If you’re like most renters, rent takes up a significant portion of your income. That’s why it’s important to choose a place that really appeals to you and gives you what you want out of living space.
For many renters, that means more than just your apartment. The amenities that come with your property were probably a large part of what made you choose your current building. Are you getting all of the use out of those amenities that you could be? Take a look at some things you can do to get more value for your rental dollars.
Familiarize Yourself with What's Available
Sometimes you may not even be aware of all of the services and amenities available to you. For example, if your building has Tide Cleaners lockers, you may know that you can drop off your dry cleaning and have it returned to your locker when it’s clean. If you don’t have a lot of dry cleaning, you may not have given much thought to using that service.
However, you may not realize that Tide Cleaners also provides regular laundry services such as wash and fold, as well as repairs and alterations. It’s worth familiarizing yourself with all of the possible benefits you may be able to get from the amenities available in your community.
Use Your Access
Does your community give you access to a pool? A fitness center? Laundry services? If so, make a point of using those amenities. This sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s easy to get into a routine of not using those things, even when they’re readily available to you.
You also may avoid trying amenities that weren’t at the top of your list when you signed your lease. If you use the pool every day during the summer but avoid the fitness center because you don’t think of yourself as a gym person, consider broadening your horizons. You never know what you might find useful or helpful until you give it a try. It’s okay if you don’t want to lift weights, but maybe you’d enjoy a yoga class or a spin cycle session. As long as you have the amenities available, why not give it a shot?
Ask for More
If you find yourself in a situation where you feel you really aren’t getting enough value for your rental dollars, it may be that the community you’re in isn’t providing the amenities that you really want or need the most. That doesn’t mean that you have to move!
Rental communities care about tenant retention and are often open to resident suggestions. If there’s an amenity that you think you would use, chances are good that other people in the building would also use it, so why not bring it up to the property manager?
You might be surprised at the response. You can’t always expect immediate results, but some amenities, like Tide Cleaners, can be installed quickly with no cost to the property, so it may be easier than you think to get changes made. Ask your property manager to give community residents the luxury of Tide Cleaners at your property today! Once that's done, simply download the Tide Cleaners app on your mobile device and start enjoying the convenience of a premium laundry service onsite right away.