A recent post on social media site Facebook today got me to thinking about how investing in your community means the community will invest in you. A homeowner was talking about the condition of her home, the neighboring houses, and the neighborhood as a whole; what could she do to improve it. She has hired a property management company to manage and rent out her home.
My first thought was that the property management company is responsible for hiring, scheduling, and supervising any needed repairs or remodels to the property, with the homeowner’s approval, cooperation and prompt communication.
My second thought was why not talk to the neighbors and see what their viewpoint and ideas are? After a time, homeowners who have lived in a property often get used to the way it looks, and don’t see it through a neighbor or potential tenant’s eyes. They also might be financially or physically incapable of doing any needed or wanted repairs or updates.
Invest in your community! Barter and trade services with each other and do it as a community. Lending a helping hand up will reap rewards far greater than being concerned with only your own little world. Offer to pull someone’s weeds in exchange for them mowing your lawn. Offer to repair a fence in exchange for them painting your garage door. Form a group of neighbors who will watch out for each other, offering help when it is needed. The possibilities are endless!
Do you see my point?
If we all do our part, we can make our neighborhoods and towns places to be proud of, to show off, that people will want to move to and visit. What you put out in the Universe will come back to you, so why not put out the best you’ve got?