How to Make Your Commercial Property in Florida more Visitor-Friendly
Have you ever visited a commercial property—say, a business or a restaurant—and had no idea what to do with yourself? Maybe you stood outside feeling awkward and conspicuous as you waited to be helped. Maybe you wandered around the building searching for the correct entrance before giving up out of embarrassment and frustration.
No matter what form your commercial property horror story takes, chances are we’ve all had a similar experience. The lack of visitor-friendly amenities on commercial properties in Florida is an epidemic, and we’re here to help you cure it.
Making your visitors feel comfortable and welcomed is an integral part of running a successful business. First impressions are vital, as is the comfort level of your visitor. So, how do you create a friendly environment while retaining an aesthetically pleasing property?
It’s simple—read the guide below, where we’ve compiled a few key pieces of advice to enhance your commercial properties and make it visitor-friendly!
There may be nothing more unpleasant than searching for somewhere to sit and relax and finding nowhere to do so. Unfortunately, this is all too common at many commercial properties. In Florida, especially, seating areas are a must-have for business. The weather is often picturesque, and there’s no reason not to incorporate outdoor seating to accommodate guests.
Of course, seating areas can take many different forms, and the style you opt for will be dependent on your property, your business, and your preferences. From benches to planters that double as seats, feel free to get as creative as you wish!
Incorporating beautiful landscape design elements that double as functional necessities is a great way to maximize your space and your budget. In fact, we’ve already touched on two instances where doing so is possible—when creating an entrance pathway and when utilizing planters as seats.
The ways in which you can use landscaping as both aesthetic design and functional amenities are limited only by your imagination. Trellising vines can become natural walls to create comfortable seating areas. A grassy hill can serve as stadium-style seating for any outdoor events. The possibilities are truly endless!
Giving people a place to come together, converse, relax, or enjoy mutual interests can elevate your property and make it truly visitor friendly. During the winter months, a fire pit makes for a lively group setting. In the warmer months, an indoor-outdoor space can add a bit of uniqueness and versatility to your property. Decks with ample seating and waterfront views are never a wrong move.
The type of gathering places you can incorporate into your commercial property are dependent on the property itself and the type of environment you wish to create, but Florida’s temperate gives you all the opportunity in the world to flex your creative muscles and give guests the best possible experience you can!
While not the traditional definition of the word “amenity,” creating a clear entrance—and the path to it—is more than an improvement to your property, it’s an absolute necessity. Everyone knows the importance of first impressions, and other than perhaps the curb appeal of your property, the first experience a visitor will have is with your entrance.
Lead guests to the proper entrance by using clearly defined paths and signage, if necessary. Lining the walkway with lights, beautiful Florida plants, or other visually-pleasing-yet-functional landscaping features is a great idea. The entrance itself should live up to the expectations you wish to set for your property. Make it memorable, but also comfortable and welcoming. It’s a fine line, but when done correctly, it can be a huge difference-maker.
The value of making your commercial property in Florida as visitor-friendly as possible cannot be understated. A positive experience goes a long way in making your guests feel comfortable and increases their likelihood of returning to your establishment.
If you’re looking for ways to enhance your commercial property, Landcrafters has you covered. For over 20 years, we’ve been helping businesses design and implement the perfect landscaping for their unique needs. We encourage you to reach out with any questions or simply to speak to one of our landscaping experts. You can contact us via our website, or by phone at (727)-201-3947. We look forward to hearing from you!
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