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Responding to Maintenance Emergencies

Responding to Maintenance Emergencies

Posted on 01. Jul, 2014 by .

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Years ago, while living in Las Vegas, a summer thunderstorm wreaked havoc on my apartment.  Lightning eventually struck the roof of my loft, creating a fairly significant hole in the roof.  Since it was late, I placed a bucket under the hole to catch the still-falling rain and called the management office to report the […]

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Keeping A Handle On Clutter

Keeping A Handle On Clutter

Posted on 05. Jun, 2014 by .

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We all know that in the property management arena, managers typically have one chance to make a good first impression on prospective residents. So the last thing managers want is a cluttered mess to be the first thing that applicants see. We all become immune to our surroundings, seeing only what we want to see. […]

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Property Managers and Residential Housing Owners Need Protection

Property Managers and Residential Housing Owners Need Protection

Posted on 15. Apr, 2014 by .

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With a title like this you may think I’m about to encourage you get a bodyguard or a permit-to-carry. While neither of those ideas are bad ones, I’m talking about reviewing your personal and business insurance. I’m also encouraging you to know your legal liabilities and your rights. Concerning insurance, this is a good time […]

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How To Prepare For A Winter Storm

How To Prepare For A Winter Storm

Posted on 02. Dec, 2013 by .

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With one winter storm already recorded in the books; there’s no doubt that it’s getting cold. Today in the desert southwest it’s a balmy 27 degrees. Even a sub-tropical paradise is no longer immune to the effects of a winter storm. In a typical season, winter storms can wreak havoc, causing billions of dollars in damages.

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Preparing For Cool Weather

Preparing For Cool Weather

Posted on 16. Sep, 2013 by .

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Yes, technically it’s still summer, but we all know that Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. While many regions of the U.S. will see warm temperatures well past Labor Day, it’s never too early to start preparing your properties for cooler temperatures. Getting a jump on seasonal preparations will also reduce the likelihood of being caught unprepared by an early winter storm.

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Making Sure Your Properties Shine On The Outside

Making Sure Your Properties Shine On The Outside

Posted on 17. Jul, 2013 by .

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First impression matter as much as ever! Curb appeal still can make a big difference when it comes to attracting quality residents. Don’t believe me? Do what I did and interview rental shoppers. Location and the area of town is one of the “Big 3 Criteria” for prospective residents. Affordability was also one of the 3 biggies. Then I asked prospects, “How important are the exterior looks of the rental property?”

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Summer Preparations For Property Managers

Summer Preparations For Property Managers

Posted on 31. May, 2013 by .

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Isn’t summer everyone’s favorite time of year? As the song tells us, it’s when the living is easy, and many people are out enjoying the long days, the warm weather and activities that just aren’t possible during the fall and winter months. For property managers, there can be one drawback to that bright summer sunshine.

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Failure to Properly Plug In Carbon Monoxide Detector Leads to a Fatality in Colorado Springs Apartment

Failure to Properly Plug In Carbon Monoxide Detector Leads to a Fatality in Colorado Springs Apartment

Posted on 13. Nov, 2012 by .

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Colder temperatures mean an increase in the use of furnaces, which in this particular case turned deadly.

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Time to Winterize Your Property

Time to Winterize Your Property

Posted on 02. Nov, 2012 by .

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It’s that time again. Shorter days and cooler nights mean winter is not too far away. Unless your properties are in the Bahamas (lucky you), it’s time to prepare for the winter months.

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Energy Efficient Window Shades and Blinds

Energy Efficient Window Shades and Blinds

Posted on 23. Jul, 2012 by .

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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.

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Gardening Dispute Turns Violent

Gardening Dispute Turns Violent

Posted on 28. Jun, 2012 by .

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A homeowner in Laguna Niguel, CA was allegedly attacked by his gardener, Francisco Calderonfarias, due to a dispute over the quality of his work.

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Smart Controllers to Reduce Utility Usage

Smart Controllers to Reduce Utility Usage

Posted on 19. Jun, 2012 by .

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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.

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Helpful Property Management Maintenance Tips

Helpful Property Management Maintenance Tips

Posted on 03. Apr, 2012 by .

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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.

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Study Reveals Pattern on Furnishings Can Induce Dizziness

Study Reveals Pattern on Furnishings Can Induce Dizziness

Posted on 08. Feb, 2012 by .

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A particular design on some furnishings could have you feeling like you need to sit down or even get out of the room entirely.

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The Importance of Property Maintenance, Part 2

The Importance of Property Maintenance, Part 2

Posted on 09. Jan, 2012 by .

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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.

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Always Ask Residents if Something Needs Fixing

Always Ask Residents if Something Needs Fixing

Posted on 20. Dec, 2011 by .

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I remember when I first started in the apartment industry, someone told me to always ask my residents if there was anything in their apartment that needed fixing.

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The Importance of Routine Maintenance

The Importance of Routine Maintenance

Posted on 12. Dec, 2011 by .

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With marketing activity being ramped up in a tough rental market, property managers are sometimes guilty of neglecting property maintenance. Warning: you do so at your own risk.

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Energy Benchmarking Program to Include Multifamily Housing in Seattle

Energy Benchmarking Program to Include Multifamily Housing in Seattle

Posted on 01. Dec, 2011 by .

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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.

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Maintenance Manners Matter

Maintenance Manners Matter

Posted on 16. Aug, 2011 by .

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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.

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DNA testing for Dog Poop

DNA testing for Dog Poop

Posted on 19. Jul, 2011 by .

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Property managers are getting fed up with irresponsible dog owners who do not pick up their dog’s poop on the property. A New Hampshire apartment community is requiring residents to hand over a DNA sample for their pet.

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What Property Managers Should Not Cut Back On In a Tough Economy

What Property Managers Should Not Cut Back On In a Tough Economy

Posted on 12. Jul, 2011 by .

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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.

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Dangerous Hogweed Plant in New York State

Dangerous Hogweed Plant in New York State

Posted on 08. Jul, 2011 by .

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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.

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Property Manager on Trial for Carbon Monoxide Deaths

Property Manager on Trial for Carbon Monoxide Deaths

Posted on 05. May, 2011 by .

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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.

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Property Managers Receive Free “Energy Review” and Save Money

Property Managers Receive Free “Energy Review” and Save Money

Posted on 29. Mar, 2011 by .

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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.

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