Halloween is almost here and it’s a time of year that many people look forward to because they love to dress up and decorate their properties.
If you own a multi-family rental property you can get your rental ready for Halloween by following these tips:
Decorate Your Property
One of the easiest and most overlooked ways to promote holiday cheer is by simply decorating the property. This could include a pumpkin display in the entryway or on the front porch, scarecrows out front, and spiderwebs and decals for the windows. It’s a low-cost way to remind residents that as the property manager, you care about the details. Most people can’t help but smile when they see cheerful holiday decorations. As a bonus–don’t forget that some of these decorations can be preserved and reused year after year! Talk about bang for your buck.
Another easy thing a property manager can do is shoot residents an email reminding them of the town’s designated trick-or-treating hours. In this email, you can encourage residents to participate. In larger complexes, particularly those with tight security, you may need to relax entry/exit requirements for the night. You might also want to advertise via social media that the residences will be open for trick-or-treating. Otherwise, children in the neighborhood might not realize your building is participating in the Halloween fun!
Host a Halloween Decorating Contest
Depending on how your building is laid out, you could structure a Halloween decorating contest in different ways. For instance, in a multi-family complex, you could have residents decorate their unit’s doors. Townhouses could decorate their porches. And single family rental communities or homeowners associations might opt for going all-out with house and yard decorations (assuming that regulations allow them to do so).
Of course, you’ll need someone to judge the decorating contest! So, as you announce the contest, also solicit 3-5 volunteers to grade the competition–or enlist your staff’s help if you can. Offer up a $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant for the winning household!
Host a Pumpkin Carving Contest
There’s nothing quite like a good, old-fashioned pumpkin carving contest. The property management company could provide each unit with a pumpkin to encourage participation. Then, let the carving begin! Just be sure to distribute guidelines for residents that include a reminder to be careful with leaving candles lit inside jack-o’-lanterns. As an extra precaution, you may want to stipulate that pumpkins should be lit with electric candles only. The last thing you want is for the fun to turn into a fire!
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