First impressions count, and when you're trying to rent a property, this should be at the forefront of your mind. While the first room your potential tenant sees should of course be as well presented and as tidy as possible, the garden can play a significant role in making your property more attractive. Many people see the garden as an important lifestyle feature of a home, and especially important for those who enjoy gardening, summer time barbecues, or for simply relaxing in. Consider the following tips and you may soon be switching from unoccupied property insurance to landlord insurance.

Firstly, take some time to see the garden objectively; put yourself in the shoes of a prospective tenant. Remember that if a garden looks tidy, it gives the impression that as a landlord you really care about maintaining your property. Ensure any garden tools are stored tidily away - ideally in a garden shed. Next, look at the natural features of the garden - are you making the most of them?

Ensure leaves are raked away and that the grass is cut on a regular basis - if you only cut your lawn once every few months you'll soon be inundated with weeds. It is also a good idea to invest in some flowers for the borders of the garden - if you don't have any borders, consider creating some. Choose a range of flowers suited to the various seasons so that your garden is in bloom for the longest possible time during the year.

By investing time and energy into your garden, you are increasing the chances of renting out your property. If you don't have time to do it yourself, consider hiring a reputable gardener who may be able to do it more quickly and effectively than yourself.