The Boiler Room Blog

Advice on commercial water heater selection, maintenance and safety issues for businesses that rely on a steady supply of hot water.

retirement communities

Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities

A well-built community makes your property more than a building; it makes it a home for tenants and a hub for an excellent reputation.

Although the common belief is that tenants of a certain age seek to move to warmer weather or assisted living facilities, that’s not always the case. Naturally occurring retirement communities, or NORCs, have been discussed by urban planners since the 1980s. Much like neighborhoods that grow around ethnic and economic backgrounds, these communities grow around residents living and ageing together in the same building for many years. Many of these communities have developed programs to offer social and healthcare services to their members, but you can make your building more attractive to such a community by offering amenities and services that appeal to their demographic. The twist? Many of these features also appeal to younger tenants, too!

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pet-friendly apartments

4 Pros (and Just a Few Cons) of Pet-Friendly Property Management

Many apartment and home rental units are going pet-friendly, instead of pet-free.

For many years, our four-legged friends were foes of landlords, mainly due to the perceived extra cost involved in cleaning up rentals after pets and their owners moved out. Changing markets, however, have caused many property owners to rethink their policy on renting to pet owners. Many apartment and home rental units are going pet-friendly, instead of pet-free. Renting to pet owners is a great way to open up your revenue streams, and though it’s not without its potential pitfalls, you may find that renting to pet owners is a lot less hassle than you might imagine.

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furnished apartments

Furnished Apartments: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Is the extra money and time it takes to furnish an apartment is worth the work?

Property owners often make tough decisions as to what rent-included perks they offer their renters. For many years, utilities-included rental options (heat, energy and water) were a competitive advantage. Nowadays, additional specialized markets have arisen to address more specific renter needs (like small-space studios), so property owners must adapt and offer new services to fit these changing market needs. One such marketplace is fully furnished apartments. Some renters don’t want the hassle of moving furniture into an apartment or worrying about choosing décor. Appealing to these renters often depends on whether the extra money and time it takes to furnish an apartment is worth the work.

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vinyl plank flooring

Benefits of Vinyl Flooring In Rentals

It’s time we talk about a flooring alternative that looks great and will save money. What’s not to love?

Landlords often use time between renters to spruce up the space. Apartment walls get painted, bathrooms get new fixtures and nearly everything else gets cleaned up. Flooring is often overlooked in these refreshes because of the idea that it’s a project that will take far too much time and money. Many landlords also only consider two options when thinking flooring. Hardwood floors are memorable and popular if you have them in the unit, otherwise carpeting is considered the only cheap alternative. Well, there are more options available to property owners that are cheaper, easier to maintain and can revitalize a unit better than a new roll of carpet.

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kid friendly

Ensuring Your Property is Child-Safe

If you want to add “kid friendly” to the list of your property’s features, check out these tips for child safety.

In today’s rental market, every property should be safe for every age. There are many reasons why a rental property could attract families with children and the Fair Housing Act protects families with young children from discrimination when renting. There are a few easy steps a property manager can take to ensure the safety of all tenants, even the miniature ones.

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rental property improvement tips

Property Improvements to Attract New & Improved Tenants

The ideal tenant is within reach. Making some improvments to a property is a worth-while investment.

Members of Generation X and Millennials are the fastest growing segment of the rental market and many of them don’t seem to be on board with the “American Dream” of moving out of the city to a nice house in the ‘burbs. Whether it’s because they can’t due to rising student and credit card debt or won’t because they enjoy the amenities that rental properties provide, property owners need to stay on top of the trends. The apartments that provide the services renters want will be the ones who have great tenants who stay on for longer.

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low cost rental property improvements

Low Cost Ways to Improve Your Rental Property

Until the time is right to put some money back into the property, you can make small, inexpensive improvements to the building.

Improving your property is never a bad idea. An updated look often lures in new tenants, while current tenants appreciate seeing maintenance staff around fixing pieces in public areas. The challenge of property improvement is mostly cost. The time spent fixing something up and the cost of the materials can really cut into a budget if not properly considered. Picking the right time for extensive renovations is part art, part science.

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Sprucing Up for Spring: Your Apartment Complex’s Outdoor Spaces

Spring Cleaning Doesn’t Stop at the Front Door

Spring is a time of renewal. As the flowers bloom and the birds return, rental agreements start to come to their conclusion. Whether in a college town where students are looking to move home for the summer or a complex where couples putting together a summer wedding might want to move into their first home, apartment complexes often feature Now Renting signs popping up alongside the signs of spring.

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small motor maintenance

Spring Prep: Small Motor Maintenance

These simple tips will keep your small engines working at peak efficiency and will save you money!

Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about your landscaping plans for this new year. But before you get out there and start working, your machines are going to need some maintenance.

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spring landscaping

Lawn Care and Landscaping Maintenance:
Tips for Spring

Not only will spring lawn care and landscaping help you to get a major head start on your outdoor projects, it will also help to ease the overall workload for the entire year!

With spring almost upon us, it’s  time to start thinking about how to prep your lawn for spring and get your landscaping in shape for summer. Sure, there’s a lot to do, but with proper planning, timing and a little landscaping maintenance you can create a beautiful and attractive environment that can help make your business stand out from the crowd. Before you get started on any other  outdoor projects, there’s some spring clean up you can do first to help make this year’s lawn care and landscaping maintenance go far more smoothly.