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Tips for Property Managers: How to Decorate Your Building for the Holidays

Commercial Building Decoration

There are so many reasons to celebrate in December, as Hanukkah begins the night of December 2nd, followed by Christmas on the 25th, Kwanzaa on the 26th, and of course, the New Year on the 31st. So how to share the holiday spirit with your tenants?

You may not be big on decorations, but if you don’t decorate your building or host a party, you may be viewed as a modern-day Scrooge. On the flip side, if you add too many holiday symbols (Christmas trees, wreaths, lots of tinsel, yards of lights, menorahs, and Kwanzaa’s traditional Kinara candle holders), you might be accused of going overboard.

How can you strike a happy balance? According to Ginny Decker, vice president of property management for Monument Capital Real Estate Services, Miami and Katherine Furniss, marketing manager at CFH Group, another property management group in Miami, founding the middle ground has helped them keep tenants happier and encouraged them to renew.

Question: What is your company’s approach to decorating so building owners or property managers show they care—without making the building look like Santa’s workshop?

Decker: We let the on-site staff at each building decide based on tenant demographics. You want to have some decorations but not so much tinsel—for example—that it makes it hard for prospective tenants to see the building and sign a lease. We encourage an “understated ” look.

Q: How does that translate into decorations?

Decker: Generally, we say you can’t go wrong with simple, classic, white holiday lights that make residents feel good when they return home from work or when prospective tenants drive up to the building. Lights always add cheer.

Furniss: We take the same approach of keeping decorations simple and using maybe one color of lighting so they look generic, and maybe light the entrance and corporate leasing office. We might also put a wreath at the front door. We refer to all the celebrations as “the holidays” rather than to specific events.

Q: Anything else you do beside lights?

Decker: Because we try not to celebrate one denomination, we like other generic symbols such as snowflakes, snowmen, silver colors, as opposed to red and green, a tree, menorah, or Kwanzaa symbols. We want to be inclusive, especially since we often don’t know which holidays our residents celebrate.

Q: Have you had tenants complain about too much or too little?

Decker: Not so far.

Q: Do you also host holiday parties this time of year on- or off-site?

Decker: We do, and they’re on-site. The specifics vary from community to community-based on the resident profile. For buildings with young children, we might bring in a Santa Claus for photographs with the kids. For other sites, we might have gift wrapping parties where we supply the gift paper. We’ve also organize pot-luck suppers where we provide a ham or turkey, and residents bring side dishes and desserts. At some buildings with mostly lower-income residents, we may give away turkeys. We try to find out what residents want most by doing a lot of surveys throughout the year.

Furniss: We’ll host a party in the common area of a clubhouse or maybe on a pool deck of a building. We might have a movie night and ask residents for suggestions, and if their movie is picked they’ll get a prize. We’ll set up “Santa’s workshop” at each building with all the supplies needed to wrap gifts–paper and bows, and make it available the entire month of December. Many of our managers have been with us for years so they tend to know what works and doesn’t.

Q: How about saying thanks with contributions to a favorite charity in your tenants’ honor?

Decker: We try to do something like that during the season, or ask tenants to donate canned foods and toys so we all give back to our community beyond the building. We also let tenants know where their community may be hosting dinners they can attend.

Q: When do you suggest taking down decorations?

Decker: Usually, by the middle of January.

Furniss: We’ll take them down right after Christmas.

Q: Do you decorate for any other holidays to build camaraderie and good building morale?

Decker: We try to do things consistently year-round and in each quarter such as Halloween decorations come fall and a pool/barbecue around July 4th or some time during the summer. Again, we ask for tenant feedback to find what they want.

Furniss: We decorate for Halloween, and sometimes the staff dresses up, often with a theme such as witches

Q: Do you set a budget for these types of expenditures, and if so would you share?

Decker: I can’t give you a dollar amount since it varies so much by community and the number of units and occupants, which influences the amount.’

Furniss: Our buildings tend to spend between $500 and $1,000 for such events.

Q: Any parting advice?

Decker: Yes, keep decorating and hosting these kinds of celebrations and polling residents regarding what they want so they’ll take advantage. If we get 30 to 50 residents at an event, we consider that a good turnout and a success. We find that by taking time to do these things residents tend to renew their leases and remain longer with us

Furniss: We often try to have an event that offers children an activity when we can.

Now we’d love to hear from you! What do you do at your buildings to keep spirits up through the holiday season and even into the long month of January?

The Importance of Roofing Insulation

(A-One) The Importance of Roofing Insulation

Insulation is an important part of any building and has been incorporated in construction for centuries. Regardless of the different styles and buildings it was used for, the purpose of insulation has remained the same. Insulation has evolved over the years to keep up with changing times; it always keeps the heat in during colder months, and the heat out when it’s warm outside.

The Importance of Roofing Insulation

Larger commercial buildings spend a great deal on energy costs which makes their investment insinuation a necessity. Combined savings of larger buildings in the country totals over 9.6 billion U.S dollars. These companies save money and the amount of energy used to run these buildings is significantly decreased, which reduces the carbon footprint left behind. Insulation keeps money in your wallet and protects the environment.

When you are going to get insulation installed, you need to first find a reliable and experienced contractor. They can help you determine what type of insulation you need as well as evaluate the current status of your building. You must remember the impact of the local climate when it comes to choosing insulation, so it needs to be selected in light of the amount of sun, rain and snow exposure the building will get. Reflective roofing is a popular option for all building types and works great for areas both drenched in sunlight and those that are not. Many people do not realize that these systems are beneficial in all climates and provide effective protection and insulation for your building.

Regardless of the weather, reflective insulation contributes to a comfortable working environment. With machines inside generating a lot of heat, the insulation helps to make sure it never gets too warm for the people inside. You should always do some research before choosing an insulation system. The top five materials you will likely choose from include HD coverboard, tapered insulation, EPS, fiberboard, and polyisocyanurate. Each material has benefits depending on what you need. For example, HD coverboard is great for heavy hail while the tapered variety promotes downhill water flow, thus preventing pooling. Depending on your needs and the local climate, there will be an insulation system that works best for you.

Conclusion

Insulation saves you money and allows you to run your building more efficiently. You also reduce the carbon footprint on the environment which is an important part of successful business today. Roofing is an expensive venture but it is a mistake to treat insulation as an option. Many places already have building codes in place that require insulation, so make sure you know what you need ahead of time to keep your building up to code. Reach out to us today and we will find the best insulation system for your building and get your savings today.

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Inspect Your Commercial Roof Before You Sell Your Property

inspect your roof before sell

Over time, your roof can become damaged and weak through constant exposure to the elements. Even when your roof looks good, there can be structural damage that later leads to more serious problems. With regular inspections, small problems and weak areas can be identified early and repaired, to keep your roof in optimal condition. Structural weakness and damage not only can lead to expensive repairs but if you are trying to sell your building, this can significantly lower the property’s value.

Inspect Your Roof Before You Sell

To make sure you get the best price for your property, office or commercial building, you should hire a professional contractor/inspector to first evaluate the roof. Typical inspections involve looking over the interior and exterior of the roofing system. Interior inspections look for any structural damage to ensure the integrity of the roofing system is optimal as well as checking insulation, ventilation, and moisture or mold exposure. Externally, an inspector will evaluate the condition of the flashing, gutters, eaves, valleys, and chimneys.

To sell a building, it must be deemed as fit for long-term sustainability. An inspector will assess the quality and condition of your roof and can identify any rotting or weak areas that need repair. Make sure you hire a professional that is fully licensed and bonded because the value of the property could rest on their evaluation, so you want a thorough and accurate assessment made. Any damage found can easily be repaired and will add to the value of the building. You may have to put a little money out first, but you will fare better. Buyers will not pay top dollars for a damaged building.

Reach out to us today for an inspection. We have the experience and knowledge to provide full evaluations as well as roof repair and replacement services. We will find any problems, help you fix them and help you get true value for your property.
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How to Spot Roof Damage After Strong Winds?

Wind Roof Damage
It does not necessarily have to rain or hail for damage to appear on your roof.  Very strong winds can create stress points on your roof that in the end will weaken and compromise your roofing system. While it is true that some roofs have taken the necessary steps to withstand even the strongest of winds, after some time, even the strongest of roofs will have to give in to these forces. That means that it is important to inspect your roof immediately after strong winds replacing the missing shingles and repairing the damages in the process.

How can Strong Winds Damage your Roof?

The fact that the wind does not have a uniform way of damaging your roof means that the areas such as the corners and the perimeters of your roof are the most susceptible to the forces. Even though the central part of your roofing system may not be affected much by the winds, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) claim that the edges of your roof are the most likely to be affected by the winds.

Also, the winds can damage areas of the roof that are weak or loose, by pushing the materials up, and if not fixed earlier, the winds will continue to pull the roof apart in this place the next time they blow through. As a result, the winds will create a pattern that resembles a peeling effect which starts small then develops into bigger damage as time goes by and the winds continue to blow.

It is important to note that once the winds create an opening in any part of your roofing system, the rain might start to get in through the exposed part and cause damages to the interior parts. You can, however, prevent this by making sure that the areas around the edges of your roofing system are strong enough to withstand high winds.

Flying Debris and Tree Damage

In some cases, the winds might not cause the damage to your roof by themselves. Instead, they may choose to carry debris such as shards of glass, tree branches and other debris which causes damage. However, you can cure this problem by conducting regular inspection services to your roof. Remove all the debris that may have collected on top of your roof making sure to check the downspouts and gutters as well. Also, look out for weakened branches in nearby trees that may be about to fall on your roof causing punctures.

How can you Check for Roof Wind Damage?

Conduct Regular Outdoor Inspections

While conducting the inspection, be careful to note any missing or damaged shingles. You can tell that shingle is damaged if it is curled, cracked or torn. Depending on the type of damage noticed on your roof, you should be able to determine whether your roof needs a simple repair or replacement of some parts of the roofing system. While in the inspection process, pay attention to other parts of your property such as the ventilation pipes, the chimney, and the gutters. If you notice that any part of your roof has suffered any damage, look out for the following basic list:

  • For flashing, look out for tears and buckling in areas around the roof penetrations.
  • For roofing cement, crumbling and excess cement are a problem
  • For a flat roof, look out for tears, wrinkles, and obvious patches
  • Decays and stains on soffits and fascia are also not a good sign
  • Decay or formations of molds on wooden shingles are not good.

Involve a professional

It is always wise to call a professional roofer to inspect your roof, especially whenever you are not sure. Moreover, getting to the roof by yourself is not advised because you may fall or suffer injuries, or even cause further damage to your house. A professional will always have the required tools and experience to perform the inspection services accurately and safely.

Steps to Take in case Wind Damages your Roof

The moment you notice that your roof is suffering from any damage, the immediate step to take is to fix it. The longer you wait, the bigger the problem will get and the more you are likely to spend on repair costs. Contact your insurance agent immediately when you notice any damage and call a professional roofer to fix the problem.

How to Choose a Roof Contractor

You should hire a roofing contractor that has a good reputation of being in business in one area, has the necessary legal documents, has insurance policy knowledge and can create a budget that works with your needs and saves you from unnecessary spending. Always look out for scammers.

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