Congratulations! So you’ve managed to land another quality tenant in your park. While this is certainly a celebratory occasion, the work has only just begun. There are so many new factors and challenges you’ll face when taking on a new MHP resident. How do you set the precedent from the beginning that this will be a positive, pleasant living experience for them? With this in mind, here are the top 5 ways to properly welcome your new MHP resident!
Welcome Letters & Support
Sending a welcoming letter or card prior to a new MHP resident’s move-in date is a thoughtful way to make them feel like they are already a part of the community. I typically recommend adding in suggestions to local grocery stores, nearby schools, churches, and more. It is often appreciated when you, as a park owner, recommend utility or gas companies that you know will provide good service to your park. This small gesture can go a long way in helping new residents feel welcomed and supported as they transition to their new home.
In your welcome letter, we recommend including references to affordable ‘U-Haul’ movers, along with a list of local resources and amenities. This could include information about the nearest grocery stores, schools, libraries, and other important locations. This is a nice way to show that you care about making their moving process as seamless as possible; while also utilizing and building connections with local businesses. If you don’t want to include this in a welcome letter, this can be as simple as keeping a list of vendor cards in your office for people to grab!
Monthly Get Togethers
Creating a new member monthly gathering is a great way to introduce new residents to their neighbors and make them feel at home. This can be a small group gathering or a larger community bar-b-que. Either way, this can be an affordable event to allow new tenants to gather in your mobile home park. Anything you can do to make the moving transition smoother is appreciated.
As mentioned in a previous blog Top 5 Ways to Market Your MHP, getting involved with a local employer can be a great marketing resource. Many of the lower income regions offer simple programs at local churches and non profit organizations that are often able to help low-income tenants with various assistance. By connecting with your local community and programs nearby, you can enrich your mobile home park in cheap and easy ways.
Break out the BBQ
Hosting a neighborhood potluck or barbecue is a fun and casual way for new mobile home park residents to get to know their neighbors, as well as sample some local cuisine. This is a great opportunity for new residents to relax, socialize, and feel more connected to their community. Try soliciting a food truck, or some other enticing catering; you’d be surprised how the mouth watering aromas draw attention.
You can also provide new residents with a welcome basket. This could include items like local snacks, a map of the area, and other useful items to help them settle in. It is a small but meaningful gesture that can go a long way in making new residents feel welcomed and appreciated in their new community.
Communal Park Service
Hosting a neighborhood clean-up day is the perfect opportunity for new mobile home park residents to get involved in their community and make a positive impact right away. This can be a fun and meaningful way for new residents to meet their neighbors, work together towards a common goal, and feel more connected to their community.
While keeping your mobile home park clean is pivotal; making residents do it for you requires incentives. This can be as simple as a local gift card or discount! Any personalized touch you can offer will go a long way.
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