The First Day of Spring is just around the corner. And for residents of multi-family buildings, that means it’s almost time to take advantage of outdoor amenities available within their communities. This year, people will gravitate toward outdoor socialization to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and multi-family property managers will be tasked with ensuring resident safety while also promoting a sense of community. Keep reading for the five most popular outdoor amenities for multi-family communities to explore this season — and how property managers can secure each area using universal access control.
1. Rooftop Patio
For the past few years, a rooftop patio has been one of the most coveted features among prospective residents. Particularly popular in urban areas, these rooftop spaces offer skyline views with a feeling of exclusivity, since the experience is only available to residents of the building. Properties can sweeten the deal by seeking ways to make the patio even more unique — TVs, grills, wine bars, fire pits — in addition to offering a reservation system for residents to (safely) host their own get-togethers.
Just as appealing as a rooftop patio, a pool promises residents a place of relaxation and escape — two much-needed offerings in the midst of the pandemic. But the pool area can prove more difficult to manage, especially when ensuring social distancing and limiting capacity. Creating a reservation system for pool visitors is one step toward ensuring resident safety — but taking it a step further by offering private “cabanas” or reserved pool chairs can make residents feel special rather than supervised.
3. Dog Park
More than 70% of renters are pet owners. Multi-family rentals that accept pets as part of their community are preferred by residents, particularly if the property is near walking trails and dog parks — plus, rentals can pull in additional revenue as a result of pet ownership fees. But the real above-and-beyond amenity for pets is a dog park located on the property, which is a rare but greatly sought-after feature for dog owners. For smaller pet-friendly solutions, owners can consider offering an outdoor pet-washing station, pet waste stations throughout the property, or a simple jar of treats up-for-grabs in the lobby.
4. Sport Court
As indoor gyms and fitness centers prove challenging to manage during the pandemic, outdoor athletic offerings will only continue to grow in popularity among multi-family residents. Volleyball courts, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, badminton — options abound for multi-family managers, and amenities are even more appealing when rental equipment is available for hourly or daily use. If sport courts aren’t an option, consider offering rental kayaks or paddle boards if your property is near a public lake.
5. Community Garden
For residents with a green thumb — or for those looking to take up a new hobby — a garden is a unique amenity that offers residents a way to connect with their community. After providing all the equipment needed to get started (seeds, watering cans, gardening tools), property managers can assign interested residents certain plots or plants in the garden with scheduled watering, trimming, and replanting times. You can even go the extra mile by creating a “resident oasis” within the garden by adding fountains, benches, and rock gardens.
Secure Every Area with RemoteLock
In the time of COVID-19 and beyond, securing access to all areas on your properties — especially shared spaces — will continue to promote resident safety and satisfaction. While offering popular outdoor amenities is sure to attract prospective renters, adding tech-advanced features and smart home capabilities will set your properties apart from competing communities. With a universal access control platform like RemoteLock, multi-family property managers can secure all doors — from residential units to maintenance closets and common areas — using any smart lock or even a hardwired access control system. Custom access schedules within the RemoteLock app allow for specific schedules to be created for specific residents, visitors, and employees, which means greater visibility for property managers when certain areas need to meet limited capacity numbers. And for prospective residents looking to tour the property on their own time, RemoteLock’s integration with Pynwheel allows renters to experience contactless, self-guided tours with self-expiring access codes to common areas and show units. With a future-proof universal access control solution, property managers can increase visibility, boost occupancy, and improve the resident experience in every space at any time.
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