Running a successful apartment complex is a challenge in of itself and the COVID-19 quarantine sure hasn’t made it any easier. The sense of community your complex once had might feel like it’s evaporated as everyone has been forced to isolate themselves and avoid in-person contact as much as possible. With things starting to look up, however, it’s a good idea to start considering ways to build a sense of community at your apartment complex when the pandemic ends.
Design an Outdoor Space
Since everyone’s been stuck indoors for a year, now’s a good time to start designing and building a nice outdoor space in anticipation of the quarantine ending. Everyone will be eager to enjoy the outdoors, so a dedicated outdoor space is a great way to encourage your residents to gather and use it as an area for socializing. If your complex has young families, consider one of our commercial playsets for sale to give kids a place to run around and play. They’ll love it and their parents will thank you for it.
Schedule Community Events
One of the most common ways to build a sense of community at your apartment complex is by scheduling regular events for the residents. These don’t have to be anything elaborate, but something such as a community cookout or get-together will give everyone an excuse to show up, socialize with each other for a bit, and help them all get re-acquainted with one another. Some good event ideas include scheduling it around a holiday like the Fourth of July or Halloween.
Use Social Media
Take advantage of the digital age and keep your community connected with a social-work page. It’s a small gesture, but tenants feeling lonely in quarantine will appreciate the opportunity to reach out and chat with other tenants. It’s also a good way to ensure all your tenants have an easy avenue of communication with you.
Like with all things, encourage your tenants to reach out to you and share their thoughts. Planning all these events and ideas won’t do much good if your tenants aren’t enjoying them. Additionally, giving them a voice in the planning process in of itself helps to build a sense of community by allowing them to have a say in what goes on around the complex.