Just like any home, the curb appeal of your apartment community can make a good or bad impression on potential renters. Ways to increase curb appeal can include adding exterior decorations, re-painting, or making improvements to the landscaping. There are a variety of simple, cost-effective improvements to elevate your curb appeal this fall.
- Clean it Up: It may be almost too simple, but the number one thing you can do to update your curb appeal is to make it spotless! Ensure all trash, pet waste, weeds, grass clippings, dirt and anything else you can think of is cleaned off of your curbs, walkways and green spaces. Placing more effort on something as simple as trash pickup can boost the appeal of your property.
- Outdoor Lighting: Add low-wattage, outdoor lighting to both improve the look of your landscape and increase safety on your property. To save energy and be more eco-friendly, choose compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), or take advantage of the sun with natural solar powered lights.
- Welcoming Walkways: Well-defined paths and walkways not only make your property more inviting, it also can create easier and safer access between buildings for your residents.
- Fresh Coat: A fresh coat of paint may be all you need to take your leasing office or apartment building from drab to fab. Make sure you don’t forget to upgrade siding and trim to keep your property looking its best.
- Bigger the Better: Add large, oversized numbers to distinguish apartment buildings and addresses. Not only will it help your residents and guest find their way around, it adds a fun, eye-catching design statement to your property.
- Pristine Planters: Add some simple window boxes to spruce up the look of your leasing office or apartment buildings. You can bolt the boxes directly through the siding and into the wall studs, or bolt supporting brackets to the studs and fasten the boxes to the brackets to keep the wall boxes secure.
- Fire Up: If you already have shared outdoor space for your residents, look into adding a budget-friendly portable fire pit unit or install a fire pit that is built into the ground. Residents and prospective renters will be sure to love this extra amenity.
Remember, a well groomed apartment community can be the deciding factor for a prospective renter choosing between your property and another. If the outside of your community doesn’t look up to par, renters may assume other maintenance issues will follow.
How do you maintain the curb appeal at your community? What’s working and what hasn’t?