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The 8 Steps of Winter Prep for Properties

As seasons change, so do your responsibilities around your properties. Properties have different needs in the scorching heat of summer than they do in the negative temperatures and feet of snow brought by harsh winters. Before winter is here in full swing, follow these 8 steps of winter prep for properties! For any additional questions, contact Building Maintenance Management.

Step 1. Prepare for Power Outages

Depending on your property, power outages can be costly and detrimental to your business. In fact, power outages collectively can cost economies billions of dollars in lost revenue. To protect yourself from loss of income, invest in a generator to give you uninterruptible power supplies.

Backup generators can keep temperatures comfortable, office equipment from going on the fritz, and food in the breakroom from spoiling and causing nasty smells that may be hard to remove. Make sure that your office is prepared to face power outages this winter.

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Step 2. Plan for Snow and Ice Removal

With a harsh Minnesota winter looming, one thing all MN residents understand is the impact of snow. Snow and ice can make travel impossible and be detrimental to your business. That’s why snow management is important to plan for. Whether you plan to complete snow and ice removal on your own or hire an external company to manage it for you – your plan should be in place before the first prediction of snow.

Step 3. Protect Your Roof

Before the first snow falls, be sure to make sure your roof is prepared for the winter weather. Buildups of snow and ice throughout winter can wreak havoc on your roof – especially if your roof isn’t in great condition to begin with.

A professional roof inspection is the best way to make sure your roof is ready. Contact a local roofing company to perform an inspection and make any necessary repairs.

Step 4. Mitigate Security Risks

With winter comes the holiday season. While it may not be something commonly associated with the holidays, robberies increase by 20% throughout December. Prepare your property by increasing security or just running a check of your current security systems. Keep in mind that an increase in visible security on its own can often dissuade potential thieves.

Step 5. Service Your HVAC Systems

Winter weather means that more people will be spending time indoors, which means HVAC filters are going to be worked more heavily. Most filters only last about three months with normal use, so make sure you are changing filters as often as necessary to keep tenants and employees healthy.

Step 6. Inspect Building for Sources of Lost Heat

Do you have employees complaining about being cold all winter long? One way to combat this is to inspect doors and windows for proper seals. Any spots where cold air leaks in should be dealt with before the cold sets in to keep your heating as efficient and inexpensive as possible.

Step 7. Insulate Plumbing

A burst pipe in the winter can be a nightmare, but without insulation pipes are liable to freeze. Now is the time to take preventative measures to ensure that you aren’t facing a flood and replacing pipes in a few months.

Step 8. Prepare Your Landscape

Taking the time to rake leaves and prepare your landscape makes its bounce back in the spring that much easier! Before the first frost, aerate and fertilize your soil and prune your plants to make sure they are healthy and will survive the winter.

Do you want help with winter prep for your property? Call Building Maintenance Management today at 763-541-4886 or contact us!

BMM Offers Tips for Fire Prevention Week

Each year, the second week in October marks the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week. This year, the campaign is, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape,” highlighting important steps every home and multi-housing property should take to protect people from the risk of injury due to fire. This week’s campaign marks the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week!

100 years of Fire Prevention Week

History of Fire Prevention Week

Since 1922, NFPA has sponsored Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week always falls on the week of October 9, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire which started on October 8, 1871.

In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge declared Fire Prevention Week a national observance, which makes it the longest running public health observance in the United States. This week signifies a time for firefighters to provide lifesaving education to families, businesses, adults, children – truly everyone who will listen in an attempt to decrease casualties caused by fires.

Importance of Fire Planning

If a fire occurs, there are mere seconds separating you from escape and catastrophe. That’s why it is imperative that each person understands how to exit the building quickly and safely. If you own or manage apartment buildings, make sure that all fire exits are clearly marked and that every resident knows where to go in the event of a fire.

Fire Prevention for Multi-Housing Properties

As always, prevention is the best option when it comes to fires. If you can prevent a fire from happening, you can eliminate the need for escape. One way Building Maintenance Management helps prevent fires in multi-housing communities is with dryer vent cleaning. Did you know that clothes dryers account for nearly 14,000 home structure fires per year? Of these, nearly one-third were caused by a failure to clean the dryer vents. Fires easily start from lint build-up. If your dryer vents have not been cleaned this year, give us a call and do your part to prevent this type of fire!

Another important way to prevent casualties from fires is to ensure your fire safety systems have been inspected and are in working order, e.g. smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, alarms and sprinkler systems. In the event of a fire, you want your residents to be alerted as soon as possible, so they can safely escape. You also want fire safety equipment ready and working to help control the fire and keep it from spreading too quickly.

We hope you will take steps this Fire Prevention Week to keep your buildings and residents as safe as possible from fire. If you would like to schedule dryer vent cleaning or other commercial maintenance, please give BMM a call at 763-541-4886 or contact us.

BMM Nominated for 3 MADACS Awards

Building Maintenance Management is proud to be nominated for three MADACS awards this year. The winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony held September 16. 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 approximately 1,900 members who own, manage or service more than 320,000 homes throughout Minnesota. MHA serves as the voice of the state’s multi- housing industry.

BMM is nominated for the following MADACS awards:

Nick Svedin from Building Maintenance Management

Nick Svedin is nominated for Outstanding Service Commitment to Customers: Product/Service Individual award

Building Maintenance Management Team

Our maintenance team is nominated for Team Product/Service award

Apartment Remodel Twin Cities

Our upgrade unit is nominated for Partial/Project Remodel: Unit award

BMM is extremely proud of our team members who work hard every day, representing our company well and serving the multi-housing community in and around Minneapolis. We wish each of them the best of luck at the awards ceremony! Even if they don’t bring back the winning trophy, we are proud of their hard work and dedication to their job.

As a Twin Cities property maintenance company, we strive to serve our community by offering both multi-housing and commercial property maintenance. We can help with small improvements, major remodeling projects and the day-to-day maintenance tasks needed to keep your buildings in top shape.

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

BMM Offers Hands-On Training for Maintenance Technicians

Building Maintenance Management is proud to offer an in-house training facility to equip up-and-coming maintenance technicians with the skills needed for the job. BMM has a mock apartment set up in a warehouse that they use for the hands-on training. New employees with little to no experience are guided through a two-week course that takes them through the basics of plumbing, electrical, carpentry and more.

The mock apartment includes a kitchen, bathroom, appliances and everything else you’d find in a typical apartment, so the trainees can get real experience repairing sheetrock, replacing light fixtures, fixing appliances and more. The instructors (BMM technicians themselves) systematically go through everything the trainee will come across when providing maintenance services for a multi-housing facility.

The training course was started more than two years ago and has been a great asset for new employees with little to no handyman experience. The course emphasizes safety throughout, so employees have a solid understanding of how to complete various tasks in a safe manner. BMM offers the course about once a quarter and usually trains two people at a time. This provides plenty of hands-on learning and personalized instruction.

BMM Training Center

Once new employees go through the two-week training, they then shadow another technician with the company for several weeks to gain more on-the-job experience. When they have a good understanding of the various maintenance tasks they will come across on the job, they can begin to work on their own. BMM always has other technicians available to help and offer advice when needed.

BMM provides commercial and multi-housing maintenance services for the Twin Cities area. Currently, we are seeking more maintenance and remodeling technicians. If you or someone you know is looking for a job, please visit our careers page for more information. If you already have maintenance or remodeling experience, that’s great; however, if you are new to the skilled trades, that’s why we have our training facility to set you up for success!

If you have questions about our training facility or professional maintenance services, please give us a call at 763-541-4886 or contact us.

Finding the Right Contractor for Your Apartment Renovation Projects

Looking for help and information about renovation services for your apartment building complex? Here at Building Maintenance Management we offer apartment renovations for the Twin Cities, providing a wide variety of services from painting to floors to kitchen remodeling and more. As you begin to map out your ideas, budget, and timeline, another important thing you should carefully consider is the contractor you will hire. There are many contractors who claim to be the best in the business, so finding the right one for your project can be quite the task. By following some key guidelines, you can minimize the chances of hiring the wrong person.

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First of all, consider reputation. Reputation is everything and here at BMM, we have the experience and reviews to back up our business. Renovations can be an extensive project and hiring a contractor who is inexperienced or unreliable can be a costly mistake. When you hire the professionals at Building Maintenance Management you know you are getting a team you can trust. Whether you need to make small updates in occupied units or completely overhaul an unoccupied unit, our team has the experience needed to get the job done right and on time. We are flexible to work when you need us and will complete the remodel as efficiently as possible.

It is also important to make sure your contractor has the ability to tackle all of the renovations you have planned. Apartment remodeling can take many forms. Once the scope of a renovation has been determined, the owner/operator needs to ensure that the renovations are carried out in an efficient and orderly manner. BMM can not only help with renovations but can serve as your project manger, handling everything from planning to execution. Our scope of renovations truly run the gamut, including:

  • Bathroom remodeling
  • Full renovations
  • Lighting
  • Painting
  • Flooring 
  • Wall coverings
  • Countertops
  • Backsplashes
  • Appliances
  • Hardware
  • Cabinets
  • And more

In addition to having someone who can perform the right renovations, it’s also important that they can perform them with as little disruption to business as possible. We can upgrade both occupied and unoccupied units. When thinking about updating occupied units, most tenants will be willing to put up with some minor inconvenience in order to get new flooring, cabinets or lighting. It’s important to keep residents in the loop about timing of the renovation as well as any possible disruptions. Whatever works best for your unique property, our experts can supply it!

Ready to get started? For more information about apartment renovations in the Twin Cities, give us a call at 763-541-4886 or contact us. We look forward to working with you!