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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.

It’s Furnace & Heating Season: Prepare Your Property for Winter

Has your property’s heating system been switched on yet? Have you noticed any issues with it? Did you have concerns about your building’s heating system last winter? Before the temperatures turn frigid, it is important to avoid any issues with your heating system as well as prepare your property for the colder months ahead. 

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When it comes to furnaces and other heating systems, prevention and preparation are invaluable. To help you avert the hassle of the furnace dying in the middle of the night—the experts at Building Maintenance Management are here to help. We offer professional after hours maintenance for St Paul and the entire Twin Cities area and can be there in the event of a heating emergency. Here’s how we can help:

First of all, our maintenance team can come and take a look at your property’s heating system and perform any necessary repairs or provide preventative maintenance, including:

  • Inspecting outdoor components
  • Inspection and repairs of burner assemblies, ignition systems and other indoor heating system components
  • Test control systems
  • Thermostat programming checks
  • And more

If you turn on your heating system and there’s an issue, we can provide maintenance and repairs to get it up and running again. We have an entire team of licensed boiler engineers, and every member of our team is experienced and fully trained in commercial property maintenance services. Our appointment times are flexible, and we can come to your commercial property on a scheduled or as-needed basis.

Worried about calls from tenants in the middle of the night to inform you that the heat isn’t working? Our after hours maintenance team is here to help. Our team at BMM can handle any after hours call you receive so you won’t need to worry about hiring additional staff or overworking your current maintenance technicians. Simply designate what hours and days you need our services, and our after hours maintenance technicians will be on-call during those times.

We have a call center where any after hours maintenance inquiries will come. If it’s constituted as an emergency, like if the heat isn’t working, one of our maintenance technicians will be sent out to handle the issue. We will have employees on different shifts so all hours of the night, weekends and holidays will be covered.

For more information about after hours maintenance serving St Paul and the entire Twin Cities. Or, if you would like to sign up for this service, please give us a call at 763-541-4886 or contact us. We look forward to working with you!

Don’t Forget to Include Construction Projects in Your Annual Budget

Building your budget for 2021? Need construction done now? Since your rental property is a source of income, it is important to concentrate on the right projects to help business as well as quick project completion by a team you can trust. Here at Building Maintenance Management, in addition to building maintenance, we also offer a variety of construction projects to keep local businesses not only up and running but competitive as well.

As you know, there is a lot that goes into budgeting each year and one thing that should never be overlooked is maintenance and construction costs. From routine maintenance to emergency repairs to renovations, each deserves a spot on your yearly budget. 

One of the most important elements to not only keeping your current tenants but drawing new ones is renovation. First impressions are everything in this competitive market and with old outdated cabinetry, flooring or 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 and business complexes popping up constantly, multi housing renovations can give your building a more competitive edge in the market.

We can offer the construction projects you need in order to bring your building up to speed. We do apartment remodels, commercial space buildouts and so much more! Here are some of the turnover and construction services we provide:

construction projects
  • Painting
  • Deck construction or repair
  • Flooring replacement
  • Basic repairs including plumbing electrical, carpentry, etc.
  • New doors
  • New light fixtures
  • Bathroom updates including cabinets, countertops, sink, shower, toilet, tub
  • Kitchen updates including cabinets, countertops, backsplash, hardware, appliances
  • And more

We can even help update your units on a case-by-case basis. When one unit 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.

So don’t forget to include important construction projects in next year’s budget! We are available on a contract basis or you can call us when you have major updates that need to be done. We want to make your job easier and be your one stop shop for maintenance and construction. To learn more about the construction projects we offer, don’t hesitate to call Building Maintenance Management at 763-541-4886 or contact us.