Among this week’s most interesting multifamily storylines: utilizing tech without sacrificing personal connections, reflecting on multifamily’s COVID-19 response, package solutions that might be causing more problems, a look back at the last decade of multifamily transactions, the apartment markets dominating the pandemic era, and amenity must haves as the lockdown ends.
With more residents working from home with greater regularity, they need more than just a place to dock their laptops and take calls. They need everything that the workplace once provided, which includes copying, scanning, printing and fax capabilities.
It’s often the attention to the little things that keeps everything on an even keel at apartment communities. Residents depend on seemingly minor conveniences to help them stick to their daily routines. They build dependencies on those services that have been ingrained into our daily structure.
Workplaces and educational institutions previously provided the materials and equipment required to conduct business or schooling. Now, residents are increasingly turning to their communities to help facilitate those necessary functions, especially printing.
When asked which apartment amenities would best accommodate their current needs, 50% of respondents listed printing services – second only to faster internet options (54.5%). On an overall value scale, respondents rated faster internet service and printer/copier/scanner services almost equally.