There are a lot of things to recognize about pruning the trees at your North Logan rental property this fall. Most property holders realize that pruning is a required part of keeping your rental property’s landscaping and plants healthy. Pruning is also an important part of preventing damage to the property. By discerning as much as you can about the who, what, why, and how of fall pruning, you can verify that this needed seasonal task is being accomplished correctly by the right people every year.
While the most intensive pruning, including tree and shrub shaping, should be done during the growing season, there are necessary tasks that need to be achieved while in the fall season. Removing dead or low-hanging branches, in addition to any new growth that is obstructing doorways, driveways, or walkways, is a necessary percentage of rental property maintenance. This kind of pruning is about aesthetics and maintaining property value via curb appeal. By pruning away problematic parts of the tree or shrub, you encourage healthy new growth while getting your plants strong for the upcoming winter.
Keeping trees and bushes trimmed is also an imperative part of making sure that your tenants are safe. Dead branches pose a serious safety risk to tenants and other visitors. Should a dead tree fall on a tenant, a visitor, or even a neighbor, you could be held liable for any legal or medical costs. Overgrown trees and bushes can also be more of a risk during severe weather events if they cause damage to vehicles and/or the rental home. When an overgrown tree or bush falls and damages the house or the tenant’s personal property, you may wind up footing the bill.
Even if the tree or bushes do not fall, overgrown foliage can enact unusual forms of property damage. Bushes and trees growing near foundations, walls, or other structures can weaken the cement or brick. Roots can push up structures from underneath, cracking foundations amongst other things. Thick foliage can also attract insects and other pests, which can damage the property or transmit diseases to your tenants and their pets. All of these are good reasons to make pruning back overgrown trees and bushes an invaluable component of your fall property maintenance.
While residents can be relied upon to enact basic yard maintenance, pruning is one work that you should not ask them to implement. A resident could kill your trees or bushes by not discerning how and when to prune properly. Their lack of experience or skills could end in even more expensive landscaping repair in the future. Residents will also require a ladder and other equipment, but always remember that ladders are responsible for more than 164,000 injuries and 36,000 deaths in the United States each year. As the North Logan property owner, you could be held liable should any of your tenants injure themselves.
So what’s a real estate investor to do? To brush off getting into a sticky situation, hire a North Logan property manager. Real Property Management Cache Valley administers property maintenance, resident requests, rents, and more. Our crew of property management experts can administer any necessary fall pruning your property needs, assuring that it is done efficiently and as prudently as possible. To learn more about us and what we can offer property owners such as yourself, contact us online or call us at 435-753-5200 today.
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