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Prepping Your Property for Winter

Fall is in full swing and winter is just around the corner. Have you done everything you can to help prepare your property for the colder months ahead? As experts in property maintenance for Bloomington and the surrounding areas, Building Maintenance Management is here to help you prep your property. We’ll start by providing a list of some essential tasks that should be taken care of before the big freeze here in Minnesota. And, when you’re ready to get started and need some assistance with any and all of your property maintenance tasks, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals here at BMM.Winter Commercial Property Maintenance Apple Valley

Start Outdoors

It is important to take care of some important outdoor tasks before the weather gets too cold. Here are a few to consider:

  • Caulk any cracks or holes on the outside
  • Drain fountains and birdbaths
  • Clean gutters and downspouts before ice begins forming
  • Rake and clean up dead leaves and debris
  • And more

Keep Warm Indoors

Begin preparing your heating system and performing other essential tasks such as these:

  • Have your furnace inspected, install a clean air filter and check to make sure the thermostat is working
  • Cover or remove any window air conditioners
  • Repair or replace weather stripping
  • Flush your water heater to prevent sediment build-up
  • Purchase a water heater blanket if applicable
  • Do your windows require sheet plastic insulation? Be sure to install those now
  • Ensure your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order
  • And more

Prep Your Pipes

There are a few things your pipes will need before the cold weather hits, including:

  • Cover outdoor faucets with insulating foam covers
  • Disconnect and drain any garden hoses outside
  • Turn off sprinkler system winterize them by performing a fall blowout
  • And more

And, these are just a few of the property maintenance tasks that should be performed to help prepare your property for winter. Not comfortable performing any of these or simply don’t have the time? Contact the experts at Building Maintenance Management and we can take care of them for you!

Our property maintenance professionals can help on a scheduled, temporary or as-needed basis. And, we can customize all of our property maintenance services to meet your specific needs. So whether you need temporary help, on an as-needed help every once in awhile or long-term help on a scheduled basis, you can depend on us.

Are you interested in getting some more information on property maintenance in Bloomington? Call Building Maintenance Management at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us.

Essential Commercial Property Maintenance Tips for Fall

It’s official–fall is here! Along with all of the other essential fall tasks, there are also quite a few required for your business or commercial property in preparation for the cooler months ahead. So, start your own preparations to make sure your commercial property is ready for the changing seasons and enlist the help of the experts at Building Maintenance Management. We are the experts in property maintenance for Roseville and the surrounding areas and would love to tell you more about these essential fall maintenance tasks:

Fall Landscaping

This is a big one. Leaves will soon begin to fall and accumulate on sidewalks, walkways and even in the parking lot and entrances. Leaf raking and leaf blowing is essential to not only the appearance of your property but to its safety as well. At BMM we can take care of this painstaking task for you. We can even come out on a scheduled, recurring basis to make sure your property is consistently raked.

Gutter Maintenance

Another big threat that comes from all of those falling leaves and debris is to your gutter system. It’s important to make sure it’s clear so that water will flow freely away from your building when it rains and pours. This simple step will go a long way towards preventing roof leaks and flooding.

Floor Cleaning

Leaves don’t just make a mess outside but indoors as well. During the fall, leaves, pine needles and other debris will get tracked in on shoes. So, frequent vacuuming, mopping, buffering and similar property maintenance will be essential to keep your floors shiny and leaf-free.

Heater Check

Avoid any surprises on the first cold day of autumn by checking your heater today. This means checking on the pilot light, oil levels if applicable and furnace filters, as well as having our HVAC expert come in for a seasonal checkup.

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Lighting and Electrical

We can come in and perform a property maintenance check on your electrical system to ensure it’s prepared for the increased usage that fall can bring. Shorter and colder days mean more lighting and the possible addition of space heaters, etc.

Ready to get started preparing your commercial property for fall? Our team can help with property maintenance and management tasks of all types. And, our wide scope of services cover all ends of a typical property.

To get some more information on property maintenance in Roseville, give Building Maintenance Management a call at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us.

Improve Your Building’s Efficiency with Professional Dryer Vent Cleaning

As the owner of a multi unit housing facility or other commercial property, you are always looking for new ways to increase efficiency and save money. After all, bills add up significantly and can really impact your overall budget. Did you know the clothing dryers your tenants use could be racking up your energy costs needlessly? In fact, if the exhaust vents are clogged, it could be costing you hundreds of dollars a year. Not to mention, it increases your carbon footprint, impairing your property’s overall energy efficiency and most importantly, creating a potentially disastrous fire hazard.

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At Building Maintenance Management we specialize in dryer vent cleaning for Minnetonka and the surrounding areas and are here to tell you more about it and how we can help. Here are a few important points to consider:

When your dryer vents are clogged, your building’s dryers have to work overtime to dry each load of laundry. That’s why we recommend you invest in professional dryer vent cleaning once a year from a professional dryer vent cleaning service like BMM. An annual professional dryer vent cleaning by our dryer vent cleaning service is hands down the best way to keep your dryers running safely and efficiently.

Also, make sure that your dryer vents are sending the spent air outside. Your dryer vents should never terminate anywhere like in an attic or crawl space. If your building’s dryer vents terminate anywhere but outside, mold and mildew growth are likely to occur. Not sure if your dryer vents are installed correctly? Our dryer vent cleaning service can take a look at them and help set a new course for your dryer vents if needed.

Encourage tenants to thoroughly clean the lint trap after each use. This is essential to the safety and efficiency of your dryers so do your best to encourage this. But, since you can’t ensure they do so; this is what makes dryer vent cleaning for your commercial business so important.

Clean dryer vents are safer dryer vents. Accumulated debris of all sorts can build up within, presenting as your potential fuel for fire. Sparks can then occur due to static electricity, posing a major risk for igniting the lint-based mass.

Still have questions about dryer vent cleaning for your Minnetonka area business? Call Building Maintenance Management at 763-541-4996, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

Apartment Rehab: What’s Worth the Expense

As a manager of a multi-housing facility, you want to keep your units filled and avoid turnover as much as possible. Of course in multi-housing, turnover is normal, so you always need to be thinking of ways to attract new renters as well. As an apartment turnover company in the Twin Cities, Building Maintenance Management understands the need to keep your apartment units full. We can assist with numerous rehab projects to keep your units fresh, updated and ready for the next tenant. Here are some upgrades that will help you maximize your property’s rental rate.

Curb Appeal
Don’t underestimate the power of a first impression. Just as home buyers notice curb appeal first when looking for a house, so do renters. They want a place to live that looks clean and well-kept, not rundown and dingy. Fortunately, this is something you can update and maintain while your units are full. With basic upkeep of the building’s exterior and landscaping, you will be one step forward in attracting new renters.

Appliances
Once inside the unit, typically the first thing a renter notices is the appliances. Old, mismatched appliances will not get you top dollar. They can also lead to more hassle down the road with constant maintenance calls. Investing in high quality, matching appliances with a warranty will save you money in the long run.

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Flooring is a major consideration for rental units, but it can be tricky as well since not everyone has the same opinion. The main debate is hardwood (or faux wood) versus carpet. Carpet often needs to be replaced after every couple of renters due to stains, wear and dirt. This can get expensive.

Some residents really like carpet, especially in their bedrooms and during the winter. On the other hand, most renters prefer a hardwood-type floor that seems cleaner and more modern. You can go for a mix with carpet in the bedrooms and other flooring throughout the rest of the unit. Flooring that definitely needs to be updated would include old vinyl or linoleum flooring in bathrooms or kitchens. This can be a major turn-off to renters.

Countertops
Upgraded countertops can really add value to your kitchen, and it will appeal to renters. However, with the cost of countertops, you’ll want to know if it will be worth the investment. If you run a higher-end apartment, quartz or granite are great options. If you don’t feel your rent prices warrant that type of expense, then consider solid surface or even laminate. Nowadays, laminate countertops can be made to look like high-end materials, and they are much cheaper to replace if damaged. Conversely, quartz or granite will be harder to damage and last much longer.

Fixtures
You can give your rental property a more polished look by investing in new fixtures. High quality light fixtures, ceiling fans, faucets and door handles will be noticed by potential tenants. Having higher quality fixtures will also provide better durability. These are simple things to fix that do make an impression.

The benefits of rental property upgrades go beyond appearance. Investing in better quality upgrades will help you maximize occupancy and rental rates. It will also help you stand out above other properties for rent. Quality upgrades done professionally will maximize the income on your rental investment.

BMM is here to help your property succeed. We can make these upgrades and more for your apartment or multi-housing facility. Whether done between tenants or while a unit is occupied, our Twin Cities apartment turnover company is here to help. If you would like more information on our services, give us a call at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us.

How Low Flow Water Fixtures Can Save You Water & Money

As a multi-unit housing building owner or manager, you are always looking for new ways to save money. And, one of the best ways is by conserving water. Most of the time water is included in a unit’s rent, so it is in your best interest to limit water consumption. How do you do this? With low flow water fixtures like shower heads, faucets and toilets. As experts in and providers of multi housing renovations in St Louis Park, we would like to discuss this convenient and efficient way to conserve water and save money.

The experts here at Building Maintenance Management have installed a number of of water-conserving products in local area properties, including faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads. You could say we really understand the ins and outs of the installation process. First of all, it is important you educate your tenants about your water conservation upgrades. This step is essential to the success of your multi housing renovations and can help the resident understand the purpose of the updates.

By installing these new features you will also be encouraging residents to be more accountable for their water usage and take a more active role in saving water themselves. When people are more aware of their water usage, they tend to waste a lot less.

By retrofitting existing units with water-efficient faucets, toilets, and shower heads, apartment owners and multi-unit housing managers can reduce both the amount of water coming into their properties and the water going out of their properties into the city sewer system. Here are a few of the most common multi unit housing renovations that can help save you water and money:

  • Low-flow kitchen aerators
  • Water conserving toilets
  • Low-flow or smart shower heads
  • And more

And these are just some of the water conserving multi housing renovations you can make! Give us a call at Building Maintenance Management and we can offer even more ideas to help save you money.

Also, it’s important to know that going green and conserving water doesn’t mean sacrificing style! These days, there are endless looks and styles that offer water conserving features. And, many tenants these days are more environmentally conscious and actually prefer apartments that include green or smart faucets and fixtures.

Ready to learn more about water conservation and other types of multi housing renovations for your St Louis Park property? Contact Building Maintenance Management today at 763-541-4886 or you can Contact Us.