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 In Lifestyle Property Management

Make the most of greenery in a small rental property

Pots and planters allow you to enjoy the benefits of greenery with the peace of mind that you can easily transport your items when it’s time to relocate.

Plants and greenery are well known to be conducive to good health and wellbeing. If you are renting a small space, there are ways to introduce green elements to your home for aesthetic allure and sensory appeal, while minimising any risk of damage to your rental property.

Portability is an important consideration for many tenants, who are often hesitant to invest time and money into a home garden knowing that their current abode may only be temporary. Pots and planters allow you to enjoy the benefits of greenery with the peace of mind that you can easily transport your items when it’s time to relocate.

‘When keeping plants indoors, be mindful of how they are draining in their pots. We have seen instances of water damage to timber floors, which can be expensive to repair,’ says Marshall White property manager, Renee Hewstone.

‘Water trays or saucers are an affordable and effective investment for peace of mind, ensuring your plants won’t leak and leave lasting marks.’

Small plants like cacti, wax plants or succulents can be an ideal, low maintenance option in an apartment or compact space. Many of these varieties require very little attention, can thrive in small pots and are adaptable to various lighting conditions.

Terrariums can also add appeal to small areas, as they contain an entire ecosystem in a glass confinement. With these, risk of water damage is minimised due to their hardy nature and minimal need for watering.

For those with an outdoor space, whether a balcony, courtyard or atrium, Marshall White team leader and property manager, Tania Smith, suggests caution when selecting outdoor garden ornaments, such as metal pots.

By acquiring a selection of portable plants that match your style and won’t leave behind any damage, you can enjoy the benefits of greenery, no matter how small or temporary your rental property is.

‘Consideration of outdoor spaces can sometimes be overlooked by tenants,’ says Tania.

‘Rust marks can be difficult to remove. We suggest using terracotta or similar materials for outdoor pots and planter boxes.’

Keeping outdoor plants contained is also advisable. Tania says that vines and climbing plants have caused issues for tenants in the past.

‘Landlords and tenants may not always see eye to eye on what they consider as being improvements to the property. To be on the safe side, avoid plants that may grow out of control.’

By acquiring a selection of portable plants that match your style and won’t leave behind any damage, you can enjoy the benefits of greenery, no matter how small or temporary your rental property is.

If you have any queries regarding property management or leasing, please contact the Marshall White Property Management Team who will be happy to assist. For more information contact us on (03) 9822 8711.

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