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Curb Appeal

Maximizing Your Curb Appeal 

 

How many chances do you get to make a first impression?   

 Yes, it’s a trick question.  Are you, or your company, ready to welcome new residents, employees and clients? 

 A first impression promotes your investment, reveals your decisions and shows your pride.  If guests arrive at your office, apartment complex or other facility, and see unkempt grounds or dying plants, they immediately lower their expectations.  These negative assumptions, like judging a book by its cover, can affect occupancy rates, and ultimately sales. 

 A property manager can assess the curb appeal of a building or campus and essentially work from the ground up to refresh the property. 

 First step: Contact a lawn maintenance company. 

 Local and national “landscape management” companies provide the ideal services to help create a positive image on your grounds.  Determine the schedule, services and fees that accommodate the size of the property.  When you find a company that provides great results, consider contracting them for additional properties. 

 Second step: Look for a maintenance plan that includes: 

 Consultations – determine frequency of landscaping service and treatment options. 

Pre-emergent herbicides – apply to keep weeds and crab grass away with this preventative treatment. 

Fertilizing – schedule to add nutrients to the soil and flower beds and encourage a greener lawn. 

Irrigation – keep your investment from drying out with a timed sprinkler system and keep mulch fresh in flower beds to retain moisture. 

Inspections – protect the lawn, shrubs, flowers and trees from insects and other diseases 

Seasonal clean-up – prune and trim trees and shrubs, weed and re-mulch flower beds, rake and remove debris. 

 Third Step: Maximize your real estate. 

 Rich green grass and lush trees welcome visitors to your property.  Encourage them to stay with essential add-ons that enhance your landscaping plan. 

 Apartment complexes and townhome communities may be designed with park-like common areas or tree-lined walkways.  Consider enhancing the property and resident satisfaction by staging social areas, a community garden or quiet retreats. Property managers will see the immediate results of adding extra elements that appeal to realtors and potential new tenants too. 

 Outdoor socializing – add benches, tables and umbrellas for residents to eat outside or visit with friends and family. 

Zen garden – create a peaceful sanctuary with a waterfall, koi pond or rock garden. 

Small details – hang windchimes or flowering plants or add large decorative pots with herbs or flowers to keep insects away or attract butterflies. 

Lighting – install solar-powered lights on walkways for guests to enjoy the landscaping into the evening. 

Gardening – Assign a small plot of land for residents to maintain a garden to promote sustainability and reduce the carbon footprint. 

 Business complexes can also utilize enhanced grounds: 

 Outdoor offices – this trend continues to rise as teams venture outside (for some fresh air) for a change of scenery and team building opportunities. 

Welcoming guests – invite guests to relax on a bench before an appointment or meet with them at an outdoor table in the shade.  

Vendors – utilize the outdoor space for hosting special events like “Food Truck Friday,” ping pong, washers or horse shoes tournaments. 

 Designing specialized outdoor spaces encourages residents or workers to interact.  The campus environment builds a sense of community and promotes longevity. 

 Lay the groundwork to promote your business, by improving your curb appeal today. 

 

Are You Doing All You Can To Combat Superbugs?

It’s an unfortunate fact that in recent years, superbugs have become a concern and a threat to all of us. They are things we need to be aware of and pay attention to so that we can do the best we can to prevent them from spreading and doing more damage.

The latest superbug that is relevant to our area is C. auris, which the CDC just added to their list of “urgent threats”. This fungus has been quietly spreading across the world, but was most recently found in New York, New Jersey and Illinois, as well as solitary cases in other states. Nearly 600 cases have been confirmed across the US. This fungus preys on those with weakened immune systems, and in the last five years has taken a hold in a neonatal unit in Venezuela, a hospital in Spain, a British medical center, and has also shown up in India, Pakistan and South Africa. It is estimated that almost half of those infected die within 90 days.

Unfortunately, as things like fungus and bacterias become immune to medications, the focus needs to shift to facility cleanliness, personal hygiene, infection control and a cross-contamination efforts. It becomes imperative for organizations to alter the way that they clean so that nothing is able to remain there and multiply. Some fungus and bacteria can live on surfaces for weeks if the area is not properly cleaned and sanitized.

How does one go about sanitizing and ridding their facility of a potential superbug? The answer is that it requires specific products and processes. Even cleaning professional know that eradicating superbugs is no easy task. Cleaning and sanitizing methods that can spray and disinfect on both hard or soft surfaces, and reach into even the tightest spots will go a long way in assuring that bacteria and fungus cannot survive and wreak more havoc. Prevention and awareness are the best tools to use to help keep things like superbugs from spreading. If you have specific concerns, be sure to speak to your corporate cleaning partner about the ways that are available to keep your facility as clean and protected as possible.

Get the Most Out of Disinfecting & Sanitizing

Let’s go over to disinfect, disinfect most hospitals or all hospitals as you know have to have a strong disinfect policy. Let’s go back and say you have to clean all surfaces before you disinfect that’s very important because if you don’t you must clean your surfaces before disinfecting you just can’t spray disinfectant and think that it’s going to kill all bacteria or germs you have to first disinfect with an approved disinfector that kills 9.9999% of bacteria now there’s a difference sanitizing, sanitizing kill
9.99% disinfecting.

How to deal with cold and flu.

At colleges and universities oh my my-my I remember when there was a flu epidemic at my college and you know I believe fighting the flu is as simple as paying attention to disinfectant you have to disinfect but sometimes people have a tendency to over disinfect so you know if you know during the cold and flu seasons you train your cleaners to train your cleaners to disinfect touch points.

How to Make a Facility Manager Smile part 2

 

For him or her meaning the facility manager to know exactly what happened the night before. Communication is key that’s how you make a facility manager smile do your job, clean the building, pristine communicate any issues that may have happened the day before communicate, communicate and over communicate sometimes I think
another thing that makes a facility manager smile is the comfort level that
they have in the cleaning staff. Knowing that when they come in everything is going to be done and consistently done.

Second Most Challenging Job! Part 2

I hit the streets with my crew, I went to homeless shelters, I went to people who weren’t in homeless shelters, I begged I borrowed, I did everything that I could to get the people there. I believe we had to have 200 people for that day and 45 minutes to clean it up and they thought that we couldn’t do it. The powers to be thought that we could not do this and we did it in 45 minutes it was like it was challenging but it was like a thing of art I love cleaning I just absolutely love cleaning.

Second Most Challenging Job! Part 1

The second most challenging job was when we were a contractor at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and we were responsible for cleaning after a doubleheader. Now a doubleheader is not really you know we’ve done it in it before at the old vet Stadium and we’ve done things like that before however at the time that we service Oriole Park at Camden Yards it was a brand-new facility so that meant that it was two sold-out doubleheaders and the time that we had to do it was 45 minutes well I never have been given 45 minutes to clean a whole ballpark so in that deck when I say that I mean the seating area of the ballpark. What happened was they told us a couple days before that there was going to be a doubleheader and Team Clean was responsible for cleaning that Stadium the new stadium because you know they weren’t accepting just a little trash on the curb because there’s a brand new stadium they wanted a clean clean clean you know as if you have a brand new house.

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