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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.

Unique Renovations That Can Benefit Housing for Seniors

Senior housing apartments are becoming a major consideration for apartment owners. With baby boomers reaching retirement age, the need for these types of living spaces continues to grow. And, if you own an apartment or multi-housing complex for senior living, you know how important it is to keep each unit safe, accessible and looking its best. At Building Maintenance Management, we understand the unique needs of seniors and can provide multi housing renovations designed to meet them. At BMM we specialize in multi housing renovations for Minneapolis and can get you the renovations you need to provide a more comfortable living space that will attract new tenants. And, we’d like to tell you more about the types of renovations we provide and how they can benefit your business.

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First, we start by gaining an in-depth understanding of what your senior living facility or housing unit needs and design a plan for your unique needs. We understand that seniors are looking to scale down into something that’s easier to take care of and maneuver around and we are here to provide just that. It is important that your multi housing renovations not only look great to attract more tenants but also function in a way seniors need them to. This goes well beyond installing wheelchair ramps and grab bars. It is important to make hallways and community spaces wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. And, there are a variety of other multi housing renovations that can enhance the senior living experience, including:

  • Bathroom updates including accessibility renovations like walk-in tubs and wheelchair and walker accessibility.
  • Deck or balcony updates..
  • Hardware and accessories.
  • Smoke and other types of alarm installations.
  • Entryway and common area remodeling for an increased sense of community.
  • Kitchen renovation and updates for safety and accessibility
  • Pool repair and maintenance.
  • And more.

And, these are just some of the multi housing renovations we can provide! Give us a call today to learn more about these and the many updates we can offer for your senior living facility.

You can trust BMM. We have been the trusted name in property maintenance and renovations for decades, here to help multi-housing units, medical buildings, commercial properties and more. To learn more about the senior living and multi housing renovations in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas, give us a call at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us.

Save Energy and Money with Extra Insulation

We all know that insulation helps save energy and lowers energy bills as well, but do you know how much? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for 50-70 percent of the energy used in the average American home. If you want to substantially reduce energy costs, decreasing the amount of energy needed for heating and cooling your home is a good place to start. Insulation reduces the average home heating and cooling cost by about 20 percent.

We provide contract maintenance for Bloomington and surrounding areas, and we know how much of a difference added insulation can benefit a home, business or multi-housing complex. So, we want to share some interesting facts about insulation.

Insulation Never Stops Working
No matter the type of insulation (fiberglass, wool, cellulose, spray foam), once it’s installed, it will save energy from being wasted. It also lasts for the life of the building, and will never need to be replaced unless it’s damaged. Some settling can occur over the years with loose-fill insulation and supplemental insulation may be needed to fill in gaps, but the original insulation will still be working and won’t need to be removed or replaced.

Installing Insulation is Simple and Cost Effective
For both residential and commercial buildings, insulation is the simplest and most cost effective way to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

Understanding R-Value
R-value is the measure of how well a material resists heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. R-value depends on the type of insulation, its thickness and its density. The effectiveness of insulation’s resistance to heat flow also depends on how and where the insulation is installed. For example, insulation that’s compressed will not provide its full rated R-value.

Amount of Insulation Needed
The amount of insulation or R-value needed depends largely on the climate, type of heating and cooling system, and the part of the building being insulated. In addition to adding insulation, sealing air leaks and controlling moisture are also important factors to increase energy efficiency.

BMM Insulation Project

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Insulation Before – R12

Contract Maintenance - Attic Insulation Bloomington

Insulation After – R39

We have helped some buildings lower their heating and cooling costs by adding insulation. We used blown-in cellulose to take one building’s attic insulation value from R12 to R39. That will make a huge difference on their energy bills!

 

 

If you’re heating bills are through the roof this winter, consider adding insulation. It will pay for itself in a matter of years with the amount of energy savings you’ll receive. We can help you know what type, how much and where to add insulation for the best benefit.

 

To learn more about adding insulation to an existing building, contact our contract maintenance team serving Bloomington and the surrounding Twin Cities area. We will be happy to help you! Give Building Maintenance Management a call at 763-541-4886 or contact us today!

Keep Ahead of Old Man Winter with Proper Maintenance

We are in the midst of winter. Freezing temperatures, snow and ice all present unique problems this time of year. As you manage your property, we want to provide some tips on things to watch and monitor during the winter months. For commercial property maintenance in Apple Valley, you can count on Building Maintenance Management. We can handle all seasonal maintenance tasks for your property.

Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are a hazard since they can often burst, leading to extensive water damage and costly repairs. Prevention is the best way to keep this from happening. Insulate pipes, at least those by windows and doors or in unheated areas of the building. If pipes are prone to freezing, let them drip slightly. Keep the heat set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit when you are away.

If preventative measures do not keep a pipe from freezing, you will need to take action as soon as you notice a pipe is frozen. You can safely warm the pipe using electric heating pads, blow dryers or space heaters if accessible. Prompt action is necessary to prevent the pipe from bursting.

Ice Dams
Ice dams form because the edges of the building’s roof is colder than the upper regions (where more insulation is). This causes ice to form around the eaves. Snow melts above and the melted snow then backs up behind the “dam” of ice potentially causing leaks and permanent damage to the roof and building.

Again, prevention is key. Be sure to remove any debris from gutters and use a roof rake to remove snow as quickly as possible from the roof after storms. You also need to inspect and upgrade attic insulation and ventilation.

If you notice an ice dam forming on your roof, carefully remove snow and ice if possible without damaging the roof or gutters. If you have heat cables, turn them on. Heat cables cannot prevent or fully remove ice dams, but they can melt enough of the ice to create a channel for water to flow out, preventing some damage.

Snow & Ice
Winter Commercial Property Maintenance Apple ValleyYou don’t only have to worry about snow on the rooftop. It’s also a task to handle on the ground. Be sure to keep walkways, driveways, parking lots and sidewalks free from snow and ice. This requires regular shoveling, snow blowing or plowing. Ice melt or sand should also be used to provide traction on stairs and other slippery areas. It’s also wise to mark the edges of driveways and sidewalks so you’ll know where to shovel and clear snow when it gets deep.

Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors
Check batteries in all carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. This is especially important in the winter when windows are kept closed and wood burning stoves or fireplaces are often in use. Make sure each apartment has a smoke and carbon monoxide detector in the kitchen, each bedroom and each floor if multiple levels. Detectors should be checked monthly and batteries changed as needed.

These are just a few commercial property maintenance tasks you’ll want to stay on top of this winter. If you need a property maintenance team you can rely on in Apple Valley or surrounding areas, give Building Maintenance Management a call at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us.