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How to Maximize the Use of the Amenities

Sometimes overlooked is the fact that apartments may have all that’s needed with a little work. So, optimizing amenities in your multi-family dwelling will improve on what it is already existing. Most prospective tenants have an idea of what they’re looking for when checking out places to call home too so catering to these desires is what rents. So below are some thoughts about what people are looking for:

  • Walk-in closet
    People want a place to store their stuff and hang up clothes. So, if you have several small closets in your rental property, consider enlarging them into walk-ins. You may have to take some space from a hall or bedroom, but the result will be worth it.
  • Soundproofing the walls
    If you’re already remodeling your building, consider using soundproofing material. Privacy is important to people, and they don’t want everything they say or do to be overheard by the next-door neighbor.
  • A balcony or patio
    Everyone enjoys a breath of fresh air and some extra room for entertaining. If you already have patio’s or balconies on your property then, you can do a little upgrading here. Consider adding shrubbery and trees for a natural screen between areas. Or add some seating for entertaining. If you don’t have patio’s or balconies, perhaps you can put in a shared space. This space could have benches and a water feature for your tenants’ enjoyment.
  • Parking
    Parking is essential because no one likes to come home from a long day at work and fight for a parking space. If you have a parking area, designate that it’s for your tenants. Place the apartment numbers above the parking spaces and post notices about being towed if cars parked aren’t from your building.
  • Laundry facilities
    No one likes to drag their clothes to the car, load them in and then drive to a laundromat. Having on site laundry facilities is convenient for tenants, and you can collect the money from their use for maintenance.

So, by using what amenities that you have and maximizing their use, you can attract the right sort of tenant.

Toilet Options for Commercial Buildings

When you have a multi-family dwelling or rental properties, keeping the cost of utilities down is important. Installing high-efficiency toilets can help with this. If the tenant pays the water bill, it’s a good selling point too, or if you pay for the water, it helps you save money. If you have the water-intensive toilets in your building, they can use up to 7 gallons of water each time they’re flushed. A high-efficiency toilet uses about 55 percent less. So, what are your water efficient toilet options?

Water efficient toilet options
There are three different types of water efficient toilets. The single-flush will flush at 1.6 gallons each time, the dual-flush with 1.6 gallons for solids and 0.8 gallons for liquids. The third option is the pressure assist flush which is one gallon per flush.

The pressure assist toilets are used most often in commercial buildings, restrooms, and hotels. They can also be installed in private homes too. There’s a plastic pressure tank which is inside the reservoir of this commode. It compresses air inside the pressure tank from the pressure of the water line. It traps the air and compresses it as the main tank fills with water. The water is forced into the bowl by the compressed air when the commode is flushed. This action will push everything out with the flush with less water than other tanks use.

Another way to save on the water bill is to install low flow urinals in a men’s room. If you have a high traffic volume in the men’s room, a low flow urinal can save your money.

Figure it this way, you own a commercial building, and each employee uses the bathroom four times a day. So, you take the number of employees multiplied the number of flushes, and you’ll see that this is a lot of water. If you have toilets and urinals which conserve water though, you’ll find that the toilets are cost effective.

If you have a commercial property with older commodes, then you may want to consider updating your bathrooms with efficient ones.