Why a good garden can help you attract tenants at this time of year

As summer approaches, the garden suddenly becomes much more important to us all.

As a place to dine al fresco, hold family BBQs, have drinks with friends or just somewhere to sit back and while away those long, lazy summer afternoons.

Whatever it might be, when the sun is shining we automatically flock outside.

And it’s no different for tenants. When summer hits, they will want to get out and about and utilise garden space to the max.

So, if your rental property has outdoor/garden space, it’s important to make sure it’s in good shape when would-be tenants come to view your home. It could make all the difference.

Letting Solutions May 2016 Blog

In particular, families with young children will be keen on a safe, relaxed place where the kids can burn off all that excess energy.

A rental home with a good amount of garden space could be a deal-breaker for this demographic.

Equally, young professionals with busy social lives will appreciate somewhere to chill out with friends, hold informal drinks, or just relax.

If your rental property has a BBQ/decking area or a place that would be ideal for entertaining guests or hosting social events, make sure it’s ready for prospective tenants to see.

Of course, to make your rental property’s garden attractive to tenants it needs to look the part. You won’t be luring anyone in if it’s shabby, overgrown and unmaintained.

If tenants see a garden that hasn’t been well-looked after, there is a possibility they might also question what the rest of the home looks like.

Crucially, it doesn’t take much time, effort or cash to improve and enhance the look of your garden.

First things first, carry out a little bit of tender loving care on your lawn, hedges (if you have them) and shrubbery. If you have trees in your garden, make sure they are well-maintained. Add a bit of colour with a few well-chosen plants. Hanging baskets can be another useful addition, too, lending the garden that extra touch of class and elegance.

Sheds and garages also have a significant appeal to a certain kind of tenant – whether as a place to store a car, a place to keep tools and garden equipment or as somewhere to turn into a makeshift outside gym.

Not every property will include this type of space, but if yours does then it could well be a key part of your sales pitch when it comes to securing new tenants.

If your garden offers spectacular views of nearby woodland or open countryside – as could be the case in West Lothian – then make tenants aware of this.

Summer is the perfect time to show your garden/outdoor space at its very best. It would be unwise to waste such an opportunity.

Unfortunately, in Scotland, the sun can’t always be relied upon (to put it mildly), but Letting Solutions can.

As West Lothian’s first dedicated lettings agency, we will use our expertise and knowledge of the local area to ensure your home is always occupied and earning you a regular stream of rental income.

To see how we can help you – including top tips on how to make the most of your garden in the summer months – please get in touch with us on 01506 496006.

If you would like to work out how much you could be charging your tenants in rent, check out our free and instant online valuation tool.