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Don’t Forget To Include Essential Maintenance for Your Multi-Housing Property’s 2020 Budget

As you know, owning a multi-unit housing property requires a little more work than simply collecting rent. There is a lot that goes into the budgeting each year and one thing that should never be left out is maintenance costs. From routine maintenance to emergency repairs to renovations, each deserves a spot on your yearly budget. As the trusted name in multi-housing maintenance for St Louis Park, we’ve put together a list of the important services to remember in your budget. And, when you’re looking for a service that can help with all of your maintenance needs, give us a call at Building Maintenance Management; we can help with all of these services and more.

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Apartment Turns & Renovations

You will likely have tenants moving out and new tenants moving in this year so don’t forget to include apartment turns in your budget. First impressions are everything in this competitive market and with old outdated cabinetry or dingy walls; it can be difficult to attract new tenants. An empty unit is a loss of revenue and this can become especially true with older or outdated buildings. With new housing popping up daily, multi housing renovations can give your building a more competitive edge in the housing market.

On-Call Emergency Service

Multi-housing properties require constant maintenance, but no matter how you try to prevent problems, it is inevitable that an emergency issue will arise and usually during the night or weekend. With our on-call emergency service, your maintenance staff can work during their scheduled hours, but when they go home for the evening or weekend, they don’t have to be on-call for emergencies. Instead, BMM will be available to handle any issues that arise when your maintenance staff are off.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

Over time, lint and other debris can build up in the dryer vents and ignite, causing a fire. One of the best ways to ensure this does not happen is by scheduling dryer vent cleaning. Not only is it a great way to help prevent a fire, but regular dryer vent cleaning helps all of your dryers to run at peak performance. Your tenants could enjoy a lower electric bill, and you could see an increase in your dryers’ life spans.

Magic Pak Maintenance

A Magic Pak unit is a heating and cooling unit, and like any HVAC unit, it will work only as well as it’s serviced. You should have your Magic Pak(s) cleaned out on a regular basis, as cleaning will help to increase the unit’s air flow, thereby increasing system effectiveness and lifespan. Thorough maintenance will help to reduce the risk of premature failure. Our Magic-Pak maintenance professionals know what to look for; we will look for rust and cracks, check for carbon monoxide leaks, change filters, clean condensate pan and drain lines, clean and check coils, insert tablets to prevent buildup, and ensure all equipment is properly maintained. 

General Multi-Housing Maintenance

No multi-housing property can take care of itself; that’s where our multi-housing maintenance services come in. We provide full time and part-time preventative and general maintenance services to multi-housing properties throughout Minnesota. Our multi-housing maintenance staff is composed of licensed boiler engineers, and we are experienced in all aspects of building maintenance. We provide back up and supervision for our maintenance staff. This eliminates your time and expense involved in hiring, training and supervising in-house maintenance employees.

These are just some of the maintenance tasks every multi-housing property should budget for in the upcoming year. Call us at 763-541-4886 to find out more about our multi-housing maintenance services in the St Louis Park area or Contact Us.

The Importance of After Hours Maintenance in Multi-Unit Housing

Multi-family housing environments and businesses alike pose some unique challenges that can’t always be addressed during routine maintenance. As we all know, sometimes maintenance issues happen, and it’s important to understand what constitutes a maintenance emergency and who to call when one occurs. One of the main reasons people choose a multi-family living environment is the aspect of maintenance-free living. Our after-hours maintenance services are there to address the issues that require immediate attention for the safety of the occupants, the property and their belongings. Rather than require your maintenance staff to be on-call at all times, you can simply call us when an after-hours emergency occurs. We are the trusted professionals in after hours maintenance for Apple Valley and the surrounding areas and are here to tell you all about this much-needed service. 

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With our after hours emergency maintenance service, property managers will have a maintenance person they can rely on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They can still have their own in-house maintenance staff to handle ordinary tasks and any emergencies during their working hours. However, once they go home, they can relax knowing our team can take care of it.

Our call center will answer all of your after hours maintenance calls, send a notice to our technicians in the area and then the closest one will respond to the call. This provides a quick response time and ensures all shifts, every day are covered.

We can help with a wide variety of after-hours maintenance tasks, including:

  • Clogged toilets
  • No air conditioning
  • Flooding
  • Lock malfunctions
  • Fire 
  • And much more

And, these are just some of the after-hours maintenance tasks we can help remedy. Unsure if your issue constitutes an after hours emergency? Give us a call and we can give you the best plan of action.

Our staff will communicate with your in-house maintenance crew so they know what’s going on and can follow up with any needed repairs. Think of us as an extension of your property’s maintenance staff. We are here to support you! We are proud to offer this service, and we hope it will fill the void in the property maintenance industry for around-the-clock service.

Interested in learning more about after hours maintenance for your Apple Valley area property? Please give us a call at 763-541-4886 or contact us. We look forward to working with you!

Importance of Deck Repair and Maintenance

Many multi-housing facilities and commercial buildings have decks and patios, whether as a shared space or individual ones for each unit. Decks are a wonderful space to sit outside, grill and entertain, especially during the summer months. As with any part of a building, decks do require ongoing maintenance and occasional repair. At Building Maintenance Management, we provide deck repair for Twin Cities commercial buildings. We want to discuss why it’s important to keep your deck in top shape and things to look for that may indicate repair is needed.

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The main reason for deck repair and maintenance is safety. Decks that are rotted or in disrepair can cause injury. Loose boards or nails sticking up can cause someone to trip and fall, a rotted railing can give way when someone leans on it, and the scariest of all scenarios is if a raised deck suddenly collapses when people are on it. This happens more often than you may think. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 33,000 people per year are injured because of the structural failure or collapse of a deck, porch, railing or staircase. To reduce the risk of personal injury and a lawsuit, regular deck maintenance is necessary.

Decks take a beating from the environment. They are constantly exposed to sunlight, rain, snow or other elements. Therefore, deterioration is to be expected. Regular inspections can spot problems that can be fixed before causing an accident.

Here are some things we will check and repair as needed for decks:

Rotted Wood

If the wood on the deck is beginning to deteriorate, it needs to be addressed right away. Depending on the extent of the damage, individual boards or the entire deck may need to be replaced.

Loose Railing

The deck railing is obviously there for safety and to define the border of the deck. Most railings can withstand someone leaning on it, but they are not meant for sitting or pushing against. If a railing moves when you push on it, it likely needs some repair. The same goes for stair railing; if it’s wobbling, work should be done.

Mold & Mildew

If there is mold and mildew growth on the deck, it can eat away at the structure. Stairs are particularly susceptible to becoming slick from mold or mildew.

Rusted Fasteners

The metal parts that hold a deck together can also deteriorate with time. If there is rust on fasteners, connectors, screws, bolts, etc., it should be investigated further and parts replaced as needed.


Wood tends to split some with wear, but certain kinds of cracks signal problems. If it’s a large crack or if it’s around fasteners, it can be a sign of weakness.

These are the main things we will look for on any deck to determine if it needs repairs. Regular maintenance and inspections are necessary to ensure a deck remains safe to use.

If you need help with deck maintenance and repair at your commercial or multi-housing facility, don’t hesitate to call Building Maintenance Management at 763-541-4886 or contact us.

Decrease Downtime with an Apartment Turnover Company

It’s springtime! This is a popular time of year for people to be moving or transitioning to a new location. When a tenant leaves your apartment complex, we know you want to get the empty unit filled again as soon as possible. Empty units are not making you any money.

We can help update your multi-housing units on a case-by-case basis. When one apartment becomes empty, our team can step in to get it ready to rent again. This may be as simple as providing a thorough cleaning or as extensive as adding new flooring and appliances. Whatever your needs, we can help! We are an apartment turnover company serving Bloomington and surrounding Twin Cities areas.

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In today’s competitive market, multi-housing facilities need to keep their units occupied as much as possible to keep the income coming in. Of course, you want to do all you can to keep your current tenants, but no matter how well you take care of them, life and circumstances may eventually lead them somewhere else. As soon as you know a tenant is leaving (typically 30 days for most apartments), you can contact us. We will schedule our team to begin as soon as the current tenant moves out and prepare the unit for the next renter. We can decrease the amount of downtime you have between one tenant and the next.

Here are some of the apartment turnover services we provide:

  • Cleaning
  • Painting
  • New flooring
  • New light fixtures
  • Bathroom updates – cabinets, countertops, sink, shower, toilet, tub
  • Kitchen updates – cabinets, countertops, backsplash, hardware, appliances
  • Basic repairs – plumbing electrical, carpentry, etc.
  • New doors
  • Deck repair
  • So much more!

Again, we will work with you and provide the services you need for each particular unit. If you are working through major upgrades that need to be completed as each unit becomes open, we can schedule to get those tasks done as efficiently as possible. We understand the longer the apartment is vacant, the more you are losing money. Our team will work with you to get everything updated and ready as soon as possible.

We are available on a contract basis for these projects. You can use us each time you have an apartment turn, or you can call us when you only have major updates that need done, which take extra time and effort. Whatever the needs of your multi-housing facility, we are here to assist you. We want to make your job easier as an apartment owner or manager! To learn more about our apartment turnover company near Bloomington, don’t hesitate to call Building Maintenance Management at 763-541-4886 or contact us.

Top Apartment Renovation Trends for the Best ROI

Do you own an apartment or multi-housing complex? Then you know how important it is to keep each unit occupied. With the right renovations, apartment remodeling can keep tenants coming to your complex and staying longer. At BMM, we are the experts in apartment remodeling and contract maintenance for the Twin Cities and are here to help draw new tenants. We know what people look for in a living space and can help you make the changes that will bring your units up-to-date.contract maintenance twin cities

Our services range from lighting retrofits and carpentry to preventative maintenance, apartment remodeling, cleaning, dayporter services and more. Whatever the reason, whatever the service; we are here to help when you need us. And, as the area experts; we have put together some of the top trends in apartment renovations that can get you the best return on your investment.

Updated Your Flooring

Flooring is a major consideration for many renters and is one of the first things people notice when looking at an empty unit., But it can also be tricky knowing what the best option in flooring will be. The main debate is hardwood or plank vinyl versus carpet. Carpet often needs to be replaced after every couple of renters due to stains, wear and dirt. This can get expensive.

Most renters actually prefer a hardwood-type floor that seems cleaner and more modern. You can even go for a mix with carpet in the bedrooms and other flooring throughout the rest of the unit. Wide plank floors are currently the most popular remodeling option.

Replace Bathroom & Kitchen Fixtures

This is one of the best ways to update the look of a rental unit quickly and easily. High quality, energy efficient light fixtures, ceiling fans, faucets and door handles will be noticed by potential tenants. Having higher quality fixtures will also provide better durability and lower energy costs. These are simple things to fix that do make an impression.

New Countertops

Old linoleum in the kitchen? This is one of the fastest ways to lose a potential renter. One of the most important things to renters, whether they know it or not, is the look and condition of the kitchen and bathroom countertops. Go with quartz or granite for instant appeal. Or, if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option like solid surface of new laminate. Nowadays, even laminate countertops can be made to look like high-end materials, and they are much cheaper to replace if damaged.

Appliances & More

Some other major areas to consider are the appliances and cabinetry. Many renters want modern cabinets in the kitchen as well as energy-efficient appliances that look great as well as cut down on their energy bills. Not to mention, old, mismatched appliances will not get you top dollar in rent and they can lead to more hassle down the road with constant maintenance calls.

These are just some of the areas BMM can help with! Allow us to upgrade and renovate your apartment or multi-unit housing facility! Are you interested in learning more about renovations, contract maintenance and more for your Twin City business? Give BMM a call at 763-541-4886 or Contact Us.