January 1st, 2019, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
With a lot of rental inventory on the market going into 2019, you don’t want to be left out in the cold wave of competition. According to Forbes, the national vacancy average for apartments is 7.3 percent, compared to 7.1 percent in 2017. So now is the time to review marketing efforts for your rental properties
With millennials entering their child-rearing ages, there’s greater demand for houses, and less demand for apartments. That’s good news for renters as it gives them bargaining power when it comes to rent, concessions, free months’ rent or better amenities. They know what they want so they’re getting savvy and doing a lot of online research on properties.
Using resources like Apartment Locator, Apartment List and For Rent, they’re searching for the good
December 15th, 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
We’re just days away from turning over the calendar to a new year. Do you wake up on Jan. 1 and make New Year’s resolutions—lose 20 pounds, spend less time on electronic devices, walk 10,000 steps a day—then break them all by the Super Bowl? Been there, done that!
As a business owner, an all-important New Year’s resolution to make and keep is evaluating your security system. Like it or not, we have to think about safety more. It’s a harsh reality, but no place is safe these days—just turn on the news. We have to be in a constant state of awareness, readiness and observation.
SECURITY CHECKLIST FOR A SAFE 2019
When was the last time you put serious thought into the
December 1st, 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
Christmas tree lights are twinkling. A turkey is roasting in the oven. Family have gathered. Like you, I look forward to these memory-making experiences when the holidays roll around.
Yet the holidays can also be a dangerous time of year. I don’t want to be a Grinch, but I want your families and business to be safe, so here are some serious facts you need to know.
- Between 2011-2015, an average of 200 home fires per year were started by Christmas trees. They caused an average of six deaths, 16 injuries, and $14.8 million in direct property damage annually.
- Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 40 percent of home Christmas tree fires.
- In 26 percent of the
November 15th, 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
Here’s an interesting recent case study I’d like to share. This is actually something that happens quite often with our new clients. It illustrates how bundling services with one trusted vendor can make all the difference when it comes to fire & security services.
We recently got a call from a church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, that was frustrated with having multiple vendors, yet nothing was getting done. The church had deficiencies in their fire and security systems that they had known about for months, but their current vendors were not returning their calls. They were making the transition to VOIP lines and no longer required the analog lines for their security, but where was their vendor to work with the transition? Another one of their vendors insisted that all the
November 1st, 2018, Minneapolis, Minnesota:
- Frozen pipes are one of the leading sources of property damage when the temperature drops.
- Frozen water exerts 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch on a pipe.
- Just a 1/8-inch crack in a frozen pipe can spew hundreds of gallons of water an hour, causing flooding, serious structural damage, and the immediate potential for mold.
In case you need a science refresher, water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal and plastic pipes. Simply put, no matter the strength of a pipe, expanding water can cause pipes to crack or