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  • Maintain in Order to Retain!

    In the Northwest, the change of seasons never seems so drastic until the first fresh, sunny day shines its light over Seattle. Consistent maintenance should be performed throughout the year, but sometimes things can fall through the cracks. There’s no better time to brush up on your property than in the spring. When it comes to spring maintenance, four factors that must be addressed are sunshine...
  • Get Out of My Face(book)

    If HR used brute force and accessed my personal Facebook page, they would learn the following things about me: 1. Sometimes I wish I were traveling and not in work. Oh, the humanity! 2. My source of news is People.com. 3. I frequently travel—and take pictures—with a one-inch plastic baby boy affectionately known as D Money. 4. Last week I accidentally zippered a piece of neck skin in my coat and...
  • 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...
  • Housing Inspections: The Brilliance of a No-Surprises Strategy

    I once had a boss who told me it was my job to make sure he was never surprised. I thought that was odd, but over time I realized it was brilliant… because nobody likes a bad surprise. When it comes to student housing inspections, it’s likely that nothing would surprise your team. But your inspection team is probably not your major concern. It’s your student residents—and their parents— that...

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