November 2 2018
One of the most important things to remember about property management careers is that such jobs are always about people. In this case, a residential estate, whether it is a complex of apartment buildings, or individual detached homes in a gated community, center around the idea of people at home. Where other jobs require a person to work in an office, or commercial space, property management is about taking care of the spaces that people come home to after they have worked, or even where they live when they have retired.
So it’s important to remember that part of a property management career is about maintaining a community. This isn’t a job about creating a good shopping environment, or providing fast, friendly serving of food. It is about creating a space where people can live their personal, private and family lives in safety, security, and in community with the people around them. Community events can be a key aspect of this, and even contribute to the appeal of a property.
Everyone Wants A Good Neighborhood
One of the chief factors that people look for when considering their residential options, is whether an area is “a nice place to live.” The characteristics for a nice place to live can manifest in a number of different ways, from the level of crime, to the kind of shops and restaurants in an area. Of note, however, is also the character of the people in an area. A friendly community, where people know each other and reach out to each other is much preferred over an area where everyone keeps to themselves. Community events, even in an area more confined, like apartment complexes, are a great way for residents to get together, interact, and forge important social bonds that can have powerful effects on the social character of the area.
Property management careers are not all about ensuring rent is collected, and repairs are undertaken in a timely fashion. This is also an opportunity to improve the community. For example, when Halloween rolls around, and the children in an apartment complex are considering trick-or-treating, take this into account, and help facilitate residents allowing children to collect candy within the safe, temperature-controlled environment of the building itself, free to make and wear elaborate costumes thanks to the indoor safety.
In the same way, if your property management career puts you in a position where you’re managing a senior community with important holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas, make sure that those who don’t have family members they can celebrate with don’t feel isolated and alone at this important times of the year. Take the time to make sure the community is there for them. It’s not just a decent thing to do, but can help raise the reputation and visibility of your community for more future residents that would benefit from your choices in property management careers. This is a win-win combination of good business, promotion and human decency that works out for everyone.