Summer is almost here, and that means hot weather, fun times, and…leasing? It may not be the first thing that comes to mind for most people but summer is the heart of leasing season. According to U.S. News & World Report, most renters who move in any given year do so between the months of May and September. So what are you, as a property manager, doing to prepare? Here are three of the best things you can do to make sure you’re ready for this summer’s leasing season:
Finish large projects before leasing season starts
You won’t want to have any major work on your property continuing into peak leasing times — everything should be completed by the time the most potential residents come to see the property. All landscaping and work on common areas should be finished so your property looks its best, and any units you’ve been renovating should be ready to be rented again.
Review your lease terms
You’ll likely be signing a lot of leases soon, so it might be worth taking some time to look over what you have and make sure it’s still working for you. If there’s anything in there that you wish you could change, now is the perfect chance. Make sure your leases are written to be fair while still protecting yourself and your company — you’ll probably be glad you did.
Make a good impression online
More and more renters are looking for apartments and researching management companies online, and what they find can be a huge factor in determining where to live. You can use this to your advantage — respond thoughtfully and professionally to online reviews and comments on social media, and show people that you’re responsive to any questions or concerns they might have. Doing so will help you build a positive reputation, which can only help in the eyes of potential residents.