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6 Things to Ask Your Commercial Painting Contractor

August 29th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “6 Things to Ask Your Commercial Painting Contractor”

Know when to call for help

First impres­sions are every­thing in busi­ness. When poten­tial clients pass by a place of busi­ness, a pos­i­tive first impres­sion from a qual­i­ty paint job done by a com­mer­cial paint­ing con­trac­tor is key to grab­bing and keep­ing their atten­tion.

Curb appeal includes invest­ing in qual­i­ty work, done by qual­i­ty con­trac­tors who have proven results. When it comes to find­ing your next com­mer­cial paint­ing con­trac­tor, know what to ask when you begin your research.

These fol­low­ing six ques­tions are a great place to start when iden­ti­fy­ing who will be doing the next paint­ing project for your shop­ping cen­ter, mul­ti-fam­i­ly com­plex, or retail store.

  1. Is your com­pa­ny licensed?
    1. Is the com­pa­ny prop­er­ly licensed to per­form com­mer­cial paint­ing? Does each of the con­trac­tors work­ing for the com­pa­ny have a valid, up-to-date license for them­selves? If the answer is not Yes, move on. You are not pro­tect­ed in main­tain­ing a qual­i­ty of work with an unli­censed work­er.

      Each com­mer­cial painter and com­pa­ny has a lot to lose if the job is not com­plet­ed to terms as not­ed and signed in a con­tract.

      At Ren­ovia, our peo­ple make a dif­fer­ence. Our promise is to deliv­er con­sis­tent, qual­i­ty ser­vice from peo­ple who strive to make an impact on you and your cus­tomers’ lives. This includes us keep­ing our team ful­ly licensed and trained on all ser­vices we pro­vide. 
  2. Does your com­pa­ny have the prop­er insur­ance?
    1. Is the com­pa­ny bond­ed and insured in case of any prob­lems or acci­dents while they are work­ing at your busi­ness? While you may have insur­ance for your busi­ness, they should be respon­si­ble for any mishaps or prob­lems which occur dur­ing their work.

      Go the extra mile and request their insur­ance infor­ma­tion and con­tact them to ensure the insur­ance is cor­rect and valid. You will want to ensure they have com­pre­hen­sive busi­ness lia­bil­i­ty and workman’s com­pen­sa­tion insur­ance in place.  
  3. Does your com­pa­ny have ref­er­ences reviews and war­ranties?
    1. Many com­mer­cial paint­ing con­trac­tors will have a list of ref­er­ences from pre­vi­ous projects and often times con­tacts at those loca­tions who have reviewed the qual­i­ty of work which was com­plet­ed.

      If you are able to speak with past cus­tomers, they may be able to share any pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive feed­back. If there has been prob­lems, it will help you iden­ti­fy them and poten­tial­ly avoid future issues.

      Always ask about war­ranties offered. If there is a war­ran­ty, it can help save you mon­ey in the long run, rather than have to pay more to have some­thing fixed, which wasn’t your fault in the begin­ning. 
  4. How long with the project take and who will be my point of con­tact?
    1. You will always want to get as detailed a report as pos­si­ble when it comes to the time it will take to com­plete a project. Own­ing a busi­ness, you must have com­mer­cial paint­ing con­trac­tors who are up front and hon­est about project time­lines.

      Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is also a key part of ensur­ing project time­lines are fol­lowed and cus­tomer ser­vice is a key pri­or­i­ty. Our ded­i­ca­tion to improve­ment and ensur­ing you always receive the high­est lev­el of cus­tomer ser­vice is why we’ve adopt­ed the Japan­ese busi­ness phi­los­o­phy Kaizen.  
  5. What type of prod­ucts will be used on our build­ing?
    1. The types of prod­ucts are always a con­cern when invest­ing in a com­mer­cial paint­ing con­trac­tor. At Ren­ovia, we iden­ti­fy the best prod­ucts based on the type of project.

      Nev­er assume the con­trac­tors you speak with are plan­ning on using the high­est qual­i­ty of prod­ucts. Often times you will get a low quote and if you accept and the job is done with low­er qual­i­ty prod­ucts, you will be back redo­ing the project much soon­er than need­ed.

      When Ren­ovia had a project to paint an NFL sta­di­um, they knew a high qual­i­ty paint was going to be need­ed. They chose to use a mil­i­tary grade paint com­mon­ly used for bat­tle­ships to ensure the client received the best qual­i­ty paint last­ing as long as pos­si­ble in all weath­er con­di­tions. 
  6. How much expe­ri­ence does the com­mer­cial paint­ing con­trac­tor have?
    1. Begin the con­ver­sa­tion with ques­tions around the company’s back­ground to learn more about them, how long they have been in busi­ness. Com­mer­cial paint­ing con­trac­tors who build qual­i­ty teams with expe­ri­enced work­ers who love what they do, great results will fol­low.

      Don’t be afraid to ask how many jobs they have com­plet­ed, if there have been any high pro­file jobs or how many years of ser­vice they have in the indus­try.  

Find­ing a qual­i­ty com­mer­cial paint­ing con­trac­tor can at times present a chal­lenge. Hav­ing a list of ques­tions to start will help you nar­row down, elim­i­nate and hope­ful­ly iden­ti­fy the top one to three can­di­dates for the job. Once you have nar­rowed down your search, then ask for a quote so you can do a full com­par­i­son based on the job at hand.

Ren­ovia imple­ments core val­ues in every job for every client. They focus on serv­ing first while mak­ing sure their clients get treat­ed the way they would want to be treat­ed them­selves. When it is time to hire your com­mer­cial painter, you will want some­one who lis­tens intent­ly and focus­es on what will be and has been accom­plished rather than tak­ing cred­it for a job or accom­plish­ment. This ensures your voice is heard and your vision is cre­at­ed.  

If you are ready to speak with a com­mer­cial paint­ing con­trac­tor who will be open, hon­est and direct in answer­ing all of your ques­tions about a com­mer­cial paint­ing project, con­tact us today. We would love the oppor­tu­ni­ty to speak with you, if only to answer your ques­tions.

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Commercial Painting Nightmares When A Roof Leaks

August 23rd, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Commercial Painting Nightmares When A Roof Leaks”

Don’t Get Caught In The Rain

Some peo­ple may blame it on the rain. On the oth­er hand, com­mer­cial painters say prop­er roof main­te­nance of a busi­ness or home will help cre­ate dreams instead of night­mares. The sim­plest of prob­lems may cause the biggest of issues when it comes to com­mer­cial paint­ing and repair.

Com­pa­nies like Ren­ovia have often received calls of dis­tress after a roof leak caused mold, mildew, health and safe­ty vio­la­tions, loss of busi­ness rev­enue due to closed doors and oth­er gen­er­al water dam­age.

Mold + Mildew

The lit­tlest of leaks in a roof can cre­ate a steady flow of water into the walls of your busi­ness. You may not see water com­ing into your build­ing direct­ly, and need to look for oth­er signs you have a prob­lem.

Ceil­ings and walls may become dis­col­ored with stained spots, which could be a water leak. You will also want to check around doors and win­dow frames for poten­tial leaks.

Paint may bub­ble up or peel away from the wall if there is water dam­age in the walls of your busi­ness.

When these issues aren’t addressed ear­ly by con­tact­ing a com­pa­ny who works in com­mer­cial paint­ing and gen­er­al restora­tion ser­vices, mold and mildew may become present. The costs will begin to rise in total repairs when these issues aren’t addressed or missed in dai­ly rou­tine caus­ing com­mer­cial paint­ing night­mares.

Con­tact­ing a com­pa­ny like Ren­ovia who has man­aged these types of issues before will help pre­vent long term issues.

Health and Safety Violations

The Occu­pa­tion­al Safe­ty and Health Admin­is­tra­tion or OSHA notes a com­mon cause for poor indoor air qual­i­ty is “damp­ness and mois­ture dam­age due to leaks, flood­ing or high humid­i­ty.”

Orga­ni­za­tions like Ren­ovia who focus heav­i­ly on inte­ri­or and exte­ri­or projects are avail­able to iden­ti­fy your prob­lems and help pro­vide solu­tions. In the case where a water leak is present and your orga­ni­za­tion uses any chem­i­cals, mate­ri­als or oth­er prod­ucts which can cause indoor air qual­i­ty issues if wet, you may be in vio­la­tion of OSHA guide­lines and stan­dards and cre­ate a night­mare for your com­mer­cial paint­ing repairs.

When busi­ness­es are faced with chal­lenges like leak­ing roofs caus­ing inte­ri­or or exte­ri­or dam­ages, find­ing a com­pa­ny with a suc­cess­ful track record is impor­tant.

Suc­cess is mea­sured in our abil­i­ty to con­sis­tent­ly deliv­er time­ly, pro­fes­sion­al, qual­i­ty work allow­ing us to con­tin­ue strength­en­ing these rela­tion­ships.

Loss of Business Revenue

Com­mer­cial paint­ing night­mares are pre­ventable and in the case you face one, loss of busi­ness rev­enue can hap­pen in addi­tion to hav­ing to pay for a com­mer­cial painter.

If a roof leak isn’t noticed from ceil­ing or wall stains, paint bub­bling up on the walls, mold and mildew being present or dif­fer­ent odors in the air, oper­a­tional down­time can occur while look­ing for con­trac­tors and iden­ti­fy­ing what needs repairs and what doesn’t.

An apart­ment com­plex with a leak­ing roof could cause a need for major ren­o­va­tions and lost rev­enue from emp­ty units. Hotels could lose entire floors to water leaks. There would need to be major fix­es includ­ing inte­ri­or and exte­ri­or paint­ing.

When it comes to leak­ing roofs, busi­ness lead­ers and facil­i­ty man­agers need to keep an eye on the signs of grow­ing mold and mildew, health and safe­ty con­cerns and spot­ting water leaks. These actions may help iden­ti­fy if a roof replace­ment or repair is need­ed and may save time and mon­ey.

The lead­er­ship at Ren­ovia believes in uncom­pro­mised char­ac­ter, deliv­er­ing on com­mit­ments, build­ing rela­tion­ships, and mak­ing the right choic­es when it comes to rebuild­ing their customer’s busi­ness and liveli­hood.

Ren­ovia imple­ments core val­ues in every job for every client. We focus on serv­ing first while mak­ing sure clients get treat­ed the way they would want to be treat­ed them­selves. They lis­ten intent­ly and focus on what will be and has been accom­plished rather than tak­ing cred­it for a job or accom­plish­ment.

If you have faced a leak­ing roof and need to speak with a com­mer­cial paint­ing con­trac­tor who will be open, hon­est and direct in answer­ing all of your ques­tions, con­tact us today. We would love the oppor­tu­ni­ty to speak with you, if only to answer your ques­tions.

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How to Match Your Building to Your Brand

August 15th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “How to Match Your Building to Your Brand”

It has been said that image is every­thing. First impres­sions are key in busi­ness. Whether it is a brick and mor­tar store in a shop­ping cen­ter, an apart­ment com­plex, or a high rise hotel over­look­ing the Gulf of Mex­i­co or Atlantic Ocean.

When a poten­tial cus­tomer walks up to your build­ing, what do they think? Are they impressed, skep­ti­cal, eager, or left with a wan­ing feel­ing they made a mis­take stop­ping into your place of busi­ness. Often times, busi­ness­es will make great efforts to brand their com­pa­ny in all sorts of mar­ket­ing efforts includ­ing print, online, and addi­tion­al­ly on TV or radio.

Renovia’s years of expe­ri­ence and lead­er­ship equips them to cre­ate an eye-catch­ing first impres­sion as poten­tial cus­tomers pass by your busi­ness.

Choosing The Colors

First, know your audi­ence. Do you have a spe­cif­ic demo­graph­ic which fre­quents your busi­ness? Do you live in a spe­cif­ic area of the coun­try or a city which has dif­fer­ent themes? These are a few ques­tions you will want to speak with your com­mer­cial paint­ing com­pa­ny when mak­ing these deci­sions.

You will want to be noticed and if you are a com­pa­ny mak­ing a state­ment in your com­mu­ni­ty, ask an expert what will work best. This may save you time and mon­ey when design­ing and paint­ing your build­ing.

Make sure your col­or choice match­es the char­ac­ter of your com­pa­ny, team, goals, and val­ues. Speak­ing with experts can help ensure all aspects of your com­pa­ny are con­sid­ered when choos­ing the col­ors. This will help teach you how to match your build­ing to your brand.

Chain or Independent Business

Whether you are a chain loca­tion or inde­pen­dent busi­ness will have great impact on the brand­ing of your build­ing. Often times as a chain, every­thing is already set up and picked out for you as a fran­chisee. If there is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to be cre­ative, this is where you want to bring your fla­vor into the mix.

As an inde­pen­dent busi­ness, you have the free­dom to cre­ate an orig­i­nal and authen­tic feel for your busi­ness. You have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to be bold, dar­ing and inno­v­a­tive in your building’s brand. Our com­mer­cial paint­ing team will work with you to make sure there isn’t a repet­i­tive mes­sage seen in every aspect of your busi­ness.

Cre­at­ing an exte­ri­or to com­ple­ment the inte­ri­or will keep the sto­ry mov­ing for cus­tomers who are vis­it­ing to make a pur­chase.

Stop Them In Their Tracks

A build­ing brand­ed with thought, cre­ativ­i­ty, and inno­va­tion will do sev­er­al things for your busi­ness. Whether a cus­tomer dri­ves, walks or rides a bicy­cle past your place of busi­ness, your brand needs to be mem­o­rable.

Mem­o­rable is where we start and solu­tions are what we want to pro­vide. When a per­son trav­els by your office, they should be aware of your solu­tion to fit a need they have in their life. At times you will need to speak to them with­out words and a prop­er­ly brand­ed build­ing will help accom­plish this goal.

Does your brand have some­thing you feel stands out amongst the com­pe­ti­tion? Do you have the Nike Swoosh of your indus­try? Your build­ings brand needs to have a strate­gic place­ment of your logo, com­pa­ny slo­gan or oth­er signs.

Team­ing up your team’s cre­ativ­i­ty with Ren­ovia indus­try experts can move your busi­ness ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion and keep your ser­vice or prod­ucts top of mind for those around your com­mu­ni­ty. Get peo­ple talk­ing with a well brand­ed build­ing by bring­ing it back to life.

At Ren­ovia, we imple­ment core val­ues in every job for every client. We focus on serv­ing first while mak­ing sure clients get treat­ed the way they would want to be treat­ed them­selves. They lis­ten intent­ly and focus on what will be and has been accom­plished rather than tak­ing cred­it for a job or accom­plish­ment.

If you are stuck and know you need a rebrand­ed office space, com­plex remod­el, and paint refresh it’s time to pick up the phone or get online. We are open, hon­est and direct in answer­ing all of your ques­tions so con­tact us today. We would love the oppor­tu­ni­ty to speak with you, if only to answer your ques­tions.

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How to stay on top of your commercial painting project

August 8th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “How to stay on top of your commercial painting project”

Project Management Planning

Poor per­for­mance often comes from poor plan­ning. A com­mer­cial paint­ing project will not always find suc­cess based on if a painter has the right tools, skill set, knowl­edge or expe­ri­ence. Those who are best at their job will have a detailed sched­ule accom­pa­nied with a bud­get to match.

At Ren­ovia, our focus is your sat­is­fac­tion with a job done right. The pas­sion of our team is focused in build­ing rela­tion­ships along the way to build a life­time cus­tomer. A com­mer­cial paint­ing project must address and solve a cus­tomer prob­lem.

Fol­low these sug­ges­tions when plan­ning your com­mer­cial paint­ing project and suc­cess is sure to find you.

Establish A Detailed Budget

Hav­ing a bud­get in place will not only help a com­pa­ny focus on the prof­itabil­i­ty of their orga­ni­za­tion, but also iden­ti­fy oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn more about project man­age­ment and over­all costs they haven’t con­sid­ered. Busi­ness lead­ers should engage with their project man­agers from com­mer­cial paint­ing com­pa­nies to ful­ly under­stand the bud­gets and what all they entail.

Consider Comfort

Effi­cien­cy in any project is the vision­ary goal to reach. The most effi­cient projects can pro­duce great results while not expend­ing too many assets. One way to increase effi­cien­cy and at the same time, focus on com­fort, com­pa­nies can and should con­sid­er stag­ger­ing sched­ules if at all pos­si­ble.

This approach will allow your team to con­tin­ue work unin­ter­rupt­ed dur­ing work­ing hours. Addi­tion­al­ly, the com­mer­cial paint­ing crew will be able to get their work done with­out hav­ing to work around a team or cus­tomers mov­ing through­out a work­space.

There will be more free­dom for each team to get work done quick­er, bet­ter and with­out delay. Don’t hes­i­tate to ask about this approach when sched­ul­ing your com­mer­cial paint­ing project.

Ask The Expert and Listen

You pride your­self on being an expert in your line of busi­ness. The same is said for those work­ing on your com­mer­cial paint­ing project. There is no doubt you want to hire a com­pa­ny with a stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion and great track record with oth­er projects sim­i­lar to yours.

While you know what you envi­sion being done in this project, always take the time in the begin­ning to con­sult with your project man­ag­er and get their opin­ions and sug­ges­tions. Their exper­tise is why you hired them in the first place. They may be able to pro­vide tips to save you time and mon­ey while still accom­plish­ing what was planned.

Conduct a Final Walk-Through

The experts at Ren­ovia want noth­ing more than to reach the end of a project hav­ing accom­plished every task required for per­fec­tion. When near­ing the end of a project, it is imper­a­tive to walk through the project one final time.

Final walk-throughs should be sched­uled from the begin­ning. Account­abil­i­ty is a major part of a busi­ness rela­tion­ship and project man­age­ment. Dur­ing the final walk through, the com­mer­cial paint­ing project man­ag­er should walk through with a facil­i­ty man­ag­er or busi­ness leader going through a check­list of spec­i­fi­ca­tions to ensure every item was com­plet­ed to ful­fill­ment.

Ren­ovia imple­ments core val­ues in every job for every client. They focus on serv­ing first while mak­ing sure their clients get treat­ed the way they would want to be treat­ed them­selves. They lis­ten intent­ly and focus on what will be and has been accom­plished rather than tak­ing cred­it for a job or accom­plish­ment. Each of these val­ues are a part of build­ing a busi­ness rela­tion­ship where you can stay on top of your com­mer­cial paint­ing project from start to fin­ish.

If you are ready to speak with a com­mer­cial paint­ing con­trac­tor who will be open, hon­est and direct in answer­ing all of your ques­tions, con­tact us today. We would love the oppor­tu­ni­ty to speak with you, if only to answer your ques­tions.

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Selecting Colors for Multi-Family Residential Properties

November 7th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Selecting Colors for Multi-Family Residential Properties”

First impres­sions last a life­time, or at least long enough for a prospec­tive res­i­dent to dri­ve by. Few exte­ri­or char­ac­ter­is­tics can turn peo­ple away from a prop­er­ty, or reduce the qual­i­ty of life for those who reside there, as quick­ly as the wrong paint on your build­ing.

Sound Decisions Begin with Facts

Sound man­age­ment requires sound deci­sions based on fact, not opin­ion. Mul­ti-fam­i­ly res­i­den­tial paint selec­tion requires more than scat­ter­ing paint chips across your desk and pick­ing the one that looks good to you.

Consider these Factors When Selecting Paint

Even a col­or that upper man­age­ment or even the CEO unan­i­mous­ly approve may be the wrong one. Here are four pri­ma­ry fac­tors to con­sid­er.

Residents and Potential Residents

What is your tar­get demo­graph­ic? Young fam­i­lies, pro­fes­sion­als, retirees, or a mix of all?

Retirees gen­er­al­ly pre­fer the com­fort­able, tra­di­tion­al col­ors that they are accus­tomed to, while young fam­i­lies may want some­thing bright and vivid. Pro­fes­sion­als may pre­fer a more ele­gant, sub­dued col­or pal­let. Know the demo­graph­ics of your res­i­dents and under­stand their pref­er­ences.

Architectural Style

Use exte­ri­or sur­face mate­r­i­al and archi­tec­tur­al effects to guide your col­or selec­tion. Large build­ings paint­ed in one neu­tral col­or can take on an insti­tu­tion­al look, with bland walls hov­er­ing over every­one who enters.

Break up large exte­ri­or expans­es by using col­or to empha­size archi­tec­tur­al fea­tures, mak­ing larg­er build­ings feel less expan­sive and over­whelm­ing. Small­er build­ings ben­e­fit as well, the details giv­ing a tidy, well-kept appear­ance. The right col­ors bal­ance a building’s over­all visu­al appeal and give it “pop” in the right places to add char­ac­ter.

Surrounding Community

Mul­ti-fam­i­ly res­i­den­tial paint selec­tion should also take into con­sid­er­a­tion that the res­i­dents are part of a larg­er sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ty. The idea is to make your project stand out as an asset to the neigh­bor­hood and the nicest prop­er­ty on the block, with­out clash­ing with sur­round­ing styles and com­mu­ni­ty pref­er­ences.

Peo­ple should look at your build­ing with an appre­ci­a­tion that it is a wel­come part of the neigh­bor­hood. By using com­ple­men­tary col­ors and accents, your prop­er­ty can fit in with its sur­round­ings and attract pos­i­tive atten­tion at the same time.

Regional Characteristics

If you trav­el around the coun­try, you find vari­a­tions in the col­ors used in res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties. Desert gold tones and col­or­ful flour­ish­es in the south­west give way to earth tones in the Mid­west and then to colo­nial styles in the north­east empha­siz­ing reds and blues.

In the south, our col­or choic­es inland tend towards the warm and invit­ing and veer to pas­tels and ocean col­ors near the shore. Using region­al col­ors in a fresh way and empha­siz­ing archi­tec­tur­al fea­tures ensures that your paint selec­tion adds val­ue to your prop­er­ty.

The wrong mul­ti-fam­i­ly res­i­den­tial paint selec­tion can be an expen­sive mis­take. The right one will enhance res­i­dents’ qual­i­ty of life, attract new res­i­dents and increase prof­itabil­i­ty. In the end, those are the fac­tors that count.

 

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Ways to Cut Operating Expenses in Apartment Buildings

November 3rd, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Ways to Cut Operating Expenses in Apartment Buildings”

Being Green Pays, How to Cut Operating Expenses

You take pride in the build­ings that you man­age. It’s your goal to pro­vide a safe place that your res­i­dents can call home, but you also want to make mon­ey while doing it. Here are some ways to help you when cut­ting apart­ment com­plex expens­es.

  • Low­er your util­i­ty bills– There are some things that you can do to improve the per­for­mance of your fix­tures and appli­ances.
    • Install low-flow toi­lets. Old­er toi­lets can use any­where from 3.5 to 7 gal­lons of water per flush (GPF). Fed­er­al plumb­ing stan­dards now spec­i­fy that new toi­lets can use only 1.6 gal­lons at the most and high-effi­cien­cy toi­lets (HET) use only 1.28 GPF. To put this into per­spec­tive, a toi­let that uses 7 GPF will use approx­i­mate­ly 12, 775 gal­lons per year com­pared with a HET which will only use about 2, 336 gal­lons a year.
    • Install low-flow show­er­heads- Just like the low-flow toi­lets, low-flow show­er heads can save on the amount of water used. A tra­di­tion­al show­er head uses about 3.5 gal­lons per minute (gpm), while a low-flow show­er head uses only 2 gpm. That trans­lates into 12, 775 gal­lons per year for a con­ven­tion­al show­er head and only 7,300 gal­lons per year for a low-flow show­er head.
    • Install ener­gy star rat­ed water heaters- Water heaters that car­ry the Ener­gy Star rat­ing are from 10 to 20% more effi­cient than those that are not. You should also steer clear of elec­tric on-demand water heaters. This type typ­i­cal­ly takes 120 amps to run and are not very ener­gy effi­cient.
    • Go paper­less– Send­ing mate­r­i­al via paper can end up cost­ing up to 31 times more than send­ing it elec­tron­i­cal­ly. Give your ten­ants the chance to get their notices by email instead of paper notices.
  • Con­sid­er main­te­nance expens­es– Remem­ber that the best way to keep expens­es down is to do things right the first time. Don’t apply a band-aid to a prob­lem that needs some­thing more. Here are a few spe­cif­ic ways to cut main­te­nance expens­es.
    • Be sure to reg­u­lar­ly paint and water­proof your prop­er­ty to avoid cost­ly repairs due to mois­ture. Hir­ing a painter is far cheap­er than hir­ing some­one to replace rot­ting sid­ing.
    • Get your repair and clean­ing sup­plies in bulk.
    • Change out your light bulbs and replace them with ener­gy effi­cient CFL and LED bulbs.
    • Con­sid­er the cli­mate of your area when plan­ning your land­scap­ing and choose the plants that will need min­i­mal inter­ven­tion from you. One trend to con­sid­er is xeriscap­ing, the prac­tice of land­scap­ing using plants that would severe­ly reduce or elim­i­nate the need for irri­ga­tion com­plete­ly.
  • Have your prop­er­ty tax­es assessed– If your build­ing was pur­chased for sig­nif­i­cant­ly below mar­ket val­ue, there’s a good chance that your prop­er­ty tax­es are set too high. If this is the case, you should appeal the assess­ment.

In the end, sav­ing mon­ey by cut­ting apart­ment com­plex expens­es is doable. There are plen­ty of ways that you can cut costs. You sim­ply have to take it one step at a time.

 

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Renovia | Condo Color Selections

Choosing Great Colors for a Condo Association

October 27th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Choosing Great Colors for a Condo Association”

What Good Color Can Do For You

If you’ve dri­ven around town look­ing for paint­ing ideas for your con­do­mini­um or build­ing, you may have been struck by the extremes.

In one group there are rows of bor­ing beiges, grim grays and “what’s with all the whites”? Then, just when you think you might nod off behind the wheel, you’re star­tled by an infu­sion of bold blue, gar­ish green and ter­ri­ble turquoise. And that’s just on the trim.

Attract new residents, increase your property value

While you would nev­er advo­cate that a con­do­mini­um looks pret­ty in pink, you are strug­gling to cre­ate a col­or scheme that will appeal to most of the prospec­tive new res­i­dents who vis­it your build­ing. You know: if they don’t like what they see, they will do exact­ly what you did: keep dri­ving down the street.

Then, too, you real­ize that paint holds the poten­tial to increase the prop­er­ty val­ue of your con­do­mini­um and oth­er build­ings. Paint may not be the most siz­able finan­cial invest­ment you will make in your con­do­mini­um, but it’s an invest­ment nonethe­less. What the exte­ri­or paint­ing of a con­do­mini­um lacks in finan­cial force it makes up for in exe­cu­tion, for paint­ing projects often take time to com­plete even when weath­er con­di­tions are ide­al.

For all rea­sons, you’d pre­fer to choose a win­ning col­or palette you feel con­fi­dent about. To achieve this pos­i­tive out­come, con­sid­er five tips from paint experts who under­stand your wish to stand out – in a good way:

Isolate what will not be painted first

Start off by seg­re­gat­ing those ele­ments that will not require paint, such as the chim­ney, vinyl sid­ing and win­dows, rail­ings or doors. Take a good look at the col­ors of these ele­ments. Then use them as a base­line as you con­sid­er a palette for the exte­ri­or paint­ing of your con­do.

Learn about the color wheel

A con­sci­en­tious paint­ing con­trac­tor will explain the basics of the col­or wheel – how con­trast­ing col­ors com­ple­ment each oth­er and also how stay­ing with­in one col­or fam­i­ly might be the best choice for the exte­ri­or paint­ing of your con­do.

Honor history

Your con­do­mini­um and oth­er build­ings don’t have to be “old” or reside in a his­tor­i­cal dis­trict for you to take a bow to his­to­ry. The town itself may teem with tra­di­tion­al hall­marks. That same con­trac­tor can show you how to choose shades that were com­mon­place at the time your build­ing was con­struct­ed.

Choose light colors to burnish size

The grand­est estates in the coun­try are often paint­ed white, includ­ing a most dis­tin­guished home on Penn­syl­va­nia Avenue in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Light col­ors make build­ings look larg­er. And psy­cho­log­i­cal­ly, they are thought to pro­vide a men­tal lift. If white is too stark for your taste, down­shift to a pale cream, ivory or linen. The dif­fer­ences may sound sub­tle, but they will look dis­tinct­ly dif­fer­ent on the expanse of a con­do­mini­um.

Use dark colors to add drama

Frank Lloyd Wright immor­tal­ized the tech­nique known as “band­ing,” or using dark­er col­ors to accen­tu­ate lighter ones. You can employ this dra­mat­ic approach on shut­ters, trim and doors. You can even use dark col­ors to dis­guise build­ing flaws.

If you’re already feel­ing that it’s “bet­ter to play it safe” with paint col­or, trust your good instincts. And real­ize that few improve­ments can invig­o­rate a build­ing like paint. Peo­ple *will* notice – and hope­ful­ly, will put on the brakes when they pull up in front of your fresh­ly paint­ed build­ing.

 

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What’s the Best Season to Paint Commercial Properties?

October 26th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “What’s the Best Season to Paint Commercial Properties?”

So, When is it Best to Paint Your Commercial Property?

A com­mer­cial exte­ri­or paint­ing project requires exten­sive plan­ning to ensure the job is com­plet­ed in a time­ly man­ner with a min­i­mum of unex­pect­ed delays. You want qual­i­ty, pro­fes­sion­al work that will not only add to the appear­ance of the build­ing but last for the expect­ed length of time with no prob­lems. Tem­per­a­ture is also a crit­i­cal fac­tor for out­side paint to dry and adhere to the sur­face prop­er­ly.

Most experts agree that a min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture for exte­ri­or paint­ing of 50 degrees Fahren­heit is best for long last­ing results. In many por­tions of the US, the tem­per­a­ture may fall below this range in the fall and win­ter months. Start­ing a project at this time may cause undo stress to fin­ish the job in a hur­ry which can lead to mis­takes. This may not appear imme­di­ate­ly, but cause prob­lems in the future. A far bet­ter sce­nario is to begin an out­side paint­ing project dur­ing the spring, allow­ing plen­ty of time for decent weath­er. Here are a few con­sid­er­a­tions:

Time to Pre­pare — Sched­ul­ing a spring project allows the time to con­sid­er all the details with mem­bers of your orga­ni­za­tion. Fac­tors such as bud­get, time­line and the scope of the job can be care­ful­ly con­sid­ered to avoid last minute sur­pris­es. Make an inspec­tion of the prop­er­ty and make note of oth­er relat­ed repairs that will need to be done to com­plete the project. Repairs may include any wood need­ing replace­ment, caulk­ing, and pres­sure wash­ing sur­faces. Being pre­pared is a great time saver dur­ing the actu­al paint­ing project.

Dis­cuss Your Plans — After your orga­ni­za­tion has reached a deci­sion regard­ing all the fac­tors men­tioned, it’s time to bring your plans to a licensed pro­fes­sion­al and dis­cuss options. A local con­trac­tor will know what paint and mate­ri­als work well in your part of the coun­try. Any prob­lems that are unique to your spe­cif­ic area can be worked out in advance of the start­ing date. This is the time to choose the col­or scheme, whether you like the exist­ing appear­ance of the prop­er­ty, and if you would like to make changes. The deci­sion process may take a lit­tle time. Start­ing to pre­pare ear­ly gives you the extra time need­ed.

Con­sid­er­a­tions for a Com­mer­cial Prop­er­ty — There are spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tions for a com­mer­cial prop­er­ty that you will want to keep in mind while plan­ning the project. Dur­ing warmer months, any impact on park­ing can be han­dled more effec­tive­ly. Dai­ly pedes­tri­an trav­el to and from the build­ing will not be affect­ed to the same degree as in cold­er sea­sons. If a prob­lem requir­ing a larg­er repair is found, the added time is much eas­i­er to accom­mo­date with­out wor­ry­ing about a future cold spell ruin­ing work that is already done. A fresh coat of paint can dra­mat­i­cal­ly improve the curb appeal of any com­mer­cial prop­er­ty. Start­ing your project at the prop­er time of year will ensure the upgrade lasts a long time to the ben­e­fit of your orga­ni­za­tion.

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Bringing In Third-Parties for Healthcare Community Maintenance

October 24th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Bringing In Third-Parties for Healthcare Community Maintenance”

Maintenance Safety is Vital in Retirement Communities

The stan­dards for a health­care com­mu­ni­ty are under­stand­ably high. Main­te­nance safe­ty in retire­ment com­mu­ni­ties is vital. When main­te­nance work needs to be done, the high stan­dards a com­mu­ni­ty prides them­selves in should car­ry over. Not only do you need to con­sid­er the qual­i­ty of work that needs to be done, but also need to take the impor­tance of the res­i­dents into con­sid­er­a­tion. Those you hire to work for you must be will­ing to main­tain the def­er­ence and respect that comes with work­ing near res­i­dents and the pub­lic. Tak­ing this into con­sid­er­a­tion, when look­ing for a com­pa­ny that can address your paint­ing main­te­nance tasks, make sure that you chose one with uncom­pro­mised char­ac­ter.

What type of main­te­nance work needs to be done? There are sev­er­al rou­tine main­te­nance jobs that should be com­plet­ed on a reg­u­lar cycle. Roof repair, mason­ry repair and paint­ing are all projects that need atten­tion.

Your roof should be inspect­ed by a qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­al at least once a year. Don’t for­get that heavy storms with lots of snow, hail or wind can dam­age a roof.

Your annu­al inspec­tions should extend to any mason­ry on the build­ing as well. The effects of weath­er can dam­age walls and oth­er sur­faces. A crack can allow water to seep in and dam­age the under­ly­ing wood. That small crack can get even wider if cold weath­er hits and the water freezes. Wet wood can result in the “M” word prob­lem as well. Mold is an issue that is bad news for any­one, but in a pub­lic build­ing, the con­cern is even greater and ever-present.

Paint­ing the exte­ri­or of your build­ings is an area that can often get over­looked as more of a mat­ter of aes­thet­ics than neces­si­ty, but cracked and peel­ing paint can cause the sid­ing below to become dam­aged. That being said, anoth­er area to be inspect­ed each year is your exte­ri­or wood­work such as sid­ing, win­dow sills and dorm­ers. Just as water can seep into cracks in your mason­ry and ulti­mate­ly ruin your walls, rot­ten sills or peel­ing paint can allow water to dam­age the wood­work. For this rea­son, all prep work, wood repair, restora­tion and caulk­ing should be done pri­or to reg­u­lar repaint­ing. Work­ing on a reg­u­lar sched­ule to paint your com­mu­ni­ties ensures that it looks great, and con­tin­ues to attract and keep res­i­dents as well as pre­serve your build­ings.

Main­te­nance in retire­ment com­mu­ni­ties is extreme­ly impor­tant. Remem­ber that any third-par­ty main­te­nance work­ers should keep in mind the needs of your res­i­dents as they work. Access to the build­ing should not be com­pro­mised but should con­tin­ue to adhere to the ADA stan­dards. Their work should be top notch, and their atti­tudes and com­mit­ment should be stel­lar. With the right con­trac­tor, you’ll have a com­mu­ni­ty you and your res­i­dents will be proud of!

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5 Tips for Painting Your Commercial Building

October 19th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “5 Tips for Painting Your Commercial Building”

Avoid Complications by Following These Steps

Paint­ing your com­mer­cial build­ing is an invest­ment that should be approached strate­gi­cal­ly in order to avoid com­pli­ca­tions with the pub­lic while still get­ting the work com­plet­ed and the look you want. A good paint job can cre­ate a pos­i­tive first impres­sion that encour­ages cus­tomers to come back to your premis­es over and over. There­fore, updat­ing the look of your prop­er­ty with a fresh paint job is impor­tant for your busi­ness.

In addi­tion to a good paint­ing project, the right addi­tion­al ser­vices (such as pres­sure wash­ing, caulk­ing and prep work) can give your prop­er­ty the required makeover to keep your cus­tomers engaged.

As you con­sid­er your com­mer­cial exte­ri­or paint­ing project, fol­low these five tips to ensure a high return on invest­ment.

1. Consider the scope of the project

Take the time to con­sid­er the scope and extent of your paint­ing project. How many build­ings will need to be paint­ed? How long do you have to com­plete the project? You should also con­sid­er what time of year would be most con­ve­nient to car­ry out the paint­ing.

Some com­pa­nies offer spe­cial dis­counts for paint­ing when it’s cold­er out. Paint­ing dur­ing win­ter may also cause min­i­mum dis­rup­tions to your busi­ness oper­a­tions. Spe­cial care has to be tak­en to keep most paints and sur­faces at over 50 degrees Fahren­heit to allow for the best pos­si­ble out­come. Con­sid­er your busi­ness cycle and select the peri­ods when paint­ing will cause min­i­mum incon­ve­nience to your com­mer­cial activ­i­ties.

2. Choose the right color

Choos­ing the right col­or for your exte­ri­or com­mer­cial real estate is often an over­looked aspect. The right col­ors will make your build­ings more attrac­tive and appeal­ing to cus­tomers. In fact, col­or choice could be the dif­fer­ence between a dull prop­er­ty and a daz­zling mas­ter­piece.

A col­or con­sul­tant can help you choose the right shades in accor­dance with real estate trends, col­or psy­chol­o­gy and paint devel­op­ment.

3. Adhere to high standards of safety

The safe­ty and health con­cerns of your clients and ten­ants should be a top pri­or­i­ty. Make sure you select the right paint that caus­es min­i­mal health risks to peo­ple present in the space. Give pref­er­ence to odor­less paints to avoid prob­lems for cus­tomers while you are open, dur­ing and/or imme­di­ate­ly after the project occurs.

4. Consider additional services

Your com­mer­cial exte­ri­or paint­ing project should involve more than just paint­ing out­side walls. The suc­cess of your project will also depend on addi­tion­al ser­vices such as pres­sure wash­ing, caulk­ing, prop­er strip­ping and sand­ing, and restora­tion work to make sure the build­ing looks at its best.

Reg­u­lar pres­sure wash­ing extends the life of your paint by remov­ing dirt and mildew that stain sur­faces. Prep work, wood and sid­ing replace­ments, and con­crete repairs also con­tribute towards the attrac­tive appear­ance of your com­mer­cial build­ing.

5. Choose the right contractor

Due to the unique chal­lenges that are involved with paint­ing a com­mer­cial build­ing, take the time to select the right con­trac­tor for your paint job. An expe­ri­enced con­trac­tor can pro­vide sug­ges­tions for prop­er imple­men­ta­tion of the project in a man­ner that max­i­mizes return on invest­ment.

Make sure the con­trac­tors are licensed and bond­ed so you can be con­fi­dent in the qual­i­ty and safe­ty of their ser­vices. A good con­trac­tor will also be able to under­stand the com­plex­i­ties of your project, as well as any addi­tion­al ser­vices that may be nec­es­sary.

 

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