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Renovia | Multi-Family Properties Color Choice

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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Renovia | Cut Cost in Apartments

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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Renovia | Best Season to Paint

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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Renovia | Third Party Healthcare Maintenance

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!

Renovia | Tips for Painting Commercial Building

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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Renovia | Resident Concerns Healthcare

Understanding Resident Concerns when Painting Healthcare and Senior Living Communities

October 17th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Understanding Resident Concerns when Painting Healthcare and Senior Living Communities”

Concerns to Consider While Painting A Senior Living Community

There are cur­rent­ly about 1 mil­lion seniors resid­ing in res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties nation­wide and this num­ber is expect­ed to rise sig­nif­i­cant­ly over time. Many health­care and senior liv­ing providers are look­ing to expand and upgrade their oper­a­tions in order to cater to the grow­ing needs of their res­i­dents.

Paint­ing is one of the key main­te­nance and expan­sion areas for these com­mu­ni­ties. How­ev­er, paint­ing a health­care or senior res­i­den­tial liv­ing struc­ture requires care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of the safe­ty and unique needs of the res­i­dents. Paint­ing with the wrong con­trac­tor can expose res­i­dents to harm­ful fumes, poor air qual­i­ty, dis­rup­tions in their dai­ly rou­tines and an unex­pect­ed change in envi­ron­ment.

When plan­ning a paint­ing project for health­care com­mu­ni­ties, it is impor­tant to address crit­i­cal con­cerns of the res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies in order for the project to pro­ceed smooth­ly. Crit­i­cal res­i­dent con­cerns include the fol­low­ing:

Health concerns

Man­agers of senior liv­ing com­mu­ni­ties need to under­stand the poten­tial risks that a paint­ing project can have to their res­i­dents. The pop­u­la­tion of res­i­dents who are par­tic­u­lar­ly sen­si­tive to paint fumes (due to asth­ma or oth­er breath­ing com­pli­ca­tions) should be iden­ti­fied and informed of the project in advance. The health com­pli­ca­tions of all res­i­dents should be ade­quate­ly con­sid­ered so that the project caus­es min­i­mum incon­ve­nience to them.

If nec­es­sary, accom­mo­da­tions for res­i­dents should be made, such as tem­porar­i­ly mov­ing them to a dif­fer­ent sec­tion of the build­ing. Even if it is only the stress of the activ­i­ties hap­pen­ing around them, it’s always bet­ter to take extra pre­cau­tions to ensure healthy and hap­py res­i­dents.

Disruption of daily routines

The paint­ing project should be done in a man­ner that min­i­mizes dis­rup­tions to the dai­ly rou­tines of res­i­dents. Work­ing on hol­i­days, evenings and week­ends may help to min­i­mize the incon­ve­niences that res­i­dents have to endure dur­ing the project. Some res­i­dents may be sen­si­tive to abrupt rou­tine changes in their envi­ron­ment, and their con­cerns should be con­sid­ered when deter­min­ing work­ing hours for the project.

Ventilation concerns

Res­i­dents may be con­cerned about the spread of paint fumes through rooms with shared ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems. Such rooms need to be sealed off by block­ing vents and wall gaps in order to curb the spread of poten­tial­ly harm­ful fumes.

When con­sid­er­ing paint for your senior liv­ing com­mu­ni­ty or health­care build­ing, you should always give pref­er­ence to low-VOC and no-VOC paints. These paints are devel­oped with a health­i­er and safe envi­ron­ment in mind and are a great solu­tion to odors.

Choice of color

Many res­i­dents in health­care and senior liv­ing com­mu­ni­ties have been shown to have their mood affect­ed by the col­or choic­es in their premis­es. The right col­or choice can cre­ate a delight­ful, pleas­ing and uplift­ing mood among patients, which is key to their health. Res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies could even be con­sult­ed when select­ing patient room col­ors for a paint­ing project, and their input should be con­sid­ered.

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Painting Around Tenants in a Commercial Space

October 12th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Painting Around Tenants in a Commercial Space”

Sometimes it Cannot Wait

Exte­ri­or com­mer­cial real estate paint­ing has cer­tain chal­lenges unique to the nature of an occu­pied loca­tion. There nev­er seems to be a per­fect time to do this type of project. How­ev­er, neglect­ing the task may even­tu­al­ly lead to water intru­sion or oth­er cost­ly repairs. Health prob­lems may devel­op if a mold con­di­tion goes unno­ticed for a peri­od of time. If your rou­tine inspec­tion indi­cates that it is time for exte­ri­or paint­ing, it would be far more cost effec­tive to sched­ule the project as soon as pos­si­ble.

Here are sev­er­al tips on how to do exte­ri­or paint­ing while caus­ing the least amount of dis­rup­tion to ten­ants:

  • Advanced Plan­ning— Every prop­er­ty has busy areas that need spe­cial atten­tion dur­ing this type of project. Restric­tions that lim­it access to walk­ing paths and park­ing areas may be nec­es­sary. Cer­tain entrances may be tem­porar­i­ly blocked dur­ing repairs. Dis­cuss these prob­lem areas with your paint­ing con­trac­tor. An expe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­al will know how to min­i­mize the effect on ten­ants. Per­haps, the task can be accom­plished dur­ing a slow­er part of the day when there is the least amount of ten­ant activ­i­ty. Giv­ing every­one advanced notice of the nec­es­sary work can go a long way to reduce stress dur­ing the project. Peo­ple like to be warned of closed entrances and detours. You can advise your con­trac­tor of the poten­tial “hotspots” and they can draw on past expe­ri­ences to help deal with these con­cerns.
  • Dur­ing the Project — While the project is in progress, clear notices post­ed to warn ten­ants of wet paint or closed door­ways will help to relieve ten­sion. The main office entrance should be kept clear. This is where new ten­ants enter and get their first impres­sion of the facil­i­ty. Cur­rent ten­ants may enter here on busi­ness or to make a rent pay­ment. Paint­ing near the office is best done dur­ing non-work hours when few peo­ple will be in this area. A painter with com­mer­cial expe­ri­ence is the ide­al can­di­date for the project. There can always be unex­pect­ed expens­es dur­ing a paint­ing project, but an expe­ri­enced paint­ing com­pa­ny can give you a more accu­rate esti­mate of the actu­al cost and will com­plete the job in a time­ly man­ner
  • Ben­e­fits — Your ten­ants will enjoy the fresh­ly paint­ed facil­i­ty when the project is com­plete. Most will be hap­py to see the repairs and paint­ing being done. Stress the final result to any­one with con­cerns and inform the ten­ants that you will be hap­py to voice any con­cerns to the con­trac­tor dur­ing the project. Prospec­tive ten­ants will see that prop­er main­te­nance is a con­cern at your facil­i­ty. Exte­ri­or com­mer­cial real estate paint­ing does not need to be a stress­ful time with prop­er plan­ning and a pro­fes­sion­al paint­ing con­trac­tor.

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Scheduling Considerations for Healthcare Facility Paint Projects

October 10th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Scheduling Considerations for Healthcare Facility Paint Projects”

Create a Maintenance Plan Using These Factors

Is it time to repaint your build­ing, but you are con­cerned about the expense? There are ways to keep your exte­ri­or paint­ing expens­es down and even con­sid­er cre­at­ing a main­te­nance plan to keep costs to a min­i­mum in the future. Here are sev­er­al fac­tors that need to be con­sid­ered when plan­ning a repaint­ing project.

Factors to Consider

  • Choos­ing a Con­trac­tor — There is more to pick­ing a paint­ing con­trac­tor than just mak­ing sure they are cer­ti­fied and well-trained in their field. A local­ly-based com­pa­ny will know what mate­ri­als will work best for your area. This will min­i­mize repaint­ing more often than nec­es­sary. Paint­ing teams will be aware of prob­lems that can arise in your neigh­bor­hood, and sug­gest solu­tions before work starts that will avoid cost­ly alter­ations after the project is com­plete. These advan­tages can result in not only a less expen­sive final cost but also a more accu­rate esti­mate to help with estab­lish­ing a bud­get.
  • Col­or Choice and Repair Costs — Dur­ing a repaint­ing project, you must always allow for the repair of dam­aged areas that can’t be seen until the job has begun. It is always a good idea to make an inspec­tion your­self pri­or to call­ing a paint­ing con­trac­tor to get a rough idea what prob­lems to expect when work begins. A cer­ti­fied con­trac­tor will include allowances for addi­tion­al repairs in an esti­mate before start­ing work. The col­or scheme you choose should be attrac­tive and work well for your spe­cif­ic area. A com­mer­cial build­ing can great­ly ben­e­fit by hav­ing a col­or con­sul­tant make sug­ges­tions that would suit your par­tic­u­lar style and type of build­ing. This may be an extra expense upfront, but if col­or choic­es are out­side your skill set, this extra step can cre­ate a more pleas­ing build­ing and can thus help to gen­er­ate more rev­enue over time.
  • Cost of Mate­ri­als — There is a wide dif­fer­ence in the cost of paint and relat­ed mate­ri­als. One con­sid­er­a­tion is the length of time before the paint starts to break down. A more expen­sive choice might last sig­nif­i­cant­ly longer than cheap­er paint, even though dur­ing the first few years you can­not see a dif­fer­ence. You want the curb appeal to always be top notch, espe­cial­ly for a com­mer­cial prop­er­ty.
  • Estab­lish­ing a Main­te­nance Pro­gram — The cli­mate in many states such as Flori­da and the Carolina’s make a pre­ven­tive main­te­nance pro­gram very impor­tant. Humid­i­ty and salt dam­age due to prox­im­i­ty to the ocean can also cause dete­ri­o­ra­tion over time to exte­ri­or paint and wood. Mold can form caus­ing major health con­cerns. Peri­od­ic inspec­tions and main­te­nance can result in sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduced repair expens­es. Work on a bud­get­ing plan for main­te­nance on your build­ings to be sure you are nev­er tak­en by sur­prise.

All these fac­tors are part of the for­mu­la to cre­ate a real­is­tic bud­get for exte­ri­or paint­ing costs with the least amount of unwant­ed sur­pris­es. The result is the dif­fer­ence between a suc­cess­ful busi­ness or oper­at­ing at a loss. You also have one less prob­lem to cause wor­ry when the job is done cor­rect­ly and will be mon­i­tored in the future. Your build­ing can look great and have less untime­ly repair costs as a result.

 

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Small Details Matter: How New Paint Can Encourage New Residents

October 5th, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Small Details Matter: How New Paint Can Encourage New Residents”

The Rule of Thumb

You know how impor­tant rou­tine main­te­nance is on your prop­er­ties- includ­ing every­thing from roof repairs to repaint­ing. But, how do you know when to repaint? Wait­ing until you notice fad­ed and peel­ing paint is just ask­ing for trou­ble. A good rule of thumb, espe­cial­ly in humid envi­ron­ments, is to inspect and paint your exte­ri­or sur­faces approx­i­mate­ly every five years.

Why should I repaint? There are sev­er­al rea­sons why it’s impor­tant to keep your prop­er­ties look­ing pris­tine, and it’s not just to keep it attrac­tive. Chipped or peel­ing paint can low­er your prop­er­ty val­ues. If your exte­ri­or sur­faces are left in a state of dis­re­pair, peo­ple look­ing at your prop­er­ty may think that this neglect is a reflec­tion of the way things are man­aged at the facil­i­ty over­all.

Your build­ings’ paint is akin to your skin. It pro­tects the exte­ri­or sur­faces from the ele­ments. If the paint is chipped or peel­ing, wood sid­ing or trim may begin to rot. Rot­ten win­dow sills can lead to cracks in mason­ry.

If you want to encour­age new or exist­ing res­i­dents in your com­mu­ni­ty, then paint col­or can say a lot. The choice of paint col­ors can have a strong influ­ence on how you feel. For instance,

  • Warm tones like oranges, yel­lows and reds or earth tones such as brown and beige may prompt con­ver­sa­tions. Peo­ple feel com­fort­able in such a room and are encour­aged to sit and talk.
  • Yel­low or red are both good col­ors to go with in the kitchen. Red will even stim­u­late your appetite.
  • When it comes time to relax, cool col­ors such as green or laven­der are calm­ing; they make great choic­es for bed­room col­ors.
  • White, green, or turquoise are all good choic­es for bath­room décor. They give one a sense of clean.

What work needs to be done before paint­ing can begin? Ensure when prepar­ing to hire a paint­ing con­trac­tor that you know what ser­vices are includ­ed in the cost of repaint­ing. The com­pa­ny that you decide to hire should also offer to pres­sure wash all of the sur­faces that you plan to paint if need­ed. Any repair work such as caulk­ing and water­proof­ing should be com­plet­ed before paint­ing begins.

How is this going to incon­ve­nience the res­i­dents? Repaint­ing the exte­ri­or of your build­ings will be a minor incon­ve­nience to the res­i­dents, but there are ways that you can keep it from becom­ing a major one. First, make sure that you inform your res­i­dents well in advance of the work. Let them know the days and times this or any oth­er project will be tak­ing place and what that work will entail. Noti­fy res­i­dents at reg­u­lar inter­vals lead­ing up to the work in order to remind them, for exam­ple at one month, two weeks, and a few days before. They should be made aware of any­thing that is expect­ed of them. Will they need to move their vehi­cles? Will they be expect­ed to use alter­nate entrances? This will cre­ate an open line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion for you, your res­i­dents, and your con­trac­tor to ensure a smooth and suc­cess­ful project.

 

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