When Do Apartments Get Updated? 

Home | Blog | When Do Apartments Get Updated? 
Apartment Getting Rennovated | www.phillyaptrentals.com

Reading Time: ( Word Count: )

You might be wondering “When do apartments get updated?”

Unlike a hotel which can undergo a massive renovation all at once, most apartment complexes typically renovate “as they go”.  This is because hotels operate on a night-by-night basis, and can simply choose a date and shut its doors for renovation. Most apartment complexes, however, have long-term leases (existing residents) and therefore tend to renovate a little at a time.

Let’s dig in more below.

When Does an Apartment Complex Update?

Apartment complexes typically update in phases and based on the desired schedule of the landlord. Really good apartment complexes constantly undergo updates.

Types of Building Updates

There are a variety of different types of updates including exterior, amenity, interior, technology, and services.

Exterior Building Updates

Apartment Windows Being Updated | www.phillyaptrentals.com

Exterior updates might involve new paint, window replacements, facade alterations, or a full change to the building’s overall appearance.

Of note, observe the condition of the exterior and decide if it is in good shape. Also, ask about recent window renovations. Are the windows single pane or double pane glass? All things being equal, double-pane glass is better for energy efficiency.

Amenity Updates

Amenity updates refer to enhancements in common areas such as pools, gyms, and recreation rooms. Top-tier apartment complexes will routinely maintain the aesthetic appeal and upkeep of these amenities.

For example, re-decking the pools and buying new pool furniture might occur every few years.

Good managers will also replace gym equipment as needed.

However, major amenity renovations, like a full gym renovation, including replacing all flooring and equipment typically happen every 15-20 years in well-maintained complexes.

Interior Updates

When an old resident moves out, and a new resident (you) moves in, good apartment complexes will thoroughly prepare the new apartment. This includes new painting as well as refurbishing and fixing any major damages from the previous tenant.

Do Landlords Need To Replace Carpets | Man Laying Carpet | www.phillyaptrentals.com

Additionally, major high-touch items will be replaced if needed. Really badly damaged or malfunctioning equipment including countertops, carpet, and flooring will also be replaced.

Appliances have a long life and will usually not be replaced unless they have malfunctioned or are showing signs of really bad damage.

You should not expect a fully renovated apartment with brand-new items (unless you are specifically told this). That said, you should receive an apartment that is in good working condition and free of major defects and substantial wear.

Technology Updates

Such updates are often overlooked by complex owners and building managers but they can provide immense value to residents. Technology updates to apartments may include integration of safety and convenience tech such as smart intercom systems, fob access, camera installations, and digital rent payment options. While these aren’t always physical changes, they can significantly enhance the living experience.

Service Updates

Service updates could be happening behind the scenes (such as more follow-up and better communication), but could also be things such as adding 24/7 emergency service, automated email marketing system, etc. Quality of service is arguably one of the most overlooked features in an apartment complex.


* indicates required

Don't Forget to Share this post! If you like it!

Fidelity Management – Our content has been featured or mentioned nationally by some of the industry’s best websites including:
ApartmentGuide | Rent.com | MyFirstAmartment | RENTCafe | The Balance …and many more



Editor’s Picks

Ben Franklin Bridge leading into Philadelphia at sunset


Stay a Smart Renter. Join the Group!

* indicates required

Related Articles

What Size Rug Do You Need For a Queen Bed? 

What Size Rug Do You Need For a Queen Bed? 

A rug is a great way to make small spaces, such as apartment bedrooms, feel larger. Rugs add a touch of depth and dimension to your room and help define space. Adding an area rug under your bed also adds an element of coziness and warmth. But before you purchase just...

read more
Decorating Ideas for Smaller Apartment Bathrooms

Decorating Ideas for Smaller Apartment Bathrooms

When it comes to the bathroom, many tenants feel that decorating is a big challenge due to its small size and lack of flexibility. Thankfully, bathroom decor doesn't have to be complicated. There are plenty of ways tenants can spruce up their bathrooms without...

read more
Skip to main content
Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap