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Student Housing Wants and Needs

Student Housing Wants and Needs
This week marks a special time for many college students: the beginning of the fall semester. Students may be feeling the pressure of getting all their books, supplies, and living essentials in order, especially if this is their first time away from home. One aspect that many may overlook or not spend enough thought on is exactly where they’re going to live. Students may be unfamiliar with the area and unsure of what to look for in a student housing community. Many have already made their living arrangements but there’s still an opportunity for “late registrations.” Here are the top things students look for in a community. Proximity to Campus Students will seek communities close to campus. However, these communities fill up and are more than likely completely leased. On the flip side, don’t count out students who are seeking a good deal on rent. If your community can’t offer a short distance to campus, make up for it through affordable rent. Students will trade a longer commute for savings in the long run. Student Room Sizes College dorms can be the equivalent of living inside a closet. That’s why many seek off-campus housing. Students need room to study in peace; there’s nothing worse than having a roommate playing video games three feet away from you while studying for the big exam. They also desire privacy; that’s why they’re interested in an off-campus community. Show students how you can provide space and privacy and you’ll have an upper hand. Furnished Spaces Think about this from a student’s perspective: the less they have to move,......
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15 Apartment Living Essentials

15 Apartment Living Essentials
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 c......
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Summer Move-In Success

Summer Move-In Success
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......
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7 Tips To Simplify The Student Housing Move-In Rush

7 Tips To Simplify The Student Housing Move-In Rush
September is almost here, which means the turn season is just around the corner. Wondering what turn season is? This is the period of time typically in August & September when students vacate rental units and new tenants move-in. It’s a hectic and stressful time for all involved.     However, there are a few tricks of the trade that can make this time frame a bit easier for landlords and property managers, resulting in happier tenants also.  1. Stagger Move-In & Move-Out Dates: It’s recommended that landlords have a small window of time between lease dates.  Quite often, general maintenance and cleaning will need to be done to each rental unit before it’s ready for the next tenants. By avoiding back-to-back lease dates, the landlord can allow a day or two to accomplish this.   2. Charge Key Replacement Fees for Unreturned Keys: It’s a hassle for landlords to track down keys that weren’t returned by tenants and it can be a great inconvenience for the next renters. It’s best to include a lease provision stating that a charge will be deducted from the tenant’s security deposit, if keys are not returned by a specified date. This will increase the likelihood of keys being returned promptly.  3. Go Digital: Many time-consuming tasks associated with move-in and move-outs can be handled online, which would dramatically save time. For example, lease applications, deposits and rental payments can all be easily handled digitally, eliminating a significant amount of paper work and time.   4. Provide a Mov......
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Do We Always Remember That Moving Is Tough?

If we are helping well over a 100 people move into our community over the course of the year, there is a very good chance that we stop remembering how difficult the move can actually be for our residents.  While it is an everyday checklist for us, it is a major life change for them.  I came across this letter today that is surprisingly from a fellow neighbor who "gets it".  He obviously understands how difficult the move is, and amazingly offers to help.  It was personal, and it showed he cared.  So when things are busy and we have a ton of move-ins happening, are we taking the time to act like Chris?     When this image was shared on Reddit, here was a great response: Thing is, it doesn't take much. Back in the days when people came in as neighbours people would give them a lasagna, cookies, and whatnot. It doesn't cost much, it doesn't take much time. But in the context where nobody does it, actions such as Chris' strike the imagination of people because they are not ordinary, they are not the "usual". A simple gesture such as Chris or anything else can mean the world to new neighbours without the time to cook or to get familiar with the neighbourhood. I wish we came back to a time where such behaviours were the norm, not the exception. That is so very true.  Think about those simple Stouffer's lasagnas.  What are they, $10?  If I......
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Resident Incentives Part 2: The Move Out

Resident Move-OutI remember the first apartment I moved into – it was a nice community that was well kept and gated for added security.  The managers in the office were very friendly; the community allowed for our dog; we had to argue with the company about having over $500 removed from the deposit due to repainting the entire unit because of a black scuff on one wall of a bedroom.  Unfortunately, that last portion was also the only goodbye memory I have from that community and also something that gets shared with anyone I talk to about an apartment to rent.  While not all residents will have the perfect send off, there are still small gestures you can make that will leave a positive lasting impression.  Offer Additional Services: See what sort of reasonable deals local cleaning companies might be willing to offer you.  Pass this offer to your resident that they can subtract ‘X’ amount from their deposit.  For under $100 this might be a very attractive offer to someone relocating who doesn’t want to have to think about moving large appliances to clean their floor. Leave a Card: Have a box of thank you cards in your office and a few days before someone leaves, put one on their door.  Something that says it was a pleasure having them as a resident and you hope they will remember the property fondly. More Recycling!: Just like the moving box recycling program you can do the same for newspapers.  Once you ......
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