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Thank You and Happy Holidays from BMM

With the end of 2017 quickly approaching, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful clients for their support. We are grateful to have served the Twin Cities metro with our commercial building and multi-housing maintenance services for 30 years. We could not be in business this long without the support and patronage from so many of you!

As this year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for your patronage, whether as a new or returning client. We hope you will trust us for all your future property maintenance needs!

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Holiday Safety Tips

The 2017 holiday season has begun! It’s time to deck the halls, bake goodies and attend holiday events. With all the hustle and bustle, many safety issues arise. While providing building maintenance for Roseville and surrounding areas, we’ve seen our fair share of holiday mishaps. To make sure you and your tenants have a safe holiday season, we want to offer some tips.

Decorating Tips

  • Make sure your Christmas tree is at least 3 feet from any heat source, such as heat vents, radiators and fireplaces.
  • Keep the tree well hydrated throughout the season
  • Holiday Safety Tips - Building Maintenance RosevilleMove ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks toward the top of the tree, out of reach from small children and pets.
  • Check the lights to be sure there are no exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.
  • Only use indoor lights indoors and outdoor lights outdoors.
  • Angel hair, made from spun glass, can irritate your eyes and skin; always wear gloves when handling or substitute non-flammable cotton.
  • Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains or other flammable item.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended or within reach of children.
  • When spraying artificial snow, be sure to follow directions carefully. These sprays can irritate your lungs if inhaled.
  • Some holiday plants can be poisonous to people and animals. Some to keep out of reach include mistletoe, holly berries, amaryllis and certain poinsettias.
  • For outdoor lights, be sure to fasten them securely with insulated staples or hooks to avoid wind damage. Never nail, tack or stress wiring when hanging lights. Also keep plugs off the ground, away from snow and puddles.

Ladder Safety

  • When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or furniture.
  • If using a step ladder near a doorway, lock or barricade the door and post signs so no one will open it and knock you off.
  • A straight or extension ladder should be placed one foot away from the surface it rests against for every four feet of ladder height.
  • Always climb a ladder facing it and gripping the rungs, not the side rails. Always keep three points of contact on the ladder: two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand.
  • Do not lean too far away from the ladder. Reposition the ladder closer instead.
  • If using a ladder outdoors, get down immediately if high winds, rain or snow begins.

Travel Tips

  • Prepare your car for the winter by checking brakes, spark plugs, battery and tires.
  • Be prepared for an emergency on the road with a “survival kit.” Some things to include are working flashlight, extra batteries, reflective triangles, first aid kit, ice scraper, snow brush, blankets, drinking water and high-energy, nonperishable food.

These are just a few tips to help make your holiday season a safe and enjoyable one. If you are looking for building maintenance in Roseville or the surrounding Twin Cities area, give BMM a call at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us. Have a wonderful holiday season!

15 Energy Saving Tips for the Fall

Fall is in full swing bringing cooler temperatures, shorter daylight hours and warmer jackets. As we transition into winter, it’s a good time to think about energy savings. We all know Minnesota winters can be brutal, both as you walk outside and on your pocket book as you pay for heating. We can’t control the weather, but we can provide some energy saving tips to make this winter not so difficult on your bank account, whether for your home, your multi housing property or your commercial building.

The average U.S. household consumes tens of thousands of kilowatt hours of electricity each year, and much of it is completely unnecessary. Making a few simple changes can save a significant amount of money while also reducing your carbon footprint. Here are some tips to help.

  • Programmable ThermostatUnplug electronics, gaming consoles and chargers when not in use.
  • Insulate your water heater with a blanket and turn the temperature down to at least 120 degrees.
  • Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs or compact fluorescent lamps and turn them off anytime you leave a room.
  • Replace your thermostat with a programmable one that can be adjusted for times when you aren’t home.
  • Use energy saving settings on refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers.
  • Check the age and condition of your major appliances, specifically the refrigerator. It may be time to replace it with a more energy-efficient model.
  • Clean or replace furnace, air conditioner and heat pump filters
  • Insulate hot water pipes and ducts whenever they run through unheated areas.
  • Find and seal air leaks. Check doors, windows and pipes then use weatherstripping or caulk to stop cool air from seeping in.
  • Consider replacing old, drafty windows with newer, energy-efficient ones.
  • Close fireplace dampers when not in use. If you no longer use your fireplace, you can have the flume completely sealed off.
  • Open shades and blinds during the day to let in natural heat from the sun.
  • Use insulating drapes to diffuse winter chill at night or on cloudy days.
  • Add extra insulation to walls and attic spaces.
  • Schedule an energy audit for more expert advice on your particular home or facility. You can contact your utility company or state energy office for this.

Making just a few lifestyle changes can make an impact on your energy bill. In addition, spending some money on more energy-efficient appliances or added insulation now will save you money down the road.

If your commercial building or multi housing facility in the Twin Cities area could use some energy upgrades, let our team handle it! Building Maintenance Management specializes in making buildings more efficient. Give us a call at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us to get started!

BMM Proudly Helps Valued Client Win MADACS Award

2017 MADACS Award

The Building Maintenance Management team is proud to have taken part in helping one of our valued clients win a MADACS award. Their award was for a Partial/Project Remodel: Unit. The MADACS awards recognize owners and associates who have made significant contributions to multi-housing marketing and management through exemplary achievements.

The annual MADACS awards are hosted by the Minnesota Multi Housing Association. MHA is a state-wide nonprofit trade organization with nearly 2,100 members representing more than 250,000 housing units throughout Minnesota. MHA serves as the voice of the state’s multi housing industry.

BMM worked with the winning management company at a multi-housing complex to remodel the kitchen and bathroom in addition to adding new flooring and painting. This was the award-winning partial remodeling project of a unit.

The photo shows a few of our team members proudly displaying the award for the work they did with the remodel.

We are excited we could be a part of the property management company’s success. Here is a before and after photo showing some of the work we did.

Apartment Remodeling Twin Cities

As a Twin Cities property maintenance company, we do so much more than just maintenance. We also help improve multi-housing properties to attract more tenants and to keep units updated for current tenants. From major remodeling projects to small improvements, our team can help with whatever is needed.

If you are looking for a commercial property maintenance company in the Twin Cities areas, give BMM a call at 763-541-4886 or you can Contact Us.

4 Tips for Hiring a Commercial Property Maintenance Company

As a commercial property owner or manager, you have a lot to handle! Running the business, handling finances and managing staff are some of your top priorities. So what about maintaining the property? This job is best left to skilled professionals who can take on various tasks from plumbing to cleaning to remodeling. Having a property maintenance company you can trust is invaluable to keep your building or facility in top shape. As experts in commercial property maintenance in Minneapolis and surrounding areas, we want to provide some tips to consider when searching for your maintenance team.

Commercial Property Maintenance Minneapolis1. Know your needs and expectations
Before anything else, you need to know exactly what type of assistance you need from the property maintenance company and what tasks you’ll expect them to do. Will they be responsible for cleaning in addition to making repairs? Do you want them to maintain and repair heating and air conditioning units? Do you expect them to maintain outdoor areas as well, such as walkways and parking lots? These are just a few questions to consider to help you know how much maintenance assistance you need. You also need to take in account the size of your property and buildings.

2. Decide if you need full-time, part-time or contract
Based on your answers to the questions above, determine if you will need full-time maintenance, part-time maintenance or just a reliable company you can contract to help when needed. At BMM, we are available for all the above options. We know each property is different, with varying levels of maintenance needs.

3. Screen the company and employees
Just as you would screen tenants or potential employees for your business, you should do the same for your property maintenance company. Do some background work to check their reputation. Ask for references and call them. You can also look for online reviews. These extra steps take time, but they are worth it to be sure you get a reliable and trustworthy company to work at your property.

4. Test them out
See if you can hire the company for a trial period to see how they work with your property and meet maintenance needs. Make sure the expectations are clear at the beginning on what you’d like them to handle. Then meet to discuss so any issues or questions can be worked out as needed. At the end of the trial period, evaluate how things went and what improvements need to be made.

At Building Maintenance Management, we understand how important it is to find the right property maintenance company. If you are looking for commercial property maintenance in Minneapolis or surrounding Twin Cities areas, give us a call at 763-541-4886 or you can Contact Us.