Top tips for reducing your carbon footprint by letting…

Here are six ways you can start making a difference for a better and brighter future:

Efficient visit planning

Travel plays a huge role in home sales and property sales. Agents spend most of their day traveling around potential occupants, or accompanying people through inspections, check-ins, and check-out visits. Fuel consumption and vehicle use, as we all know, have a huge impact on the environment. To illustrate, one property may require 100 views (and inspections) by agents and tenants/buyers. If the observation was a 10 mile round trip, the property would require a 1000 mile journey. This is equivalent to 0.28 tonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere for the average petrol car.

Instead of spending the day on the road driving from one end of the area to the other, plan your visit to coincide with others around. Yes, you need to fill those properties quickly and respond to views quickly, but times have changed since the pandemic. Combining virtual appointments and face-to-face meetings allows you to be more efficient – ​​and allows you to reduce mileage, too. If you use an electric or hybrid car, this also makes more sense. If you’re cycling to see (high marks if you do), it’ll save feet too!

Deploy a digital system or take advantage of app scheduling features like Inventory Hive to efficiently plan your visits by area.

Virtual inspection and show

When an interested tenant or buyer is a hot prospect, there’s no better solution than a face-to-face gig round, but there’s a lot more a virtual gig round can satisfy. It doesn’t just reduce your travel footprint – it also reduces theirs. Use this as a selling point and explain why your display is different. This will allow you to open meaningful conversations with your prospects and determine how interested they are in the property while you are there.

360-video has come a long way from yesterday’s virtual viewing. Now, you can add hotspots, links, additional photos, and comments to enhance the experience even further. These additional details answer questions or highlight features that are usually missed in standard video tours or even face-to-face visits.

Paper trail – going digital

Documents, contracts, agreements, inventory reports – the list goes on when it comes to property paper trails. This not only eats up the forest and consumes valuable storage space, it also increases admin time and makes document sharing clunky and unreliable.

Digital tools and apps allow you to securely store important information and share it instantly and electronically, reducing your carbon footprint, admin time and costs. By storing documents in a central, secure shared location, you also increase workflow speed because tenants can easily check and sign documents online.

Go green at the office

There are lots of small changes you can make in the office that make a big difference in the environment. Encourage the use of reusable water bottles, coffee cups, recycling bins, and energy-saving practices such as turning off lights and reducing printer use.

Property repair

Home interiors are known to have a large carbon footprint. From synthetic mattresses and rugs to white items and electrical items, it’s worth considering how you dispose of furniture on a rental property when it comes to the end of its life. To prevent further landfills, find other ways to recycle the furniture or forward it to a useful purpose. When installing properties, consider the materials used. Where do they come from, what are they made of and are there more available environmental options?

Offsetting, bee and hive friendly gardens

The same considerations apply to the property’s exterior spaces. If your tenant is green-fingered and an enthusiastic gardener, encourage it. From planting trees to bee-friendly flowers, these garden efforts help reduce CO2 and allow you to offset other causes of your carbon footprint that you can’t easily change. Make sure tenants are aware of their responsibilities with park maintenance and that you have clear inspection records showing the condition of the park and what is allowed at the start of the lease.

The best way to do this is to get a nest. With the Inventory Hive app, you can communicate with tenants about green energy practices, park maintenance, virtual inspections and environmental initiatives.

*Mitch Handley is marketing manager at Inventory Hive

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