How to Prevent More Wear and Tear and Brighten your Residents’ Day

Stay at home orders have kept renters bored, stir-crazy, and looking for something to do. While your usual amenities might not be safe for social distancing, you can still use resident events and resources to boost morale and increase potential retention rates. Plus, a little fun might look good on your property’s social media accounts to future applicants and distract your smaller residents from adding to the wear and tear of your property.

Hallway Surprises!

Brighten up your younger residents’ day with some good ol’ elbow grease and sidewalk chalk or print-outs. As your stir-crazy renters go for a walk with their little ones, give them something to look for! Create a scavenger hunt and watch as families look for rabbits, rainbows, or teddy bears. Or, if you are ambitious, change the theme every few weeks and do all three. If you have some space to play with, make a simple chalk obstacle course filled with jumps, spins, and a dance-off so kids can get active without adding to the wear and tear of your units.

Community Movie Nights

Bring movie night right to your residents’ doors with a projector and speaker system. You can project the movie directly onto a blank side of a building or set up a drive-in movie theater in your community parking. If getting a projector and speaker system is not in your budget, compile together some of the newest releases on DVD and start your own movie library. Residents can then call to reserve movies and get them delivered to their door. When they are done, they can just drop them outside your office where they will be sanitized and ready for the next renter.

Hold an In-Courtyard Concert

Know a musician who could use a little extra cash? Help out your community of artists by holding scheduled in-courtyard concerts for your residents. If you are worried that not all your residents will be able to see the concert from the safety of their units – be sure to live stream the concert on your property’s social media pages. This is not only a great way to boost your renter’s mood and provide something new throughout the week but can be used in your vacancy advertising efforts.

After-Zoom Newsletter

With many parents scrambling to keep their children’s days full between zoom classes and working from home, you can provide that much-needed relief by sending out a curated list of resources and activities kids can do.

Here are a few ideas:

    • Showcase read-along videos like this animated film of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Josh Gad’s (the voice of Olaf from Frozen) live twitter readings or story-time videos from astronauts in space.
    • Send out (or link) free monthly coloring pages
    • Mention cool livestreams of beluga whales, penguins, and otters from the Georgia Aquarium or check out the surface of Mars
    • Include easy stay-at-home recipes for quick lunches or dinners
    • If you are doing the hallway scavenger hunt above, notify your renters of the scavenger hunt theme and encourage them to make their own pictures of rabbits, rainbows, or teddy bears and put them in their windows for other kids to see.
    • Include any community updates, like your property’s sanitization efforts, amenities that are closed or open, rules reminders, and more.
      • Showcase read-along videos like this animated film of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Josh Gad’s (the voice of Olaf from Frozen) live twitter readings or story-time videos from astronauts in space.
      • Send out (or link) free monthly coloring pages
      • Mention cool livestreams of beluga whales, penguins, and otters from the Georgia Aquarium or check out the surface of Mars
      • Include easy stay-at-home recipes for quick lunches or dinners
      • If you are doing the hallway scavenger hunt above, notify your renters of the scavenger hunt theme and encourage them to make their own pictures of rabbits, rainbows, or teddy bears and put them in their windows for other kids to see.
      • Include any community updates, like your property’s sanitization efforts, amenities that are closed or open, rules reminders, and more.

Email newsletters are an affordable way to engage with your renters, but if you want to take it a step further, you can deliver printed newsletters to your resident’s doors complete with some crayons, coloring pages, or stickers.

As many of us reach over a month in quarantine, it can be hard to stay motivated and optimistic. While efforts like this might seem insignificant in the face of a large pandemic, remember that spreading joy is never bad. It never hurts to try to brighten someone’s day – even your residents’.

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Becky Bower is the Content Strategist here at the CIC Blog. She holds a degree in English, with a focus in creative writing, from CSU Channel Islands. Her biggest weakness is cake and favorite superhero is Batman.

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