Tag Archives: maintenance
Failure to Properly Plug In Carbon Monoxide Detector Leads to a Fatality in Colorado Springs Apartment
Posted on 13. Nov, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
Colder temperatures mean an increase in the use of furnaces, which in this particular case turned deadly.
Posted on 23. Jul, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
While it’s important for renters to practice energy conservation in their apartment homes, there are numerous things that property managers can do in order to conserve energy on a larger scale. Remember, window coverings, while decorative, also provide an important function, serving as a barrier to outside heat in the summer, while keeping heat inside during the winter.
Posted on 19. Jun, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
If you think these restrictions force you to choose between dry, burnt landscaping and expensive penalties, you haven’t looked at the newest irrigation systems available. We’ve all seen the systems of the past; rain pouring down while the sprinkler system continues to pump water onto saturated land, resulting in a large amount of water waste.
Posted on 03. Apr, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Of all of the reasons why tenants leave, (other than relocating in another area or buying a house) inadequate maintenance is right at the top. There aren’t many people that would put up with a ceiling leaking for days, or a toilet that won’t work, or a faucet that constantly drips.
Posted on 08. Feb, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
A particular design on some furnishings could have you feeling like you need to sit down or even get out of the room entirely.
Posted on 09. Jan, 2012 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
If you find yourself neglecting the small items, you’ll soon be on the hot seat for more expensive repairs. Building managers can find themselves with a run-down, in-desperate-need-of-repair building a lot sooner that they think.
Posted on 01. Dec, 2011 by Bryan Ives.
The owners of around 8,000 buildings in Seattle, Washington were recently notified that they are now required to take part in the city’s Building Energy Benchmarking and Reporting program.
Posted on 16. Aug, 2011 by Lisa Trosien.
Have you ever had your maintenance team members trained on the maintenance of the residents at your property? While it is critically important that your staff be able to correctly repair items like dishwashers, stoves and disposals, it’s also essential that they be able to repair and maintain relationships with your residents.
Posted on 12. Jul, 2011 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
In my previous article, Ways Property Managers Can Survive a Tough Economy, I discussed some areas where property managers can cut back in a tough economy in order to save some money without compromising the quality of their business. Here are some areas that you never want to cut back or skimp.
Posted on 08. Jul, 2011 by Nora Betz.
Hogweed is a plant that when in contact with people, can cause dangerous burns, blisters and scars. The plant originated in Asia and was brought to the United States and is now spreading quickly. New York State has set up a hotline for people to call so that officials can destroy the invasive species. It is advised that property managers alert their residents of the dangers of Hogweed if you suspect that they may be at risk.
Posted on 05. May, 2011 by Nora Betz.
On Monday, the McDaniel family was found dead in their rental home in Toledo, Ohio after being poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes during the night as they ran a space heater powered by a portable generator in the kitchen.
Posted on 29. Mar, 2011 by Marc Courtenay.
There might not any “free lunches”, but hundreds of utility companies around the nation are offering free consultations and reviews on how to stop wasting both energy and money. The idea is to figure out how to use less energy and yet make your rental properties more comfortable for residents at a meaningful saving in costs.
Posted on 09. Dec, 2010 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Depending on where your properties are located, you may find yourself spending weeks preparing them for the cold winter months. Even those in more temperate climates will need to do some basic housekeeping in order to keep maintenance calls in check.
Posted on 09. Nov, 2010 by Marc Courtenay.
If your rental properties make a great first impression then potential residents will want to see what’s on the inside. This article will focus on rental properties with five units or less, and is especially applicable for rental houses.
Posted on 17. Aug, 2010 by Marc Courtenay.
We all want to attract good residents to the properties we manage. We can begin attracting quality residents by thinking like a resident thinks. A quality resident wants to live in a property that makes a positive, first impression.
Posted on 20. Jul, 2010 by Jonathan Brownfield.
Oregon’s Lofgren and Zander Memorial Act (House Bill 3450) went into effect Thursday, July 1. The new law requires Oregon properties to install carbon monoxide detectors if the property is sold or rented after July 1, 2010.
Posted on 15. Jul, 2010 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
The typical multi-unit property manager usually has a solid system in place for managing their rentals. But what about the management companies who specialize in single family home rentals? How do their needs vary from the multi-unit property manager?
Posted on 07. Jun, 2010 by Heather Blume.
I was an art student once, and I will tell you straight up that if you want something that will generate traffic, give you something to start conversations with, and will just plain out do those pictures your walls are currently sporting, college aged art students are about to become your best friends. Why? Because they need a venue to show their work.