Tips for Adding Curb Appeal to Your Units for Spring

curb appealSpring is here and that means it is time to spruce up the curb appeal of your apartment building. Spring is the peak season for new renters — because everyone wants to secure and move before the heat of the summer. When it comes down to picking an apartment building, it is no secret that renters want something that is attractive to look at. Luckily there are ways to give your curb appeal a lift without spending too much from your budget.

Clean Everything Outside

Your community should be neat and clean. That means picking up any trash items you find, cleaning out the weeds, sweeping and power washing the exteriors and even having the windows washed. There shouldn’t be any pet waste sitting in the lawns and all of the grass needs to be mowed and well-kept. Grass clippings should also be picked up immediately after the lawn is mowed so that they aren’t tracked throughout the community or into main areas.

Take Care of Your Landscaping

The smallest amount of effort in your landscaping goes a long way with future tenants. Make sure trees are trimmed so that they don’t hang on the building or in the walkways. Take care of bushes and shrubs so that they don’t block any signage or entrances. If you have areas of grass that are dead or dying, remove them and replant so that the lawn is even and looks like it is kept up.

Flower beds should be cleaned out too. If it’s the right time for planting in your area, lay down a layer of fresh mulch and get planting. Go for eye-catching flower shades like yellow, pink and orange.

Give the Exterior a Fresh Face

Sometimes all it takes is a power washing to get the exterior of your building clean and looking as good as new. But, if you notice there are areas where the paint is peeling, consider getting in there, sanding and repainting the surface. Also, power washing might help remove the peeling paint so that it is easier to cover.

Spruce Up the Inside Too

Your leasing office and any other interior community areas need a good uplift too. Clean the areas thoroughly, repaint walls and add pops of color, and make sure your community areas give off the right impression. These are the areas potential renters are going to see first; therefore, they need to really shine.

The outside of your apartment complex and the main community areas are your first impression to potential renters. By taking the time to get it all done before peak rental season, you’re already a step ahead of the competition.

Apr 2014