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Though it is some time off, you might be considering ways you can make your apartment complex a bit more attractive to prospective tenants. We’ve already gone into what you can do indoors, but what about curb appeal? Have you thought about the outdoor amenities that might also both benefit your tenants but also, bring in more?

Last year, The American Society of Landscape Architects conducted their annual survey. This study polled people on the things they want in landscaping, obviously. So, what did the 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey reveal?

Well, as you might guess, one of the biggest things that people look for in their outdoor spaces is lighting. Outdoor lighting in apartment complexes not only create a nice ambiance, but it also helps with security. Of everyone surveyed, 95% said that this was a very important trait. This is one area that you really don’t have to break the bank when it comes to powering, either. Recent innovations in solar powered light sources with timers have been amazing and in addition to being a tax break, will save you money with their use.

Another area where nearly everyone surveyed agreed? Grills and recreational areas for cooking and gathering. Outdoor kitchens and areas that are conducive to having summer time gatherings were a big draw to people. Outdoor seating was another draw, so, it may benefit you to consider a couple of grills, fire pits, or outdoor fireplaces complete with picnic areas to help finish the ensemble.

Though most people expect to see them, only about 76% of those polled really cared about having tennis courts, pools, and other recreational facilities available. Instead, they seemed to favor properly weatherized chairs and access to outdoor cooking facilities. Of course, when you think about it, this makes sense: semi public pool or, the ability to curl up in front of a firepit with a good book on a warm early autumn night? Grilling with friends or, a tennis court you don’t even have the rackets to use?

Another surprise? High end landscaping just did not matter to people. Instead, those polled revealed that the idea of having small community gardens really appealed. A couple of courtyard gardens, or even just window boxes that enable residents to grow small edible plants resolves that landscaping dilemma easily. This also brings together two great things: improved quality of life for your tenants and lower overall landscaping bills for you.

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Kurt Kroeck has written articles in real estate, law, and art related niches for a number of high profile publications. He is an avid WW2 re-enactor, artist in graphite, charcoal, and digital media. He volunteers in animal rescue and enjoys spending time with his children.

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