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  • Maintenance Department Promotions or New Employee: How's that Candidate Pool Looking?

    Ask any maintenance technician how they ended up in their current position and inevitably there will be a statement similar to: “I kind of fell into it”. In other words, this job is not one that often lends itself to being a “destination” type career. How often is there a booth at a Career Fair advertising the apartment maintenance field? Similar to the upkeep required on a swimming pool, a...
  • Ready Or Not…Here I Was!

    I’ve been experiencing a huge amount of nostalgia lately. My daughter is graduating this year (yes, I’m a proud Papa). The time in which she leaves the realm of hall passes and excused absences to continue her pursuit of academic achievement and/or career path is becoming more and more real to me. We went to a Chinese restaurant on Friday that we as a family have frequented for over 15 years....
  • Air Conditioning Terms That May Leave You Tongue Tied!

    With spring in the air property management thoughts turn away from the cold winter's bite toward much warmer climates. Along with this turn comes the conversations of the budget associated with air condtioning repairs. Chances are management teams and maintenance technicians who perform refrigerant repairs have begun discussing strategy. To ensure that the discussion is done with understanding,...
  • Questions That Decide: Planning or Failing?

    When I was in high school I had an instructor whom often recited the line: "Those who fail to plan, plan to fail." This time of year on our properties those words ring true on an annual basis. Currently several places of the country are just leaving the coldest of the winter months. We are also well into the budget for 2013 which allows us to begin to implement some of the items that were set out...

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