building a community

5 Simple Tips For Building A Community In Your Apartment

We’ve all been there. The silent elevator trips, the awkward hallway pass where you keep your head low and avoid eye contact, or the accidental basement meetings, wearing your Mickey Mouse dressing gown while putting the bins out.

If these situations sound all too familiar, you should read on.

There’s no denying apartment living is on the rise. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) “Over the past 25 years, the number of occupied apartments (including flats and units, excluding townhouses) in Australia has increased by 78% to 1,214,372 dwellings at the 2016 Census”.

There are many reasons for the increase in apartment-style living, from personal preference, convenience, safety and security or price. Some even say that living in high-density housing increases their sense of community.

Which is precisely the reason for this blog post.

Building a community can be a difficult task and one that is not going to be achieved overnight. Luckily, we have compiled our top five tips on how you can help build a sense of community within your apartment building.

But first, it’s important to understand the key benefits of creating a community.

Creates Familiarity 

Those awkward hallway passes will be a thing of the past if you actually know your neighbour’s name.

Respect

If you can get to know your neighbour and form a respectful relationship, you are less likely to run into problems like noise complaints, invasion of space and untidy common spaces.

Safety and Security

Building a relationship with other residents means you have each other’s backs. Neighbours are a great port of call if you need an extra set of eyes on your property whilst you’re on holiday.

Social Circle 

If you’ve moved to a new area, getting to know your neighbours can be a great way to meet new people who share common interests with you. You never know, your new best friend might live next door!

Back-Up Supplies

Forgotten to turn the lights off? Call Gary from next door. Need some extra flour for those cookies? Check with Kath from apartment five. Need we say more?

So, now you know some of the many benefits of creating a community within your apartment, you’re keen to get started… But how?

Your building manager or owner’s corporation committee is always a great place to start.

  1. You could begin by suggesting a community notice board at the entrance of the building. Promote local events, services of professionals living in your building, items for sale, local discounts or offers and planned building maintenance notices. You might also leave a suggestions box for other residents to input their ideas. Note: Always double check with your building manager/ body corporate first.
  2. Create a Facebook group for residents to join. Digital platforms are the best way to distribute updates quickly.
  3. Approach the local coffee shop or restaurant and suggest a discount program for local residents.
  4. Suggest an apartment event. This could be a meet and greet or a resident appreciation night. See if the body corporate committee would be happy to provide a few bottles of bubbles to celebrate, too.
  5. Invite residents to a local event, perhaps the local footy team is in the grand final, or a band has a planned gig at the local pub. The world is your oyster!

So next time you see that neighbour you always avoid in the hall, give them a smile, say hello and introduce yourself. But before you can create an amazing community, you’ll need some power. You can contact us here: https://www.ocenergy.com.au/help/  to get connected.

References:

  1. http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/2071.0~2016~Main%20Features~Apartment%20Living~20
  2. http://willowcreekcrossingapartments.com/blog/2014/10/how-to-build-a-sense-of-community-in-your-apartment-building/
  3. http://bensonsgroup.com.au/the-rise-of-apartment-living-in-australia/
  4. https://andthenwesaved.com/know-your-neighbors/

 

 

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