Keeping up in the amenities race is essential for multifamily developers and operators. In 2021 and beyond, it’s no longer enough to simply have a clubhouse or a pool. Tenants of today (and the future) want high-tech amenities, pet parks and pet spas, business centers with individual workstations or pods for remote work and flexible community rooms. Investing in the right amenities is crucial to the success of your multifamily project.
The COVID-19 pandemic created unique challenges for multifamily operators as it impacted every aspect of business, from move-ins and move-outs to package acceptance and rent collection. Many amenities were shut down, at least temporarily, at the beginning of the pandemic. Some have been reopened, while others required a shift to something new and different for the health and safety of the residents.
In this post-pandemic world, here are some of the top amenities new renters are looking for.
More square footage. As more people continue to work from home, residents desire apartments with more space, a trend that isn’t expected to end anytime soon.
Community spaces. Shared community spaces for socializing and remote work remain popular. Many people would like to see more outdoor space to get outside to exercise, play and enjoy the fresh air. Popular outdoor spaces include kitchens, lounge areas, gardens and walking paths and green space for playing outdoor games.
High-tech and reliable Wi-Fi. Again, with the work-from-home shift, residents demand reliable Internet access in individual units and common areas. Additionally, apartment tenants like to see high-tech amenities, such as interactive fitness centers and smart connectivity systems.
Package centers. An Amazon Hub locker or other space for packages to be safely delivered and retrieved at the resident’s convenience ranks among the top convenience services apartment renters desire. Some communities are even installing food lockers for food delivery services.
Pet-friendly apartments and amenities. Last but not least, pet amenities are increasing in demand. According to the ASPCA, 23 million American households acquired a new pet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because more people are at home during the day, they have more time to spend with their pets. Pet-friendly patios and spaces for socializing as well as dog spas with access to a dog wash machine are increasing in popularity.
Evolution Dog Wash makes it easy for multifamily operators and developers to incorporate an Evolution Dog Wash into their project. In fact, when your interior designer is ready to design your perfect dog wash room, we have CAD designs available to easily see your vision come to life! To learn more about this option, contact us today.