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Crucial Curb Appeal: Staying Ahead in the Apartment & Condo Markets

Maintaining curb appeal for an apartment or condo complex is crucial for multiple reasons, ranging from attracting and retaining residents to preserving property values and enhancing community satisfaction. The exterior appearance of a property serves as the first impression for potential tenants, and a well-maintained environment can significantly influence their decision to move in. Additionally, existing residents are more likely to feel a sense of pride and satisfaction in their living conditions when the property is visually appealing and well-kept. So where do you start?

Pressure washing sidewalks and common areas

Buswell-Bennett-Cleaning-Apartment-Condo-Complex-Pressure-washing-sidewalksPressure washing is a simple service that contributes widely to curb appeal. Over time, dirt, grime, and mold can build up on concrete, brick or tile surfaces, making them look unattractive and potentially slippery. Regular pressure washing removes these contaminants, restoring the appearance of walkways and communal spaces. This not only improves the aesthetic appeal but also reduces the risk of slips and falls, enhancing safety for residents and visitors. Clean, bright sidewalks and common areas can make the entire complex feel more inviting and well-maintained. It’s also a great way to take years off an older property just with a bath!

Grounds policing, trash pickup & graffiti removal

Buswell-Bennett-Cleaning-Apartment-Condo-Complex-Grounds-policingLittle things can pile up or go unnoticed at a property without a pair of eyes always on the look out. Having someone patrolling apartment or condo complex grounds for trash, graffiti, and other unsightly elements is both active and proactive. This person can become the signal to address any immediate needs such as light litter pickup, but also coordinate any bigger needs such as an extra bulk trash pick up when dumpsters overflow, or the cleaning of shaded areas of a path that might grow mold faster than elsewhere.

Consistent patrols can also lead to both locating any existing graffiti faster and scheduling a removal, as well serve as a deterrent to any future activity. Graffiti can quickly devalue a complex and may contribute to a perception of neglect or poor security. A clean and orderly complex can discourage criminal activity and create a safer, more secure living environment.

Clean parking lots & garages

Accumulated debris, oil stains, and litter can create hazards and detract from the overall appearance of the complex before they even set foot on the property. Regular sweeping, power washing, and maintenance of parking areas ensure that they remain a welcoming and functional space. These efforts can prevent long-term damage to the asphalt or concrete, saving money on more extensive repairs in the future.

Investing in any of these services pays back dividends

First, they enhance the marketability of the property. Prospective tenants are more likely to choose a complex that looks well-cared for, believing it to be indicative of the management’s overall commitment to quality. This can lead to higher occupancy rates and potentially allow for higher prices, increasing revenue or value for property owners.

Second, a clean, attractive environment fosters community pride and resident satisfaction. Tenants or owners are more likely to take care of their own spaces and follow community guidelines when they see that management is committed to maintaining the property. This sense of pride can lead to longer term occupation, reducing turnover and the associated costs of finding new tenants.

Ultimately, addressing curb appeal enhances the attractiveness of the property, preserves its value, and fosters a positive community atmosphere, benefiting both property owners and residents financially, managerially and socially.

Need Help With Your Curb Appeal? Buswell & Bennett have served residential complexes in Northern Virginia and Maryland since 1967. We’d be glad to help!

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