Listen up, property managers! If you want to keep your residents happy and involved, try out some of these fun events.
I don’t know about you, but I love a chance to get dressed up as a pirate. Or a fairy. Or a vampire. Or a trash collector. Really, I’m happy to get dressed up as anything. Throw a theme party in your complex, decorate to match, and see how creatively your residents turn out!
If you or your residents want something low-key, try game night. Provide a few board games—Apples to Apples in particular really gets people laughing—and invite attendees to bring along their favorites, too. If it’s a success, consider making it a monthly event.
It’s pretty easy these days to rent a karaoke machine. The only other thing you need for a successful karaoke night? Enough booze that people will brave the stage.
Get To Know Your Neighbor Events
Admittedly, a get-to-know-your-neighbor night can be a bit lame, so make sure you plan well for this one. Provide food and drinks (that’ll entice them out of their apartments), nametags, and include a cheesy game. For example, everyone’s nametag includes a clue to something interesting about themselves. People might grumble if you make them do something silly, but they’ll often end up enjoying themselves anyway. And your outgoing, in-search-of-friends residents will thank you for the opportunity to meet their fellow tenants.
Does your property have a pool? Set aside a weekend afternoon—and do it soon, while it’s still warm enough!—for a complex-wide pool party.
If you’ve got a lot of residents who enjoy baking—or eating baked goods—try hosting a bake off. Schedule it for a Sunday night, when people can have time to bake during the day, and choose some volunteer judges from among your residents.
If you’d rather keep the fun off of property grounds, organize a group trip and give residents plenty of time to sign up. Some possible destinations include a fair, the arcade, the beach, a casino. Or just ask residents where they’d most like to go!
Ask Your Residents!
What’s the event a resident is most likely to participate in? One she chose herself. Survey your tenants for community events they’d like to attend—you can give them a list to choose from, or just have write-in events—and then plan the top three or five most popular ones.
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