7 Reasons Landlords Should Let the Pros Handle Landscaping & Mowing on Rental Properties

7 Reasons LandlordsIf you own a rental property, you may want to consider hiring a professional to do your mowing and landscaping. Hiring pros is arguably even more important for investment property owners than for regular home owners. Here’s how these services can benefit you.

1. Eliminates Tenant Disputes Over Lawn Care

Tenants are often confused about their responsibilities regarding lawn care. In particular, if you are renting out a duplex or units in a multi-family dwelling, disputes may arise if tenants aren’t sure who is responsible for the external upkeep of the property. By hiring a professional, you immediately sidestep these issues.

2. They Will Save You Time

In some cases, to avoid disputes, landlords just do the mowing and landscaping maintenance on their own. That can work if you have the time and tools. However, if you’re like most landlords, you probably own a few rentals but still have a full-time job. A lawn service professional saves you time so that you can focus on your job or business.

3. Saves Money on Tools and Supplies

Hauling lawn equipment from property to property typically requires a large ute or a trailer. Buying that costs money. Luckily, you avoid that expense when you hire a professional. You also avoid the expense of buying fertilisers, plants, landscaping materials, and other odds and sods.

4. Helps Avoid the Need for Expensive New Turf

Whether you’re renting out a single family home or a multi-family property, leaving the work to your tenants may end in disaster. If the tenants fail to water, all the grass may die, and if they forget to fertilise, weeds may take over the lawn.

If the lawn gets ruined, you may need to put in new turf. The costs on that vary, but even the cheapest options tend to be about $4 to $5 per square metre. That may sound affordable, but it adds up.

In Brisbane, for example, the average block size is about 200 to 350 square metres, and it’s closer to 600 square metres in the suburbs. Even if the house covers half of that space, it will cost anywhere from $400 to $1,500 to put in the least expensive turf. The prices just go up from there.

5. Ensures Perfect Results

Beyond just saving the turf, hiring a professional also helps to ensure perfect results. You can hire someone to mow, but you can also hire a landscape specialist who knows exactly how to handle the strimming, apply fertiliser, trim the bushes and juggle other tasks.

6. Boosts Kerb Appeal

The rental market is competitive throughout Australia, but especially in some areas. In fact, in the Gold Coast, some analysts report that close to 1,900 people view every rental property that’s posted online.

This is great news for landlords because it means you get to charge a little more, but it also means that you may need to do a little extra to get noticed. When you have a professional handle your lawn and landscape care, that boosts your kerb appeal, and that can help you attract top quality tenants.

7. Protects the Value of Your Property

As an investment property owner, you probably rely on the monthly payments from your tenants to earn money, but beyond that, you’re probably hoping that the property appreciates in value. Professional lawn care services help to protect your property’s long term value, and in some cases, the right landscaping can even boost a property’s value.  

Ready to get help? Then, contact Black & White Home Services today. We offer mowing, garden maintenance and hedge trimming as well as other external services that you may want for your home or rental properties including pressure washing, rubbish removal and gutter cleaning.

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