So, how does a property-management company collaborate with the interior-design team on a property improvement plan (PIP)? And what other factors should come into play?
Abascal: As a licensed interior design firm, we often work in collaboration with the property-management company and the contractor. The key to all of this is communication, to achieve a successful outcome.
If 2020 taught us anything, it was that we learned through implementation how to bend and stretch. When we were faced with a new challenge, we asked everybody for their input—right down to engineers and housekeepers, because they are the boots on the ground. When you’re faced with some of the conditions we were in 2020, we found that by collaborating with everybody, not just the general managers, but everyone on the team, we received some great ideas, and we conquered some pretty tough challenges.
What’s very important right now, when you’re moving forward with a PIP, are two major things. One, we have to create and implement designs that fit with the owner demographic as well what the new buyer is looking for. That demographic may be different, so we try to counsel everybody involved so that we get the best outcome. On top of that, we make sure that we keep current safety protocols front and center for the property.
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