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Residential Property Manager Landscaping Tips

Posted on: January 9, 2017 by Newmark Insurance

Great landscaping is an essential component for keeping your residential properties looking beautiful and maintaining its curb appeal. The primary goal of your landscaping efforts should be three-fold; to turn your property’s surrounding area into an aesthetically appealing yard, to increase functionality, and to ensure the landscaping is environmentally sustainable. However, before undertaking such a large project, it’s important to protect your assets and mitigate financial responsibility with the right Property Manager Professional Liability insurance policy.

When determining the design features of the landscaping, it’s important to note your community’s climate and your residents’ needs. Further, if your property has a swimming pool, it’s important to note the legal implications they present. If you allow your residents to do their own light landscaping, such as tending a small garden, these policies should be signed off by each resident before allowing them to do so.

Further, keep the following in mind when it comes to landscaping your residential properties.

  • Trim edges and walkways and mow grass weekly.
  • Notify tenants of any chemicals that will be used to prevent bug infestations and give them plenty of prior notice.
  • Tree trimming and tree removal should be included in your annual budget.
  • Specify pet friendly areas in the lease or in a separate addendum. If pets damage a portion of the landscaping that is not listed, those owners could be held liable for damages. Specify that all owners must clean up after their pets to keep the property sanitary and beautiful!

This is just a small sample of good landscaping tips for residential property managers. For more information about how to protect your business practices as a property manager, and to learn more about our Professional Liability Coverages for a variety of industries, please contact NewMark Insurance Services at (855)-777-6549.

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