Apartment Living Essentials
While it’s still scorching outside, summer is giving way to fall and for many, it’s moving time! From normal moves into new communities to students gearing up for the upcoming semester, prepare to see moving trucks soon. Moving can be a difficult, timely and stressful event even for the most experienced. Without fail, you’ll reach a point where you’re asking yourself “Where did I put ______?” or “Do I have _____?” You may not even realize you need something after throwing it away during the process. So, we made a list of the top 15 apartment living essentials, along with a brief explanation just in case you don’t see the whole picture. You may not even be moving, but this list serves all apartment residents.
- Trash bags – Definitely number one on our apartment living essentials list. Ever run out of these and had to make a late night run to combat overflowing garbage? It’s not fun, so always have a surplus!
- Proper Bedding – We’re going to assume you already have a bed here, but good bedding goes a long way. Nice sheets, a comforter, pillows, etc. We also recommend having two different sets; one on the bed and the other cleaned and stored away. You never know when a loved one may need to spend a night.
- Towels – There’s no such thing as too many towels. If it requires absorption, towels can save the day.
- Basic Utensils – We’re not living in the Stone Age so cutlery and kitchen utensils are a must. Even if you don’t cook, don’t assume the delivery guy has a plethora of sporks to hand out!
- Emergency Supplies – Keep a first aid kit, flashlights, batteries and candles in your apartment for an unlikely emergency. You’ll find comfort in knowing you’re prepared during a power outage or dinner prep gone bad.
- Furniture – Another obvious one but a nice couch, table, chairs and coffee table can transform an apartment. Also, who wants to spend time in an apartment with just a bed? You might creep your friends out too. Clean and functional furniture doesn’t have to be expensive. Crates do NOT count as chairs!
- Good Blinds or Drapes – Not all, but some apartments don’t have either of these when moving in. Even if you do have blinds or drapes, a good set can be serious savings on electricity. Look at what makes sense but the darker they can make your apartment, the more money you save on utilities.
- Lamps – Sometimes overhead lighting in an apartment is lackluster or even nonexistent! Cheap floor lamps will do the trick to keep you out of the dark.
- Electrical Accessories – It’s better have too much than not enough when it comes to these items. We’re talking about power strips, extension cords or device chargers etc. You’ll kick yourself if you’re one inch from the wall outlet or if a power surge ruins your coffee machine.
- Toilet Paper – We aren’t going into detail on this one. Buy in bulk!
- Artwork – Like furniture, nice artwork can brighten up a room and help set a tone. It doesn’t have to be costly either; some framed posters of famous art can do the trick. If you’re feeling more adventurous, go to flea markets and garage sales for cheap and one of a kind piece.
- Toolset – Even if it’s a cheap one, you’ll end up using it. How else are you going to hang your art around so your apartment doesn’t look like a hospital room? Make sure it has the most basic essentials: Flat head and Phillips head screwdrivers, hammer and pliers can work wonders.
- Cleaning Supplies – Keep your apartment clean! Simple cleaning kits are available at most drugstores and supermarkets. A simple sponge and soap can make a huge difference.
- Spare Set of Keys – This is the last one on our list but it’s essential. Make a spare set of your keys and give them to a loved one in case of emergency or you lock yourself out. Alternatively, hide them under a doormat or somewhere outside your door. Paying for a locksmith comes out of YOUR pocket and it’s an expensive mistake to make!
Your Apartment = Your Home
These 15 apartment living essentials will make your apartment a happy home. They seem like common sense but some can go unnoticed. It’s better to have them on hand instead of going out to get them one-by-one. You can even order these items straight from Amazon.com if you have time to spare. You may have some of these already, but take some time on your next shopping trip to round off the list. Doing so will keep your apartment and life in good shape!
Amenities play a major role for residents joining a community. There are the typical amenities, such as a clubhouse and a gym, but apartment renters expect unique offerings to make a community their home. Amenities are a deciding factor. Like all things, amenities are subject to trends and popularity. While 2017 seems far away, the newest trends in amenities are coming into the spotlight. If you’re responsible for the budget, you should take these amenities into consideration before letting the ink dry.
Yep, 2017 is the year of the garden! From living art walls to herb and vegetable gardens, community vegetation is on the rise. Not only do they promote social interactions amongst residents, they provide access to healthy food! Many city communities are adopting these ideas so residents can step out of the urban jungle while they’re home. While they’ve been around for a while, expect to see a significant increase in 2017. Read more about community gardens in our next blog!
When residents come home from a hard day of work, they want to relax. There are a few ways to do this and in 2017, having a taste of the good life will be a selling point. What could be better than grabbing a bottle of your favorite wine from the secure on-site wine cellar? Maybe a massage from the on-call masseuse in a private therapy room is more your speed. There are communities even starting to install commercial grade kitchens for guest chefs and test kitchen events. We bet a few people could get used to that kind of life.
Package management has been a hot amenity for the past few years, but the trend will continue to grow since capabilities have expanded. Examples include dry cleaning pickup and outbound shipping from the lockers themselves. The customization levels have also improved; custom colors and even seasonal wraps are available. The peak of innovation hasn’t hit this amenity yet! Expect package management to be a more “standard” amenity starting in 2017.
Amenities of Tomorrow, Today
2017 is just around the corner. Providing amenities that draw residents in has always been important, but the difference today is in the diversity. These three amenities are a good way to stand out from the competition and they could be a deciding factor for new residents and for renewals. Knowing what your community wants is important, but providing what they didn’t know they wanted works wonders. An amenity today can mean happy residents and more profit tomorrow!
Warm Up To New Residents On Move-In Day
As we all know, summer is upon us. The season filled with barbeques, vacations and shorts is also known for something else: moving. According to moving and storage company U-Haul: “17 to 20 million people may move this summer” and “Nearly 45 percent of all moves occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day.” That’s a lot of people relocating during the warmest time of the year. Reasons vary on why many commit to a summertime move and many of them may be moving into your community. If this is the case, many in multifamily have an opportunity to make a good first impression. Just because a resident signed the lease doesn’t mean they feel comfortable and welcome in the community yet. We have a few ideas on how to break through this barrier to make a lasting impression.
- Prepare the Property – If you’re about to see an influx of new residents, have the property ready. Will moving trucks be able to easily navigate once on site? Are there any obstructions in the hallways, breezeways or stairwells? Don’t forget that residents may have only seen the property a handful of times before moving in, so they may get confused. Is there any way to help this? These small fixes will make moving in a smoother experience for everyone. Even just being there to assure and answer questions will stand out to new residents.
- Have Water Ready – Summer is hot. Moving heavy objects in the summer is even hotter. A great way to maintain the rapport you’ve established is to provide cold bottled water on move-in days. Think about it: new residents already feel the stresses of moving and this simple necessity may be overlooked. Your generosity can reinforce their decision to why they wanted to join the community in the first place. As we’ve always said, “A happy resident is a loyal resident.” There’s no reason why this can’t start over some H2O.
- Summer Swag Bags – Before a resident begins to unload their belongings into their new home, they need to go inside it first. An awesome way to welcome them is to have a summer themed swag bag on the counter waiting for them. From some simple sunglasses to sunscreen, anything that can help the summer moving process is a good start. Not everything has to be summer oriented; throwing in a few essentials that can get overlooked work just as well. Coupons to local establishments are also a great incentive for residents. They can save money while exploring their new surroundings. The only restrictions on swag bags are budgets and imagination, but a little goes a long way! Check out sites like Pinterest for ideas.
Summer is a wonderful time of the year. But moving during it can potentially wear out a future resident. By taking the initiative to make the process slightly easier, you’ll be a hero! And there’s nothing wrong with sharing the move in excitement with social media either. Don’t get burned by summer moves; turn them into the best experience possible.