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Put your best foot forward this Spring

I was talking to a colleague the other day who does both Village Manager and sales. I was reminiscing how this is the best time of year to be doing both.

Spring is the perfect time to breathe life into your retirement village. It is also a great way to entice potential residents as this is a peak time for selling. 

I thought I’d share some of the key things I’d have on my radar this year to ensure my village would be putting its best foot forward.

  1. Gardens and Pathways: When it comes to first impressions, a well-kept garden is like a warm welcome hug. Picture vibrant flowers, neatly trimmed hedges, and clear, inviting pathways. A little love and care for these green spaces can go a long way in creating an inviting atmosphere for all who enter.
  2. De-Clutter and De-Cobweb: This one is a pet peeve of a colleague of mine, and rightly so. Nothing says ‘unloved’ like cobwebs around outdoor light fittings and under awnings. A tidy, clutter-free environment is essential for creating a welcoming home. A little tidying up can go a long way in finding a new resident.
  3. Lights On: Don’t forget the first impressions when you step through the front door. Brighten up the living spaces by turning on lights and ensuring all appliances are in top-notch condition. Don’t underestimate the power of tasteful display furniture—prospective buyers often find it easier to envision themselves in a space that’s already tastefully
    furnished. And as we approach warmer summer days, turn on the A/C.
  4. A Community is about People: It’s not just about the physical appearance. Encourage residents to be active. Outdoors walking, in their gardens, doing activities in the Community Centre. When all else fails, make your appointments with potential residents for times when there is the most activity happening.
  5. Personal Touches: This one is important. You are a big part of what someone is considering. How you present and talk about your community. The way you engage with others as you walk around. These personal touches showcase the warm and welcoming side of living in a community and leave a lasting impression.

Remember, the key is to create an environment that not only looks appealing but also feels like a place where residents can build a fulfilling and enriching lifestyle – their next home.

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