. Some landlords will roll the cost of hiring a landscaping company into the lease. This allows renters the freedom of never having to mow the lawn (or buy a lawnmower). Of course, you can also require that your tenants handle basic lawn care (such as mowing) while you cover things like seeding and fertilizing a couple of times a year.

No matter what kind of agreement you decide on with your Tucson rentals’ landscaping, be sure to write it clearly into your lease. And if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all the choices you have when it comes to yard care at your rental home, it may be time to begin working with a property management company. At Bancroft & Associates, we can handle everything from landscaping to maintenance and everything in between. Contact us today to find out more about what we can do for you!

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Updated: 14th August, 2019 8:02 AM.