DIY Outdoor Living Spaces for Your Rental Property

Summer is the best time to get together with friends and family for some outdoor fun! Luckily, whether you own an investment property or live in a rental, there are several things you can do to create DIY outdoor living spaces to fit your perfect summer plans!

Outdoor living spaces can be extremely expensive to furnish and decorate. However, you don’t have to break the bank to make your outdoor space look cozy and inviting.
DIY means do-it-yourself, so that’s precisely what you’ll do to create your perfect outdoor living space.

Steps To Make That Happen
1. Location
2. Find the Right Furniture
3. Add an Entertainment Piece
4. Add Greenery
5. Choose Outdoor Lighting
6. Accessories

First, plan out where you will place it. Likely this will be in the backyard. Then, have an idea of what you’re going to put there. For example, furniture, plants, a fireplace, an outdoor cooking station, etc. This may mean you will have to move things that are currently in the yard or need to clear out grass and trees. (If you are a renter doing this project, check with your property owner/ management company before digging up plants, grass and trees.)

Find the Right Furniture
Second, start buying on a budget! You will need to decide what kind of seating you want. For example do you want a place for lounging or enjoying a meal?
Unfortunately these bigger seating items can sometimes break the bank! It is smart to shop furniture sales. Often times stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, and At Home will have clearance furniture marked way down. Also watch for major holiday sales!

Add an Entertainment Piece
Third, Once you have furniture for your outdoor space, look for more items to tie it all together. For example, entertainment elements.

Every outdoor space needs an entertainment piece. After all, if you’re having people over to socialize or hang out, you’ll need something to entertain your guests. An entertainment piece could mean a television, fire pit, outdoor games, etc.  Once again shop sales for these items.

Add Greenery
Forth, add greenery to the space. This can be adding shrubs in the ground or just a simple artificial plant in a pot.
Check the time of the year you will be planting if you choose to go with live plants. Also the area you are living in will depend on the types of plants that will flourish.

For example, nothing ties together an outdoor spaces like gardens with beautiful plants and flowers. These days, vertical gardens are extremely popular. These can be a great option for privacy in a rental space.

Outdoor Lighting
Fifth, you will need to add lighting for a space you intend to use into the evening and not just during the day.

Outdoor lighting is a huge factor in making a comfortable seating area for family and friends. Luckily, you can get extremely inexpensive string lights from nearly anywhere.  You can quickly get creative with string lights and other outdoor lighting options.

For example, you can hang them from deck posts, ceilings, or other outdoor fixtures. Plus, you can easily take them down or move them when you’re done with them.

Once you have all the main pieces of your DIY outdoor space, it’s time to accessorize! The most fun part that lets you bring in your own personal touch! These accessories can include an outdoor rug, blankets, decorative pillows, or table garnishes! While accessories aren’t completely necessary, they are a great way to make the outdoor space more comfortable and these items can be found for next to nothing!

Cost to Create a DIY Outdoor Living Space
Hiring contractors to fix up your backyard and make it beautiful can take time and cost a lot of money. However, when you opt for DIY outdoor living spaces, you can create backyards just as beautiful–and less expensive.

Whether you own a rental property or you’re renting, you can do several small, inexpensive things to personalize your space and bring it to life!

Here are some budget-friendly options to help you get your space started!

Outdoor patio set for under $200
Fire pit less than $50
• Best plants to grow in Fort Worth
Outdoor lighting under $20

Hire a Property Management Company
Owning and managing every aspect of a rental property takes time, patience, and skill. If you have more than one rental property, it can get extremely overwhelming quite quickly! We can help!

At All County Property Management Group, we not only help renters find their next home but also property investors looking for an experienced property management company to take over the hard work of property management. We offer up-to-date listings to suit a variety of needs and budgets. In addition, our dedicated leasing staff works with you every step of the way so you can feel confident in your home choice. Plus our team handles all property management needs from maintenance, leasing documents, marketing and more! For more information or to see our available listings in your area, check us out today!