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Five Tips for Increasing Your Property’s Curb Appeal in Hamilton
With inflation making tight budgets even tighter, it’s difficult for owners or managers of commercial properties to know where they should spend their time and money. It’s natural to try and cut back on things that, on the surface, don’t make that big of an impact — like landscaping services.
But how people see and experience your commercial property can have a significant impact on its success. The concept of curb appeal is nothing new — a well-maintained and attractive property has the power to attract customers, clients and tenants. A neglected property, on the other hand, can turn them away…right into the arms of your tidier competitor!
So without further ado, here are some tips for improving the curb appeal of your commercial property.
1. Keep your property clean and in good order
Walking past garbage — from the parking lot all the way to your front door — is a big turn-off for most people. A clean property is a welcoming property, so be sure to perform these basic maintenance tasks.
Sweep the sidewalks, parking lots and other outdoor areas to keep them free of debris and litter.
Pressure-wash the building, sidewalks, and other surfaces to remove dirt and stains.
Check sidewalks, patios and walkways for signs of damage. Tripping hazards should be resolved immediately — before someone gets seriously hurt on your property.
2. Maintain your landscape
The landscaping of a commercial property can make a significant impact on its curb appeal — and your bottom line.
Keep the lawn green and healthy by following basic lawn care guidelines. This includes regular mowing, trimming and edging as well as fertilization and a weed suppression program. You should also aerate and reseed your lawn, especially if there is significant foot traffic or your lawn begins to look bare or patchy.
Shrubs and trees need to be pruned to maintain their shape and promote new growth. You also need to make sure they’re not blocking signs or walkways.
Mulch flower beds to suppress weeds and help retain moisture. To make plants easier to maintain, choose ones that are native to the area and can thrive in the local climate.
Add colour and texture to entryways with seasonal displays in pots and planters.
3. Update your signage
Your signage is one of the first things people see when approaching your property. Signs also help people find what they are looking for.
Make sure signs are clean, clear, and easy to read.
Consider updating your signs to make them more eye-catching and better reflect your brand.
Use LED lighting, where possible, to make them more visible at night.
If your property has multiple tenants, consider adding individual signs for each business to make them easier to find.
4. Enhance your outdoor lighting
Outdoor lighting not only improves the safety and security of your property — it also enhances its curb appeal. Outdoor lighting can be used to:
Highlight landscaping features and architectural details that make your property stand out.
Ensure signage is easy to see at night.
Make customers and employees feel safe if they need to be on your property after dark.
Make your property look warm and inviting.
If the landscape lighting you currently have uses old technology, you might want to consider updating your system and investing in one that is more cost-effective — such as switching to LED fixtures.
5. Make outdoor areas functional and attractive
Adding new outdoor amenities can add a lot of value to your commercial property while making it more attractive to tenants and customers. Consider adding features such as:
New patio areas where people can relax and enjoy the outdoors.
Fences for increased privacy and defining specific areas.
New pathways so residents and their guests can meander through the gardens or go for a stroll around the grounds.
Retaining walls to control soil erosion, level out sloped areas, help build garden beds and provide additional seating.
New gardens to give your property an instant “facelift” and make it more appealing.
Improving the curb appeal of a commercial property requires attention to detail and regular maintenance. Creating a welcoming and attractive property that’ll attract customers and tenants is easier than you might imagine — especially when you hire professionals to help you!
People who own or manage commercial properties have a lot on their plates — it takes a lot of care and attention to keep everything running smoothly.
That’s why it makes sense to delegate some of the responsibilities to a company like Unique Landscape Services. Having a professional company care for your property’s needs will give you peace of mind — and significantly affect your property’s value.
If you’d like to know more about working with our certified professionals and how to boost your property’s curb appeal, give us a call or book a consultation. We’d love to hear from you!