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Pet Waste: The Problem Is Bigger Than You Think – Potential Health Hazards for Not Picking Up Pet Waste

Pet Waste: The Problem Is Bigger Than You Think – Potential Health Hazards for Not Picking Up Pet Waste
It’s not just about diminishing curb appeal – unscooped pet waste also puts the health of entire apartment communities at risk. When pet owners don’t pick up their pet’s waste, there are massive health and environmental implications.  As more apartment communities allow pets and assistance animals onsite, the animal waste problem continues to grow. According to the latest Multifamily Pet Policies and Amenities survey conducted by PetScreening and J. Turner Research, 84% of respondents ranked pet waste as their No. 1 pet-related concern. And with more than 60% of renters owning a pet, it is not a concern to be taken lightly.  Pet waste is more than an inconvenience for residents and onsite teams. It poses tremendous health hazards and is known to cause various diseases such as Salmonella, E. Coli, and Ringworm. Some pet owners may not realize it, but leaving behind pet waste substantially increases the health risks that residents, onsite teams, guests and pets alike face.  In addition to health concerns, pet waste is a potent cause of environmental impact. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists pet waste as a significant source of nonpoint environmental contamination, meaning it comes from more than one source. When waste is left on lawns and sidewalks, it eventually washes into nearby bodies of water through storm sewers. Storm drains don’t connect to a treatment facility, so the waste inevitably ends up in local lakes, rivers and streams. The Georgia-based Clean Water Campaign estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 millio......
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How To Improve Your Property's "Green" Standard

How To Improve Your Property's "Green" Standard
Whether managing a large multifamily property or quarantining in a compact apartment, utilizing our money, time and resources well in such unpredictable circumstances is of utmost importance to many of us right now. From a property owning perspective, more people at home means more maintenance calls and trash volume in the dumpsters. From an apartment living perspective, staying home means more home-cooked meals and coordinating food and product deliveries. The Future of Food As food supply chains suffer due to recent restaurant shutdowns and drastic decreases in production, meat-packing plant outbreaks and closures, farms overproducing and underselling product and many more challenges faced from farm to table, it’s crucial to think ahead to a time when food may not be as plentiful and accessible as it is now. We’re fortunate in this day and age to have the technology of refrigeration and freezing to maintain food longer and keep it from reaching vulnerable spoiling temperatures, and now is a better time than any to take food storage seriously. The majority of apartments today include basic or upgraded appliances like a stove and oven, refrigerator and freezer. It’s a time for residents to take full advantage of these included amenities, and for property management to increase their focus on keeping these items in working order.   This article applies to anyone and everyone trying to isolate and stay safe at home, preparing meals for themselves or their families. Limiting trips to the stores keeps employees, families and communities safer as we try to co......
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5 Mindfulness Tips to Improve Resident Well-being & Reduce Stress

mindfulnessDuring the day-to-day challenges produced by COVID-19, many residents are experiencing an increase in stress, anxiety, and depression. As renters continue to adjust to the new normal, they should be mindful of taking care of themselves and those they love. While we’re all coping with the evolving coronavirus pandemic and other stresses that can have a major impact on our well-being, developing a self-care practice such as mindfulness is essential.   What is mindfulness? According to the American Psychological Association (APA.org, 2012), mindfulness is “…a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment.” In other words, it’s about paying attention while being aware of the present moment through guided meditation practice. And, with practice and curiosity, it can be a powerful tool that can help us in these trying times. As we become more aware of what’s happening in the present moment such as the sound of birds chirping, the wind blowing, or even the smells that surround us, we are learning to calm the body and mind.  Awareness of the five senses through visualization exercises will help connect with the presence of sense in well-being. For this reason, the practice of mindfulness can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and depression, make us feel more connected to our loved ones, and most importantly, help us be physically and mentally well.  5 Tips for Practicing Mindfulness As residents continue to carry out their day-to-day lives, they can practice several mindfulness techniques that will help improve their well-being. 1.  Be aware of your breathing.  As you i......
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In These Chaotic Times-Do This One Thing Today!

In These Chaotic Times-Do This One Thing Today!
Friends, are you on coronavirus overload?? I know I am. No matter where we turn there is no way to avoid the new reality of the effect's of the coronavirus. You may be working from home instead of the office; your kids may be doing school from home and are starting to get stir crazy; or you've had to cancel events you've been planning for months; or you're experiencing financial loss and uncertainty; you may be around your spouse all day-and the adjustment period has been tough.  Is Your Brain Tired?? After the roller coaster week we've had my brain is just TIRED, friends. I'm sure yours is too! My wife and I intended to do some praying and brainstorming this past weekend on what our next steps would be. However I found that after spending hours during the tail end of the week just trying to determine which way is up and down, I discovered that my mental capacity was less than zero.  So, instead of pushing through I did this one thing-and it's the same thing I'm recommending that you do sometime TODAY: I did something that brought me JOY. For me that meant turning off the news and pouring many tall glasses of ice cold Coke Zero and binge watching Hallmark Channel. If you know me you know I love Hallmark movies and if ever there was a time for corny, formulaic, movies with a fairy-tale ending every time-it's NOW! And you know what? It brought me some moments of......
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The Secret to Happiness

The Secret to Happiness

If there’s one thing Americans are good at it’s the pursuit of happiness.  The only problem is that happiness is an elusive goal. Until recently, at least. In the last year, Harvard researcher, Robert J. Waldinger  has published and publicized the findings of the longest study of human development ever completed. What the researchers from Harvard medical school discovered was that the secret to happiness is found in developing and maintaining close, intimate relationships.  Researchers studied a group of men for 75 years and discovered that no matter what their economic, educational or social status, the common denominator for greater health and happiness was the quality of relationship.  

Why would I share that in a blog for the multifamily housing industry?  For lots of reasons.  First, because regardless of your stance on new year resolutions, it can’t hurt to spend some time considering if our pursuit of the good life is actually aimed in the right direction. But also because we have the unique privilege (if we choose to accept it) of creating space for community.  Apartment communities are ripe for helping people connect—thereby increasing their health and happiness.  

Fostering a sense of community is a common tagline for us, but I think we do a poor job of informing our residents and others of the benefits of connecting. What if we could really claim that living in our community could add years to life and increase happiness!  It’s a no-brainer.  Here’s to a new year of connectedness.  

 

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Eliminate Pests Safely

Eliminate Pests Safely
There’s no doubt about it – green living is in. People make a lot of decisions about their lives to make sure that they’re living in a way that protects their bodies and planet. They might eat organic foods, choose cloth diapers, carefully select the origin of their meat, and use environmentally friendly cleaning products. But it doesn’t matter how many organic foods they eat or vinegar solutions they use to clean if you’re spraying their apartments with noxious chemicals to keep pests out. You’ll lose these tenants. And with the green movement growing, you’ll find a growing number of potential tenants who live this lifestyle. It’s time to adjust or be left behind. Many property managers are protecting their tenants’ health and doing good for the planet by choosing integrated pest management methods rather than the chemicals of the past. This method looks for the reason behind a pest infestation and eliminates it, rather than simply eliminating the pests with a coating of bug spray. Eliminating habitats through careful landscaping, moisture elimination, crack sealing, and prompt disposal of debris may be a slower method of pest elimination, but it works better in the long run. If you kill pests with chemicals, you may notice an immediate reduction in their numbers, but they’re likely to come back stronger and chemical resistant. Integrated pest management is something you can’t do alone. It requires the participation of all of your residents who must alert you to moisture problems in their apartments and keep the garbage from pili......
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Staying Healthy at the Leasing Office

With winter and the holiday season quickly approaching, many of us could use some time to think about what we can do to make sure we stay healthy through this busy time of year. Changes in the weather increase our chances of catching a cold or flu, and decadent food – from Halloween candy to Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies – is available at every turn.   Here are some tips for staying healthy and happy in the leasing office this fall: Choose healthy foods: In addition to a healthy diet, there are some foods proven to fight colds and flu and help keep you healthy such as green tea, garlic, ginger and orange juice. Supplements such as fish oil and Vitamin D can also provide nutrients needed to help keep your immune system healthy. Plan ahead: Pack and prepare your own meals and take them to work with you. Bringing healthy balanced meals and snacks will help you from hitting up the vending machines or grabbing that fifth piece of Halloween candy from the bowl. Keeps nuts, fruit and other easy snacks at your desk, so you can refuel quickly when you’re getting hungry. Drink lots of liquids: And, we don’t mean soda from the vending machine! Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and help you fend off colds and flu  Green tea also helps boost your immune system and contains antioxidants. Track your water intake by using a reusable water bottle and counting how many times you refill during ......
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