Thursday, May 11, 2017

It's Moving Season: Are Your Properties Ready?

It's the most wonderful (and challenging) time of the year to be a property manager: moving season. The temperatures are warm, school is letting out and renters are looking to make moves. Give your property a spring makeover before prospective tenants descend upon your community. Here's how to get ready:

Improve curb appeal

It doesn't take a lot to make your property more aesthetically appealing. Plant flowers, mow your lawn and decorate with pretty flags. Your first impression needs to give off the vibe that you take excellent care of your community - and that your residents love living there. 

Clear away winter debris

Even if your area stayed relatively snow free this winter, chances are good your property could still use some tidying up. Clean up any debris lying in gutters, on the grass or in the parking lots. Be sure to pick up any large sticks or branches that may have come down over the winter, too.

Walk through vacant units

If you've got a great maintenance crew and a reliable office staff, chances are good this last step is largely unnecessary - but it never hurts to double check behind your team. Don't allow for any surprises when you guide prospective tenants through newly vacated units. Walk through yourself to ensure all signs of the previous tenants are gone.

- Scott Safadi


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