People love to have lush green lawns, even when they are renting, but maintaining a lawn can be a hassle for landlords. If you have a rental property with a natural grass lawn, you have three choices: you can spend your own time maintaining the yard, pay a landscaper to maintain the yard or trust that the renters will mow, weed, water and fertilize it to keep it green and healthy…or you can install an artificial grass. Replacing your rental house’s natural grass lawn with artificial grass is a simple step that will cut both your water bill and your property maintenance costs immediately, while increasing the property value!
Having artificial grass installed is costly, it can cost anywhere from $5 to $20 per square foot, while sod typically costs 14 to 60 cents per square foot. The artificial grass I had install at this house cost $2468 for 400 square feet, so a little over $6 a square foot. Fortunately, the cost will pay for itself in about three to five years thanks to no maintenance costs compared to natural lawn care! Additionally, artificial turf can withstand heavy use and can last between 15 to 20 years according to most distributors.
Since artificial grass requires no maintenance from gas or electric-powered lawn equipment, artificial turf is more eco-friendly than natural grass! A simple sweeping with a broom will clear away most debris from the top of the turf and have it looking great in no time. Even better is that often the cheapest artificial grass is recycled– this type of artificial turf is recycled and re-purposed for residential property, effectively keeping waste materials out of landfills. Of course, one of the most common reason homeowners choose to install artificial turn in Arizona is water conservation. According the the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is estimated that landscape irrigation accounts for one-third of all residential water use. An artifical lawn looks lush and green, even while during times of drought while conserving water.
So, my answer to the question “Is Artifical Turf a Good Investment for Rentals?” A DEFINITE “YES”!