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.

Wondering how to attract more renters? Spruce up for spring by improving your building’s curb appeal. Easy fixes and updates any landlord or property owner can tackle.

Sprucing Up for Spring: Improve Your Building’s Curb Appeal

 

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 reach their conclusion. Whether in a college town where students leave for the summer, or a complex where wedding season means couples move out and into their first home, spring often brings “now renting” signs. Potential renters often decide whether or not to consider a building at first glance. To avoid vacancies, it’s crucial you increase your building’s curb appeal.

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Preventing Frozen Pipes: Avoiding Every Property Owner’s Nightmare

Knowing how to prevent frozen pipes will help you protect your properties from major disaster and damage.

When pipes freeze in your rental properties, the results can be disastrous. Prevention is the key to averting crisis. There are plenty of steps for property managers and landlords to take, to ward off disaster. Educate your renters on preventing frozen pipes and the signs to watch for, before it’s too late. Here’s what every building owner needs to know.

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Reduce Restaurant Water Costs

Cut Water Costs: How to Reduce Expenses in a Restaurant

Running a profitable restaurant requires more than creating delicious meals.

You need to watch your bottom line and reduce expenses too. Cutting water costs is a great place to start. Restaurant owners know to stay on the lookout for ways to save. Running a watertight ship is essential to keep your place afloat. Without watching utility costs, you could be flushing water down the drain. Here’s how to cut your water costs and boost those profit margins.

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How to Find Good Tenants: Worthwhile Property Repair & Improvements

The ideal tenant is within your reach. Rental property repair and improvements are a worthwhile investment to increase occupancy in your building.

The rental market is growing, particularly in urban areas. More people are opting for the convenience of renting and living in town—which is great news for property owners, particularly in cities. While you can’t change your building’s location, simple property repair, improvements and upgrades will easily increase your appeal to the ideal tenant. Not only will upgrades boost your occupancy, you’ll retain great tenants who are willing to pay a little more for their ideal property.

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homegrown hops

The Secret to Homegrown Hops

The Midwest is known for beer and a crucial element of that beer is hops.

As the hop farming industry takes off, what do breweries need to know to get in on the growing game? Is it worth getting your hands dirty? Hops are as crucial a flavor factor in beer, as the percentage of alcohol and brewing process.  Craft breweries can boost flavor (and their locavore status) by adding their own homegrown hops. But growing your own hops is a big undertaking, especially for a small operation. If you’re considering growing hops at your brewery, here’s what you need to know.

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restaurant online ordering system

Perfecting Your Restaurant’s Online Ordering System

Today’s customer wants a fast, convenient way to order food to-go.

Restaurant owners don’t need to be IT experts to implement an online ordering system. (You’ve got enough on your plate!) But you’ll need software that works and a plan to keep up with increased demand. Here’s the scoop…

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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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How to Find Prospective Tenants Without Seeming Desperate

As seasons come and go, so do renters. Here’s how to advertise a property for rent and find prospective tenants during the off-season.

As a building manager, it’s tough to know how to find good tenants. No time is this truer than the off-season. Whether you’re in a college neighborhood when students leave for the summer, or you’re trying to fill vacancies when the weather turns cold, finding your ideal prospective tenant is a challenge. You can end up with decisions you’ll later regret. Here’s how to find good tenants you’ll want renting long into the future, even when the leasing slump is over.

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dry air

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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Water Heater Maintenance Cost/Benefit Analysis: How Important is Maintenance?

More down time = more money down the drain!

We’ve already talked about the risks involved when you trust your maintenance crew with your commercial water heater in our Hot Water How To: Trust a Trained Technician post. This time around, let’s discuss the real cost/benefit analysis of using your existing maintenance crew to service your water heater vs. renting a water heater (which includes free service on your heater by a guaranteed-trained water heater technician). It can mean the difference between days without hot water or just a few hours.

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