It's not easy being a property manager. With tenants to keep happy, prospective residents to attract and near constant maintenance projects to attend to, there's not much free time to sit back and reflect on what could be better about the property. That's why so many apartment communities lack character or distinction: the landlord or property manager is often so overworked, just keeping the lights on is enough.
For crowded markets, though, just keeping the lights on is never good enough. To edge out competition, Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management recommends offering amenities or prices better than your neighbors. If you're lacking in funds to renovate or add in a new jacuzzi to attract tenants, you may feel frustrated at your lack of options. Easy projects to boost curb appeal can be done in a weekend, though, so roll up your sleeves and tackle one of these!
Mowing and Trimming and Planting, Oh My!
The easiest curb appeal project is maintaining the lawn and flowerbeds you already have. Too often, these spots are overlooked by busy employees. They offer a chance for you to beautify your apartment community and show tenants you put in the time and effort to care for the place. Break out the weed trimmer and take care of your edges every now and then and keep your grass mowed at a regular pace. Invest in mulch for flower beds and around trees, and plant seasonal flowers that will add a splash of color.
Illuminate Your Property
Just because the sun goes down doesn't mean you have to stop showing off your community. Adding low-voltage landscape lighting to your pathways can brighten up the place. It can also add an increased sense of security to your apartment homes. If wiring lights sounds like too much trouble, consider investing in solar lights instead!
Add Holiday Flair
Whether you're celebrating the seasonal changes or a specific holiday, adding light decor to your property can really warm a community up. Brightly colored flags and fun lawn ornaments can give your apartment homes a lived in feel that adds authenticity.
However you decide to spice up your outdoor spaces, doing so can add value to your property and make it more inviting to new tenants.
- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management
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