Are you a residential property investor who owns rental homes? If so, there may be some reasons you'll want to add some landscape lighting to your residential properties. Landscape lighting can make a spooky, dark home look more expensive and appealing after dark. It also adds security.
No matter what grade of rental home you own, you as an investor can always have advantages over other property owners if your property has landscape lighting installed.
To give you an idea of what we're talking about, let's first put yourself in the shoes of someone looking to rent property in the area.
First of all, many people who look for homes to rent are workers that spend every day of the week at work. Which means that a majority of the people actually doing drive-by's are looking at your property after work hours or on weekends.
Since most investors are home by then and not showing property, this means that a good number of potential qualified renters are never even seen or heard from because they look at your properties after dark.
Imagine yourself as one of those renters who know an appointment to see the property isn't possible this late, but want to drive by to see if it's even an interesting place. You're driving along trying to find the property, probably in an unfamiliar neighborhood or part of the city. You finally spot the address and pull up, taking a slow look at how the house looks.
But...you can't see a darn thing. The house looks empty and dark. Maybe a light was left on inside, but still the yard looks strange and a little spooky and well...you're just not sure about this place and whether it's been kept up or not. So you decide to pull up and try to take a look around.
But all you can do is trip through the grass and sticks, all the while thinking about snakes, and try to peek in a window in the front of the home. Since you can't see anything outside or in, it's just not worth it to look around further so you leave thinking you'll have to come back. But the next day your appointment with another realtor leads you to another home and you've already forgotten about the dark house.
Unfortunately, you as the investor just lost a lot of potential clients because your property had no landscape lighting for the potential renters to see by.
A properly lit house only needs to have a few key areas lit up for your purposes. You'll want to be sure there's a driveway light posted high enough to offer plenty of lighting for vehicles to pull in and get out of the car.
You'll need to be sure sidewalks and pathways around the exterior are lit with some lower voltage choices. And porch lights should be sufficient to provide enough light for safety. And finally, you'll want to add a couple of aesthetic features with lighting to make the property more attractive.
If you install some basic lighting for the home (there are plenty of energy saving light fixtures today), and you add a couple of spot lights for focal points (like at the base of a pair of trees, a small bird bath, or a fountain), you're creating a lovely looking home for night time.
Consider...how many times have you driven in a neighborhood after dark and you're naturally attracted to the homes with landscape lighting? It makes the home look warm, comfortable, and more expensive. It will also mean that your empty property is lit well to ward off criminal activity. Landscape lighting helps neighbors and patrolling police to monitor your property after dark.
And when you do rent the homes out, you'll have very thankful tenants who are interested in a higher end property that has good lighting for their safety at nighttime. It's a win-win situation all around!