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Artificial Turf or Natural?

Discussion in 'Landscaping' started by Pinvest, 11th Sep, 2015.

  1. Pinvest

    Pinvest New Member

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    Hello All.

    I am new to the forum - introduction just posted yesterday - after a recommendation from my finance broker a fellow property investor.

    I need to landscape a 3 lot survey strata with 280m2 of turf. I'm seriously considering artificial turf so that I can maintain a presentable property between tenants which I hope will contribute to high tenancy rates. Has anyone got any positive or negative experiences with artificial turf for IP? I have artificial turf at my PPOR so I know the general pros and cons, but rentals are a different story.

    I look forward to your comments.

    Ben
     
  2. Depreciator

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    Wow, 280sqm of decent artificial turf is going to be expensive, Ben. But it will be depreciable - real grass is not depreciable.

    Scott
     
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    Not sure it would handle tenants parking their cars on it? Oil a bit hard to get out of it as well.;)
    Seriously tho I wouldn't, repairing it is a pain and you can never match cos there is always colour differences between batches.
     
  4. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    At what rate Scott? Due to delays, mine was installed after your mate Dougal did the inspection at my Perth property
     
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    Five year Effective Life. So very fast depreciation (which is an indication of how long it is expected to last). Using the DV method, it's 40% per full year.
     
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    @devank I think has artificial grass in one of his properties. Maybe he can give you his opinion.
     
  7. bob shovel

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    Top idea but I have seen a couple of yards with it and weeds still penetrate through if not done properly with the base layers plus at the joints there is a chance of lifting apart, kids pulling up, weeds, dog damage if the tenants get you a surprise puppy!
     
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    Around 95sqm of turf for each villa. That seems like a lot. Is there any garden beds or paving as well?

    I like fake lawn, and it's particularly useful if the villas have been built with no side access - no one wants to take a mower through the house! But it is expensive and I would probably use it in conjunction with garden beds to keep the cost down
     
  9. jim1964

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    I used this 5 years ago on my new PPOR build.Cost was around 11k for 110sm supplied and fitted.3 dogs ,thousands of poops, still looks as good today as when laid, i do wash it down occasionally, give it a rake etc, very minimal maintenance needed. Bit hot to walk on in bare feet on a hot day though.

    http://www.rolloutgrass.com.au/types-of-grass/winston-max/
     
  10. Pinvest

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    Thank you for your input guys, there is certainly some points that I wasn't aware of, probably the biggest is the fact that fake lawn, being an capital expense I guess, is depreciable. This is a big plus.

    It seems that the ball park cost appears to be $100 per m2, which is obviously a chunk of money, Fortunately I will be doing it DIY along with my bobcat guy so hope to get away with around half this cost. There will be paving and crushed rock paths installed as well, but I will be looking to install more flower beds as suggested above to reduce the turf area.

    My PPOR fake turf was installed DIY and it is standing up very well even with dogs, so as long as I don't skimp on the base layer, the result should be satisfactory.

    I will appreciate any further comments. Has anybody heard of potential tenants being turned off the idea of fake turf??
     
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    If you are handy and it sounds like you are, consider making some raised beds around the grass. This will stop the bed mulch/soil/weeds getting onto the grass and looks fab

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    It may look foreign to a tenant and to put my tenant hat on, I'd want to know what is required to maintain, any chance of damages, what you expect from the tenant, some supplier info or formal care instructions.
    For tenants that are used to letting the lawn go wild they may be hesitant of your alien lawn, that being if they did damage or something went wrong it is an expensive job to fix, real grass is straight forward.

    Personally I'd like to rent a place with it, you could charge extra per week but I'd just be concerned with the damages side.
     
  13. D.T.

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    That's interesting, thanks. My supplier/installer has a 10 year warranty so hopefully lasts that.