Prepare Your Community for the Spring Rental Season
Spring marks the unofficial start of moving season, and for good reason. People prefer moving before the start of a new school year, and when the weather is nice.
A little elbow grease will go a long way to make your community stand out, so get a jump on your spring cleaning and set your community apart as the best in class. After all, a great first impression can mean the difference between full occupancy and vacant units.
Minor repairs. Power wash the buildings, parking lots, and sidewalks. Add a fresh coat of paint where needed and prepare to dazzle your current and prospective residents.
Improve curb appeal. Trim the tree branches and shrubs, pull weeds, and add colorful plants and ground cover.
Spring Cleaning. Conduct an inspection of the HVAC system and change the filters as needed. Also, change the batteries in the smoke detectors and test the fire systems. While you’re at it, make sure the fire extinguishers are in working order.
Update signs. Chances are, you haven’t cleaned or changed your signs in a while. Make it a practice to replace signs annually so they always look clean and new. Also consider introducing a few new signs to the property, such as a ridesharing service sign to designate a pickup and drop off area, or a pet waste station for pet owners.
Spruce up the leasing office. Now that the community has been given a face-lift, make sure the leasing office is tidy as well. De-clutter and get rid of old marketing materials, Christmas decorations, and the like. Add a few plants or some fresh flowers and consider a clean new welcome mat to make prospects feel welcome.