Three Tips for Preparing Your Community For An Emergency

Emergency contacts

  Emergency Contact List Keeping the Emergency Contact List updated is the first step for a property’s emergency plan. This includes a reminder to contact alarm companies or other support service providers with changes in telephone numbers or staffing.  This should be included on the team meeting agenda.  When an alarm company is unable to […]

Could A Thank You Every Day, Keep The Move Outs Away?

How often are residents thanked for the choice to live at our community?  Demonstrating resident appreciation in the smallest ways, can have surprising and rewarding returns. Most choices for housing involve long-term commitments, buying a house or a condo, requires a mortgage. Individuals who rent can make a change in an instant.  Granted breaking a […]

Putting A Name With The Face, Team Recognition

All too often, the preparation teams at our properties aren’t recognized for their efforts to clean the common areas, care for the grounds and prepare apartment homes for new residents.  Team recognition to colleagues, prospects or vendors can be as valuable to employee retention as wage adjustments. Housekeeping and Maintenance teams are the backbone of every […]

You Can’t Buy Experience, The Value of Long Term Teams

Possibly the most valuable asset in property management is the experience of the onsite management team. Properties with tenured, long time employees benefit from: development of annual systems. they have noticed, realized and anticipate occupancy trends. they create and build relationships with residents, which improves resident communication, rent collection and resident retention. Preventive maintenance is […]

A Passing Comment Can Create Referrals

Referrals

Where does your leasing traffic come from?  In many cases, referrals are a strong contributor to the sources of traffic at a property. The days of depending on a newspaper advertisement to be your leading source of traffic are long gone. Internet ads, locator services are among the sources that put information at prospects fingertips […]

Preventive Maintenance, Taking The Time Saves Time

Schedule

How do you find the time to include preventive maintenance in a schedule that is hard to predict?  The volume of service orders varies from day to day.  Leasing always seems to need the one apartment that isn’t ready. “Preventive Maintenance can save time, and money for maintenance operations.  Building components like a water heater, […]

Referred By…..Encouraging Referrals From Former Residents

Referral

We constantly analyze guest cards.  Identifying any trends or adjustments in how prospects are learning about our community.  With increasing exposure on a variety of internet locations,  general referrals and “word of mouth” continue to dominate the source of prospective residents. Why are these people talking about your community? In some cases, it is your current […]

“Here’s Your Form,” The Response To A Move Out Notice

Move out

The phone rings, its a resident calling to have us explain the process to give their move out notice. The standard response usually includes a question about when their lease ends, quoting either the 30 or 60 day lease termination notice and/or the lease break policy with a closing remark that the notice must be […]

The Value of a Move In Concession

The value of dollars off move in specials and discounted rent concessions is often discouraged by marketing experts.  Some of the negative impact from concessions are: -The value is short lived. -Impacts renewal rates. -Frustrates existing residents. Matching the Market In many markets, property managers experience competition where every property is utilizing concessions. The prospect […]