Apartment spaces are unique businesses – in a sense, your customers live within your brick and mortar establishment. With all businesses, it’s important to offer your clients a clean and healthy environment. With shared residences, it’s even more important to do the same to avoid turnover – one of the most expensive processes for landlords and property owners – and to keep your space as valuable as possible, and marketable for future renters. Particularly with the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, it’s more important than ever to maintain your properties through routine cleaning and practicing proper hygiene. Here’s how you can keep your tenants healthy by ensuring the common areas in your apartment building are properly cleaned.
Laundry rooms are often neglected spaces when it comes to daily and deep cleaning, and in many communities the sad fact is that tenants don’t even expect them to be clean spaces at all. That said, it’s important to keep your laundry facilities maintained for the well-being of your property and your business – and now, it’s important to keep them cleaned for the safety of your residents. Any shared amenities are now prime opportunities to spread COVID-19, which is a liability to their health – and to you as a business owner. Make sure to prioritize sanitizing shared equipment – such as washers and dryers – to do your part to prevent any outbreaks.
Gyms and fitness centers
Many apartment complexes offer fitness centers as a benefit to residents, which can be an invaluable addition and an important resource to those who take advantage of them. That said, they’re extremely important places to keep clean – particularly with the pandemic – as there are so many common touch points, not to mention the potential for body fluids, such as sweat, to get on shared equipment and be transferred from one residence to another. It’s important to properly clean these spaces, and you can do that by asking residents to help participate. Make sure there are sanitizing sprays and wipes available and easily accessible, and especially during COVID-19, consider making it a requirement or a polite request for residents to clean all equipment before and after they enjoy them for the safety of their fellow community members.
Elevators, stairwells, and access areas
Any area that residents need to use and need to touch absolutely needs to be prioritized. Every apartment is laid out differently, so this may vary and you know your space best. Front and side doors should have their handles sanitized at least once a day, if not more. Elevator buttons should receive the same treatment, as well as handles to the stairwells and safety railings. Other areas this may include could be desks in the leasing office – which should be sanitized after every meeting with a prospective resident – coffee or tea bars, and community spaces. Anywhere that multiple residents have access to should be sanitized, which can be done by instructing residents to do themselves after their use and providing the proper cleaning solutions, but should also always be followed by your staff or janitorial company.
Managing a business has never been easy, and COVID-19 certainly hasn’t helped. However by following these steps, you can help provide the cleanest possible community to keep your tenants healthy and happy.