How to Write a Review
Welcome back to the South Winds Apartments Blog! Today we’re here to talk about an important topic that comes up in daily apartment life and when you’re in the process of moving: reviews! Learn about the importance of reviews and how to write one — and how to evaluate them — by reading today’s blog post.
“Be sure to keep your review factually based and fair. People want to know the truth, not an exaggeration, because they are making important choices about their future and need to know what they can really expect.” — Renter’s Voice
The above, in a nutshell, is the essence of a well-written review. Additionally, whether your review is positive, negative, or somewhere in between it is important to include relevant details. Stick to the facts, be specific, and strive to be objective. Take time to think about what you want to say and focus on sharing the experience.
Pay attention to spelling and grammar and use complete sentences. Use exclamation marks sparingly, and resist the urge to use more than one at the end of a sentence! Remember that poor writing mechanics can instantly devalue what you are saying — a reader may think, why should I trust what this person’s opinion is if they don’t take the time to write clearly.
Lifehacker has some detailed advice for writing Genuinely Useful Reviews. When it comes to writing a review for an apartment community, consider topics such as safety of the area, grounds maintenance, daytime and nighttime activity, and responsiveness of management.
If you’ve ever taken time to read through a multitude of reviews, you know they can range from being helpful to being laughable, so here are some tips on how to evaluate reviews.
Take the extreme reviews (both good and bad) with a grain of salt. In fact, toss them out of consideration.
Look for common themes among multiple reviews. If several people are saying the same thing, it’s more likely to be legitimate.
Read the overall tone of the reviews — are they mostly positive or negative?
Prioritize the content. Focus on the reviews that are most relative to YOUR top concerns. For example, if you don’t care if there is a specific amenity that isn’t important to you, disregard reviews about that specific amenity.
Be aware that there may be false reviews among the legitimate. Educate yourself about the red flags indicating a false review.
Writing a review allows residents to be an apartment advocate providing objective, factual feedback about a property. Here at South Winds Apartments in Fall River, MA, we want to know what we do well and what we can do better. Set up an appointment to discuss your concerns with us so we can come up with win/win solutions. Check out our reviews, and if you feel so inclined, share yours. Thanks for reading today’s post.