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.

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

Are you considering opening your rental properties to pet-owners?

Many Property Managers are changing restrictions on their units and buildings from pet-free to pet-friendly. If you’re wondering why, here are the benefits.

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Battling Winter’s Wrath: How to Manage Dry Air Indoors

Understanding how to manage dry air ensures you, your guests and tenants remain healthy and happy.

As beautiful as winter months in the Midwest are, there are a few seasonal pitfalls.  Of course, we all think of frightful frigid weather outdoors, but the warm and cozy indoors offer drawbacks as well – primarily dry air.

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How To Winterize Outdoor Machines & Equipment


Spend a few hours winterizing your expensive outdoor equipment to make it last longer and perform better. Save money and avoid costly repairs with these maintenance tips.

Does your business have green space to maintain? Whether it’s a simple front lawn or a complex landscape design, there’s a good chance you are using some type of machinery to keep the grass and other vegetation looking trimmed and tidy. When winter approaches, don’t forget that those outdoor machines require extra attention before storing them for the season. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way in ensuring they are working properly when you need them again in spring!

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Furnished Apartments: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

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

Property owners often make tough decisions as to what 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. Others have temporary situations, like work or school, which makes a fully furnished apartment very appealing. But is the the extra money and time it takes to furnish an apartment worth it for landlords?

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Marketing Small Spaces: Making Studio Apartments Appealing

Turn hard-to-sell apartments into high-demand property with some simple and efficient marketing tips.

Studio apartments are one of the most challenging units for property owners to sell. Finding the right balance between affordability and profitability makes finding tenants difficult. If the space is marketed correctly, the pool of potential renters opens up significantly. Proper marketing requires capitalizing on what makes a product appealing. Small spaces have their appeal to the right market, plus they can be upgraded by smart owners. All it takes are a few moments in the shoes of the type of renter who is looking for a small space to call their own.

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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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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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Property Improvements to Attract New & Improved Tenants

The ideal tenant is within reach. Making some improvements 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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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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Why Would Anyone Rent a Water Heater?

With so many great reasons to rent, why wouldn’t you make this choice?

When people ask “What do you do?” the short answer is simple – HOT water! More specifically, Reliable Water Services rents commercial water equipment – water heaters, boilers, softeners & more – to businesses that need it. The question that typically follows is “Why would anyone rent a water heater?”

To that we say, “Why would anyone not rent a water heater?”

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