Just like in residential real estate, curb appeal matters. Your landscaping, parking spaces, and the exterior of the property’s buildings play a large part in visitors’ first impressions. While the neighboring shopping center may not have the same commercial tenants as your space, they may have competitors. Here’s how you can use the adjacent lot’s landscaping choices to select your own:
1. How well is the landscaping maintained?
Even if they have a great selection of plants and a lot of greenery, poor maintenance will still make new visitors think twice. Dropped trash that’s visible from the main road, leaf piles that are clogging the lot’s drains and sitting on the walkways, and even overgrown grass say a lot about the property. Find a landscaping maintenance service that exceeds that of your direct neighbors and at least matches the maintenance of the cleanest properties in your area. Not only will your property be well-maintained, that visible contrast can bring you new visitors and higher-paying tenants.
2. What plants are they using?
If you’re new to the area or this is one of your first commercial buildings with extensive greenery, it’s hard to know what plants work best. So look at your neighbor’s parking lots to see what trees, grasses, and shrubs work best. You can see how they look at their best and their worst, as well as how much landscaping they require. If it looks like the plants need too much water and care, especially in a water-restricted area, then that information can help you choose hardscaping instead.
3. You have visuals to explain what you do and don’t want.
Just like every industry, landscaping has a wide array of technical terms and small construction details that can make all the difference. But visuals can help. Instead of trying to explain exactly what you have in mind, take a picture or point to neighboring features that you want replicated. This can help you pick the right local varieties of plants that are hardy and adjusted to the climate, as well as hardscaping features that prevent flooding.