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Start Planning for Warmer Weather with Magic Pak Cleaning & Maintenance

While the weather isn’t exactly warming up yet, spring is closer than it seems. Now is a great time to start scheduling and preparing important tasks for your commercial property before spring. And, one of the most important ones of those tasks has got to be Magic Pak cleaning. St Paul area businesses trust Building Maintenance Management for all of their building maintenance needs. We are the trusted name in the area supplying Magic Pak cleaning and maintenance to keep them working all season long.

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The last thing you want to worry about is having to send someone out to your building to clean or even fix one of your building’s Magic Pak units. That’s where we come in. BMM can get your units in tip-top shape before the warm season even begins. After all, preventative maintenance is always better than costly repairs. With regular Magic-Pak cleaning, you will keep your residents comfortable and eliminate most last-minute service calls for leaks or other issues caused by an unclean unit.

At BMM our extensive experience working with multi-housing facilities has given us expert knowledge Magic Pak units and their components; developing a successful process for effectively cleaning and repairing them. At Building Maintenance Management (BMM), we have designed a maintenance regimen that can not only prolong the life of your building’s units but also increase their efficiency.

How it Works

The air conditioning system has both evaporation coils and condensing coils. Both the evaporator and condenser coils have a tendency to attract dirt and debris. A physical Magic Pak cleaning from BMM can remove this dirt and debris, increasing indoor air quality and help your units run more efficiently overall. Our method for thoroughly cleaning your Magic Pak includes:

  • Taking A/C unit out of the Magic Pak
  • In-depth, careful cleaning of the coils
  • Combining fin tubing (if necessary)
  • Changing the filters
  • Cleaning the condensate pan and drain lines
  • Inserting tablets that help prevent buildup
  • Entering information a log we keep on each unit and its condition
  • And more

Ready to learn more? Your Magic Pak units will only work well if they are properly serviced. So start planning ahead for spring today! To learn more about Magic Pak cleaning in the St Paul area, give us a call now at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us to Request a Work Order.

Winter Maintenance Tips for Your Commercial Property

The past few weeks have brought bitterly cold temperatures to the great state of Minnesota. How is your commercial property holding up? While some of your employees may be working from home, it is still important to maintain your commercial property, especially during the harsh winter months when the most damage can occur. Here at Building Maintenance Management, we are the trusted name in commercial property maintenance from Brooklyn Park we would like to tell you more about what we can do to help your property functioning properly throughout the winter.

Heating

Tenants, employees and visitors require comfort in the form of reliable heat. That is why it is so important to maintain your heating system as well as perform other essential tasks to keep things warm indoors. You should have your furnace inspected, install a clean air filter and check to make sure the thermostat is working. If the equipment can’t keep the inside temperature where it’s set, don’t panic. As long as it is still running, it’s doing the best it can. Most heating systems will struggle to overcome temperatures 20-30 degrees below what the equipment is designed to handle.

But the most important thing when it comes to your property’s heat is that you have an after-hours team on standby if anything goes awry. As a busy building manager, you likely have a lot on your plate and don’t have time to monitor your property 24/7. BMM can provide a maintenance person to rely on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can still have your own in-house maintenance staff to handle ordinary tasks and any emergencies during their working hours. However, once they go home, you can relax knowing our team can take care of it. If the heat ever stops working in the middle of the night, we will be available to take that call and work to get things back up and running as quickly as possible.

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Plumbing

Make sure no hoses are attached to outside faucets since they will trap water that can freeze and burst the pipe. If you have a crawl space, make sure it is insulated properly to eliminate cold air from infiltrating around pipes. Sinks located on an outside wall should have the lower cabinet doors open to allow more heat around the pipes.

You should also ensure your property maintenance team takes care of some other important outdoor tasks before the next big snow. You should caulk and cracks or holes on the outside, drain fountains and birdbaths, clean gutters and downspouts, rake and clean up leaves and debris among other tasks

And, these are just some of the winter maintenance tasks that should be performed. Give us a call to learn more. We will be happy to talk to you at length about what you need out of a commercial property maintenance service.

For more information on commercial property maintenance in Brooklyn Park, call Building Maintenance Management at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us. Stay warm and stay safe!

COVID-19 Updated Preparedness Plan

As you likely know, COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Although, we’ve been practicing many extra precautions since the outbreak began in March, we have recently updated our Preparedness Plan to continue providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our tenants, customers, staff and technicians.  Many of these precautions were covered in our initial COVID-19 Action Plan, but we want to make you aware of our continued efforts to serve you safely during this pandemic.

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

BMM’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows the industry guidance developed by the state of Minnesota, which is based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines for COVID-19, Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) statutes, rules and standards, and Minnesota’s relevant and current executive orders. It addresses:

  • ensuring sick workers stay home and prompt identification and isolation of sick persons
  • social distancing – workers must be at least six-feet apart whenever possible
  • worker hygiene
  • workplace cleaning and disinfection protocol
  • drop-off, pick-up and delivery practices and protocol; and
  • communications and training practices and protocol.

Building Maintenance Management has reviewed and incorporated the industry guidance applicable to our business provided by the state of Minnesota for the development of this plan, including the following industry guidance Public Works and Infrastructure Support Services. Other conditions and circumstances included in the industry guidance and addressed in the plan that are specific to our business include:

In the event that a BMM technician needs to enter an occupied apartment unit and the tenant DOES NOT have symptoms of Covid-19:

  • BMM’s technician will proceed to enter with a fresh pair of gloves which will be disposed of immediately after leaving the unit.
  • Face protection will be worn by BMM’s technician the entire time they are in the unit.
  • The tenant will be asked to respect social distance rules during the duration of the service call.
  • BMM’s technician will wash his/her hands immediately before and after the service call.
  • Face masks will be worn in common areas and outside when social distancing is not possible.

In the event that a BMM technician needs to enter an occupied apartment unit and the tenant DOES have symptoms of Covid-19:

  • BMM’s technician will proceed to enter with the following fresh items and dispose of the items, in a trash bag, immediately after leaving the unit: Tyvek suit, respirator, gloves, goggles.
  • The tenant will be asked to stay in a different room during the duration of the service call.
  • BMM’s technician will wash his/her hands immediately before and after the service call.

Inside common areas and outdoors:

  • BMM’s technicians will wear face masks in all inside common areas.
  • BMM technicians will avoid getting on crowded elevators. No more than two people in an elevator car.
  • Face masks must be worn outdoors when social distancing (6’ apart) is not possible.

Sick Employees

Workers have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess workers’ health status prior to entering the workplace and for workers to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms. If an employee experiences symptoms of COVID 19, they are required to call their manager and report it, they are then required to stay home from work and encouraged to get a test. They must remain home until they are symptom free for three days. If a person becomes ill while at work they must report it immediately to their manager, and the manager will have them leave the property immediately. The manager will then talk to the customer to explain the possible exposure risks.

Worker Hygiene

Basic infection prevention measures have been implemented at our workplaces. Workers are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially at the beginning and end of their shift, prior to any mealtimes and after using the restroom. Hand-sanitizer is available to our technicians, they must always carry it with them for hand hygiene in place of soap and water, until they can get to a sink between work orders.

Workers are being instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and to avoid touching their face, particularly their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. Workers are expected to dispose of tissues in provided trash receptacles and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward.

Workplace Cleaning

Regular practices of cleaning and disinfecting have been implemented, including a schedule for routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, vehicles and areas in the work environment, including restrooms, lunch rooms, meeting rooms, and drop-off and pick-up locations. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting are being conducted of high-touch areas, including phones, keyboards, touch screens, door handles, railings, copy machines, etc. There is a calendar posted on each level of the office showing who is responsible for the cleaning each day. When cleaning is finished it is required to initial the calendar stating it has been completed. We are cleaning with Clorox disinfecting wipes which kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria.

In the event someone in the office has tested positive for COVID 19, the office will be closed in order to be thoroughly cleaned before the staff will be allowed to come back to work.

Appropriate and effective cleaning and disinfecting supplies have been purchased and are available for use in accordance with product labels, safety data sheets and manufacturer specifications, and are being used with required personal protective equipment for the product.

Communication & Training

This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan has been certified by BMM management and the plan was posted throughout the workplace and made readily available to employees since March. Necessary training was provided, and additional communication and training has been ongoing as needed. Training will be provided to all workers who did not receive the initial training and prior to initial assignment or reassignment.

We hope you know that BMM is doing our best to keep everyone safe and healthy during this difficult time. If you have any questions about our COVID-19 protocol, please call us at 763-541-4886 or contact us.

Multi Housing Renovations: What’s Worth the Expense?

There is a tried and true philosophy in residential real estate that says it’s best to target the worst home in the nicest neighborhood and add value through renovations. But does the same idea apply to multifamily housing? Those looking for a strong, immediate ROI on their real estate investments may do well to look for older properties in desirable areas that need upgrades or uncomplicated repairs. With a multifamily property flip, you can easily find yourself commanding top dollar for your rental units. But what renovations are worth is for your multi housing property? As the trusted name in multi housing renovations in Roseville and the surrounding areas, we would like to discuss some of the best renovations for your multi unit housing property.

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Exteriors

Upgrading the outside of the building, landscaping, signage, and common areas serves to reinvigorate a property’s curb appeal. A major influence on a potential tenant’s decision to rent from you. A great, first impression is crucial; after all, it’s the first thing tenants and their guests see when they arrive.

Flooring

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.

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Kitchens & Bathrooms

Any experienced realtor will tell you kitchens and bathrooms sell homes, and this sentiment holds true multi housing renovations as well. Tenants also spend a lot of time in these spaces and current finishes and amenities will go a long way to commanding a premium on the rent.

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.

Countertops

The right countertops can really add value to your kitchen, and it will appeal to renters. 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. Modern 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.

Ready to get started? We can make these upgrades and more for your apartment or multi-housing facility. Whether done before the building is occupied or in-between tenants, our Roseville multi housing renovations team is here to help. If you would like more information on our services, give us a call at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us.

The Increased Need for Hiring a Trusted Apartment Turnover Company

Turning over a rental property in-between tenants is always a big undertaking. However, in the age of COVID-19 and the number of new protocols that come with it, these processes have become even more important. One of the best ways to ensure that your rental property is properly updated is by hiring an apartment turnover company. As the trusted apartment turnover company for St Louis Park and the surrounding areas, we are here to make this process a smoother, cleaner and more efficient one. That way, you’ll have time to focus on other aspects of the turnover like onboarding your new renter.

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Apartment turnover is pretty high right now so there is likely a lot to consider for your building. Here to help multi-housing and apartment buildings get their units ready and updated for new residents, our top to bottom apartment turnover services can help potential occupants see all that your space has to offer. From small paint jobs to larger renovations, we have got you covered! Our professional staff will work with you to plan and coordinate your apartment turnover project for great-looking results.

Our apartment turnover company can provide a wide variety of services to make your apartment building more appealing to potential tenants, including:

  • General multi housing renovations for single or multiple rooms
  • Entryway, laundry room and common area updates
  • New coat of paint, new flooring and lighting
  • Concrete work
  • Bathroom cabinetry, countertops, sinks shower and tubs
  • Carbon monoxide and smoke detector installation
  • Kitchen cabinetry, countertop, hardware and backsplash updates
  • Deck repair
  • And more

Thanks to our years of experience, you can trust us to handle all of your apartment renovations with expertise and incredible attention to detail. We understand that even a few small updates can go a long way in making your apartment building more appealing to potential tenants which is so needed right now. Our apartment turnover company can help give your building a more competitive edge it needs in the housing market.

Ready to get started? We take pride in our ability to help multi-housing and apartment buildings get their units ready and updated for new residents. Give our apartment turnover company in St Louis Park a call today or Contact Us and learn more about how we can help prepare your building for the months and years ahead.