Outdoor Space – Why It’s Important For Rental Properties

Connect Realty Tauranga Property Management Blog outdor space for rental property tenants

We all love the outdoors in New Zealand, and outdoor living is often a key driver for people moving to the Tauranga region.  Here in the Bay of Plenty we have surf beaches, picturesque harbours, long stretches of white sand beaches and more, all adding to the attraction of coastal living.  But it is not just the open outdoors that are important, many rental property tenants also look for a home with their own private outdoor area.

At Connect Realty Property Management we have tenants looking for a range of outdoor areas including large backyards, small low maintenance gardens, apartments with a terrace, BBQ areas, or even just a small area to entertain friends on a summer’s evening.

What many landlords don’t realise is that the outdoor space of a home or apartment can help rent the property, or it can spoil the deal.  While indoor layout and amenities are important, outdoor space is just as significant to many people.  This is especially true in the Tauranga region where our climate suits outdoor entertaining.

From our experience as property managers, outdoor space needs to be easily accessible, sheltered, and preferably easy to maintain.  Well kept gardens that are low-maintenance are the best for properties with large sections.  Examples are bark or stone gardens, shrubs and bushes that don’t require watering or pruning, and easily mowed lawns.  For apartments and flats we recommend providing an outdoor space for a BBQ and room for a small table and chair set.  Small garden boxes can also make a single story or downstairs apartment/flat look more appealing to potential tenants, along with suitable outdoor lighting.

The key is to make sure your property’s outdoor area is attractive and functional.  For some homes this may require alterations such as adding a ranch slider or French doors to connect outdoor space to the home.  Other more simple changes include adding pavers where there will be the most foot traffic, or defining paths by adding railway sleepers and stones or gravel.

We also recommend that you clean outdoor areas before we advertise your property.  Water-blast footpaths, walkways, patios and decks.  Fix broken trellis, reapply grout where needed, remove or prune foliage that blocks sunlight on the house, and remove plants that require a lot of maintenance such as roses.  These simple fixes require minimal investment but can generate maximum returns in rental price and in real estate value in the longer term.  We have a number of ground and maintenance people on our books and can provide quotes for any work you need done on your rental property.

If you require more advice about how to improve the curb appeal of your rental property, or any other rental property investment tips, then call Chris at Connect Realty Property Managers.  Chris has many years of real estate experience and is an expert on all matters about property management in the Tauranga Region.