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8 Efficient Ways to Slash Retail Property Maintenance Costs

8 Efficient Ways to Slash Retail Property Maintenance Costs

There is a quote by American author Kurt Vonnegut, which sticks out in my mind when I think about property maintenance in commercial real estate – particularly in retail: “Everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.” Forward-thinking retail property managers and teams know this, and do everything they can to ensure that […]

Not Just a Checkup – A Heartbeat!

Not Just a Checkup – A Heartbeat!

About eight years ago I had a physical, and it wasn’t fun. Through a combination of hereditary, lifestyle, and dietary factors, a few numbers (I’m talking about you, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol!) were a bit out of whack. It was sobering, and it demanded immediate action—which I took. These days I still have the occasional […]

A Brief Guide to Tackling Pesky Preventive Maintenance Tasks

A Brief Guide to Tackling Pesky Preventive Maintenance Tasks

  Everyone remembers their first car. The name of mine was Chuck, and it was a 1998 Saturn passed down from my older brother. It was a new sense of freedom to be able to drive myself to school and go out with friends on the weekend. What I wasn’t prepared for was the responsibility […]

3 Big Ways ‘Dispatch’ Helps Your Property Team Succeed

3 Big Ways ‘Dispatch’ Helps Your Property Team Succeed

How do you quickly assign incoming work orders to the best person for the task, and manage your property team workloads without overburdening the members of your team? While all property management teams depend on the ability to quickly prioritize work orders and tasks in their effort to deliver consistently great tenant service, it is […]

The 5 Coolest Property Management Software Features You Didn’t Know Existed

The 5 Coolest Property Management Software Features You Didn’t Know Existed

You may think you are already familiar with Property Management Software. You know, that “system that does work orders and PM.” But as we head into the New Year, I challenge you to stop using the phrase “Work Order System.” That means no more, “Yeah, we have a work order system.” Or telling your tenants […]

Property Managers, Winterize!

Property Managers, Winterize!

Baby, it’s getting cold outside! Despite ending 2015 with unseasonably warm temperatures (for the most part), you don’t want to get caught flat on your feet when winter finally decides to freeze us out, because trust me, it will! Denial may be convenient in the short-term, but planning for the worst is a smarter decision […]

5 Ways to Use Technology to Reduce Loss in Your Property

5 Ways to Use Technology to Reduce Loss in Your Property

The operational risks to a commercial property are many – at every turn is an opportunity for a slip-and-fall, a hazardous material leak, an uninsured vendor, or… worse. To compound that, the expectations and legal requirements that property teams are not only required to do, but also need to do, to prepare for emergencies and protect themselves from liability are high.

8 Ways to Get Your Building Ready for Winter

8 Ways to Get Your Building Ready for Winter

While we’re positive that YOU are not one of companies that just switch off the air conditioning at the end of the season rather than follow correct shut down procedures (gasp!), it’s always good to have a winter preparedness refresh as we head into the drag of cold and snow.

The Property Manager’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

The Property Manager’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

The undead have overtaken cities in frenzied masses. Does your property management team have what it takes to stay alive?

Medical Office Buildings: Inspections, Compliance & TJC Accreditation

Medical Office Buildings: Inspections, Compliance & TJC Accreditation

Getting caught unprepared for a state survey or Joint Commission inspection can mean fines, delayed accreditation, increased operating risk, and can negatively impact tenant comfort and safety. Ensure Your Building is Ready with Four Essential Inspections Checklists!

Sochi Problems: Facility Fails Go Viral

Sochi Problems: Facility Fails Go Viral

If there’s one thing we’ve learned watching the Olympics over the past few weeks, it’s that every mistake made at an event of such significance is magnified and fodder for worldwide ridicule in this age of instant information distribution.

3 Inspections Every Building Needs (And 1 You Can Download Now!)

3 Inspections Every Building Needs (And 1 You Can Download Now!)

Most people at some point in their personal or professional lives have either been subjected to, or had to conduct, an inspection of some sort. For commercial real estate owners and managers, there is no shortage to the number of things that need inspecting to ensure a building is running efficiently.

This Just In: The Hottest Property Management Content of 2013

This Just In: The Hottest Property Management Content of 2013

Think you’ve gotten all you can out of 2013? Think again. We just released our annual “Best Property Management Content” list from the past year.

Property Management Software and Space Management Play Nice Together

Property Management Software and Space Management Play Nice Together

Space management? Isn’t that a just leasing “thing”? Not anymore! Property management software and space management have been courting each other for a while now and have officially decided to tie the knot. Sorry, leasing.

Flood Awareness Week Reaches High-Water Mark

Flood Awareness Week Reaches High-Water Mark

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are teaming up to highlight flood risk as part of Flood Safety Awareness Week.