A new survey has revealed that 55% of property owners in the UK are neglecting the outside space in their homes.
The Britain at Home report from Lloyds Bank uncovered the most common neighbourhood issues for home owners.
34% highlighted untidy gardens or outdoor space as their major bugbear. This was followed by 18% saying that out-buildings in a poor state of repair irked them, with a further 18% said using gardens as a dumping ground put them off.
Further data from the report indicates that property owners do not ensure that their outdoor spaces are sufficiently protected. Only 38% of those questioned said that they kept all items in their outdoor space confidently secure.
24% admitted that they had not spent any money on securing their garden or outdoor area safe, for example providing locks, security lights or burglar alarms.
Tim Downes, senior claims manager at Lloyds Bank, said, ‘it’s clear that home owners place a high value on the attractiveness of their outdoor spaces, yet despite this there is a lack of investment in them.’
‘While there are many reasons for this, it is important that homeowners take care of their properties, not just for aesthetic reasons, but also to prevent the risk of maintenance problems such as damp, leaking roofs and pour guttering,’ he added.
Look after your garden…and your tenants
As a buy-to-let landlord, you have an obligation to your tenants to keep the outdoor space of your rental property clean, tidy and well-maintained.
With summer now upon as, the garden of your rental property should already be looking good and welcoming for new or potential tenants.
You can be forgiven for being bogged down with choosing the correct landlord insurance policy, conducting Right to Rent checks or screening new tenants and subsequently forgetting about your garden. However, there are quick and simple measures you can take to improve not only the state of your outdoor space, but also your chance of getting renters into your property.