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“Turn” it Up Student Housing Style

“Turn” it Up Student Housing Style
All too soon, summer is coming to a close and the back to school season is upon us! This means student housing operators are in full turn mode. In addition to the herculean task of matching hundreds of 18-to-21-year-olds into harmonious groups and assigning them to units, each year managers of student properties have only an average two-week window in which to turn a very high volume of its units. After picking the brains of student operators across the country about these unique challenges, we’ve compiled a few tips to help make for a more smooth turn week and move-in process for property managers and residents: “Turn” It All Digitally: As many of you can attest, turning an entire property entails endless amounts of work orders and status updates that need to be sent to a myriad of vendors and staff working on the property simultaneously. Rid yourselves of paperwork, spreadsheets and charts on the whiteboard. A digital “make ready” board allows you to input the make ready status of each individual unit in one place and update everyone involved on the assigned and completed tasks. In addition, stacks of leasing paperwork, phones ringing off the hook in the leasing office and long lines on move-in day can all be eliminated by ensuring residents know the policies, procedures, and tools available to them for the move-in and leasing processes. Eliminate paper checks and stacks of paper on move-in day by automatically enrolling new residents in a program that allows them to fill out leasing paperwork, upload important documents, make payments online and receive updates f......
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