LANDSCAPING YOUR RENTAL HOME
Many renters assume that there is nothing they can do to the outdoor look of their home if they are renting. After all, you don’t want to upset the landlord by adding a garden or changing a shrub or two. However, in most instances, landlords are happy for their tenants to take the initiative and do some landscaping around the house. If you are an avid gardener or want to brighten up the look of your rental home, then speak to your landlord about what is allowed and what is off limits when it comes to landscaping.
Renter Landscaping Options
The first thing you need when it comes to landscaping at your rental home is permission from your off site or on site landlord. Once you have decided what you want to do, talk to your landlord about the boundaries and rules. There is a pretty good chance he is going to say no to an in ground swimming pool but he might be happy for you to plant a few trees, make a pathway around the house and add a water fountain to the back yard. Keep him informed on all your plans and if you are meeting with a landscaping company or doing any serious work to the rental property, he will most likely want to be included in these plans.
Another thing you need to consider when landscaping in a rental home is how much money do you want to put in? Landscaping is an investment and thus many renters are not willing to spend a lot of money installing garden and water features that remain with the home, not with the renter. As a renter you may want to consider choosing items that can easily be moved if you do happen to change homes or if the time comes to purchase your own house one day. However, this is completely up to you.
Landscaping Ideas for Renters
There are plenty of landscaping options available for renters. Even water features, such as fountains, can easily be picked up and moved to a new location if the time comes. If you are planting flowers and bushes, consider using large pots and garden beds which can easily be transported in a moving van as well. Garden figurines, such as frogs, gnomes and other little critters look great scattered around a patio or water feature. To light up your outdoor area consider solar Tiki lights which are affordable and easy to install. Simply stick them into the ground and they work as soon as the sun comes out.
Larger landscaping jobs, such as installing a new patio or adding a swimming pool to the backyard are probably best left to the landlord. You will most likely need to permit and a license for these items and you can expect the job to cost more than a few hundred bucks. Until the time is right, consider purchasing an above-ground swimming pool from a toy shop which can easily be moved from location to location. It may not look as stunning as a brand new in-ground pool but it does the trick.
When landscaping your rental, you may also want to purchase some large stones from a gardening shop which can be placed on the ground and made into a makeshift patio. Another good option is a portable gazebo which offers shade and protection from the elements but without the hard work and down payment needed to add a patio and roof. You can place a table, chairs and a barbeque under your gazebo for the perfect portable outdoor living space without the costs or the complications.