If you’re thinking about updating your rental property’s landscape, it might seen overwhelming—and expensive. However, there are always financially healthy ways to cut corners and still not sacrifice quality. Here are some simple tips for doing just that on a budget.
Cost-Effective Ways to Redo Your Deck
If your wooden deck has been through the ringer, there are some economical ways to revive it. Start by looking at the structure and paying attention to stair stringers, posts, and places where the deck and house meet.
See if there are any bolts or screws that can be replaced or tightened, nails that can be tapped down, then work on replacing rotted or molded boards.
It’s also incredible what a simple cleaning can do for the look and feel of your deck. After the quick repairs, scrub down the deck with an easy homemade solution: one quart household bleach plus 1/3 cup powdered laundry detergent mixed with three quarts of warm water. Then wash it all off with a hose to reveal your new surface!
You can also finish it all off with something like a semitransparent stain for protecting the wood.
Add Some Green
Having flowers and greenery makes your yard personalized and homey—and it doesn’t have to break the bank! You can buy plants, trees, and shrubs late in the season to save a lot of money. Also check out big-box stores that have low prices for some good deals. Just take a close look before purchasing anything to make sure the plant is in good shape.
Perennials are a great choice because they come up each year. You could also organize a swap in your HOA community and get cuttings from the yards of your neighbors. You can use the cuttings to cut new growth and re-pot. (See some more HOA gardening tips here.)
Utilize the Dollar Store
You can find pretty pots, dishes, and containers at dollar stores and flea markets that will work just find for flowerpots, bird baths, and more. Other ideas include using an old dresser as a potting bench or a cart as a mobile grill station. Just make sure you choose things that contribute to your overall look.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to upgrade the look of your property. All it takes is a little creativity!