- Oct 01, 2013
This month, MHN teamed up with research and consulting services firm Kingsley Associates to ask residents what they think about the kitchens in their apartment homes. Having a functional space with plenty of storage is a must for many, but research also shows a sustained interest in design. Energy efficiency is also a concern as multifamily residents join the growing number of Americans focused on reducing their environmental footprints.
❝ Energy efficient kitchen appliances will help save energy and will lead to a greener future. ❞
❝ The location is perfect, but for the rent we pay, the finishes should be better quality. We need a garbage disposal, backsplash, higher grade counter tops, and thicker walls. ❞
❝ There is no ventilation from the stove/oven and microwave.
It makes grilling and broiling impossible. ❞
❝ There is too little kitchen storage space. ❞
❝ In what universe is a kitchen with only one drawer for storage logical, practical, or even marginally useful? ❞
—Federal Way, Wa.
❝ My refrigerator failed on a Sunday morning and I was offered several options for keeping my food safe and had a new refrigerator within 24 hours. Great service. ❞
❝ I love the kitchen upgrades! ❞
❝ The only thing I was a little disappointed about
when I moved in was that the cabinets, countertops and layout were different in my apartment than in the one I viewed. ❞
❝ This kitchen is killing me… there’s not enough cabinet space. I have pots and pans in my bedroom closet, serving pieces in the hall closet, and other kitchen items in the front bathroom closet. ❞
❝ I knew I wouldn’t be leasing at that apartment community as soon as I saw the state of the kitchen appliances. ❞
❝ Appliances and fixtures in the unit are old. I would have expected much nicer amenities for what we’re paying. ❞
❝ Energy efficiency appliances would be great. ❞
❝ My only desire would be to have an upgrade option for the appliances, although I understand the need for conformity to make maintenance efficient. ❞
—Palm Beach Fla.
Resident feedback from Kingsley Associates