How to Turn Homeowners Into Neighbors
When we think of a successful community we think of not only one that is one properly run and that meets its bottom lines, but also one that has taken steps to turn homeowners into neighbors. It's not just your specific home that's important, it's the overall community you live in. A wonderful home can be ruined by awful neighbors, and a home that isn't necessarily up to one's standards could be amazing because of the people surrounding it. So how do you turn homeowners into neighbors? It's all about fostering a sense of community and encouraging open communication.
Here are 4 tips to help you turn homeowners into neighbors
- Orientation for new homeowners: When new homeowners move into the neighborhood, they should receive some sort of orientation packet or welcome tour. The more comfortable they feel with the neighborhood, the more likely they are to interact with their neighbors and immediately make their new house their new home.
- Invest in common areas: It's not going to be easy for residents to get to know each other if they have nowhere to do this. Invest in and maintain common areas like lounges, pools and tennis courts to give your residents a place to meet outside of their homes.
- Hold events: Holding events like resident appreciation events or holiday parties is a great way to get a lot of residents in one place at a time, and common areas are a great place to do this. As a property manager or community association, you and your team should be doing your best to get the conversation flowing and make everyone feel at ease.
- Build an online portal: Building an online portal is great for communication that isn't face to face. Have forums for residents to voice their opinions and give them a space to post job offerings, furniture for sale, questions about the neighborhood etc. Some people aren't always comfortable immediately when meeting people face to face, so this lets them communicate in a less personal way.
When it comes down to it, it's your job as a property manager or community association to turn homeowners into neighbors and ensure that they get more out of your neighborhood than just a roof over their heads. Whether it's a condo building where neighbors see each other all the time in elevators and hallways or a huge neighborhood that makes it difficult to interact outside of events, you need to get creative and find ways to bring everyone together. A community is more than just a row of homes, it's a community of people sharing a neighborhood and living in the same space- so do your best to turn homeowners into neighbors.