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  • If You Give a Mouse a Mantel

    In fifth grade I saw a mouse at the vacation house we were renting for the week in Deep Creek, Md. I was an hour into the TGIF line-up—ABC’s magnum opus—when I saw the creature scurry across the mantel above the TV. Cue an immediate and total meltdown. In the throes of an 11-year-old freak-out, I strongly suggested we leave the house immediately. When no one made any moves to grab the car keys, I...
  • Inspection Time

    Fall is almost here meaning that the year is about three quarters of the way done. That means that it’s time for that most wonderful of occurrence: Next Year Budgeting!!!!! (YAY?) An important task to undertake in preparation for next year’s goals is to inspect the community. It’s an easy thing to say “I walk the property every day when I pick up trash or show a prospective resident the...
  • Shine the Water 'Til it Sparkles

     Summer is in full swing and residents are making use of the water in the pool. It’s possible that the water is having a hard time keeping its “sparkle." Before grabbing one of the myriad of products available on the market that can clarify, or clear up dull water, try these ready solutions: Clean your filter media. Whether the system is sand, cartridge or diatomaceous earth (DE) the filtration...
  • 5 Ways to Boost Resident Satisfaction

    Keeping residents happy can make life a lot easier for property managers – from minimizing angry calls or emails to increasing retention and occupancy rates. More often than not, things like rent, square footage and location have the biggest influence.  But thinking critically about how to go beyond those top priority “must-haves” can set you apart from competitors and have a lasting, positive...

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