What are 6 ways to upgrade the look and feel of apartment common spaces you can take to keep tenants happy is this week’s maintenance tip from Keepe.
Community living has become a growing trend in multifamily housing, especially among younger people, including millennials and Generation Z renters.
Co-living spaces allow residents to have room to spend time, meet with others and work professionally outside of their units. Dedicated shared spaces are easy to incorporate into existing properties.
If you currently have a common space or have room in your building to dedicate to a community space, you may want to consider the following:
6 ways to upgrade the look and feel of apartment common spaces
- Lighting can be very inviting: Add indoor lighting throughout your property to brighten up the rooms. If you have outdoor spaces, light fixtures can elevate the space of a walkway, or a larger communal area such as a shared outdoor patio.
- Add new furniture: Installing new pieces of furniture in an existing communal space in your building can attract new groups of people. Be aware of how you arrange your furniture. Don’t space the pieces too far apart, since you want to make the space intimate and approachable for groups of people.
- Bring in some plants: Greenery can add a lot to a shared space. Add artificial or real plants and flowers in traditional areas, such as on a coffee table, in the kitchen or on the sides of a hallway.
- Use textiles with some color: Layer accessories like pillows, cushions, and rugs to add extra warmth to a space. Use spots of color to pull more eyes into a specific space.
- Add wall decoration: Shelves, paintings, and mirrors are great additions that can bring your empty walls to life. Keep it personal, not commercial-looking. Think about how you would decorate your own home or apartment.
- Accessories rule: Think about adding kitchenware in shared kitchens, books in a shared library or workroom, and similar small details and accessories to make communal spaces more resourceful and more like home. Residents will appreciate these little details and potentially spend more time due to these small amenities.
Small investments can pay dividends
These quick fixes are easy to incorporate into any size space.
When brainstorming what features to include in your property, ask yourself what sorts of finishing touches would make you feel welcome. And whenever you add new features to your property, be sure to communicate these features to your tenants so that they are aware and more likely to explore the living spaces.
The small investments you make to your property can go a long way towards tenant morale and can become incentives to renew their leases.
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