Pedro is the employee of the month for June. Pedro was nominated because not only does he do his grounds man/porter's work, but he also helps Adonis turn units, handle projects and also manages to assist 17 W and Beltway, when needed. As you know, Virginia Towers has 150 units and 2 commercial clients. More work than one man can handle, but Pedro never complains when he is assigned to assist Adonis or do work other than his usual duties. He single handedly maintains the garbage, pulling 2 dumpsters out at trash time and also the recyclables from 13 trash rooms, breaking down boxes, handling cans and bottles. Even dumpster diving when needed! Tenants are forever losing their keys, glasses, medicines and wallets in the chute.
It is hard to find dedicated employees like Pedro that do it ALL with no complaints!
Salvador Manchame is our employee of the month for July of 2017 ! Not only does he do his job the fullest and comes to work everyday with the "lets get it done" attitude. He has gone to other properties to help out while knowing that it is going to make his work fall behind on his already hectic schedule. He just says its Ok I'll have to work faster to catch up. The month of July he took on 2 major projects that saved our property close to $10,00.00 by doing the work in house and yet still got 3 units ready for move in on the 1st. I think you will all agree his is worthy of July Employee of The Month.
Imagine waking up on a cool weekend morning, making a cup of pumpkin hot coffee and looking out your apartment window at the beautiful fall leaves of various colors. The weather outside is crisp, the perfect sweatshirt weather, and on the agenda for the day is watching football, cooking pumpkin inspired dishes and enjoying the outdoors.
Fall is the time of year where you can truly enjoy the friendly confines of your own home. And there is no better place to get pleasure from autumn then at your very own apartment. Below, we have outlined the 4 reasons why the fall season is ideal for apartment living.
One of the great aspects of living in an apartment is the opportunity to reside with other people. Having a roommate during the fall season is ideal. Whether you want to have some company to watch the big football game or the premier of the top new television shows, having additional company is definitely an added benefit as the weather starts to drop.
Walking into an apartment that is the perfect size for your needs is an ideal situation. An apartment offers a comfortable setting where you know that you’re not overpaying, and offers top amenities at amazing locations for a reasonable price. During the fall season there is a “coziness” element of living in an apartment community that can’t be matched. This is the perfect opportunity to decorate your new apartment for the fall season, adding yet another layer of coziness, and a true feeling of home.
Sense of Community:
Being able to constantly make updates on social networks provides rental communities with a way to better connect with their community. The fall is a time where apartment communities hold costume contests, pumpkin carving competitions and trick or treat festivities. Living in a rental community provides residents with the comfort of living in a tight-nit community. Autumn is a great time for people to connect with each other and form new friendships. It is easier than ever to follow updates from your apartment via social networks. Seeing pictures of cute kids in costumes or a couple with an amazing pumpkin decoration will bring a smile to the faces of all residents and allow for you to appreciate the sense of community at your apartment.
Living in an apartment allows for less cleaning, less maintaining and mental freedom. This results in the freeing up of your schedule to pursue the things in life that really matter – whatever you want that to be. The fall is a time where you should be making pumpkin pie in your kitchen or cozying up on the couch with a warm blanket watching the game or your favorite television show. There are beautiful nature trails where you can see the changing leaves or Halloween parties to attend with fall seasoned beverages and pecan pie. Apartment living provides residents with more time to enjoy the things that really matter in their life.
If you are living in an apartment with a close friend this fall, take a moment to reflect on this memorable time in your life. It is a great time to appreciate the flexibility that you have, the sense of community by surrounded neighbors and the cozy feeling in your apartment with great company. There are many reasons to love the fall season. Living in an apartment is just one of them.
Property management companies employ maintenance teams to ensure the safety and comfort of residents. They do more than keep lawns maintained and change old light bulbs; maintenance staff fix damaged railings, shovel snow, and perform a variety of functions to make sure the building not only looks great but also stays safe all year round. But when cold weather arrives, building maintenance can be challenging. While many of the cosmetic upgrades aren’t needed, there are tasks that are required and may be hard to perform in a snowy, windy, or icy climate.
One of the best ways to keep up with building maintenance in winter conditions is to know what needs to be done before cold weather sets in, and prepare your property, residents, and staff early. Here are some tips for getting your properties ready for winter.
– Make a list. Keep track of what work needs to be done long before winter arrives. Base the list on what issues you encountered in the past and assess if they were handled effectively. If not, readjust your processes to avoid any reoccurring issues. One suggestion is in Column 1, make a list of quick-fix items that you can do early to prepare (like check smoke alarms, chimneys, heaters, gutters). In Column 2, write items that might take a little more time, but are necessary (replacing roofs, railings, broken steps, faulty windows). In Column 3, write out all the worse-case scenarios you can think of and evaluate if you are equipped to handle these emergencies (flooding, roofs collapsing, trees falling). In the final column, make a list of service requests you foresee coming in during the cold months that can’t be done in advance, such as clearing snow or fixing broken water pipes. With unpredictable weather, you never know what will happen. Advance planning will save you time and headaches in the long run.
– Complete maintenance early. Clean the gutters, address any concerns with the roof, and stock up on items that will be needed for winter, such as bags of salt for walkways and driveways, gasoline for snow blowers, and any other things that maintenance workers may be required to have when the weather becomes snowy or icy. These items can be found during the winter months, of course, but they may be harder to find and more expensive. They may also be in short supply when an upcoming snowstorm is forecast for your area.
An important area for winter weather maintenance is heating. Common areas and resident units need to have heat that works properly. If the building uses natural gas heat, the furnace also needs to be serviced to make sure it’s safe to operate. Failing to maintain gas furnaces places residents at serious risk of potential injury. If you have a chimney, make sure it is clear and works as expected. With heat that works properly and walkways and parking lots that are clear and free of ice and snow, your property management company will have fewer resident complaints and less accidents.
– Fix things quickly. Keeping the walkways, driveways, and parking lot clear will take up a lot of the maintenance department’s time and energy if the area gets significant snowfall. Residents who slip and fall on snowy or icy patches, or who can’t safely get into or out of the parking lot and driveway because of ice or accumulated snow, may file a complaint with the property management company. An accident like a slip and fall may also be something a resident could sue over, requesting compensation for injuries sustained and financial damages acquired. Proper maintenance can mitigate a lot of the risk and the building will be better protected from damage and lawsuits. This is now a good time to make sure your insurance and your tenants’ insurance is in place.
Taking a few small steps will help ensure residents have a happy and safe winter. Make sure you are staffed with the right people and tools to handle any incidents during harsh weather. Inform all your residents about your winter hours, holiday schedule, and the best way to contact you in case of an emergency. You may also wish to inform residents of tips to keep them safe this winter.
Fall is almost here, which means it is time to start thinking about decorating your apartment for the upcoming season. Here are five inexpensive, easy, and fun ways to spruce up your new apartment for the fall season.
1. Find some foliage: Going on a nature walk in the woods or by a creek with a pair of sheers and collecting some nice foliage to display is both free and easy. Branches of golden or rust colored leaves abound in the area, along with foliage containing colorful berries. If you’re worried about bringing the outside indoors, artfully tie your foliage at the end with twine into a spray and hang it on your front door.
2. Flower power: Consider containers of fall-colored arrangements from local grocery stores and nurseries. My favorite is the chrysanthemum; they come quite large (great for a front or back patio) and stay pretty for about 4-6 weeks, which is usually ends up to be right after Thanksgiving. Hardy mums are also extremely popular, colorful, and are easy to find this time of year, with a great price point.
3. Liven it up with new linens: Changing your table linens, or even just the placemats, can create a seasonal space in one place you frequent every day: the kitchen or dining room table. Eye-catching fall patterns and color can bring an added splash of color and add to the festive fall vibe.
4. Hoard some gourds: Add a pop of fall-color with a little display of gourds. Gourds come in a wide variety of textures, colors, and patterns and are a great, affordable decorating element. You can even incorporate some petite, or even regular-sized pumpkins into the mix!
5. Scents of the Season: Consider adding some seasonal candles around your apartment in scents of pumpkin, cinnamon, or a woodsy/leaf scent. You can even incorporate the candles into a centerpiece to be displayed on your dining room or kitchen table, using artificial leaf/pine cone/berry arrangements from your local craft store or "big box" store. Also, diffusers make a great candle alternative that can fill your apartment with fall scents.
Even on a budget, you can have your apartment looking festive for the upcoming fall season, with just a little creativity!
A Baltimore County review committee has approved an initial request by a pair of developers to scale down the original plan for the stalled Towson Row project in downtown Towson, a mixed-use development that has broken ground but has been sitting idle since December.
However, those revisions — which include building a larger hotel and scraping a planned underground parking garage — must now be incorporated into a final overall plan for the project that county officials must approve before construction can continue, Baltimore County spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said.
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If you’re a homeowner, the onus of repairing damaged property falls squarely on you. You’ll likely get help from your insurance company, who will give you a settlement you can use to hire contractors, who will in turn get your house back to the way you want it.
But what if you’re a renter or a landlord? Who is responsible for the damages after a natural disaster?
The answer is, it depends on what’s damaged.
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