Picnics and outdoor grilling traditionally mark each Memorial Day, but the holiday that signals the near end of spring and start of summer also is the beginning of mosquito season. Summer barbecues at apartment patios and evening walks can be disrupted or ended by the sting of one backyard pest that has generated much attention lately.
Last year was the second-worst outbreak of West Nile virus, which is transmitted to humans by the bites of infected mosquitoes. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there were 5,674 cases – including a record 286 deaths – reported in the lower 48 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Texas reported one-third of the outbreaks and as many deaths.
This year could be just as bad, depending on weather conditions. But apartments now have a new weapon in their arsenal to fight mosquitoes, and deployment is as easy as turning on the irrigation system.
Isn’t summer everyone’s favorite time of year? As the song tells us, it’s when the living is easy, and many people are out enjoying the long days, the warm weather and activities that just aren’t possible during the fall and winter months.
For property managers, there can be one drawback to that bright summer sunshine. Like turning on the lights in a dim room, the full sun can highlight the items on your repair list, like peeling paint, cracked pool tile, missing roof shingles and rotting deck boards.
This isn’t the kind of spotlight you need on your property at this time of year—statistically the most popular time for people looking to move into a new home. So instead of ignoring the problem spots on your properties and hoping they’ll magically disappear, follow our handy guide. We’ve pointed out some key areas for inspecting, cleaning, testing and replacing, if need be.
Now that’s a title that should make all property managers very curious. Actually it’s the title of a webinar that was offered on Thursday May 9, 2013 and can be listened to at this link. These free webinars and podcasts should be a regular part of a property managers’ month. Searching for the tried-and-true practices of experienced property managers who know how to operate a successful business can save you a fortune in unnecessary mistakes, time and financial losses. Please read that sentence again and reconsider how important it is to invest time learning these secrets.
Having been a real estate investor and property manager myself, I know that we reach a point in our careers where it’s easy to become complacent and rest on our laurels. You know the old saying, “Just when you think you’ve figured it all out you set yourself up for a rude awakening.” Put another way, it’s the trap you don’t see that bites you, not the ones you’re used to looking for and dealing with. One mistake, one oversight of a local ordinance change or some other obscure regulation, can set you back for months. That’s why I also encourage property managers to keep up on the laws.