Even though, the type of indoor layout and amenities are integral, tenants place almost equal importance on outdoor space. Therefore, poor outdoor space can be a deal breaker, even if the amenities provided are terrific. Property management can enhance outdoor spaces by choosing the right landscaping elements that enable tenants to enjoy various types of outdoor activities and exercising.
What most Residents Want
According to studies, apart from a secure parking space, renters want stellar entertaining and living options outdoors, as an extension of their indoor space. Here are some of the best options property management can consider for improving outdoor spaces:
Beautiful landscaping that requires the least maintenance
Grow native plants, and build outdoor structures that are easy to maintain
If garden is not possible, provide window boxes where renters can grow herbs, food, or ornamental plants
Provide outdoor seating in the garden or overlooking a wonderful view
However, the most preferred outdoor option apart from a nice garden is space for recreation activities and games. Pool, basketball court, tennis court, jogging track, and play area for kids are the best options for luring prospects and improving the image of the property. There is nothing wrong with providing healthy options for folks to engage in.
Simply installing an outdoor grill or barbecue and keeping that area clean will significantly improve the reputation of the property, as it encourages residents to partake of the outdoor facility and build a sense of community on the property.
One of the major challenges in providing outstanding outdoor facilities is the added cost of maintenance and lighting. However, these costs can be minimized by making the right choices. Select outdoor furniture and seating arrangements that require maximum a paint job once in two years.
As for lighting, go for LED lights that consume 80% less power compared to ordinary light bulbs. LED lights will be costly, but they will pay for themselves in the end. Secondly, LED bulbs are available in very small sizes, which make them unobtrusive for the outdoors.
Tips for Making Majestic Outdoor Features
Outdoor space should be connected to the units with designated walks
Small spaces can be easily cluttered with many amenities and too much furniture. Therefore, it is important to plan as per scale.
For recreation and sport activities make sure the outdoor space has enough room for residents to relax and play comfortably
Provide proper lighting
Power wash patios and walkways
Remove foliage that is blocking sunlight and line of sight, for creating a sense of more open space
For outdoor areas meant for entertainment, provide some protection from the sun and the wind
Landscape should be kept clean and neat. Mow grass and remove weeds reguarly, since an unkempt garden or lawn conveys a more negative impression than not having one.
Improving curb appeal and providing outdoor amenities can certainly improve the value of the property. Simple renovations, fixes, and outdoor makeovers can attract more prospects and decrease vacancy rates dramatically.