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How Climate Change Is Affecting Property Management

How Climate Change Is Affecting Property Management
If you think that climate change has nothing to do with property management, think back to the last time you experienced a weather event at your managed properties. Hurricanes, blizzards, droughts, deep freezes, and other weather events can affect the property and units. To be prepared, property managers must anticipate how climate change will impact their buildings and plan for protection. The Real Effects of Climate Change While the debate on climate change continues, everyone can agree severe weather can cause real, lasting damage to property assets. Imagine the effects of a flooded basement where renters have stored their things, or where your common laundry facilities are located. Or consider how a wildfire brought on by drought and dry weather could ruin your landscape and your apartment in a worst-case scenario. The best way to protect your property is to understand the risks you face and be prepared. Consider the different weather events that could impact you, and then plan ahead. Do a test run of your disaster recovery strategy to make sure everything works. If you’re nervous about flooding, for example, you may relocate expensive equipment to higher ground or perform preventative maintenance. By safeguarding gutters and downspouts, cleaning drains regularly, patching cracks in the foundation, and installing a sump pump, you can mitigate water damage. For added insurance, invest in a wet vac or set up a priority arrangement with a local water damage company.  Since flooding may disrupt electrical systems, install a generator. With many disasters, time is o......
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6 Fall Preventative Maintenance Tips For Property Managers

6 Fall Preventative Maintenance Tips For Property Managers
Fall is upon us, bringing with it all of the things we know and love about autumn, including everything from glorious foliage to holiday cheer. However, the seasonal shift can also be accompanied by unwanted aspects — particularly for property managers who don’t stay ahead of the game. These six preventative maintenance tasks can help keep your property in optimal condition as the thermometer drops.   1. Conduct Roof and Gutter Checks While everything from sun exposure to excess moisture can compromise the lifespan of a roof, catching these issues early can help solve them with a quick fix instead of a massive repair. A basic roof check includes checking the attic ceiling for leaks, stains and dark spots, sagging areas, and light peeking through. Cracked paint, plasterboard discoloration, and peeling wallpaper throughout a property’s interior may also indicate potential roof trouble. This is also the time to check for clogged gutters, which not only lead to basement flooding and ruined paint jobs, but may also contribute to roof rot. 2. Schedule Chimney Cleanings and Inspections More than 20,000 residential fires start in fireplaces and chimneys annually, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Because of this, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that fireplaces, chimneys, flues and vents be inspected at least once a year. With winter burning and heating season in the near future, fall is the perfect time to schedule chimney cleanings and inspections, which can reveal a number of different problems — from soot and creosot......
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