When you’re meeting someone for the first time, you only get one chance to make a good impression. That’s also true when someone sees your rental-leasing office. How your office is arranged and the ambiance it presents will leave a lasting impression on owners, prospective residents and potential employees.
So, without further ado let me share with you some inexpensive ways to upgrade both the looks and the feel of your office.
If you have a reception room or lobby you can spruce it up easily. Consider a display case to show off company awards, publications and services. You can accomplish the same thing by framing and strategically placing your licenses, property management credentials, or photos of properties that you manage and are especially proud of.
Area rugs or runners can add some color to wood or cement flooring, and tiles are another option that provides a polished look. Although fluorescent lighting saves energy, a few well-placed lighting fixtures or track lights can provide your lobby with a style update and call attention to your most pleasing artwork and wall presentations.
It may seem obvious, but a new coat of paint is a simple way to brighten up your workplace without having to fork out a lot of money. While mainstay shades like traditional white or gray are more subdued, branching out with a bold color – be it a vermilion red wall or a sunny yellow pastel – can really liven up a lobby or waiting area.
I’m a big fan of thoughtfully placed indoor plants and trees. Select some nice looking planters for your lobby and use them for items that you can rotate seasonally. For example, in the winter they can hold Christmas trees or poinsettias, and in the spring, you can fill them with sunflowers and tulips. In addition to being inexpensive and low-maintenance, plants and indoor trees will keep the air fresh and oxygenated, and can even decrease the temperature in your office, lowering heating costs.
Let your office have some quality touches and accent points. Some Crown Molding can accomplish this brilliantly. They come in a wide variety of styles, materials and prices – from standard unfinished wood molding to pre-finished polystyrene that looks just like wood.
Even nicely stained floor moldings can go a long way to spice up walls and give a room some character. The idea is to reflect what a quality management business you are operating.
Let your office say to visitors, “we care about our work environment like we care about the homes we lease.”